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Posted on: March 31, 2011 10:53 am
Edited on: March 31, 2011 4:25 pm
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Bengals not interested in Mallett with No. 4 pick

Posted by Clark Judge

The Cincinnati Bengals are one of those teams that could use a quarterback, and one is coming to their neighborhood soon. That would be Arkansas' Ryan Mallett, who is scheduled to meet with members of the Bengals' staff Thursday evening and Friday.

Cincinnati has the fourth pick of the draft, and Mallett will not be that choice. But there's a chance the club could be interested if he's still there at the top of the second round, which he could be, which means the Bengals better do their homework on him -- provided, of course, they're interested.

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They could be. Mallett has an abundance of talent, and the Bengals have a need at the position. But there are concerns about the guy -- beginning with a "punk persona" that can alienate people -- that could push him down draft boards. Given the Bengals' history of assuming players who are character risks, I assume their board won't be affected by Mallett's behavior.

Which means it comes down to the talent, and he has it. Plus, as I mentioned, there could be -- no, should be -- an opening. The Bengals have a starting quarterback in Carson Palmer, but he notified the team he won't play for it again. That would leave Carson's brother, Jordan, or Dan LeFevour as the team's starter if Palmer stands by his promise and the club doesn't draft another quarterback.

But it will draft another quarterback. Too many people within the organization believe Palmer isn't bluffing. The club may not deal him, but it must start preparing for the day he's not there -- and that sure looks as if it's sooner, rather than later.

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Posted on: March 30, 2011 10:00 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 10:01 pm
 

Scout who bashed Newton defends self

Newton Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Pro Football Weekly’s
Nolan Nawrocki generated a little controversy Tuesday when he wrote a scathing scouting report on Auburn QB Cam Newton.

Wrote Nawrocki: “Very disingenuous — has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup.  Always knows where the cameras are and plays to them.  Has an enormous ego with a sense of entitlement that continually invites trouble and makes him believe he is above the law — does not command respect from teammates and will always struggle to win a locker room . . . Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness — is not punctual, seeks shortcuts and sets a bad example.  Immature and has had issues with authority.  Not dependable.”

Today, Nawrocki tried to set the record straight during a conference call. Via the transcript from PFW.com, he was asked why he was so tough on Newton’s character and how much of a concern that could be to potential employers.

Said Nawrocki: “I think it was over-sensationalized in a slow news period. I don't think the evaluation was any different than any that we've been producing the last 33 years. If you look back last year at Jimmy Clausen, a lot of the same traits were mentioned. I thought he was an egotistical, disingenuous, scripted player with a sense of entitlement. I think that was a big reason why he slipped into the second round. You look back at history and I think you'll find a lot of similar evaluations of players. JaMarcus Russell is another one.

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“When you do the work – we study this stuff year-round, talk to all 32 teams, general managers, head coaches, area scouts, personnel directors, college coaches – anybody that has insight into these players. We're trying to figure out just what kind of kid they are, what kind of commitment are they going to have to the NFL game. With the way money has gone in recent years with how much these players are getting paid in the top 10, you know they're instant millionaires before they ever step on the field in the NFL. I think the importance of character has never been greater than it is now. And I think that's where a lot of teams miss on first-round picks. It's just not being able to properly identify the character.

“With all the work that we've done on (Newton's) background, with the extensive amount of research and time that went into digging and figuring out what kind of kid he is, I feel very strongly about what was written and I stand by it fully. I think it's no different than anything we've done in previous years.


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Posted on: March 30, 2011 10:00 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 10:01 pm
 

Scout who bashed Newton defends self

Newton Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Pro Football Weekly’s
Nolan Nawrocki generated a little controversy Tuesday when he wrote a scathing scouting report on Auburn QB Cam Newton.

Wrote Nawrocki: “Very disingenuous — has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup.  Always knows where the cameras are and plays to them.  Has an enormous ego with a sense of entitlement that continually invites trouble and makes him believe he is above the law — does not command respect from teammates and will always struggle to win a locker room . . . Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness — is not punctual, seeks shortcuts and sets a bad example.  Immature and has had issues with authority.  Not dependable.”

Today, Nawrocki tried to set the record straight during a conference call. Via the transcript from PFW.com, he was asked why he was so tough on Newton’s character and how much of a concern that could be to potential employers.

Said Nawrocki: “I think it was over-sensationalized in a slow news period. I don't think the evaluation was any different than any that we've been producing the last 33 years. If you look back last year at Jimmy Clausen, a lot of the same traits were mentioned. I thought he was an egotistical, disingenuous, scripted player with a sense of entitlement. I think that was a big reason why he slipped into the second round. You look back at history and I think you'll find a lot of similar evaluations of players. JaMarcus Russell is another one.

