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Post Super Bowl/Pre-Combine 2012 NFL draft, mock style

1. Indianapolis Colts-Andrew Luck, QB Stanford-I am not convinced that the Colts already declaring Luck as their pick isn’t a whole lot of posturing, but it’s hard to imagine anyone but Luck being the top pick, regardless of who ends up selecting here.

2. St. Louis Rams-Justin Blackmon, WR Oklahoma State-The lack of talent on this roster all over the field is disturbing. They have a handful of good players but the franchise has seemed content with mediocore talent, especially at wide receiver. Blackmon is a dominant player at his position and would be a welcome addition for young quarterback Sam Bradford.

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Curt Popejoy's 1 Round Mock Draft - 3/15/2011

1.1 Carolina Panthers Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri
Unless the Panthers think that Jimmy Clausen is the long term answer, they must pull the trigger on a QB here. I like Gabbert's football IQ over Newton's dynamic athletic ability, and as the financial risk isn't so great, thanks to the incoming Rookie Hard Cap you take the QB when you can get him.
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1.2 Denver Broncos Patrick Peterson CB LSU

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My Top 20 NFL Players of all Time

Seems all the buzz in teh internets is about this Top 100 list that the NFL Network milked into an 18 part mini-series.  I didn't watch any of the shows highlighting the top 100 players according to a top secret panel of NFL Network bigshots.  I have always thought about who the best players in the league were, but when I do it I always make sure to include one important caveat about the list that is sure to piss people off.  I include no one on my list, I didn't actually watch play in games.  Not just highlights.  Does that mean those players who came before I started watching football weren't great.  I am simply being prudent in my parameters. 

I could do a list that included guys like Jim Brown and Sammy Baugh, but those picks wouldn't be my opinion, it would be my interpretation of someone elses and that isn't how I roll.  So without further ado, the 20 greatest football players I ever watched play.

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Preseason NFL Power Poll - The Good, The Bad and The Bills

Every year about this time, fans of 32 NFL Football teams look ahead to the season with either hope for a push into the playoffs or pray that the franchise they love doesn’t embarrass them yet again. Fortunately with the way the NFL runs its business many more teams look ahead with hope than despair.  There have been some serious moves this offseason with more to come and so looking at who’s the top and who’s the bottom is a little more complicated than last year’s finish.  And I have made sure to put on my fireproof underwear for the flames I am going to get for how this is all shaking out. But if you're into NFL betting there might be a few good tips in here.

32. Buffalo Bills

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My entirely too early 2011 NFL mock draft

The draft order for this mock is based on a highly scientific formula.  I simulated an entire season of Madden 2010 on the Xbox 360 and this was the order it gave me. 

Pick Team Player Pos College
1 Jacksonville Jaguars Jake Locker
QB Washington
2 Buffalo Bills Ryan Mallett
QB Arkansas
3 Cleveland Browns Michael Floyd
WR

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2010 NFL Draft Extravaganza Wrap up and stuff...

I realize that some of you came here looking for grades on the various teams and their drafts.  If that’s all you are interested in, you might look elsewhere.  I’ve tried that, and it made no sense to me.  Dallas gets a C, Seattle gets an A.  What does that mean? I’m a teacher and students earn grades I don’t give them anything.  These draft classes will earn a grade in about 3 years, so we can grade them then.  Until then, I am just going to rail on some things I experienced during the huge 3 days of the NFL draft, not just about the draft but you will get a little on my draft day Twitter experience, being a celebrity at Buffalo Wild Wings, and how being wrong is ok.

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Clearing up the Undrafted Free Agency Sweepstakes

Of the hundreds of guys who go undrafted each year, some of them give up the dream of playing football and opt for further education like New Hampshire's Scott Sicko (DBI wishes you the best of luck by the way Scott). Some give up on the NFL and go play elsewhere but some of the luckier ones get picked up by NFL teams as Undrafted Free Agents. Some of these guys even end up being paid more than their colleagues drafted in rounds 5 onwards. How does that happen? Well quite simply, some of these guys are in very high demand with several teams chasing their signature. Competition, as any agent will tell you, is going to get you paid more.

Sure lots of guys signed as UDFAs are nothing but camp fodder but for some they have a chance to earn a spot in the league and for some, it's as more than a Special Teams demon and backup. Take a look at this lineup:

Offense

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The Random insanity of the first round...

