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Big Cat Country - Is it time to trade down yet?
When a draft day trade is struck, there doesn't necessarily have to be a winner and a loser. Generally, the team trading up is usually one of the better teams in the league looking for top flight players to help them take the extra step needed to be a Super Bowl contender while the team trading down is looking to maximize the value they can find in the draft to help their team long-term.

Sporting News - Justin Blackmon prepares to show wares at Combine
As a likely top-five pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, if might seem a risk for Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon to risk his future (read it: millions of dollars) on drills and skills tests at the upcoming Scouting Combine.

Orlando Sentinel - John Brantley smiling at his NFL prospects
John Brantley is laughing, smiling and — dare I say it — having fun playing football. Maybe this is the kind of infectious joy one derives when he's playing on Disney property, the happiest place on Earth, we're told. Since graduating from the University of Florida, Brantley has been training alongside a group of NFL hopefuls with renowned trainer Tom Shaw at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Dallas Morning News - Draft expert: Alabama safety Mark Barron is 'right pick' for Cowboys
Certain team needs have a way of shaping the first round of the NFL Draft. Taking that into consideration, ESPN draft expert Todd McShay recently selected five "potential pressure points" in the first round and the Cowboys’ pick at No. 14 is one of them.

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