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The League: April, 2011

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Falcons’ draft-day trade three months in the making

A blowout divisional playoff loss on home turf showed Atlanta they had a more pressing need than an upgraded defense, one that facilitated the biggest trade so far at the 2011 NFL draft.

By Anthony Stalter  |  03:01 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL Draft, Anthony Stalter

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Mel Kiper’s nightmare: an unpredictable 1st round

Mel Kiper seemed to be getting more and more miffed Thursday night as teams actually ignored the players he gave them and took someone else. In fact, the first round wasn’t a good one for draftniks.

By Dave Goldberg  |  01:08 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL Draft, Dave Goldberg

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 04/27/2011

More potential busts than stars in QB draft class

A record number of quarterbacks might be drafted in the first round. Here’s a look at who these players are, and the risks ahead for the teams that might be tempted to draft them.

By Brandon Benson  |  12:27 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL draft, Brandon Benson

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 04/27/2011

DeAngelo Hall makes you miss the days of Darrell Green

The Redskins’ loudmouthed, big-play cornerback’s latest comments about Jay Cutler make you long for the days of Darrell Green, the ultimate professional.

By Anthony Stalter  |  12:16 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins, Anthony Stalter

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 04/26/2011

NFL Draft: The need vs. best player available quandry

If you draft for need, the player drafted may not be developed enough to fill that need right away. If you draft the best player available, it won’t necessarily improve your chances of winning. So what’s the best approach?

By Josh Dixson  |  04:07 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL Draft, Josh Dixson

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 04/26/2011

This year’s draft needed Luck

The 2011 NFL draft is short on star power, and a different decision from one big-name quarterback from Stanford could have made a world of difference.

By Michael Kun  |  02:49 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL Draft, Michael Kun

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Judge’s decision changes little in lockout

Despite Judge Susan Richard Nelson’s decision to stay the NFL lockout, the league, its players and its fans remain in a state of limbo — and one that may continue into the summer.

By Dave Goldberg  |  12:46 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL Labor, Dave Goldberg, NFL Draft

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 04/25/2011

Some NFL teams are not ready for primetime

Five teams did not earn nationally televised night games in 2011 due to their 2010 struggles. Here’s a look at what it will take to get them back in primetime in 2012.

By Brandon Benson  |  12:50 PM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL Draft, Brandon Benson

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Why it’s in the NFL owners’ best interest to stall

The owners are fully aware that the longer this battle lasts, the more leverage they create for themselves.

By  |  02:46 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL labor, Anthony Stalter

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 04/20/2011

NFL draft: a little history

George Taliaferro told his students “All Sickness Ain’t Death.” He was living proof, as his status as an NFL trailblazer revealed.

By Dawn Knight  |  01:07 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL Draft, Dawn Knight

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 04/19/2011

The schedule is coming! The schedule is coming!

The NFL and ESPN expect you to watch them announce next season’s schedule. Get excited! Or don’t.

By Michael Kun  |  02:09 PM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 04/19/2011

Fans voting against favorite player for Madden ‘12 cover

ESPN and EA Sports have empowered the fans to vote for the player on the cover of Madden ‘12, and many fans have used it to vote against their favorite player.

By Brandon Benson  |  12:25 PM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 04/18/2011

Dumbest work stoppage in labor history

If Dan Kaplan’s forecast for the NFL lockout plays out, it means the dumbest work stoppage in modern labor history -- sports or otherwise -- is likely to continue at least into July.

By Dave Goldberg  |  04:13 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL labor, Dave Goldberg

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 04/18/2011

Meet The League contributors

From current and former journalists, writers, teachers and professionals from a wide variety of fields to former NFL players and staffers, our contributors share their unique perspectives on America’s most popular professional sport. Meet them here.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:58 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dave Goldberg, Michael Kun, Dawn Knight, Anthony Stalter, Jason Maloni, Richard Boadu, Brandon Benson, Emil Steiner, Peter Schaffer, Nick Houllis, Jason Brewer, Brian Tarcy

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 04/15/2011

Cam Newton, Randy Moss and Keanu Reeves

With the NFL lockout in place and the draft coming up, there’s plenty to think about. And that includes Cam Newton, Randy Moss, Jake Locker, Tiki Barber and Keanu Reeves.

By Michael Kun  |  03:29 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL Draft, Michael Kun

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 04/13/2011

To NFL players, owners: use your words

The 2012 season is in danger because of the inability of the players and owners to reach an agreement. Tired of the lack of progress, U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson essentially reminded the two sides what they should have been taught years ago: use your words.

By Dawn Knight  |  03:05 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL lockout, Dawn Knight

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Sorry, Jay, we don’t care anymore

Jay Cutler has emerged from the depths of silence to speak. Excited? You shouldn’t be.

By Richard Boadu  |  05:00 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 04/07/2011

Making a mockery of the draft

Over the last 30 years, NFL mock drafts have gotten totally out of hand. It’s one thing to speculate on who will fall where, but when GMs themselves often have no idea, media guesswork is just that.

By Dave Goldberg  |  01:35 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL Draft, Dave Goldberg

 

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