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Draft Linkagery

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Taking almost 4 weeks off from blogging = bad idea. I’ll resume with a bunch of draft links.

Like Shrine Game reports. SN Today had reports from Tuesday’s practices, Wednesday, players who helped themselves, and players who hurt themselves. National Football Post had its own preview, weigh-in report, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and game report.

NFP put out its first mock draft January 15. The Titans were taking Percy Harvin. NFP did an updated mock on January 24, with the Titans now taking Ohio State LB James Laurinaitis. Let me just say I’ll be really, REALLY surprised if that happens. They added a second round mock Feb. 3, with the Titans taking Penn State WR Derrick Williams. That’s a significantly more plausible suggestion.

NFP also put out a list of the best underclassmen.

No underclassmen, though, at the Senior Bowl. TSN had prospects with something to prove, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday North, Wednesday South, Thursday mini-overview cap, spread offenses making evaluations difficult (see also PFP08), Thursday recap, Friday stock report, and post-game stock report. NFP had its own preview, weigh in and commentary, Monday, Monday media night, Tuesday, Wednesday, prospect comps, Thursday, and wrapup. Oh, and SI’s Tony Pauline checked in with reports of his own: Day 1 and Day 2, but I can’t find the rest of them on SI’s crappy website. One guy you might consider reading regularly, at least through the draft is Lance Zierlein of the Houston Chronicle, whose dad happens to be the Stillers’ O-line coach. He clearly knows people in the business, and had his own set of Senior Bowl prospect comments.

NFP did a list of position rankings Jan. 29 (post-Senior Bowl). See also juniors on the rise, from Jan. 30. See also the more recent rankings by specialty position, like Cover-2 corner and zone-blocking offensive linemen.

What happens to the guys not good enough to play in the Shrine Game or Super Bowl? Well, some of them played in the Texas Vs. The Nation Game, and NFP was there. Former Buckeye Nader Abdallah will probably be a good mid-round depth defensive lineman.

NFP also did a list of the post-season game all-stars.

One of the more interesting questions when you get to the actual draft is where the breakdowns are in terms of tiers. NFP put out one answer on January 31, though I tend to agree with the notion that Crabtree in the top tier is mistaken. Like Mike Williams (the ex-USC wideout) a few years ago, I can see there being a really wide opinion on him, much moreso than you’d think.

NFP on quarterbacks: ranking the seniors and giving comps, posted a checklist of what to look for in evaluating a QB, and also ranked the QBs by attribute.

Enough links for one post? I hope so, because I may have never done more, at least in terms of actual distinct articles.

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Written by Tom Gower

February 9, 2009 at 02:31

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