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Notre Dame at Oklahoma Heads Pivotal Saturday Schedule

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#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.

NFL Team 2012 Mini-camp Dates

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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

First Round Selections - NFL Draft 2012

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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

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.

QB Aaron Rodgers & LB Terrell Suggs Head Draft Insiders' 2011 All-Pro Team

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DraftInsiders.com 2011 All-Pro Team

Photo - Aaron Rodgers - Packers

Offense
Quarterback

Aaron Rodgers - Packers

Running Backs
Maurice Jones-Drew - Jaguars
Arian Foster - Texans

Wide Receivers
Calvin Johnson - Lions
Victor Cruz - Giants

Tight end
Rob Gronkowski - Patriots

Center
Maurkice Pouncey - Steelers

Guards
Jahri Evans - Saints
Carl Nicks - Saints

Offensive Tackles
Jake Long - Dolphins
Joe Thomas - Browns

Defense
Defensive Ends

NFL Draft 2012 Selection Order - Colts are ‘On the Clock’!

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NFL Draft 2012 Selection Order - The Colts are ‘On the Clock’!

Photo - DL Jared Crick - Nebraska

The Colts hold the first overall choice of the NFL Draft 2012 this April after a terrible season that saw them win only two games all year. Their poor performance cost longtime GM Bill Polian his job after a successful tenure that earned the Colts a Super Bowl title in 2007. Head coach Jim Caldwell currently holds his job as several NFL teams sign new HC and GMs with most clubs in postseason schedules. The Colts hired former Eagles Director Ryan Grigson as their new General Manager in early January. He has had an excellent track record as a personnel evaluator. He takes over an aging roster that has been an annual playoff club until the poor 2011 season.

The top overall selection should be QB Andrew Luck regardless if the Colts retain the pick or trades the selection, most likely within the top ten overall choices.

* Playoff team / y - coin flip to determine order / Conference title & Super Bowl games will determine the final positions

# Team - W-L - Opp W-L %
1 Indianapolis - 2-14 .539
2 St. Louis - 2-14 .590
3 Minnesota - 3-13 .559
4 Cleveland - 4-12 .531
5 Tampa Bay - 4-12 .551
6 Washington - 5-11 .477
7 Jacksonville - 5-11 .500
y 8/9 Carolina - 6-10 .504
y 8/9 Miami - 6-10 .504
10 Buffalo - 6-10 .520
y 11/12 Kansas City - 7-9 .512
y 11/12 Seattle - 7-9 .512
13 Arizona - 8-8 .469
14 Dallas - 8-8 .473
15 Philadelphia - 8-8 .488
16 NY Jets - 8-8 .500
17 Cincinnati (Oakland) - 8-8 .504
18 San Diego - 8-8 .516
19 Chicago - 8-8 .527
20 Tennessee - 9-7 .461
21 Cincinnati - 9-7 .492
22 Cleveland (Atlanta) - 10-6 .480
23 Detroit -10-6 .535
24 Pittsburgh - 12-4 .492
25 Denver - 8-8 .520
26 Houston - 10-6 .453
27 New England (New Orleans) - 13-3 .441
28 Green Bay - 15-1 .457
29 * NY Giants - 9-7 .520
30 * Baltimore -12-4 .477
31 * San Francisco - 13-3 .449
32 * New England - 13-3 .449

Team tie-breaking procedure for the NFL Draft
If two or more clubs are tied in the selection order, the strength-of-schedule tie breaker is applied, subject to the following exceptions for playoff clubs:

1. The Super Bowl winner is last and the Super Bowl loser next-to-last.
2. Any non-Super Bowl playoff club involved in a tie shall be assigned priority within its segment below that of non-playoff clubs and in the order that the playoff clubs exited from the playoffs. Within a tied segment a playoff club that loses in the Wild-Card game will have priority over a playoff club that loses in the Divisional playoff game that in turn will have priority over a club that loses in the Conference Championship game. If two tied clubs exited the playoffs in the same round, the tie is broken by strength of schedule.

If any ties cannot be broken by strength of schedule, the divisional or conference tie breakers, when applicable, are applied. Any ties that still exist are broken by a coin flip.

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.

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