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NFL Draft 2011

NFL Draft 2011

here to see the order of the draft.

Below is some older NFL news leading up to the draft.

Taking a look ahead at the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft and coming up with some mock draft picks might be a challenge this year. It’s expected that the NFL owners may lock the players out after the current collective bargaining agreement expires in early March. Many football fans out there are wondering if a draft is still going to happen in the event that the owners do lock out the players at the beginning of March. The NFL teams will still be able to draft players and negotiate with them, but they will not be able to sign them during the lockout and the players cannot participate in any team related activies such as rookie camps, etc.

In the event a lockout does happen, it will be interesting to see how the teams will go about negotiating contracts with the players they draft. The possible lockout hasn’t seemed to stop a good majority of the college juniors, who have elected to skip their senior season, from entering the NFL draft early It will be intersting to see how everything will play out. Hopefully, they get this lockout situation taken care of before then so we can focus on the draft and the upcoming season.

Here is a good story on the topic.

In other NFL news, the Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers to become the Super Bowl Champions. The estimated ratings for the game are the highest in Super Bowl history. If the estimated ratings turn out to be correct, then the 2011 Super Bowl will have surpassed the 2010 Super Bowl, which had 106.5 million viewers, as the most watched Super Bowl in the history of the contest. The actual physical attendance record, which was expected to break the all time record, failed to do so after a number of seats were not opened up due to safety concerns. This left the ticket holders of those seats in a real bind and the NFL tried to accommodate them by offering them $2,400 for the $900 face value of the tickets and some of the disgruntled ticket holders were escorted below Cowboys stadium where they watched the game on television. I don’t think we’ve heard the last of this fiasco.

NFL News and Rumors fly through the Red Zone

NFL News and Rumors fly through the Red Zone

It was an ugly night for both the Bears and Giants but for different reasons. The Raiders continued their reputation of unusual draft decision, and the injury issues for the Pack return again. NFL news and rumors stay hot.

New York Giants def. Chicago Bears: Terrell Thomas injury curbs celebrations

Several major problems resurfaced for the Chicago Bears that undid a good start to the game. Jay Cutler got sacked only once and threw for 171 yards, but failure on third down, in the red zone, and on special teams paved the way to a New York Giants runaway. Chicago also had at least five dropped passes that would’ve extended drives. Meanwhile, the Giants overcame a sluggish start to take advantage of a big kick return and blocked punt to put up two touchdowns. Eli Manning was not perfect but kept drives alive, while big Brandon Jacobs popped off several big runs that broke the game open. David Carr put the game out of reach late with two touchdowns of his own. Everything, however, got tempered when standout cornerback Terrell Thomas tore the ACL in his right knee trying to sack Jay Cutler.

Final score: 41 13

Oakland Raiders spend Third Round Pick for Terrelle Pryor

It was almost destiny. Terrelle Pryor is a freakish athlete with a checkered past just looking for an opportunity. No team signifies second chances more than the Oakland Raiders, a team that built champions around controversial players. NFL news and rumors reported that Oakland used a 2012 third round pick to grab Pryor in the supplemental draft. This gives the Silver and Black youth and talent in their quarterback stock behind three major question marks in Jason Campbell, Kyle Boller, and Trent Edwards.

Denver Broncos declare Kyle Orton the official starting quarterback

It may have been a forgone conclusion but the Denver Broncos waited until after their second preseason game for certainty. Kyle Orton will start the regular season opener for the Broncos, leaving Brady Quinn and Tim Tebow in a fight for the backup spot. Orton likely won the job when he put on an impressive performance against the Buffalo Bills and bring hard work and leadership to a team that desperately needs it given injury troubles.

Cleveland Browns keep tackle Joe Thomas for another Seven Years

There are few bright spots fan of the Cleveland Browns are proud of, but All Pro tackle Joe Thomas sits at the top of that list. After four Pro Bowls playing for some bad teams, Thomas got a much deserved payday when the Browns locked him up for seven years and a whopping $84 million. This contract makes him the highest paid offensive lineman in NFL history, an impressive feat considering he plays for a team that hasn’t reached the playoffs since he got drafted in 2007.

Green Bay Packers lose linebacker Frank Zombo to broken scapula

Injuries were something the defending champion Green Bay Packers desperately wanted to avoid. Second year linebacker Frank Zombo wasn’t that lucky, breaking his scapula bone in his shoulder blade. Zombo was in the heat of a race for the starting job at outside linebacker and played a pivotal role in the Packers victory over Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl. His loss is a major shot to the depth of the Green Bay defense and makes fans wonder whose next.

NFL News and Rumors Post Great Depressions and

NFL News and Rumors Post Great Depressions and

Blowouts galore in the preseason last night but the morning brings brand new NFL news and rumors to digest. Not for the faint of heart, here are the latest updates.

Buffalo Bills trade wide receiver Lee Evans to Baltimore Ravens for draft pick

Nobody is probably under more pressure to win this season than the Baltimore Ravens. After consistent playoff appearances dating back to 2008, the Ravens have yet to reach the Super Bowl and now face a crisis on offense after a slew of free agency releases. Their largest area of need is wide receiver, which prompted the team to trade a fourth round pick to the Buffalo Bills for veteran Lee Evans who hopes to give quarterback Joe Flacco a badly needed deep threat when the season starts.

Pittsburgh Steelers corner Ike Taylor breaks thumb against Washington Redskins

Winning is not the most important thing in a preseason game. Staying healthy is. The Pittsburgh Steelers couldn’t avoid that lesson. NFL news and rumors reported yesterday that number one cornerback Ike Taylor broke his thumb on the second play of the game against the Washington Redskins. Coaches expect him not to play for at least a couple of weeks, making an already suspect Steelers secondary even weaker ahead of the regular season opener against Baltimore.

New York Giants offer a New Deal to defensive end Osi Umenyiora

Solidarity is the battle cry echoing from the New York Giants front office. Giants’ management remains under fire from fans after losing two key offensive players to free agency in wide receiver Steve Smith and tight end Kevin Boss. The last thing the team needs is to lose star defensive end Osi Umenyiora to a contract holdout and possible trade as well. The Giants offered to restructure Umenyiora’s contract into a new deal that gives him an extra $400,000 to $1 million in incentives for his play on the field. It’s not the new contract the defensive end wanted, but it will be an appetizer for one more year. New York awaits his answer.

Philadelphia Eagles face questions with receivers Steve Smith and Jeremy Maclin

The Dream Team is not so dreamy on the injury front of late. Wide receiver remains a major concern for the Philadelphia Eagles with two of their top players out. Steve Smith, the recent free agent pickup from the Giants, got placed on the Physically Unable to Perform or PUP list for a lingering knee injury. Teammate Jeremy Maclin has been out even longer with an as yet unknown illness, raising questions about whether he is ready for the regular season despite missing the entire off season and training camp. Coach Andy Reid remains optimistic in the face of these two lingering problems.

President Obama grudgingly welcomes Green Bay Packers to White House

Anyone who has met Barack Obama knows he’s a die hard Chicago Bears fan. So it was obviously difficult for him welcoming the world champion Green Bay Packers to the White House south lawn. President Obama admitted his struggle and said he still wasn’t over the loss his Bears suffered in the NFC championship game. In the end though the President was a good sport, offering heartfelt congratulations to the Packers for overcoming so many injuries during their Super Bowl run. Obama did, however, possibly get in trouble with his hometown team when he innocently suggested Green Bay trade star quarterback Aaron Rodgers to Chicago when the president received a share of ownership in the team. Not exactly endorsements for Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.