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Chance for NY Jets GM John Idzik to finally draft own plan

Chance for NY Jets GM John Idzik to finally draft own plan

Jets rookie GM John Idzik finally has final say for the first time in his 22 years in NFL front offices with four teams. Now all he has to do in the next seven days is decide whether the Bucs have offered enough for him to trade Darrelle Revis, one of t…
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  • PFT talks Mt. Rushmore of broadcasters

    PFT talks Mt. Rushmore of broadcasters

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    Wednesday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network allowed you to vote on the topic for the last segment of the show. And by the narrowest margin yet, the public requested a discussion regarding the Mt. Rushmore of NFL broadcasting. Here’s
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  • Tight end Cameron Morrah to sign with 49ers

    Tight end Cameron Morrah to sign with 49ers

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    The San Francisco 49ers have been in need of depth at the tight end position ever since Delanie Walker elected to sign with the Tennessee Titans in March. With only Vernon Davis and Garrett Celek as the only two true tight ends on the roster, the 49ers …
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  • Packers have nothing to lose by talking to McLendon

    Packers have nothing to lose by talking to McLendon

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    The Packers wisely have decided to kick the tires on Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon. Green Bay has nothing to lose by taking advantage of the opportunity to talk to a player who would be off limits if he were under contract. Former Patriots V.P. of…
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  • Ex-Cal WR Allen had medical recheck for ankle

    Ex-Cal WR Allen had medical recheck for ankle

    ESPN.com Apr 17, 2013
    Keenan Allen, the No. 1-rated wide receiver on some teams' draft boards, recently returned to Indianapolis for a medical recheck of his right ankle.
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  • Antoine Winfield finds new home with Seahawks

    Antoine Winfield finds new home with Seahawks

    CNNSI.com Apr 17, 2013
    RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- Once he was cut in Minnesota for cap reasons, veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield made it a point to have his representatives reach out to the Seattle Seahawks to see if he could fit with one of the more talented defensive back uni…
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  • Tebow coach takes shots at Sanchez, Jets

    Tebow coach takes shots at Sanchez, Jets

    Forget about the quarterback competition. Maybe there should be a quarterback-instructor competition?
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  • Matthews, Packers agree on long-term extension

    Matthews, Packers agree on long-term extension

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- One big deal done for the Green Bay Packers, one to go.
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  • Brandon O’Brien abandons pursuit of NFL dream to re-enlist in m…

    Brandon O’Brien abandons pursuit of NFL dream to re-enlist in military

    Playing in the NFL is, for so many men, a lifelong dream. But there are times when your dreams have to take a back seat to your willingness to serve. Brandon O'Brien is 6'1", 220 pounds, a receiver built in the mold of Anquan Boldin. He's also 30 y…
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  • Griffin wants to move on from the blame game

    Griffin wants to move on from the blame game

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    As Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III recovers from his torn ACL, he wants to look forward, not backward. Which means that he doesn’t want to spend any more time discussing the placement of blame in connection with his injury. In an interview with
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  • Teams get photocopies of Ansah's passport

    Teams get photocopies of Ansah's passport

    Interested teams receive photocopies of Ezekial "Ziggy" Ansah's passport.
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  • Bills' Johnson out of workouts with back strain

    Bills' Johnson out of workouts with back strain

    ESPN.com Apr 17, 2013
    Receiver Stevie Johnson missed the Buffalo Bills' first two voluntary minicamp practices because of a sore back.
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  • Who Pissed And Shit All Over A Hotel Room At The NFL Combine?

    Who Pissed And Shit All Over A Hotel Room At The NFL Combine?

    deadspin.com Apr 17, 2013
    According to Yahoo, a hotel room at the NFL combine that had been shared by two players was left trashed, with "urine and feces scattered about the bathroom, toothpaste on the mirror and garbage strewn about the room. Among the garbage was partiall…
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  • Quarterback Guru Says He Fixed Tim Tebow With Tai Chi

    Quarterback Guru Says He Fixed Tim Tebow With Tai Chi

    deadspin.com Apr 17, 2013
    Steve Clarkson, a quarterback coach who has worked with Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Leinart, and Matt Barkley, believes that he has fixed Tim Tebow's elongated and terrible throwing motion. How has he fixed the major flaw in Tebow's game that other coaches…
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  • Chip Kelly brought smoothies with him to Philadelphia

    Chip Kelly brought smoothies with him to Philadelphia

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    Quarterback Michael Vick said Wednesday that he finds new coach Chip Kelly’s offense “very refreshing.” That’s not the only refreshing thing Kelly’s brought with him from Oregon. Geoff Mosher of CSN Philadelphia snapped a picture (seen at right)
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  • Warren Sapp, Steve Gleason among Day Two draft pick announcers