As I am on the eliptical this morning, I am thinking about what I had seen the night before as the NFL showcased the first round of the NFL draft in prime time.  The NFL draft is like the Super Bowl for me, and so I am always excited for it to come.  And when it's over, I am always scratching my head.  Here are a few observations that I made now that I have had 4 hours sleep.

The Rams make the tough call and were right.  I've said since December a QB had to be the pick, and it was.  Whether or not Bradford will be a franchise QB is a different discussion but the fact the FO wanted to make a bold move must be applauded.

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John Clifford's Final 1 Round Mock Draft - 4/21/2010

1.1 St Louis Rams   Sam Bradford QB Oklahoma

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1.2 Detroit Lions   Gerald McCoy DT Oklahoma

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1.3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers   Ndamukong Suh DT Nebraska

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Worst to First: 13. San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers have made massive strides under Mike Singletary and it's terriffic to see a team with quite a lot of young players get some continuity on the coaching side. It's only going to help. Alex Smith finally showed some flashes of the ability that got him drafted with a quietly efficient threequarters of a season of work. Frank Gore continued to show why he's one of the best RBs in the league and a 49ers Defense made teams work damned hard to run on them. Some real signs of recovery and with a perennially weak NFC West and a Cardinals team that has leaked talent this offseason the 49ers seem poised to make a genuine run for the playoffs in 2010. Having grown up watching those Montana/Rice/etc Superbowl winning teams in my formative football years, let me say, it would be terriffic to see this team, and Mike Singletary back in playoff football. So fingers crossed...

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2012 Draft
Pick Player Pos College
1.30 A.J. JenkinsWR Illinois
2.61 LaMichael JamesRB Oregon
4.117 Joe LooneyOG Wake Forest
5.165 Darius FlemingOLB Notre Dame
6.180 Trenton RobinsonS Michigan State
6.199 Jason SloweyC Western Oregon
7.237 Cam JohnsonDE Virginia

2011 Draft
Pick Player Pos College
1.7 Aldon SmithDE Missouri
2.36 Colin KaepernickQB Nevada
3.80 Chris CulliverS South Carolina
4.115 Kendall HunterRB Oklahoma State
5.163 Daniel KilgoreOT Appalachian State
6.182 Ronald JohnsonWR USC
6.190 Colin JonesS TCU
7.211 Bruce MillerDE Central Florida
7.241 Michael PersonOT Montana State
7.252 Curtis HolcombCB Florida A&M

2010 Draft
Pick Player Pos College
1.11 Anthony DavisOT Rutgers
1.17 Mike IupatiOG Idaho
2.49 Taylor MaysS USC
3.91 Navorro BowmanOLB Penn State
6.173 Anthony DixonRB Mississippi State
6.182 Nate ByhamTE Pittsburgh
6.206 Kyle WilliamsWR Arizona State
7.224 Phillip AdamsCB South Carolina State

2009 Draft
Pick Player Pos College
1.10 Michael CrabtreeWR Texas Tech
3.74 Glen CoffeeRB Alabama
5.146 Scott McKillopILB Pittsburgh
5.171 Nate DavisQB Ball State
6.184 Bear PascoeTE Fresno State
7.219 Curtis TaylorS LSU
7.244 Ricky Jean-FrancoisDT LSU

2008 Draft
Pick Player Pos College
1.29 Kentwan Balmer DE North Carolina
2.39 Chilo Rachal OG USC
3.75 Reggie Smith DB Oklahoma
4.107 Cody Wallace C Texas A&M
6.174 Josh Morgan WR Virginia Tech

2007 Draft
Pick Player Pos College
1.11 Patrick Willis ILB Mississippi
1.28 Joe Staley OT Central Michigan
3.76 Jason Hill WR Washington State
3.97 Ray McDonald DE Florida
4.104 Jay Moore OLB Nebraska
4.126 Dashon Goldson S Washington
4.135 Joe Cohen DT Florida
5.147 Tarell Brown CB Texas
6.186 Thomas Clayton RB Kansas State

2006 Draft
Pick Player Pos College
1.6 Vernon Davis TE Maryland
1.22 Manny Lawson OLB North Carolina State
3.84 Brandon Williams WR Wisconsin
4.100 Michael Robinson RB Penn State
5.140 Parys Haralson DE Tennessee
6.175 Delanie Walker TE Central Missouri State
6.192 Marcus Hudson CB North Carolina State
6.197 Melvin Oliver DE Louisiana State
7.254 Vickiel Vaughn CB Arkansas

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