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NFL News and Notes - April 22, 2010

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NFL News and Notes - April 22, 2010

After months of waiting, the NFL Draft is finally here. To get your day started right, here's Dallas Morning News NFL writer Rick Gosselin's final mock draft.

Newly acquired New England Patriots wide receiver Torry Holt is looking forward to being part of the system.

"Best Player Available" has the Buffalo Bills choosing Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan in the first round, writes Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News.

"I'm one of you guys now", New York Jets linebacker Jason Taylor said to Jets fans on Wednesday.

Greg Cote of the Miami Herald has the Miami Dolphins choosing Tennessee defensive tackle Dan Williams with the 12th pick in his annual mock draft.

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Quentin Groves was traded to the Oakland Raiders for a fifth-round pick.

Tennessee Titans restricted free agent Tony Brown agreed to a three-year contract extension, Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports.

Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian will take the best player available, regardless of position, on their board with the 31st pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Quarterback Matt Schaub and the Houston Texans have partnered with Methodist Concussion Center to raise awareness about concussions among children, parents, and youth coaches.

San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith needs to find impact players in this year's draft, writes Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

If the Oakland Raiders draft a left tackle in the first round, that player will be expected to start immediately.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post thinks it's possible that the Denver Broncos will choose Florida quarterback Tim Tebow if he's available in the second round.

Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli prefers to play it safe with high draft picks.

The Cincinnati Bengals will be drafting for want, writes Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer looks at the Cleveland Browns' draft options if Tennessee safety Eric Berry is off the board when the seventh pick rolls around.

Florida center Maurkice Pouncey is the likely pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round, writes Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun has the Baltimore Ravens choosing Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty with the 25th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft in his mock draft.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will be on the cover of Madden '11, reports Mike Triplett of the Times-Picayune.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers restricted free agent middle linebacker Barrett Ruud signed his one-year tender.

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the Atlanta Falcons choosing Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham with the 19th overall pick in his final mock draft.

Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney is unlikely to use future picks to move up in the 2010 NFL Draft.

The Washington Redskins are the "wild card" with the fourth overall pick, writes Rick Maese of the Washington Post.

Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News takes a good look at how the Philadelphia Eagles evaluate a draft prospects' character. (Good read for Cleveland Browns' fans, too.)

Middle linebacker, defensive end, and running back will be positions the New York Giants target in the 2010 NFL Draft, writes Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger.

Best player available is the best strategy for the Dallas Cowboys, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor of the DMN.

The Arizona Cardinals will unveil an alternate jersey during their official draft party tonight.

Lowell Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat thinks the San Francisco 49ers should trade down in the first round.

Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen may be too tempting for the Seattle Seahawks to pass up, writes Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune.

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the madness must end, and the St. Louis Rams need to select the franchise quarterback.

Chicago Bears chairman Michael McCaskey will step down following the 2010 season.

TCU defensive end/linebacker Jerry Hughes is an option for the Green Bay Packers if the top offensive tackles are off the board, writes Bob McGinn in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Free agent cornerback Lito Sheppard signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings, which may alter the team's draft plans, writes Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.

Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh "has no idea" if the Detroit Lions plan on using the second pick in the 2010 NFL Draft on him, reports John Niyo of the Detroit News.

Earth Day birthdays in the NFL: Falcons center Blake Schlueter (26), Ravens cornerback Kevin Gerard (24), Bills center Geoff Hangartner (28) and running back Marshawn Lynch (24), Bengals wide receiver Matt Jones (27), Saints defensive tackle Remi Ayodele (27), Giants punter Jy Bond (31), Jets cornerback Drew Coleman (28), and free agent quarterback Ken Dorsey (28).

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