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Posted on: April 26, 2011 6:22 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 12:01 pm
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Is Andy Dalton really a top-10 pick?

Dalton Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Since when did Andy Dalton become a top-10 pick for this week’s NFL draft? Hell, when did he become a first round pick? I must have missed that memo, but apparently, somebody thinks quite highly of the former TCU quarterback.

That team, according to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora is the Titans – who apparently are thinking of picking Dalton with the No. 8 pick (rather than, as convention (and our mock draft gurus Rob Rang and Chad Reuter) dictates, go with Auburn DT Nick Fairley).

La Canfora’s sources told him that Tennessee – which, after losing Vince Young and probably Kerry Collins, is in desperate need of a starting quarterback whose name happens not to be Rusty Smith – considers Dalton an elite prospect who is less of a risk than the other quarterbacks who might fall to No. 8.

Considering Auburn’s Cam Newton and Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert likely will be off the board by the time the Titans pick, Tennessee could want to avoid Washington’s Jake Locker and Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett and pick Dalton instead. The Titans also could be worried that by the time they get to their second-round pick, Dalton would be gone.

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Greg Cosell of the NFL Network disagrees, telling the Sacramento Bee that Dalton is no better than (gasp!) a fourth-round pick.

“He won't go there. He'll go higher," Cosell said. "But he doesn't throw it very well. He doesn't spin it very well. He's a guy you'll have to camouflage. He needs a strong running game to be successful."

Either way, it’s nice to know that Dalton’s red hair might not be that big a consideration with at least one NFL team.

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Posted on: April 25, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: April 25, 2011 12:24 pm
 

25 rookies will appear at NFL Draft in New York

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL just announced the specific 25 rookies that will appear at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday when the NFL Draft takes place.
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The number of players for 2011 is an all-time, record high for invitees -- 17 players attended in 2010 and that was the previous record for rookies who showed up at the NFL Draft.

That's fascinating since there's currently a bit of a situation going on with the lockout, but it's understandable, because there's really no clear-cut way in which the draft will shake out come Thursday night, especially because the Panthers hold a top pick that will set of a chain reaction of dominos when they select, and they have yet to tip their hand.

Player Position School
Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska
Akeem Ayers LB UCLA
Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa
Randall Cobb WR Kentucky
Marcell Dareus DT Alabama
Nick Fairley DT Auburn
Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri
A.J. Green WR Georgia
Mark Herzlich LB Boston College
Mark Ingram RB Alabama
Cameron Jordan DE California
Julio Jones WR Alabama
Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue
Corey Liuget DT Illnois
Von Miller LB Texas A&M
Rahim Moore S UCLA
Cam Newton QB Auburn
Patrick Peterson CB LSU
Mike Pouncey OL Florida
Aldon Smith DE Missouri
Tyron Smith OT USC
Phil Taylor DT Baylor
Danny Watkins OG Baylor
JJ Watt DE Wisconsin
Ryan Williams RB Virginia Tech
Posted on: April 18, 2011 12:13 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2011 6:00 pm
 

Offseason Checkup: Arizona Cardinals

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

L. Fitzgerald could walk into free agency at the end of next season (US Presswire).

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Let’s see, when your choices to fill the starting quarterback spot boil down to Derek Anderson vs. Matt Leinart, you know your season is pretty much screwed before it even begins. And that’s pretty much what happened with the Cardinals last year (though, to be fair, quarterback was far from the only problem in Arizona).

I bet you don’t remember this, though. After beating the Saints in Week 5, Arizona actually was 3-2 before falling through the floor. The only player worth a darn on offense was WR Larry Fitzgerald, and it seems like most of the defense underachieved (most notably, LB Joey Porter). Suffice to say, it was not a good year for the Cardinals.




Best player is unhappy

Fitzgerald, the only bonafide superstar on this team, was visibly frustrated last year with the offense (and the quarterback play in particular), and even though he somehow caught 90 passes for 1,137 yards last season, the Cardinals front office has to convince him that Arizona has a blueprint for the future. Otherwise, Fitzgerald could walk away after his contract is up after the 2011 season.




