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Viking's Adrian Peterson Heads Pro Bowl Rosters

NFL Pro Bowl Rosters
Here is the roster for the 2013 Pro Bowl. The game will be played a week before the Super Bowl on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 in Honolulu. (* Denotes starter.)

Adrian Peterson Heads Pro Bowl Rosters

Photo - RB Adrian Peterson - Vikings

NFC OFFENSE

Quarterbacks
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay*
Matt Ryan, Atlanta
Robert Griffin III, Washington

Running Backs
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota*
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle
Frank Gore, San Francisco

Fullback
Jerome Felton, Minnesota*

Wide Receivers
Calvin Johnson, Detroit*
Brandon Marshall, Chicago*
Julio Jones, Atlanta
Victor Cruz, N.Y. Giants

Tight Ends
Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta*
Jason Witten, Dallas

Tackles
Joe Staley, San Francisco*
Russell Okung, Seattle*
Trent Williams, Washington

Guards
Mike Iupati, San Francisco*
Jahri Evans, New Orleans*
Chris Snee, N.Y. Giants

Centers
Max Unger, Seattle*
Jeff Saturday, Green Bay

NFC DEFENSE

Defensive Ends
Jason Pierre-Paul, N.Y. Giants*
Julius Peppers, Chicago*
Jared Allen, Minnesota

Interior linemen
Justin Smith, San Francisco*
Henry Melton, Chicago*
Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay

Outside Linebackers
Aldon Smith, San Francisco*
DeMarcus Ware, Dallas*
Clay Matthews, Green Bay

Inside/Middle linebackers
Patrick Willis, San Francisco*
NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco

Cornerbacks
Charles Tillman, Chicago*
Tim Jennings, Chicago*
Patrick Peterson, Arizona

Free Safeties
Dashon Goldson, San Francisco*
Earl Thomas, Seattle

Strong safety
Donte Whitner, San Francisco*

NFC SPECIALISTS
Punter
Thomas Morstead, New Orleans

Place-kicker
Blair Walsh, Minnesota

Kick returner
Leon Washington, Seattle

Special-teamer
Lorenzo Alexander, Washington

For AFC Pro Bowl Roster Go to Next Page

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Aaron Mellette Heads DraftInsiders.com FCS All-America Team

DraftInsiders.com 2012 FCS All-America Team
With position, player, class and school:

Elon senior wide receiver Aaron Mellette picked up his third All-America honor of the year as he was named to the 2012 Associated Press FCS All-America Team on Dec. 12. Mellette has now earned AP All-America honors in three straight seasons, including first-team nods in both 2011 and 2012.

Photo – WR Aaron Mellette – Elon

Mellette was a first-team All-Southern Conference selection by both the league's coaches and media members and placed eighth in the voting for the Walter Payton Award, which is presented annually to the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Sanford, N.C., native concluded the season with a league-leading 108 points and 18 receiving touchdowns. The TD catches are tied for the second-most ever in a single season in SoCon history. In his senior year, Mellette caught 97 passes for 1,398 yards. He led the SoCon and ranked second nationally in both receptions per game (8.82) and receiving yards per game (127.09). He eclipsed 100 receiving yards in eight of Elon's 11 contests, including matching career-highs with 237 yards and three touchdowns against Appalachian State on Oct. 6. Mellette posted a six-game span in which he caught at least two touchdowns. He will participate in the upcoming Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. on Jan. 26.

For his career in the maroon and gold, Mellette posted 4,254 receiving yards, 304 receptions, 44 touchdown catches and 23 100-yard games. All of those numbers rank second in both Elon and Southern Conference history.

2012 FCS All-America Team
First Team
Offense

Quarterback — Casey Brockman, senior, Murray State
Running backs — Miguel Maysonet, senior, 5-10, 205, Stony Brook; Eric Breitenstein, senior, 5-11, 230, Wofford.

Offensive linemen — Earl Watford, senior, 6-4, 290, James Madison; Corey Howard, senior, 6-5, 300, Central Arkansas; Will Post, senior, 6-6, 295, Eastern Washington; Bill Turner, junior, 6-6, 300, North Dakota State; Roger Gaines, senior, 6-6, 320, Tennessee State.

