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2011 NFL Draft: Top Five Defensive Ends

The closer a position is to the football, the more valuable the position. On defense then, defensive ends are the second-most valuable and for good reason. They factor into nearly every play whether it be a pass or run. A good defensive end seals the edge, collapses the pocket, occupies blockers, rushes the passer, fills running lanes, swats down passes, covers the flat and the list goes on and on. But give ...

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2011 NFL Draft: Top Five Interior Offensive Linemen

If there is truly an all-guts, no glory position in the NFL, it is the interior offensive linemen on any given NFL team. Most fans wouldn't recognize their favorite team's starting left guard if he lived next door to them. But the big nasties upfront provide quarterbacks room to step up into the pocket to make all their big throws. They drive defensive linemen from side to side to create lanes for running b ...

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2011 NFL Draft: Top Five Offensive Tackles

Every year, it seems an offensive tackle is one of the first few picks off the board. This year, the first tackle may slip down to the No. 9 pick held by the Dallas Cowboys. This would be the latest for a tackle to be drafted since 2005 when the New Orleans Saints wisely selected Jammal Brown with the No. 13 pick. The 2008 NFL Draft is what really put offensive tackles on the map for the first round. That y ...

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2011 NFL Draft: Top Five Wide Receivers

2011 NFL Draft: Top Five Wide Receivers Despite the perception that first-round receivers carry with them a lot of risk, two at the position will likely be drafted within the top ten. Those players are Georgia’s A.J. Green and Alabama’s Julio Jones. Beyond them, the picture gets cloudy quickly. This draft lacks a clear No. 3 WR and beyond. There is a grouping of four or five receivers who are likely sitting ...

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2011 NFL Draft: Top Five Running Backs

2011 NFL Draft: Top Five Running Backs As the NFL has progressed into a pass-heavy league, team needs for the running back position have changed. The days of workhorse backs have since past. The league is now full of specialists. Power backs for short yardage. Elusive backs for first and second down. Pass-blockers who can catch the ball on third down. H-backs who can be lined up all over the field to create ...

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Top 5 Quarterbacks – 2011 NFL Draft

2011 NFL Draft: Top Five Quarterbacks The prospect of drafting a quarterback in the opening rounds of the NFL Draft brings with it many expectations from fans, front office personnel and coaching staffs. Just look at the number of rookie quarterbacks started games last year: Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, Jimmy Clausen, Colt McCoy, John Skelton, Rusty Smith and Joe Webb. The 2011 quarterback class offers a mixed ...

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Robert Quinn: 2011 NFL Draft Prospects

  PLAYER PROFILE Defensive end Robert Quinn (H: 6'5" - W: 270 - College: North Carolina) University of North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn is among the many players who will likely go among the first players drafted in the 2011 NFL Draft. Quinn was suspended for the entire 2010 NCAA college football season due to receiving improper benefits from sports agents and lying to NCAA officials. Quinn ha ...

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Rounds 1 & 2

1. Carolina Panthers: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri Is Blaine Gabbert the best prospect in this class? Absolutely not. But Carolina has no other choice but to address the quarterback position. Time and time again, first-year coaches bring in 'their guy'. Also, Mel Kiper also brings up a good point by saying that projecting the idea that Carolina will take a QB at No. 1 maximizes the trade potential of the pi ...

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Mikel Leshoure: 2011 NFL Draft Prospects

PLAYER PROFILE Running back Mikel Leshoure (H: 6'0" - W: 230 - College: Illinois) Fighting Illini running back Mikel Leshoure came out of nowhere to rush for 1,697 yards and 17 TDs in 2010. In the Texas Bowl, Leshoure carried Illinois to the victory with 184 yards and 3 TDs to beat the Baylor Bears. And with that strong 2010 season, Leshoure is now widely-considered one of the top RB prospects in the 2011 N ...

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Mark Ingram: 2011 NFL Draft Prospects

Mark Ingram PLAYER PROFILE Running back Mark Ingram (H: 5'10" - W: 215 - College: Alabama) Select A Prospect Da'Quan Bowers Nick Fairley Marcell Dareus Robert Quinn Von Miller Patrick Peterson Prince Amukamara Cam Newton Blaine Gabbert A.J. Green Julio Jones Mark Ingram Mikel Leshoure 2009 Heisman Memorial Trophy winner Mark Ingram is widely-considered the top back in the 2011 NFL Draft. The Crimson Tide of ...

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