1. QUARTERBACK
This is an easy spot to pick on, because if you look at the current roster of QBs, here’s who you find: Anderson (consistently terrible throughout his career, and he doesn’t like taking questions about laughing on the sideline during losses), Max Hall (probably doesn’t have the skill set to start in the NFL), John Skelton (perhaps a little potential) and Richard Bartel (no idea who this is). Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert has a pretty good shot at landing in Arizona, and if he doesn’t, the Cardinals could elect to go after Marc Bulger.

2. RUNNING BACK
The Cardinals tried two years ago, selecting RB Beanie Wells in the first round, but that hasn’t worked out so well. Wells had a tough time staying healthy last season, and Tim Hightower had a big problem with fumbles. In fact, Arizona was last in the league in rushing offense – which kinda doesn’t help the quarterback. I actually think LaRod Stephens-Howling is a pretty good player, but I’m not sure he’s a featured back kind of guy.

3. LINEBACKER
Although the defense ranked No. 29 last season, I like the three players across the line (NT Dan Williams and DEs Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell), and the secondary could be very, very good. But the linebackers are brutal. Texas A&M’s Von Miller would be a blessing for the Cardinals, who pick fifth, but he might not be around by then. Besides, Gabbert might be the more exciting (though not the safer) pick.




It’s hard to believe the Cardinals are only three seasons removed from playing in the Super Bowl, and it’s hard to imagine them getting back there anytime soon. If only Arizona had a good quarterback, a dependable running back, a second WR, a decent offensive line, and some players in the LB corps, the Cardinals would have a good chance of getting back to .500.

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Posted on: April 18, 2011 11:04 am
 

Source: Redskins want to trade down for QB

Washington might want to take FSU's C. Ponder (US Presswire). Posted by Pete Prisco

There have been some reports that the Washington Redskins are looking to trade up to draft a quarterback.

I hear it's the exact opposite.

According to a league source, the Redskins are looking to trade down in the first round with the idea they will draft either Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder (pictured at right) or TCU quarterback Andy Dalton.

The Redskins, who pick 10th overall, would like to get a second-round pick from a team in exchange for moving back to their spot in the first round. They could then use their two second-round picks to bolster the defense.

For a team that doesn't have a third-round pick, this scenario makes a lot more sense than trying to trade up.

The X-factor here would be if Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert were to fall to them at the 10th spot. The Redskins would likely take him there, rather than trading back.

One team that is said to be eyeing the 10th spot is the New England Patriots, who have two first-round picks and two second-round picks. The Patriots might have their eye on an edge rusher -- like Ryan Kerrigan of Purdue -- or a receiver like Julio Jones of Alabama.

No matter if they trade down or not, the Redskins have to get a quarterback in this draft. Donovan McNabb is on his way out and Rex Grossman isn't the answer and he's a free agent.

The only quarterback on the roster is John Beck. Not a chance he's the opening-day starter, which is why a trade back in th first round makes sense.

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Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:18 am
Edited on: April 5, 2011 10:33 am
 

Colts eyeing Manning successor or just a backup?

Posted by Will Brinson

Curtis Painter isn't the most popular fella in Indianapolis. Sure, if he's in a game it's usually because the Colts are blowing out an opposing team, but occasionally, it's because they're giving up on the dream of a perfect season. Or, worst case, Peyton Manning's hurt.

And it appears that in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Colts will be seeking to find some backup competition for Painter. Or, possibly, a successor for Manning?

Andy Dalton could be that guy, as Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star notes, and that would explain why Chris Polian and Jim Caldwell put him through a private workout on Monday.

Or maybe not -- the Colts might simply want to use a early-to-mid-round pick on a quarterback that can be more effective than Painter. After all, Manning isn't exactly young (35), even if he doesn't ever miss football games.

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It is interesting, though, that the Colts would consider using an early pick on a backup quarterback in a season where teams are pretty desperate for signal callers; if they're simply looking to find a backup quarterback, there are cheaper options that might work more logically from the perspective of this draft class and team needs.

So it's possible that Dalton, a four-year starter at TCU who went 42-7 in college, is someone they've targeted as the poor guy who'll start for Indy right after Manning quarterback of the franchise's future.

And because many teams will be taking quarterbacks early -- Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, Ryan Mallett and Christian Ponder all figure to get drafted before Dalton -- there's a reasonable shot that Indianapolis can get him on the cheap.

