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Horse Tracks 4/23/09


DP - Klis examines the possibility of drafting B.J. Raji and/or Tyson Jackson. Mike Mayock interestingly says, "What the Patriots have done better than 90 percent of the teams is they define value for them. They don't really care what other people think, they define players that are going to help them within their scheme." So, why did you keep ranting and raving about the Broncos trading Cutler and having to draft Mark Sanchez??

GJS - More on The Vance's legal and financial troubles.

NFL - The Lions are reportedly closing in on a deal with Georgia QB Matthew Stafford to be the #1 overall choice in the 2009 Draft.

KCS - Will the Chefs pass on Aaron Curry to fill a bigger hole in their roster?

SDUT - Current Dolts talk about the stress of waiting to get drafted.

CBS - Nnamdi Asomugha is apparently more than just a great cornerback.

NFP - The Stillers and CB Ike Taylor agreed on a restructured contract to reduce Taylor's '09 cap number.

NFL - The Jaguars unveiled a new logo, helmet and uniform for the '09 season.

Y! - Former Jags great Jimmy Smith apparently went too far in commencing the new logo/jerseys.

NFL - New NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith has been working without a contract, so far.

NFP - Robert Boland completes his organizational rankings, with the Broncos sneaking into the top tier (sliding due to all the recent changes). I can't argue with that - the jury is out!

NFP - Andrew Brandt explains why NFL players demand new contracts amidst existing ones, the Lions' early negotiations, and the impact of rookie contracts on those coming for veterans.

CBS - There are very few remaining unsigned restricted free-agents (the window for them to change teams has long passed).

ESPN - Jeffrey Chadiha looks at Sheldon Browns' contract dispute with the Iggles.


NFP - Wes Bunting offers some draft thoughts, including some rational thinking about the Broncos, Mark Sanchez and defensive linemen.

NFL - Steve Wyche looks at his top-ranked defensive ends and tackles.

CBS - Rob Rang and Chad Reuter each make five pre-draft predictions.

NFL - Bucky Brooks examines the draft prospects he considers to be over- and undervalued heading into the weekend.

SI - Andy Staples also checks out overrated and underrated players.

SI - Don Banks looks at risers, fallers, and offers some other draft musings.

SI - I think I missed this - Tony Pauline checks out the small-school sleepers for the draft.

SI - Ross Tucker considers the impact of the Jason Peters trade league-wide.

NFP - Here were Mike Lombardi's draft thoughts from yesterday.

FOX - Adam Schein offers his draft musings, saying the Broncos must go defense, defense in the first round.

FOX - Mark Kriegel thinks Mark Sanchez is better-prepared than Matthew Stafford.

TSN - Greg Cosell thinks otherwise...

NFL - Thomas George takes a closer look at DT B.J. Raji.

NFP - Matt Bowen tells us what the wait to be drafted feels like, from his own experience.

CBS - Pete Prisco profiles CB Greg Toler of St. Paul's College.

NYT - Gil Brandt answered those reader questions yesterday (he thinks the Broncos will draft a QB in the first round)

NFLN - The Network has an interesting look inside the Ravens' draft room, thanks to best drafter in the business Ozzie Newsome.

Y! - Jason Cole and Tiki Barber look at the teams who need to make the biggest impact this weekend. (video)

DP - LJones picked Tyson Jackson at #12 in a beat writers' mock draft.

ESPN - Pork Chop selected Mark Sanchez and Tyson Jackson in ESPN's "expert" mock draft.