Apr
25

Woman sets her scandalous eyes on Mr. Irrelevant

The stakes just got higher in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft, writes NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus.

In the latest sign the Internet is data in the form of a fever dream, a New York City woman posted a video on YouTube in which she … well … let’s have her explain.

“Whoever is this year’s Mr. Irrelevant is going to have himself a night … alone … with me,” she coos on the vid (via Larry Brown Sports). “And our time together, I guarantee you, will be anything but irrelevant.”

According to the seven-round mock draft of NFL.com’s Chad Reuter, the projected Mr. Irrelevant — pick No. 253 — is North Dakota State tight end Matt Veldman.

Apr
25

Shanahan: ‘99.9 percent’ Redskins take RG3

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan strongly implied that the team will take Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III with the second pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

“Nothing’s a 100 percent yet, so I’ve got to say 99.9 (percent)” Shanahan said about selecting Griffin at a pre-draft news conference on Wednesday.

“If you guy’s are right, we’re taking RG3,” Shanahan said, joking with reporters.

Apr
25

Brandt’s Hot 100 + 25: Final ranking of top prospects

NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt updated his Hot 100, and added 25 bonus prospects.

A few noteworthy items: Three of the top four names on this list are quarterbacks, with Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill steadily advancing. Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox shot up 10 spots. Also flying up the list is little Midwestern State’s Amini Silatolu — from 49 to 25.

On Monday, NFL Network’s draft analyst Mike Mayock also unveiled his top-100 prospects list.

Apr
25

Burfict’s draft stock takes another hit

The downfall of Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict added another chapter to its story Wednesday — just one day before the NFL draft begins — as NFL Network contributor and Fox Sports insider Jay Glazer reported that NFL teams were informed this week that Burfict has failed a drug test.

Teams were also told that Virginia Tech cornerback JayRon Hosley failed a drug test, according to Glazer.

NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport confirmed, via a source, that Hosley failed his test at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Apr
25

NFL.com mock full of surprises

Mike Mayock moderated a mock draft featuring selections made by NFL Network analysts and reporters during which a number of curious picks profoundly alter the first round.

The adventure started at the spot many experts feel can turn the course of the 2012 NFL Draft‘s first round: No. 4 to the Cleveland Browns.

Making the picks were Brian Billick, Charles Davis, Rich Eisen, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Michael Lombardi, Steve Mariucci and Melissa Stark.

To hear the full debates and analysis from our experts on the 2012 draft, listen to the full unedited mock draft in a bonus edition of The Rich Eisen Podcast.

Apr
24

Kuhn gives draft international flavor

North Carolina State defensive end Markus Kuhn hopes to follow in the footsteps of fellow German, New England Patriots lineman Sebastian Vollmer, to become only the third European-trained player drafted by an NFL team.

Like his European-trained predecessors, Kuhn was introduced to the game by a club team playing in Germany.

Other 2012 NFL Draft prospects born outside the United States are Penn State defensive end Jack Crawford, Baylor offensive lineman Philip Blake and Boise State defensive end Tyrone Crawford.

Apr
24

It’s RG3 vs. Rex in D.C.

Robert Griffin III is safe to assume that the Redskins will draft him with the No. 2 pick Thursday night. But he isn’t assuming he’ll be the top QB in Washington, with Rex Grossman also there.

“You can’t come in thinking that you’re a big dog,” Griffin said Tuesday via CBS DC at a pre-draft event in New York. “I might be the second pick, I might be who the fans want as a quarterback and the coaches want as a quarterback but I’ve still got to go beat out Rex Grossman …

“Rex Grossman is the quarterback in Washington right now, and I’ve got to go beat him out. I’ve got to prove to those guys that I’m there to work and I will, it’s who I am. I’ll be the first one in, last one out, and it won’t be a cliché with me.”

Apr
24

What is Browns’ draft strategy?

The Cleveland Browns own an NFL-high 13 selections, including four of the first 67 and two in the first round. The team’s No. 4 overall pick has long been considered a spot that could profoundly impact how the rest of the first round of the draft transpires.

NFL Network analyst Solomon Wilcots chimed in on what he believes the Browns will do with their two first-round picks. Pointing out that Cleveland is targeting athletes who can help the team score points, likely coming away with one of the top running backs and receivers in the draft.

Apr
24

Draft podcast: Five biggest lies of draft week

Be warned, NFL draft fans. Most of what you hear from “sources” inside NFL team war rooms in the final days leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft are calculated lies.

Former NFL scout Bucky Brooks and Matt “Money” Smith reveal the top five biggest lies being spread by teams over the past few days. Also, former Broncos GM Ted Sundquist and NFL.com fantasy editor Michael Fabiano stop by to discuss NFL.com’s live streaming coverage of the 2012 draft, which begins on Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Subscribe to the NFL Draft Tracker Podcast on iTunes.

Apr
24

Where will the 2012 draft turn?

As draft historians fondly recall, there are always first-round moments where the fun really starts. What will 2012’s be? NFL.com and NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport writes Pete Carroll‘s Seattle Seahawks might be sitting in the catbird seat.

Last year, it was the Atlanta Falcons moving up a whopping 21 spots to select Alabama receiver Julio Jones, forcing teams to turn up the volume on their draft room TVs. Other years, it’s been the fascination with New England Patriots wheeler and dealer Bill Belichick trading in the back end of the first round.

What will define the 2012 edition?

Apr
24

Pick Six: Best first rounds ever

What was it the best first round ever? NFL.com’s Adam Rank uses a not-so-complicated formula to figure out which draft class had the best early picks.

Would the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft (featuring No. 1 pick Eli Manning) top the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft (featuring Peyton Manning as the No. 1 pick)?

Apr
24

Reuter unleashes seven-round mock draft

With the 2012 draft looming this weekend, it’s time for a true mock draft projecting every round of action. NFL.com’s Chad Reuter submits all 253 picks.

From the No. 1 overall pick — Stanford QB Andrew Luck — to Mr. Irrelevant — North Dakota State TE Matt Veldman — take a look at all the projected picks, and also get a team-by-team summary of the selections.

Apr
24

Andrew Luck will be first pick in NFL draft

The Washington Redskins are now unofficially on the clock.

Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said Tuesday that Andrew Luck will be the first pick in this year’s NFL draft, confirming that the team would take the Stanford quarterback.

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said that Luck will join the offseason program after his June 7 graduation.

Luck is considered by many to be the most polished college quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning, the legend he will replace in Indy.

Apr
24

Final picks made in On the Beat mock draft

The final eight picks are in for the “On the Beat” mock draft, where the experts who cover teams make the picks for their respective teams.

The New England Patriots have two selections in the final eight, and use those two picks to fill a glaring team need.

Apr
23

Better situation: Luck or RG3?

Brian Billick explains why Robert Griffin III will be entering a better situation in Washington than Andrew Luck will in Indianapolis. Do Willie McGinest and Daryl Johnston agree? What say you?

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