    Warren Sapp, Steve Gleason among Day Two draft pick announcers

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    One former player for all 32 teams will announce at least one second-day draft pick, the NFL announced on Wednesday. A fan of all 32 teams will also participate in the selection announcement, with one fan getting a chance to announce the pick with the N…
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  • Eagles' Vick: Kelly's offense 'refreshing'

    Eagles' Vick: Kelly's offense 'refreshing'

    Michael Vick called Chip Kelly's offense "refreshing" and said he still considers himself the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback in an interview with ESPN's Sal Paolantonio on Wednesday.
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  • Carradine to run for scouts on Saturday, and Niners will be the…

    Carradine to run for scouts on Saturday, and Niners will be there

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    Florida State defensive end Bjeorn Werner ranks among the top prospects in the 2013 draft. His teammate at the same position would be there, too, but for a torn ACL suffered last November. Cornellius “Tank” Carradine is recovering from that knee injur
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  • Bengals could turn back to Karlos Dansby

    Bengals could turn back to Karlos Dansby

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    Before the Bengals and linebacker James Harrison started talks on a new contract that appear to be heading nowhere fast, they had veteran linebacker Karlos Dansby in for a visit. They may be getting back in touch. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports…
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  • Justin Smith, Aldon Smith to be ready for camp

    Justin Smith, Aldon Smith to be ready for camp

    ESPN.com Apr 17, 2013
    San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith and linebacker Aldon Smith are working back from offseason surgeries, and general manager Trent Baalke expects each to be at full strength and ready for the start of training camp this summer.
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  • Gregg fighting Parkinson's, but not the NFL

    Gregg fighting Parkinson's, but not the NFL

    ESPN.com Apr 17, 2013
    Hall of Famer Forrest Gregg says that while he and his neurologist blame concussions for his Parkinson's disease, he's not going to sue the NFL like thousands of other former players.
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  • 49ers haven’t closed door on Charles Woodson

    49ers haven’t closed door on Charles Woodson

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    Charles Woodson hasn’t generated the kind of interest on the open market that he hoped to see when the Packers released him earlier this offseason. There’s been just one visit for Woodson, but the good news is that the team he visited with hasn’t cl
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  • Team needs:  Chicago Bears

    Team needs: Chicago Bears

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    Rarely does a 10-win team fire its head coach. The Bears did just that in January. So they’ve got more talent than most teams with new coaches. Which means they’ve got fewer needs. But they still have some. And our assessment of the needs that should
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  • Help us pick a topic for today’s PFT

    Help us pick a topic for today’s PFT

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    We’re making Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network more interactive. And we’re doing that by giving you a chance to vote on the topic with which we’ll close the show. Today’s menu appears below. Make your selection, and then tune in at 5:00 p.m.
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  • Lane Johnson thinks the Eagles like him at No. 4

    Lane Johnson thinks the Eagles like him at No. 4

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    Two offensive tackles, Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M and Eric Fisher of Central Michigan, are expected to be Top 5 picks in next week’s NFL draft. But they may not be the only two. Lane Johnson of Oklahoma, widely regarded as the third-best tackle in the dr
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  • Offseason calendar change unlikely

    Offseason calendar change unlikely

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    The NFL hopes to extract further milk from the offseason cow by spreading out the major tent poles of the non-game portion of the calendar: (1) Scouting Combine; (2) free agency; and (3) draft. But change is unlikely, at least for now. According to Mark…
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  • Peyton Manning wants offense to play faster in 2013

    Peyton Manning wants offense to play faster in 2013

    At this time last year, Peyton Manning was just getting to know his teammates on the Broncos offense. Everyone’s more familiar with one another this time around and Manning would like to use that familiarity as a springboard to an offense that plays fas
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  • Brian Brohm signs with CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats

    Brian Brohm signs with CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed former Packers and Bills quarterback Brian Brohm, the CFL club said Wednesday. The 27-year-old Brohm got a look from the New Orleans Saints last year, and he also has played with the UFL’s Las Vegas Locomotives. Howev
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  • 2013 NFL Mock Draft 6.0

    2013 NFL Mock Draft 6.0

    CNNSI.com Apr 17, 2013
    This may not be a star-studded draft, but that doesn't mean it won't be an eventful one. We may see a dizzying number of top-10 trades, Don Banks writes in his latest mock.
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  • Philip Rivers thinks he’s played “pretty dang good”

