Justin Blackmon doesn’t feel pressure of No. 1 receiver

The Jacksonville Jaguars traded up to select Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon with the fifth pick in the NFL draft, but the rookie told NFL Network Friday he doesn’t feel pressure to come in and be the No. 1 receiver for quarterback Blaine Gabbert.

Andrew Luck’s jam-packed day

Freshly named Colts QB Andrew Luck will arrive in Indianapolis on the plane of owner Jim Irsay at 4 p.m. ET Friday afternoon.

Fan reaction mixed over Jets’ first-round pick

With the 16th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Jets selected North Carolina DE Quinton Coples, and the reaction was mixed from some 3,500 Jets fans on hand at MetLife Stadium. While some cheered, others booed, with hopes of Melvin Ingram heading to New York shattered. It’s been chaos and excitement surrounding the draft, for all but one, who says his focus is elsewhere.

Trading cards put rookies in new team colors

Thanks to the good folks at Panini America trading cards, football fans can get an early glimpse of what some of the top picks in the 2012 NFL Draft look like in their new team colors.

2012 NFL Draft in Motion

These gifs of the 2012 NFL Draft picks are worth a thousand words. 1. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck 2. Washington Redskins- Robert Griffin III 4. Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil 5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Justin Blackmon 6. Dallas Cowboys – Morris Claiborne 7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Mark Barron 13. Arizona Cardinals – Michael Floyd 16. New York Jets – Quinton Coples 17. Cincinnati Bengals – Dre Kirkpatrick 18. San Diego Chargers – Melvin Ingram 20. Tennessee Titans – Kendall Wright 25. New England Patriots – Dont’a Hightower 28. Green Bay Packers – Nick Perry

Jerry Jones wants to help Tony Romo in draft

With the No. 14 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a constant reminder that his team finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs last season. And he’s not happy about it.

NFL, NFLPA have agreed on terms of rookie salary pool

The NFL and the NFLPA have come to a basic agreement on the terms of the rookie pool, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

The agreement clears the way for the Indianapolis Colts to negotiate a deal with Andrew Luck.

Lions looking to trade up, eyeing Stephon Gilmore

The Lions are seriously pursuing options to trade up in Thursday’s NFL draft, and multiple team executives believe South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore would be a prime target.

Five things that really, probably, maybe will happen in the 2012 NFL Draft…

More time to kill, more time to kill… Well, this is getting closer. And as the kickoff clock to the NFL Draft ticks and ticks away, the focus is coming clearer. Yeah, this could be a crazy night. The rookie wage scale and some differing opinions on the strength of this class will lead to a slightly wacky experience. As you might expect, I have some predictions… Here are five things that could, maybe, possible, probably happen: 1. The Dolphins will take QB Ryan Tannehill —┬áThis has been smokescreen central. Loved it when personnel guys with the Jaguars publicly said everyone knew the Dolphins were picking the Texas A&M QB. Um, not quite. Even Tannehill hasn’t been told the Dolphins […]

Morris Claiborne could go to Minnesota Vikings

To follow up on what we’re hearing, a league source reinforced that the Minnesota Vikings are leaning toward drafting LSU CB Morris Claiborne. Minnesota has Claiborne rated highest on their draft board and the team reportedly likes him more than USC OT Matt Kalil.

Also, Cleveland appears to be leaning toward taking Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden with the No. 22 pick, league sources said.

Patriots interested in trading up to Seahawks’ No. 12 pick

The New England Patriots have inquired with the Seattle Seahawks what it would take to get to No. 12 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, sources with direct knowledge of the situation said Thursday.

The Patriots have the No. 27 and No. 31 overall picks in the first round.

Andrew Luck to run with Colts’ first team Day 1, OC says

After the Indianapolis Colts draft Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick on Thursday evening, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians fully expects the Stanford quarterback to run with the first team from Day 1.

“Ain’t no doubt,” Arians said.

A look at the four players the Cowboys are targeting for No. 14

We still have more than eight hours until the NFL Draft, and it can’t come fast enough. Seriously. All this buildup, say the names already. Can’t believe we have to wait until 8 p.m. Eastern to get this rolling. But still, while we’re just hanging out, might as well be productive. So, I’m based here in Dallas for NFL Network, and I’ve been at Valley Ranch with the Cowboys all week. And when we last heard from them, owner Jerry Jones sounded pretty open about whether he’d move up or down in the draft. He thought with the new rookie wage scale, there would be more movement than ever. “If we had a chance to gain on it and add […]

Irvin sees positives in Jenkins’ ‘instability’

NFL Network analyst and former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin took up the cause of cornerback Janoris Jenkins as a high pick in Thursday night’s NFL draft.

2012 NFL Draft is a family affair

Several players in this year’s draft crop have family connections to the NFL, starting with Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

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