NFL Draft

NFL Draft Rankings 2013: Running Backs

Athlon gets the fans ready for the NFL draft with position by position rankings for 2013.
<p> NFL Draft Rankings 2013: Running Backs</p>

Each year a unique set of prospects enters the professional ranks with a chance to make an immediate impact on the country’s most powerful sport. The 2013 NFL Draft, held April 25-27, won’t be any different. The running back position has become one of the easiest to find in the middle and late rounds each year. For every Adrian Peterson taken in the first round, there has been a Ray Rice, LeSean McCoy, Arian Foster, Maurice Jones-Drew and Frank Gore. Running backs can be found deep in the draft, and in that sense, this is an excellent running back class. 

NFL Draft: Do Recruiting Rankings Matter?

Athlon analyzes the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft as they were ranked as high school prospects.
<p> NFL Draft: Do Recruiting Rankings Matter?</p>

Football recruiting is an inexact science.

It is nearly impossible to evaluate the motivation, maturity and integrity of 17- and 18-year old kids. However, I personally believe that recruiting rankings are outstanding indicators of how a prospect will turn out.

Top 25 Undrafted Free Agents in the NFL over the last 25 Years

Some NFL stars were not drafted highly, or even at all.
<p> Top 25 Undrafted Free Agents in the NFL over the last 25 Years</p>

Undrafted free agents are signing all over the NFL, and some stars in the league do slip through the scouting cracks from time to time. Could Chris Polk, Chase Minnifield, Dwight Jones or William Vlachos be that next surprise? Here’s a look at some big-time players who earned it the hard way. Our list begins in 1987, so you will not see greats like Dick “Night Train” Lane, Warren Moon or Willie Wood.

2012 NFL Draft Grades for Each Team

Grades are out for the winners and losers of the 2012 NFL Draft.
<p> It's never too early to grade the 2012 NFL Draft, which saw Commissioner Roger Goodell hugging and high-fiving future Pro Bowlers like Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, and potential busts like Dontari Poe and Bruce Irvin. Here's a team-by-team look at the winners and losers from this year.</p>

It's never too early to grade the 2012 NFL Draft, which saw Commissioner Roger Goodell hugging and high-fiving future Pro Bowlers and potential busts. Here's a team-by-team look at the winners and losers from this year:

Arizona Cardinals
Grade: C+

Athlon's Essential Eleven Links of the Day: April 27

Rounding up the web's best sports links so you don't have to.
<p> Rounding up the web's best sports links from the NFL, MLB, NBA, college football and more.</p>
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for April 27.

• SI’s Peter King details how Morris Claiborne surprisingly ended up in Dallas, as well as other first-round thoughts.

NFL Draft: Grading the First Round

Athlon grades every pick and trade by every team in the 2012 first round.
<p> NFL Draft: Grading the First Round</p>
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The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft is in the books. The Indianapolis Colts and the Washington Redskins got their franchise quarterbacks as expected. But how did your favorite team do in this year's first round? Athlon grades every pick in the first round and gives some names for each team to target in the coming days:

NFL Draft: Day Two's Best Prospects

Who are the top talents left after Round 1?
<p> NFL Draft: Day Two's Best Prospects</p>
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After the dust settled on Day One, or the first round, of the 2012 NFL Draft, eyes in 32 war rooms returned to their draft big boards. 

Who is still on the board that we didn't expect to see? (Upshaw) Who was taken way too early at the end of round one that we had targeted late in the second round? (Jenkins) Which positions are still loaded with talent? (WR, DE)

NFL Draft: A Look at First-Round Trades

The first round has become a hot bed of trading of late. How have teams fared?
<p> 2012 NFL Draft: First-Round Trades</p>
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The 77th annual NFL Draft is upon us.

Tonight will be the culmination of decades of hard work for players, months of laborious scouting for NFL front offices and weeks of preparation for talking TV heads who have to fill three hours of dead time with highlights and graphics.

NFL Draft History: Busts, Sleepers and Solid Picks - Part 2

Athlon Sports takes a look back at some recent drafts to see which picks worked out and which ones didn't
<p> Athlon Sports takes a look back at some recent NFL drafts to see which picks worked out and which ones didn't</p>
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The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft will commence on Thursday night, marking the 77th installment of what is officially called the “NFL Player Selection Meeting.” From Thursday through Saturday 253 college players will hear their names called, adding their name to the NFL history books, regardless of whether they ever make it on the field.

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