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“When you do the work – we study this stuff year-round, talk to all 32 teams, general managers, head coaches, area scouts, personnel directors, college coaches – anybody that has insight into these players. We're trying to figure out just what kind of kid they are, what kind of commitment are they going to have to the NFL game. With the way money has gone in recent years with how much these players are getting paid in the top 10, you know they're instant millionaires before they ever step on the field in the NFL. I think the importance of character has never been greater than it is now. And I think that's where a lot of teams miss on first-round picks. It's just not being able to properly identify the character.

“With all the work that we've done on (Newton's) background, with the extensive amount of research and time that went into digging and figuring out what kind of kid he is, I feel very strongly about what was written and I stand by it fully. I think it's no different than anything we've done in previous years.


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Posted on: March 30, 2011 8:50 pm
 

Player invites keep going out for NFL draft

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Andy already told you about how Alabama WR Julio Jones and Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn said they were accepting the NFL’s invitation to attend the NFL draft at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

Looks like they’re not going to be the only ones.

According to NFL.com, more than 20 invitations have been sent out, and quite a few have already accepted.

Those include Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller (although he’s one of the plaintiffs in Brady vs NFL ), Alabama DL Marcell Dareus, Alabama RB Mark Ingram, Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers, Auburn DL Nick Fairley and Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara.

The NFL has not yet confirmed who the league has invited.

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Posted on: March 30, 2011 8:50 pm
 

Player invites keep going out for NFL draft

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Andy already told you about how Alabama WR Julio Jones and Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn said they were accepting the NFL’s invitation to attend the NFL draft at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

Looks like they’re not going to be the only ones.

According to NFL.com, more than 20 invitations have been sent out, and quite a few have already accepted.

Those include Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller (although he’s one of the plaintiffs in Brady vs NFL ), Alabama DL Marcell Dareus, Alabama RB Mark Ingram, Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers, Auburn DL Nick Fairley and Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara.

The NFL has not yet confirmed who the league has invited.

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Posted on: March 30, 2011 10:58 am
Edited on: March 30, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Two rookies confirm they're attending NFL Draft

Posted by Andy Benoit
J. Jones (US Presswire)
Perhaps the most intriguing storyline heading into the 2011 NFL Draft (besides which teams will take which players, of course) is which rookies will choose to attend the event at Radio City Music Hall. The rumors that the NFLPA was asking rookie not to attend proved to be disastrous to the union’s PR efforts. Still, the mere presence of those rumors has put pressure on the incoming players.

So far, two of those incoming players have said they will be walking up on stage and shaking Roger Goodell’s hand when their name is announced on April 28. Alabama wideout Julio Jones told Sirius Radio’s Adam Schein that he will attend, and that no one from the NFLPA ever asked him not to.

“We decided that we’d love to go there,” Jones said. “You know, it’s a one-in-a-lifetime chance.”
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On Tuesday, Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn accepted his invitation. Clayborn also plans to attend the NFLPA rookie debut ceremony (which will not be scheduled head to head with the draft).


"It's important that I'm going to be in the union," Clayborn told the Press-Citizen. "But those guys understand it's a once-in-a-lifetime thing."

More rookies are likely to follow. Perhaps even all rookies. The most interesting “attend or not attend” decision will be Von Miller’s. He’s the lone rookie named in the players’ lawsuit against the NFL.

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UPDATE 3:55 p.m. EST: Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that 20 players have been invited to the draft, including Von Miller. La Canfora says several players in addition to Jones and Clayborn have RSVP'd.

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Posted on: March 29, 2011 11:04 pm
 

Scout was unfair to Newton

C. Newton didn't get a very good evaluation from at least one scout (Getty). Posted by Mike Freeman

The nastiest, most unfair and borderline silliest thing ever written about a draft prospect appeared recently in Pro Football Weekly. When I say ever written, I mean, ever written.

PFW's Nolan Nawrocki wrote this about quarterback Cam Newton: "Very disingenuous — has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup.  Always knows where the cameras are and plays to them.  Has an enormous ego with a sense of entitlement that continually invites trouble and makes him believe he is above the law — does not command respect from teammates and will always struggle to win a locker room . . . Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness — is not punctual, seeks shortcuts and sets a bad example.  Immature and has had issues with authority.  Not dependable.”

So that's how we're evaluating prospects now? On how they smile ?

On how if they know where the cameras are? What does that even mean?

I've never seen anything like this written in the media about a draft prospect. Never. And I've been covering the NFL for 20 years.

It's disgraceful. Really, it is.

Now, in the draft, we have the smile meter.

We measuring pouts next?



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Posted on: March 29, 2011 1:57 pm
 

Hot Routes 3.29.11: Madden cover vote, 2nd round

Posted by Will Brinson



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