Late first-round picks balk at three guaranteed years

The haste with which top-five and top-10 draft picks signed has been one of the more pleasant byproducts of the NFL’s new labor agreement. But things are becoming a little sticky in the back end of the first round.

The 2011 NFL Draft in pictures

Relive the 2011 NFL Draft through the photography of NFL.com.

This trade was made … just because

It seemed pretty odd at the time, that the Eagles and Patriots swapped pick Nos. 193 and 194 in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. What made the trade a bit more strange was that it was announced about 30 picks ahead of time, near the end of the fourth round.

Analysts tab favorite picks of Day 3

In an unscientific straw poll conducted during the seventh round, we asked some NFL.com and NFL Network personalities for their favorite picks of Day 3 of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Mallett-to-Patriots is best fit among rookie QBs

The top seven quarterback prospects all went early in the 2011 NFL Draft, many of them earlier than expected. But each quarterback enters a different scenario with his new team, with unique circumstances determining how early they will be expected to contribute.

Lombardi: Patriots took ‘calculated risk’ in Cannon

It’s far too early to anoint anyone the steal of the 2011 NFL Draft. But if Marcus Cannon can bounce back from a reportedly treatable form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma — which he found out about last week and is expected to be mostly recovered from in several weeks — he could be that player.

Seahawks strikes early to rebuild O-line

Coach Pete Carroll isn’t keeping the Seahawks’ draft strategy cloaked in mystery.

Broncos, Texans doing it all for their defenses

The Broncos and Texans, both of whom will run new schemes next season, realize they can immediately make a move because this is a great draft for defense.

Break up your late-round boredom with this game

Welcome to the later rounds of the NFL Draft. The players that you may have heard of have long since been taken. For some of you, that might have happened an hour into the broadcast on Thursday night. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t keep things interesting.

Photo: Jets Flight Crew at 2011 NFL Draft

The New York Jets Flight Crew makes an appearance at the 2011 NFL Draft.

Bears’ pick won’t go to Ravens as compensation

The Bears agreed Thursday night to send their fourth-round draft pick to the Ravens so Chicago could move up in the first round, but something strange happened along the way, and the deal wasn’t consummated.

Draft notes: Acho nothing to sneeze at in Arizona

A few notes, thoughts and observations from Radio City Music Hall as Round 4 of the NFL draft unfolds.

Goodell talks to fans about labor issues

“This is the first time all weekend I haven’t been booed,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told a group of about 60 fans gathered on the Radio City Music Hall stage before Day 3 of the 2011 NFL Draft. “Go ahead. Doesn’t anyone want to take a shot at me?”

Day 3 primer: Stanzi could be fit for Bills

Much like the NFL teams did, I had the chance to regroup over night in the hours after Day 2 of the draft ended. After checking over my notes for Day 3, here are a few thoughts to get the day started.

Goodell seeks the draft lowdown

It doesn’t take much to see just how much Commissioner Roger Goodell cares about the NFL draft.

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