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Jarvis Jones says Pittsburgh would be a “great place to play”

Jarvis Jones says Pittsburgh would be a “great place to play”

profootballtalk.com Updated Apr 23, 2013
Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones wants to develop a speed bull rush, like the move used by former Steelers (now Bengals) linebacker James Harrison. And that could be useful for Jones, since plenty of people think he could be a perfect fit in Pittsburgh. …
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  • Ranking team needs: Inside linebacker

    Ranking team needs: Inside linebacker

    ESPN.com Apr 23, 2013
    The AFC North blog continues to look at the different positions and rank each team in terms of draft need. For Tuesday, the blog is addressing inside linebackers. Mel Kiper Jr.'s top five inside linebackers are: Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, Georgia's Alec O…
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  • Harrison has no reason to hate the Steelers

    Harrison has no reason to hate the Steelers

    ESPN.com Apr 23, 2013
    Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Larry Foote used to say James Harrison played like he was mad at the world because he had been cut so many times. When Harrison signed this week with the Cincinnati Bengals -- a month after getting released by the Steelers…
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  • #bloggermock: Ravens select Manti Te'o

    #bloggermock: Ravens select Manti Te'o

    ESPN.com Apr 23, 2013
    If the #bloggermock is anything like Thursday's first round, the Baltimore Ravens will be fielding calls for teams trying to jump back into the first round to get West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. In the #bloggermock, I had trade offers from the Phi…
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  • #bloggermock: Bengals select Cyprien

    #bloggermock: Bengals select Cyprien

    ESPN.com Apr 23, 2013
    The Cincinnati Bengals are probably hoping either Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro or Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker falls to them at No. 21. The chances of that happening are not great, especially with Vaccaro. So it didn't come as a surprise that the …
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  • #bloggermock: Steelers select Tyler Eifert

    #bloggermock: Steelers select Tyler Eifert

    ESPN.com Apr 23, 2013
    Did I go into this mock draft thinking the Pittsburgh Steelers would take Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert? Not really. I knew it was a possibility, but I had penciled in either Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones or Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Pat…
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  • #bloggermock: Browns select Dee Milliner

    #bloggermock: Browns select Dee Milliner

    ESPN.com Apr 23, 2013
    So, the ESPN.com blogger mock draft didn't start out as I envisioned it. In fact, the worst-case scenario happened for the Cleveland Browns. The Jacksonville Jaguars took my targeted player, Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan, at No. 3. To be honest, I didn'…
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  • Lewis positive about chances for an Andre Smith deal

    Lewis positive about chances for an Andre Smith deal

    profootballtalk.com Apr 23, 2013
    It appears a cloud over Cincinnati is about to lift. A big cloud. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis struck a surprisingly positive note during his pre-draft news conference, saying there was a chance right tackle Andre Smith could sign prior to Thursday. “I’
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  • Ayanbadejo talks equality in South Florida

    Ayanbadejo talks equality in South Florida

    ESPN.com Apr 23, 2013
    Former Baltimore Ravens reserve linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo called on professional athletes Tuesday to stand up for marriage equality because he said it is "the right thing to do."
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  • Bengals' Harrison: I don't hate the Steelers

    Bengals' Harrison: I don't hate the Steelers

    James Harrison is bringing a healed body and his old No. 92 with him down the Ohio River. Next goal: Get a Bengals ring to go with all that Steelers bling.
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  • Steelers spending time with families of draft prospects

    Steelers spending time with families of draft prospects

    Two members of the Steelers’ 2012 draft class wound up getting into trouble with the law during their rookie seasons and that’s led to a different approach to researching prospects this year. General manager Kevin Colbert and coach Mike Tomlin each ta
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  • Browns have made calls about trading back

    Browns have made calls about trading back

    ESPN.com Apr 23, 2013
    The Cleveland Browns are among a handful of teams who have made calls about trading back in the first round of Thursday's NFL draft, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The likelihood of moving back from the No. 6 overall spot hinges on the off…
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  • Steelers open to return of Hampton, Starks

    Steelers open to return of Hampton, Starks

    ESPN.com Apr 23, 2013
    Maybe Max Starks and Casey Hampton aren't quite done with the Pittsburgh Steelers after all.
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  • Wake-up call: Steelers' left tackle situation

    Wake-up call: Steelers' left tackle situation

    ESPN.com Apr 23, 2013
    If you like mock drafts, you're going to enjoy today. The eight division bloggers on ESPN.com, myself included, will participate in a creatively named "Blogger Mock Draft" at noon Tuesday. It's expected to last over two hours. I will provide d…
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  • Ravens waiting for “due process” on Rolando McClain

    Ravens waiting for “due process” on Rolando McClain

    profootballtalk.com Apr 23, 2013
    When Rolando McClain was arrested once again over the weekend, there was instant speculation that the Ravens would cut him. But they’re not doing that, at least not yet. “There is due process on this, and we are paying attention to that,” Ravens sen
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  • Tomlin: Steelers will “sort out” offensive tackle situation

    Tomlin: Steelers will “sort out” offensive tackle situation

    profootballtalk.com Apr 23, 2013
    At the club’s pre-draft press conference Monday, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Mike Adams and Marcus Gilbert - the club’s primary right tackles the last two seasons - have the ability to play on the left side and that a decision on where th
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  • Video - Marvin Lewis talks Cincinnati Bengals' draft plan 05:37

    Marvin Lewis talks Cincinnati Bengals' draft plan

    Apr 23
    Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis discusses what his team is looking for with the No. 21 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Lewis also discusses the Bengals' plans for newly acquired linebacker James Harrison.
  • Video - Teams Looking To Trade Down In Draft 01:18

    Teams Looking To Trade Down In Draft

    Apr 23
    Adam Schefter discusses the possibility of heavy trade activity on the first day of the NFL draft.
  • Video - Hardest Decision In Top 10 Of Draft 02:05

    Hardest Decision In Top 10 Of Draft

    Apr 23
    Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay each say which team picking in the top 10 of the NFL draft has the hardest decision to make.

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  • Peter King: Trying to get inside the mind of draft's quietest top-10 team;…

    Apr 23
    Is it just me? Are the Arizona Cardinals in the witness protection program for this draft? The Cards, with the seventh pick, seem positively under the radar like no other team in the top 10. I had the chance the other day to look into their feelings abo…
  • Don Banks: 2013 Wes Welker Watch List: Potential impact undrafted free age…

    Apr 23
    It has been called the year of the no-name draft in the NFL, and is said to be devoid of true star power after 2012's high-profile, quarterback-rich proceedings. Maybe. But it's all relative.
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    Apr 23
    We interrupt Part 2 of the NBA Trade Value column to explain the travesty known as the 2009 NBA draft. That night, Minnesota drafted two of our top-30...
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    Apr 23
    Welcome back to Bill Simmons's annual ranking of the NBA's top 50 most valuable assets.