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Posted on: March 28, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: March 28, 2011 6:13 pm

NFLPA won't interfere with NFL draft

Posted by Eye on Football Staff

CBSSports.com’s own Mike Freeman has confirmed the NFLPA won’t interfere with the NFL draft but that the trade association will hold an event late Saturday night for the rookies who have been selected.

Said one of Freeman’s sources: “We want players to have their moment.”

There had been talk that the NFLPA had asked – or would ask – incoming rookies not to attend the draft and shake commissioner Roger Goodell’s hand after he called their names. Another idea apparently was to have veterans from each team waiting in the wings so they could greet each new rookie as he walked on the stage.

Instead, it appears the NFLPA has backed away from those ideas and, instead, opted for activities for the new NFLers that won’t interfere with the actual draft. It’s probably a good idea – at least for the draftees’ sake.

Indeed, NFLLockout.com has posted the full schedule of rookie activities for draft weekend:
Thursday, April 28, 2011
4:00 PM Private Reception

Friday, April 29, 2011
9:30 AM Public Appearances (Media, etc.)
11:00 AM Lunch with Corporate Sponsors
Afternoon Public Appearances (Media, etc)
Late Afternoon Afternoon Social Engagement

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Morning “Let Us Play” Fitness & Skills Clinic (Harlem, N.Y.)
Afternoon Player-Fan Connection/Engagement Activity – TBD
7:00 PM + 2011 NFLPA Rookie Debut & “One Team” Celebration
Players, draftees, sponsors, VIPs and family members invited
As an example, here’s what Alabama’s Julio Jones told WQXI in Atlanta today (via sportsradiointerviews.com) .

"Hopefully I will be there to shake the commissioner’s hand ... Yes, sir, I want an opportunity to go to New York and be able to experience that."

And it looks like Jones will -- it's entirely likely that he'll be one of the first folks selected in the NFL Draft, and thanks to the scheduling of the NFLPA's various events in the Big Apple, there shouldn't be any interference.

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Posted on: March 27, 2011 5:26 pm
Edited on: March 27, 2011 10:51 pm

Rivera: 'Why can't you take a corner first?'

Posted by Will Brinson

People don't draft a cornerback with the first pick in the NFL Draft. It -- literally -- doesn't happen.

But it could change this year, if you're willing to listen to Ron Rivera, the head coach of the Carolina Panthers, who, via Dan Pompei of the National Football Post, seems to think LSU's Patrick Peterson is a viable option at No. 1.

"Why can’t you take a corner first?" Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "A shutdown corner, or a very, very good corner who can harass the receivers, throw off their timing is important as it is because it's turning into a passing league. How is he going to impact your defense? Can it also help the offense? There are a few really good ones out there. Does he help our pass rush? Does he help get the ball back and get our offense back on the field?"

Of course, the reason no one takes a cornerback No. 1 overall is that it's tough to justify the use of salary on someone who's not guaranteed to shut off half the field.

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But there's a good chance that this year's No. 1 selection will be subject to a rookie wage scale. And if that's the case, then it doesn't matter nearly as much if the Panthers make history and draft Peterson with the first selection.

Or, alternately, this could just be further subterfuge by Carolina regarding what they plan to do with the top pick. Really, that may be the safest bet of all.

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Posted on: March 25, 2011 6:27 pm

NFL Draft compensatory picks announced

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL handed out a total of 32 compensatory picks to 23 NFL teams on Friday afternoon, the league announced.

As you may or may not know, teams receive these compensatory picks based on the differential between outgoing and incoming free agents in the previous year. A team can receive up to a maximum of four based on the number of those free agents, one for each pick, and in 2011 the compensatory picks will be placed between the third and seventh rounds.

The quality of the pick is dependent a formula that's developed by the NFL Management Council "based on salary, playing time and postseason honors." (For instance, the Carolina Panthers lost Julius Peppers, who was quite good. They did not bring in anyone of his value. Hence why they got the 97th overall pick in the draft as compensation.)

Team Round of Selection No. in Round/No. Overall
Panthers 3rd 33/97
Titans 4th 33/130
Packers 4th 33/131
Ravens 5th 33/164
Ravens 5th 33/165
Giants 6th 33/198
Chiefs 6th 34/199
Vikings 6th 35/200
Chargers 6th 36/201
Giants 6th 37/202
Panthers 6th 38/203
Chargers 7th 33/233
Dolphins 7th 34/234
Vikings 7th 35/235
Eagles 7th 36/236
Buccaneers 7th 37/237
49ers 7th 38/238
Eagles 7th 39/239
Raiders 7th 40/240
Seahawks 7th 41/241
Saints 7th 42/242
Panthers 7th 43/243
Bills 7th 44/244
Bengals 7th 45/245
Broncos 7th 46/246
Browns 7th 47/247
Cardinals 7th 48/248
49ers 7th 49/249
Titans 7th 50/250
Cowboys 7th 51/251
Redskins 7th 52/252
Texans 7th 53/253
Posted on: March 21, 2011 9:56 am
Edited on: March 21, 2011 9:58 am

Bengals to have Mallett in for a visit

Posted by Andy Benoit

Well, this is nothing if not fitting: Ryan Mallett could be on the Bengals’ radar. Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that the Arkansas quarterback will visit the team later this month.