Tight end — Josh Hill, senior,6-4, 230. Idaho State
Receivers — Aaron Mellette, senior, 6-4, 220, Elon; Cordell Roberson, senior, 6-3, 210, Stephen F. Austin

All-purpose player — Walter Powell, junior, 6-0, 180, Murray State.
Kicker — Patrick Murray, senior, 5-7, 160, Fordham.
Punter — Sam Martin, senior, 6-1, 205, Appalachian State.

Defense
Linemen —Colton Underwood, junior, 6-4, 255, Illinois State; Brent Russell, senior, 6-2, 300, Georgia Southern; Mike Catapano, senior, 6-3, 270, Princeton; Brandon Thurmond, senior, 6-2, 260, Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Linebackers — Matt Evans, senior, 6-0, 228, New Hampshire; Keith Pough, senior, 6-1, 235, Howard; Jody Owens, senior, 6-0, 223, Montana State

Defensive backs — Darnell Taylor, senior, 6-0, 195, Sam Houston State; Marcus Williams, junior, 5-11, 194, North Dakota State; Robert Alford, senior,5-11, 185, Southeastern Louisiana; Cooper Taylor, senior, 6-5, 235, Richmond

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, CBS, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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Notre Dame at Oklahoma Heads Pivotal Saturday Schedule

#5 Notre Dame at #8 Oklahoma & #11 Mississippi State at #1 Alabama in Prime Time Night Matchups

Photo - LB Manti Te’O - Notre Dame

College football schedule this week will be highlighted by two Saturday night telecasts matching ranked teams with all four in the top 11 of the BCS standings:

ABC will broadcast undefeated #5 Notre Dame at one-loss #8 Oklahoma as part of the Saturday Night Football series at 8 p.m. ET. Notre Dame has defeated Oklahoma eight of the nine all-time meetings against the Sooners, including the last meeting in 1999.

Also #11 Mississippi State at #1 Alabama in a showdown of unbeaten SEC teams at 8:30 p.m. Mississippi State, at 7-0, has had its best start to a season since 1999 and won its first seven games for only the second time in 113 years of playing football. Alabama has won eight of the last 10 games against the Bulldogs.

There are 11 remaining undefeated teams with No. 1 Alabama, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 11 Mississippi State, No. 15 Rutgers, No. 16 Louisville, No. 24 Ohio and Ohio State all facing pivotal matchups.

Unbeaten Ohio State goes to Penn State and faces a squad that has won five straight since opening the season 0-2 on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 5:30 p.m. Kent State has a fine 6-1 record and goes to New Jersey to face undefeated No. 15 Rutgers on Saturday, at 3:30 p.m.

Key Matchups - Sat, Oct 27
Noon
Tennessee at No. 13 South Carolina
Iowa at Northwestern
Kentucky at Missouri
Ole Miss at Arkansas
Temple at Pittsburgh
NC State at North Carolina

3:30 p.m.
Michigan State at No. 25 Wisconsin
No. 9 USC at Arizona
Duke at No. 12 Florida State
Kent State at No. 15 Rutgers
No. 24 Ohio at Miami (Ohio)

5:30 p.m.
Ohio State at Penn State
7 p.m. No. 20 Texas A&M at Auburn
Syracuse at South Florida

8 p.m.
No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 8 Oklahoma
No. 22 Michigan at Nebraska

8:30 p.m.
No. 11 Mississippi State at No. 1 Alabama

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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NFL Team 2012 Mini-camp Dates

2012 NFL Team Minicamp Dates

Team Mini-camp Dates
(camps include rookies and veterans groups)

Photo – DE Justin Tuck - N.Y. Giants

Arizona Cardinals
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Atlanta Falcons
May 11-13 (rookies), June 19-21

Baltimore Ravens
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Buffalo Bills
May 11-13 (rookies), June 19-21

Carolina Panthers
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Chicago Bears
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Cincinnati Bengals
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Cleveland Browns
May 11-13 (rookies), June 5-7

Dallas Cowboys
May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

Denver Broncos
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Detroit Lions
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Green Bay Packers
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Houston Texans
June 12-14

Indianapolis Colts
May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

Jacksonville Jaguars
May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

Kansas City Chiefs
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Miami Dolphins
May 4-6 (rookies), June 19-21