    Philip Rivers thinks he’s played “pretty dang good”

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    Speculation about a quarterback’s future after a regime change is natural. But Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers defended his record this week, saying he doesn’t feel like his job’s on the line. “As far as whatever the numbers say over the last f
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  • Falcons trying to trade up in the NFL draft

    Falcons trying to trade up in the NFL draft

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    Two years ago, the Falcons made no secret in the days before the draft that they were looking to trade up to get a wide receiver, and they would eventually send two first-round picks, a second-round pick and two fourth-round picks to Cleveland so that t…
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  • PFT Live: Scott Pioli, mock draft picks 9-12

    PFT Live: Scott Pioli, mock draft picks 9-12

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    Scott Pioli won’t be running a draft this year, but his years of experience in war rooms make him an interesting man to talk to with just more than a week to go before the draft gets underway. Pioli will join Mike Florio on Wednesday’s edition of PFT
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  • Let's Gawk At Roger Goodell's Under-Construction Summer Home

    Let's Gawk At Roger Goodell's Under-Construction Summer Home

    deadspin.com Apr 17, 2013
    In December, it was reported that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was building a summer home in Prouts Neck, Maine. A reader who lives in the town recently went on a stroll near what he tells us is the construction site for Goodell's new home, and he too…
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  • Cosell’s Take: Cornering the market

    Cosell’s Take: Cornering the market

    yahoo.com Apr 17, 2013
    In my last column, I focused on the wide receiver position in the 2013 draft. The recurring theme was size, a continuing trend both in college football and the NFL. I mentioned Justin Hunter, Keenan Allen, Deandre Hopkins, Chris Harper, Da’Rick Rogers,
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  • Cribbs will take another physical for Cardinals

    Cribbs will take another physical for Cardinals

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    It only seems like Josh Cribbs has been a Cardinal for a month, but it appears it’s getting closer to actually happening this time. According to Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com, Cribbs is scheduled to re-take his physical for the Cards “in a few weeks.”
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  • E.J. Manuel says Eagles, Bills and Jets are showing strong inte…

    E.J. Manuel says Eagles, Bills and Jets are showing strong interest

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    Former Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel says three teams with Top 10 picks are showing strong interest in drafting him. Manuel said on the Dan Patrick Show that the Eagles (who own the No. 4 overall pick), the Bills (No. 8) and the Jets (No. 9) hav…
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  • Tavon Austin visits Lions, compares himself to Reggie Bush

    Tavon Austin visits Lions, compares himself to Reggie Bush

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    The Lions had a hard time finding a strong complement to Calvin Johnson at wide receiver last season, which explains why they’re meeting with one of the top draft prospects at the position on Wednesday. West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin is in Det
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  • Ebersol joins NFLN’s schedule-release show

    Ebersol joins NFLN’s schedule-release show

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    The looming release of the 2013 NFL regular-season schedule contains an unexpected treat. Thursday night’s three-hour special on NFL Network will include Dick Ebersol as a guest analyst. A legendary figure in TV and the long-time chairman of NBC Sports,
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  • Team needs: New York Giants

    Team needs: New York Giants

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    Discount the Giants’ chances in a big game and risk feeling foolish. However, assuming they are postseason locks has been similarly dangerous in recent seasons. In the last four campaigns, the Giants have one Super Bowl title and three playoff misses. H
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  • Andre Brown sets some big goals for 2013 season

    Andre Brown sets some big goals for 2013 season

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    As we reported earlier this week, Giants running back Andre Brown signed an injury protection agreement that allows him to work out with the team even though he hasn’t signed his restricted free agent tender yet. When you hear Brown talk about his goals
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  • Ravens encouraged by progress of Webb, McClain

    Ravens encouraged by progress of Webb, McClain

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    For all the changes they’ve made on defense this offseason, the Ravens are looking forward to getting a pair of their own back on the field as part of the makeover. Ravaens coach John Harbaugh said that cornerback Lardarius Webb and linebacker Jameel Mc
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  • Joe Andruzzi disputes that he’s a hero

    Joe Andruzzi disputes that he’s a hero

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    It’s easy, and correct, to refer to Joe Andruzzi as a hero after he was photographed carrying an injured victim of the Boston Marathon bombing Monday. But the former Patriots offensive lineman objected to that characterization, saying he was merely doin
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  • Cowboys still taking a look at Eric Winston

    Cowboys still taking a look at Eric Winston

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    The Cowboys have been linked to free agent right tackle Eric Winston for a while now without much movement toward actually signing the veteran to a contract. Winston said that he is looking for $3-4 million, a salary that’s been too rich for the blood o
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  • Two days left to sign restricted free agents to offer sheets