Mallett is considered by many to be the most talented pure passer in the 2011 NFL draft, but he is dogged by character concerns and rumors of drug use.

Ryan Mallett

The Bengals, of course, love any player with ample sheer talent. And, if that player comes with a bit of baggage, all the better! (At least, that’s how it seems.)

Cincy holds the fourth pick in the draft. If they’re interested in Mallett, they’d likely target him in Round 2.

Mallett is one of many quarterbacks Mike Brown’s team has looked into this past month. It’s getting harder and harder to believe Brown when he says he will not give in to Caron Palmer’s trade demands.

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Posted on: March 18, 2011 2:45 pm

Report: Da'Quan Bowers' 'knee is great'

Posted by Will Brinson

Da'Quan Bowers, the top-ranked defensive end on our CBSSports.com big board, has seen his stock drop pretty steadily since the NFL combine. He's still an early first-round talent, but concerns with his health have moved him out of the top spot on many a mock draft (including that of our own Rob Rang, who has him falling to Cleveland).

However, according to a source Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post spoke with, Bowers is doing just fine, and his "knee is great."

"All is good," Wilson's source said. "Is and has been training without limitation for a long time now."

Purportedly, Bowers was fine at the NFL combine, too. The only problem there is that he didn't actually participate in any drills except the bench press. And as of yet, he still hasn't done any drills for coaches.
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That'll change April 1 at Clemson's pro day, but until then, with Bowers, it's "see first then judge" when it comes to his health.

The next logical step, of course, is to jack his draft status back up, provided he performs well enough.

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Posted on: March 18, 2011 9:22 am
Edited on: March 18, 2011 12:26 pm

Warner: Palmer could be 'tremendous' in Arizona

Posted by Will Brinson

Everywhere Kurt Warner goes, there's always one particular question that people ask him. "Who's going to play quarterback for the Cardinals?"

That's because Warner, after retiring after 2009, left a pretty big void on Arizona's roster; filling it has become the top priority for 2011. And Warner had some pretty interesting thoughts about how would work for Ken Wisenhunt's crew in the upcoming season, including a certain quite disgruntled Bengals quarterback.

"I think a guy like Carson Palmer would be tremendous in that kind of system," Warner told Chuck and Vince on the Fan AM 1060 Thursday.

Warner also shared some advice on a guy he's played with plenty of times in his career, Marc Bulger.

"The thing I always look at putting guys in certain systems is, how does it fit what they have done in their career and how does it fit their skill set?" Warner said. "If the Cardinals want to do what we did when I was there, I think Marc fits the bill extremely well. He is a very accurate passer down the field, he can read defenses, he understands the system they plasy there and can do those things very well."

Of course, going with Bulger doesn't preclude the Cards from drafting a quarterback, either. And there's a decent chance that Arizona will have a look at No.2-ranked quarterback on the CBSSports.com big board: Cam Newton.

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"He doesn't have quite as much speed as I do, but unfortunately that's not one of those things you can teach," Warner joked. "He's an extremely talented young man, but I'm one of those guys -- as talented as he was, as good as he was in college -- I'm always leery of taking someone high to the NFL that hasn't based their career on reading defenses in the pocket and throwing the football. Because at this level it's very rare to go far in the playoffs with a guy who runs -- as opposed to passes -- first, that looks to create with his feet -- as opposed to his arm -- and I can't remember the last one -- if there's ever been one -- who's won a championship."

For what it's worth, Warner praised Newton for being a "great kid" and "talented" and he's not really taking shots at the Auburn product. In fact, he's just making the same point that everyone else has made: Cam Newton is a gamble.

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Posted on: March 17, 2011 3:38 pm

Hot Routes 3.17.11: Panthers paying employees

Posted by Will Brinson

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Posted on: March 15, 2011 7:18 pm
Edited on: March 15, 2011 11:52 pm

Goodell doesn't sound worried about draft boycott

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL offseason rumor du jour is that the NFLPA might boycott the NFL draft. One can only imagine that would go over wonderfully with the people who run the league and the television partners in charge of broadcasting the draft.

And it probably won't, but Roger Goodell insinuated, in an interview with ESPN's Adam Schefter, the draft will go on regardless of whether or not players are there to accept fancy little caps and give out generic answers in interviews.

"The draft in the past we didn't have players there," Goodell said. "It's just part of our effort to make it a fan event, to make it more appealing. We had 45 million people as you know watching the draft last year. I think it's an element that people love to see the reaction of the players when they're selected. And I think that's part of the excitement of this event, not only the team that gets them but also the players' reaction."

Goodell emphasized "family" and "once-in-a-lifetime" experience throughout the interview. He also (seemed to) point out that he wouldn't be issuing any "personal pleas" to players in an attempt to get them to New York for the draft.

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"We always invite the players and we want them and their families to come and enjoy the event," Goodell said. "We think it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come to New York be a part of the start of their NFL career. Every player's who come has said it's one of the greatest things they've ever done and I hope they'll all continue to do that."

In other words, the show will go on. Whether there are players in New York or not, the NFL will have its draft. That fits with what's been understood as the NFL's position ever since this idea got floated -- while the awkward moments of not having players present for the first time in a while is a problem, it's not necessarily "leverage" for the players at this point. Only a show of solidarity.

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