Minnesota Vikings
May 4-6 (rookies), June 19-21

New England Patriots
May 10-12 (rookies), June 12-14

New Orleans Saints
May 11-13 (rookies), June 5-7

New York Giants
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

New York Jets
May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

Oakland Raiders
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Philadelphia Eagles
May 12-14 (rookies), June 12-14

Pittsburgh Steelers
May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

St. Louis Rams
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

San Diego Chargers
May 11-13 (rookies), June 19-21

San Francisco 49ers
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Seattle Seahawks
May 11-13 (rookies), June 12-14

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

Tennessee Titans
May 11-12 (rookies), June 19-21

Washington Redskins
May 4-6 (rookies), June 12-14

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First Round Selections - NFL Draft 2012

First Round Selections - NFL Draft 2012l

The NFL Draft 2012 set a new record for the initial round with 14 choices traded along with 19 total trades exchanged by the close of the top round. It was the most since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 as clubs manenuved quickly with coveteed players on the board. The first round produced 17 defensive propsects afterthe first five choices were all from the offensive side of the ball. Day two begins tonight at 7 pm with Rounds 2 and 3 on the agenda. We will have a special new ranking for subscribers available for Day Three that concludes with Rounds 4 thru 7.

Photo – QB Robert Griffin III - Baylor

First Round Selections - NFL Draft 2012
Pick / Team / Player / Position / School

1 Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck - QB - Stanford

2 Washington Redskins (Rams)
Robert Griffin - QB - Baylor

3 Cleveland Browns (Vikings)
Trent Richardson - RB - Alabama

4 Minnesota Vikings (Browns)
Matt Kalil - T - Southern Cal

5 Jacksonville Jaguars (Buccaneers)
Justin Blackmon - WR - Oklahoma State

6 Dallas Cowboys (Rams)
Morris Claiborne - CB - LSU

7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Jaguars)
Mark Barron - S - Alabama

8 Miami Dolphins
Ryan Tannehill - QB -Texas A&M

9 Carolina Panthers
Luke Kuechly - LB - Boston College

10 Buffalo Bills
Stephon Gilmore - CB - South Carolina

11 Kansas City Chiefs
Dontari Poe - DT - Memphis

12 Philadelphia Eagles (Seahawks)
Fletcher Cox - DT - Mississippi St

13 Arizona Cardinals
Michael Floyd - WR - Notre Dame

14 St. Louis Rams (Cowboys)
Michael Brockers - DT - LSU

15 Seattle Seahawks (Eagles)
Bruce Irvin - LB - West Virginia

16 New York Jets
Quinton Coples - DE - North Carolina

17 Cincinnati Bengals
Dre Kirkpatrick - CB - Alabama

18 San Diego Chargers
Melvin Ingram - LB - South Carolina

19 Chicago Bears
Shea McClellin - LB - Boise St

20 Tennessee Titans
Kendall Wright - WR - Baylor

21 New England Patriots (Bengals)
Chandler Jones - DE - Syracuse

22 Cleveland Browns
Brandon Weeden - QB - Oklahoma St

23 Detroit Lions
Riley Reiff - T - Iowa

24 Pittsburgh Steelers
David DeCastro - G - Stanford

25 New England Patriots (Broncos)
Dont'a Hightower - LB - Alabama

26 Houston Texans
Whitney Mercilus - DE - Illinois

27 Cincinnati Bengals (Patriots)
Kevin Zeitler - G - Wisconsin

28 Green Bay Packers
Nick Perry - DE/LB - Southern Cal

29 Minnesota Vikings (Ravens)
Harrison Smith - S - Notre Dame

30 San Francisco 49ers
A.J. Jenkins - WR - Illinois

31 Tampa Bay Bucs (Broncos)
Doug Martin - RB - Boise St

32 New York Giants
David Wilson - RB - Virginia Tech

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NFL Draft 2012 - Compensatory Picks -15 Teams Add Selections

NFL Draft 2012 - Compensatory Picks

A total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2012 NFL Draft have been awarded to 15 teams, the NFL announced Monday

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. The 32 compensatory choices announced today will supplement the 221 choices in the seven rounds of the NFL Draft 2012 set for April 26-28.
The compensatory picks are positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.

Three clubs this year (Atlanta, San Diego and Buffalo) will each receive a compensatory pick even though they did not suffer a net loss of compensatory free agents last year. Under the formula, the compensatory free agents lost by these clubs were ranked higher than the ones they signed (by a specified point differential based upon salary and performance).