    Two days left to sign restricted free agents to offer sheets

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    Any team interested in signing a restricted free agent to an offer sheet has only two days left to act. Don’t hold your breath. Or any other bodily function. Teams simply don’t do it. Sure, the Patriots signed receiver Emmanuel Sanders to a measly one
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  • Jason Pierre-Paul: I wasn’t too big last year

    Jason Pierre-Paul: I wasn’t too big last year

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    Back in March, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said that he thought defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul suffered a drop in play from 2011 to 2012 because he gained too much weight between the two seasons. Pierre-Paul didn’t address the question of his overall lev
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  • Bears GM has no regrets over handling of Urlacher

    Bears GM has no regrets over handling of Urlacher

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    There are veterans the Bears might want to bring back, but general manager Phil Emery said he had no regrets over the handling of linebacker Brian Urlacher’s contract situation. “Absolutely not,” Emery said, via Chris Boden of CSNChicago.com. “It
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  • Jags using music at practice to enhance performance

    Jags using music at practice to enhance performance

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    The Gus Bradley era has begun in Jacksonville. And players may soon be holding lighters in the air during practice. According to the Associated Press, Bradley has incorporated music into football practice, with rock, rap, and pop songs playing during Tu…
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  • Wednesday morning one-liners

    Wednesday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    The Bills are moving Aaron Williams from cornerback to safety. Talk is heading up that the Dolphins may try to trade up from No. 12 to draft Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson. The Patriots still have high hopes for TE Jake Ballard, but they’re taking it slowly 1
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  • Champ Bailey sees no reason he should move to safety

    Champ Bailey sees no reason he should move to safety

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    As is often the case with aging cornerbacks, Denver’s Champ Bailey has heard the questions about moving to safety. But he doesn’t see any reason he should. Bailey told the Denver Post that he doesn’t think the Broncos have two young cornerbacks bett
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  • David Nelson expected to be healthy in time for training camp

    David Nelson expected to be healthy in time for training camp

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    New Cleveland Browns wide receiver David Nelson played in just one game for the Buffalo Bills last season before an ACL tear ended his year. According to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski said Nelson is currently …
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  • Panthers release linebacker Kenny Onatolu

    Panthers release linebacker Kenny Onatolu

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    Linebacker Kenny Onatolu appeared in just four games for the Carolina Panthers in 2012. It’s the only games he’ll play for the franchise as the team released him on Tuesday. After playing the first three years of his career with the Minnesota Vikings,
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  • NFL hopeful Brandon O’Brien re-enlists in Marines following Bos…

    NFL hopeful Brandon O’Brien re-enlists in Marines following Boston attacks

    profootballtalk.com Apr 17, 2013
    In a move reminiscent of Pat Tillman’s decision to enlist in the military following the attacks of 9/11 over a decade ago, a NFL hopeful is heading back to the Marines following the attacks at the Boston Marathon on Monday. Brandon O’Brien was trainin
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  • Hey, Don't F*$% This Up: Filling Out the Saints' New 3-4 Defens…

    Hey, Don't F*$% This Up: Filling Out the Saints' New 3-4 Defense

    grantland.com Apr 17, 2013
    With the NFL offseason trudging along, there are plenty of questions for every NFL team. But for most, there's one issue that trumps the rest. This is...
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  • Video - Matthews On Extension With Packers 00:32

    Matthews On Extension With Packers

    Apr 17
    Linebacker Clay Matthews talks about his five-year contract extension with the Green Bay Packers.
  • Video - Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews on record NFL contract 03:31

    Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews on record NFL contract

    Apr 17
    Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews talks about his record-setting contract, which will keep him a Packer through the 2018 season.
  • Video - Andrew Luck on Indianapolis Colts' new offense: 'It's a no-coast offense' 01:54

    Andrew Luck on Indianapolis Colts' new offense: 'It's a no-coast offense'

    Apr 17
    Jeff Darlington reveals how the Indianapolis Colts' offense will change under new coordinator Pep Hamilton.
  • Video - Will the Miami Dolphins trade up? 01:29

    Will the Miami Dolphins trade up?

    Apr 17
    The "Path to the Draft" crew breaks down the Miami Dolphins' options in the first round.

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  • Don Banks: 2013 NFL Mock Draft 6.0

    Apr 17
    Have to admit, I always kind of dread when the second-to-last mock of NFL draft season rolls around. Because the only mock that truly matters is the last one you do, and for me that's not forthcoming until next Thursday morning, the day of the draft. Bu…