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Posted on: April 3, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Hot Routes 4.3.11: Freeney settles lawsuit



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Colts DE Dwight Freeney was recently hit by a $400,000 lawsuit by a landlord because he allegedly was behind 11 months on his rent for a Hollywood recording studio. But not to worry. A six-figure settlement has made everybody happy. Wait a minute, Freeney rents out a Hollywood recording studio?!?!
  • The wife of former Falcons lineman Shane Dronett, who committed suicide in 2009, reveals some startling information in an interview with CNN, including accounts of his paranoia and rage after he retired from the league in 2006. Not surprisingly, Dronett’s brain revealed he was suffering from CTE.
  • Jay Gruden is excited about the new challenge of being the Bengals offensive coordinator. But, the Tampa Tribune asks, is he a savior?
  • Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer says Panthers fans can forget about seeing Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert in a Carolina uniform next year (unless the Panthers trade down in the draft). But if Carolina stays with the No. 1 choice, fans might see Auburn QB Cam Newton, Georgia WR A.J. Green or LSU CB Patrick Peterson.
  • You remember those two massage therapists who sued the Jets for apparently blacklisting them after objecting to Brett Favre text messages? Well, the Jets say the therapists are overplaying their ties to the club, considering they worked a total of five days during a two-year period.

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Posted on: April 2, 2011 3:37 pm
 

Bill GM Nix: Gabbert 'similar athlete' to Newton

Posted by Will Brinson

The Buffalo Bills, because of Chan Gailey's innovative offensive mind, are widely considered a potential landing spot for former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.

But Blaine Gabbert could land there as well -- depending on what the Panthers and Broncos do, of course; worth noting is that our own Clark Judge has him there ahead of Newton. And, if you need proof, how about the strong praise the former Mizzou signal caller drew from Bills' GM Buddy Nix for his athleticism recently?

"People don't realize, they talk about what a good athlete Cam is, which he is, but [Gabbert] is a very similar athlete." Nix said to WEDG Radio, per Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News.

Well, now, that's nice and everything, but -- and no offense to Gabbert -- that might be a stretch, Buddy.

"He's 6-4, and he's 234 pounds and he ran 4.61 (40-yard dash)," Nix told WEDG Radio. "He can jump. He's 10 feet, 3 inches long jump. Athletically he's really a big, fast athlete. He's a smart guy. He's a little like Cam in that he hasn't played a lot. — He played three games his senior year in high school. He didn't play any as a freshman except in a mop-up role and then started two years."

Look, Gabbert's a good athlete. No question about it. But no amount of height or weight or speed is going to make him a "similar" athlete to Newton. That's because Newton is the freaky-deakiest of the freaks when it comes to raw athletes that we've seen in sports, in a pretty long time. If he was more polished as a quarterback and/or there weren't some concerns about his off-field behavior/personal life, there wouldn't be a discussion about who was getting drafted at No. 1 overall.

It would be a slam dunk for Newton and no one would think twice. But there are questions and that's how Gabbert's getting involved in the discussion. So, yeah, it's great for him, but let's not carried away when we start discussing the phrase "athleticism."

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Posted on: March 29, 2011 9:48 am
 

Bengals in the early-round market for a QB

Posted by Will Brinson

This may not come as a surprise because of the Carson Palmer situation in Cincinnati, but the Bengals need some help at the quarterback position.

And according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer -- who also notes that Ryan Mallett will be Cincy on Thursday and Friday -- they're almost definitely going to use a pick on a QB in either the first or second rounds.

Which means that more so than in most years past, the No. 1 overall spot is a first domino that could go in a number of directions. See, Cincinnati would likely take, or consider taking -- according to Reedy -- Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert with the fourth-overall pick.

But if they're both gone (which is a decent possibility), then the Bengals will turn their attention to the second round, where they'll consider quarterbacks like Mallett, Christian Ponder, Andy Dalton, Jake Locker and Colin Kaepernick.

Which, honestly, isn't that horrible of a spot to be in -- Ponder and Dalton are considered as "pro-ready" as anyone in the draft, and would likely fit well with what Jay Gruden wants to run, offensively, in Cincy.

Getting someone who could step in right away would also go a much longer way to leveraging Palmer from jumping into retirement than would the Bengals rolling into the season with only he and his brother Jordan Palmer as roster options for signal-calling purposes.

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