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22 Apr 2005, 10:04am by admin

2005 Football Outsiders Mock Draft

Every newspaper in America is running a mock draft today, but only one is running a mock draft officially written by the staff of Football Outsiders. Russell Levine and Michael David Smith predict how Saturday's first round will -- or at least should -- play out, reprinted from Friday's New York Sun.

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21 Apr 2005, 10:18am by Michael David Smith

Defensive Gems Below the Surface

Offensive players are expected to dominate the top half of the first round of the NFL Draft, but Michael David Smith explains that there are still plenty of defensive standouts to be had. Here are his profiles of the defensive players likely to be chosen in the first two rounds, reprinted from Wednesday's New York Sun.

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20 Apr 2005, 10:45am by Russell Levine

Previewing the Top Offensive Picks

It's been said many times that the 2005 draft class lacks "star power." But to Russell Levine, that just makes it more interesting. In this article reprinted from Tuesday's New York Sun, he previews the offensive players whose names you're likely to hear called on day one.

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19 Apr 2005, 11:10am by Ned Macey

Four Downs: AFC South

The Texans still have a porous offensive line. The Colts sit out free agency again. Donovan Darius is trying to get off the Jags, while Marcus Stroud is staying for a while. The Titans may be in a perfect position to trade on draft day. All this plus a look at Tennessee's big free agent catch, Kyle Vanden Bosch, in this AFC South edition of Four Downs.

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17 Apr 2005, 11:55pm by Michael David Smith

Loser's Curse Haunts the First Round

As a consolation prize for having the worst record in the NFL last season, the San Francisco 49ers get to enjoy the first pick in next weekend's NFL draft. But is the first pick really such a great thing to have? In this article reprinted from Friday's New York Sun, Michael David Smith tells us about two business school professors who say that the answer to that question is an emphatic "no," and explains why the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything is, in fact, 43. Ed. note: For some reason this study is getting a lot of press today, and I have gotten a couple emails about it, so I wanted to point out that we wrote about it back in April.

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15 Apr 2005, 12:45pm by Guest

NFL Europe: Weeks 1-2

Reader Ian Hollohan will be providing bi-weekly NFL Europe reports for us, focusing on players who we may see in the NFL next year as well as games we can watch here on American television. In his first report, we learn that minor league football is in fact sloppy, and that Denver may have yet another running back prospect.

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14 Apr 2005, 12:01am by Al Bogdan

Four Downs: NFC East

The Giants are getting younger, the Cowboys aren't doing much of anything, and everyone in Washington and Philadelphia is complaining. Join Al Bogdan as he takes a look around the NFC East in the latest edition of Four Downs.

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12 Apr 2005, 10:28am by Michael David Smith

1999 NFL Draft: Six Years Later

It was the best of times (Donovan McNabb and Daunte Culpepper), it was the worst of times (Akili Smith and Cade McNown), it was the age of wisdom (Bill Polian taking Edgerrin James), it was the age of foolishness (Mike Ditka in dreadlocks). It was the 1999 NFL draft, and we review it today.

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11 Apr 2005, 04:40pm by Aaron Schatz

Four Downs: AFC East

Time to take a look at the draft needs of the AFC East. The Patriots and Jets have specific needs, the Bills could use general depth, and the Dolphins could use an extra ten or twenty draft picks. Aaron also goes over recent draft history, looks at receivers similar to David Terrell, and plays that game that's sweeping the nation, or at least the New York Metropolitan Area: Guaranteed RB Decline Trivia.

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07 Apr 2005, 09:44am by Mike Tanier

Four Downs: AFC West

The Chiefs are courting Patrick Surtain, the Broncos are stockpiling former Browns linemen (can Michael Dean Perry be far behind?), Antonio Gates is angling for a new contract, Will Shields is pondering retirement, the Raiders are signing spare parts, and Chiefs defenders are grousing. Four Downs takes a tour of the AFC West with Mike Tanier.

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