April 2013


San Francisco leads a pack of teams, including Minnesota and Atlanta, that really helped themselves.
Looking at some numbers and notes from Saturday's final rounds.
CEO Russ Brandon & Co. were able to main the element of surprise in their pursuit of QB Manuel.
Evan Silva assigns a grade to every NFC Team's rookie class after the 2013 NFL Draft.
With the NFL Draft concluded, teams are racing to sign undrafted free agents. Here they are, along with scouting reports from Russ Lande.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders have added another unproven quarterback to the mix, selecting Arkansas' Tyler Wilson after trading down in the fourth round of the NFL draft.
In a draft dominated by offensive linemen from start to finish, the New York Giants followed the trend, drafting blockers with their first and next-to-last picks in the 2013 NFL Draft.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff had two major goals heading into the NFL draft - get a starting cornerback and bolster his reserves on defense.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- While they filled big needs on the offensive and defensive lines and added some help in the secondary and at running back, the biggest news the New York Giants made in the NFL draft will filling a need they seemingly never need - backup quarterback.
With the 254th and final pick of the 2013 NFL draft, the Indianapolis Colts selected South Carolina tight end Justice Cunningham, this year's Mr. Irrelevant. It's the second straight year in which the Colts got the final pick of the draft -- in 2012, they took Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish. Cunningham was a somewhat productive target in the last two seasons, finishing his four-year stint with 50 catches for 581 yards and a touchdown. He majored in sport and entertainment management, and has three siblings: a brother named Power, and sisters named Promise and Sincere. In 2012, Cunningham caught 23 of those passes for 324 yards. But he's more of a blocker, and with Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen already in the game plan, one wonders where Cunningham might fit. Then again, new Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton ran a few three-TE sets at Stanford, so you never know. For his role as Mr. Irrelevant, Cunningham will be the star of "Irrelevant Week XXXVIII," which is a thing that actually happens. From the official event site : Founded by Paul Salata in 1976, Irrelevant Week is a 38-year-old philanthropic tradition within the Newport Beach community that commemorates the final National Footbal League draft pick each season while simultaneously raising money for charitable organizations. During the summer following the draft, Mr. Irrelevant and his family are invited to participate in a host of events throughout Orange County. This year, Irrelevant Week XXXVIII is proud to support Special Olympics Southern California . So, it's a fun event for a good cause. Fortunately, the players seem to have a sense of humor about it, and get into the feel of things. Harnish actually tweeted a succession welcome to the newest member of the club: Proud to pass the Mr. Irrelevant torch over @ justiceivall87 . Congrats and welcome to the Colts! — Chandler Harnish (@C_Harnish) April 27, 2013 Believe it or not, some of these Misters Irrelevant have made tracks in the NFL.

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