Thirty compensatory picks were awarded to clubs based upon the compensatory pick formula. By rule, two additional choices were awarded at the end of the draft to the St. Louis and Indianapolis based upon the 2012 draft selection order.

NFL Draft 2012 - Compensatory Picks
Rounds 3 thru 7
Round / Pick / Overall Pick

Round 3
3 33/95 Oakland

Round 4
4 33/128 Minnesota
4 34/129 Oakland
4 35/130 Baltimore
4 36/131 N.Y. Giants
4 37/132 Green Bay
4 38/133 Green Bay
4 39/134 Minnesota
4 40/135 Dallas

Round 5
5 33/168 Oakland
5 34/169 Baltimore
5 35/170 Indianapolis

Round 6
6 33/202 N.Y. Jets
6 34/203 N.Y. Jets
6 35/204 Cleveland
6 36/205 Cleveland
6 37/206 Indianapolis
6 38/207 Carolina

Round 7
7 33/240 Pittsburgh
7 34/241 Green Bay
7 35/242 N.Y. Jets
7 36/243 Green Bay
7 37/244 N.Y. Jets
7 38/245 Cleveland
7 39/246 Pittsburgh
7 40/247 Cleveland
7 41/248 Pittsburgh
7 42/249 Atlanta
7 43/250 San Diego
7 44/251 Buffalo
7 45/252 St. Louis
7 46/253 Indianapolis

NFL Scouting Combine 2012 Event Schedule

NFL Scouting Combine 2012
NFL Combine - Feb. 22-28 - Lucas Stadium, Indianapolis, In.

Photo - DT Jerel Worthy - Michigan St

This week over three hundred of the very best college football players will be invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Top Executives, Coaching Staffs, Player Personnel Departments and Medical Personnel from all 32 NFL teams will be on hand to evaluate the nation’s top college football players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft. This intense, four-day job interview is an exciting time for the athletes and a vital step in achieving their dreams of playing in the NFL. The NFL Network will televise the complete NFL Combine week long event.

February Newsletter - 14 pages - Available Now
Top 150 Pro Prospects, Three Round Mock Draft, NFL Combine 2012 info,
Senior Bowl and East-West All-star game evaluation.
Special Emails for Subscribers on NFL Combine 2012 Events

General Player Schedule

February 22nd-28th, 2012
22nd-25th Day 1 Arrivals*: Grp 1(PK, ST, OL), Grp 2(OL), Grp 3(TE)
Wednesday Travel, Registration, Pre-exam & X-ray, Orientation, Interviews
Thursday Measurements, Exams, Media, Psych Tests, Interviews
Friday NFLPA Meeting, Psych Tests, *PK/ST Workout*, Interviews
Saturday Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure

23rd-26th Day 2 Arrivals*: Grp 4(QB, WO), Grp 5(QB, WO), Grp 6(RB)
Thursday Travel, Registration, Pre-exam & X-ray, Orientation, Interviews
Friday Measurements, Exams, Media, Psych Tests, Interviews
Saturday NFLPA Meeting, Psych Tests, Interviews
Sunday Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure

24th-27th Day 3 Arrivals: Grp 7(DL), Grp 8(DL), Grp 9(LB)
Friday Travel, Registration, Pre-exam & X-ray, Orientation, Interviews
Saturday Measurements, Exams, Media, Psych Tests, Interviews
Sunday NFLPA Meeting, Psych Tests, Interviews
Monday Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure

25th-28th Day 4 Arrivals: Grp 10(DB), Grp 11(DB)
Saturday Travel, Registration, Pre-exam & X-ray, Orientation, Interviews
Sunday Measurements, Exams, Media, Psych Tests, Interviews
Monday NFLPA Meeting, Psych Tests, Interviews
Tuesday Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure

How are players selected for the NFL Combine?
NFL Combine participants are determined each year by a Selection Committee. The Directors of both National and BLESTO scouting services, which combined represent 25 NFL teams, are joined by members of various NFL player personnel departments to form the committee. The participating NFL executives can rotate on a yearly basis, and remain anonymous. All eligible players are reviewed and voted on by the committee members. Each athlete receiving the necessary number of votes, by position, is then extended an invitation. While it is not a perfect science, the goal of the committee is to invite every player that will be drafted in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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