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2014 NFL draft order

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The NFL season is over, which means one thing: it's NFL draft time.

The order for picks 1-20 is decided by regular-season standings. The order for the final 12 picks will be decided by the playoffs--picks 21-24 go to wild-card round losers, picks 25-28 to divisional round losers, picks 29 and 30 to conference championship losers, the 31st pick to the Super Bowl loser and the 32nd pick to the...

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NFL Combine schedule 2014

Central Michigan offensive lineman Eric Fisher runs a

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The NFL Combine is back at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for 2014. Below is the full schedule of events:

Wednesday, Feb. 19

Tight ends/offensive linemen/special teams report and undergo medical pre-exam and X-rays, have orientation, interview with teams

Thursday, Feb. 20

Tight ends/offensive linemen/special teams undergo measurements and medical exams, meet with media,...

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Michael Sam scouting report

Missouri senior defensive lineman Michael Sam speaks to

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Missouri defensive end Michael Sam made waves on Sunday night when he announced that he’s gay. Since then, there’s been a whirlwind of scrutiny, mostly relating to whether or not the NFL is ready for a gay player.

Before any of that happens, though, Sam needs to be drafted. He had a very productive career with the Tigers, capping it off in 2013 by racking up 11 1/2 sacks, winning SEC Defensive...

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Ronnie Lott wanted to play with Jets to play for Pete Carroll

Ronnie Lott watches training camp on Tuesday in

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Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott is not remembered for his two seasons with the Jets.

But he remembers them fondly because of one of the men who coached him there -- Pete Carroll, now coach of the Seattle Seahawks.

"My time with the Jets were -- we had a great time," Lott told Newsday on Super Bowl radio row on Friday. "I had a great time because I was with Pete Carroll."

Lott, best known...

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Seahawks CB Walter Thurmond agrees with Belichick on Welker's hit on Talib

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Renton WA – Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond said he and his teammates are ready for the kind of plays that Bill Belichick this week called “one of the worst plays I’ve seen.” And he said that the perpetrator of that play, Wes Welker, gets away with it because of his stature in the league.

It was a play in which Broncos wide receiver Welker came across the field and hit Patriots cornerback...

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Should the PAT kick be eliminated?

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at the podium

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick recently floated the idea of eliminating extra points because kickers almost never miss them (there were only five missed PATs in the entire 2013 season). Well, it appears NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is open to at least considering the idea, and told NFL Network’s Rich Eisen that one proposal could draw some attention from league owners.

Here’s how it would...

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Here comes Johnny Manziel

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel celebrates a touchdown

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Fresh off another terrific season at Texas A & M - albeit not Heisman Trophy worthy - quarterback sensation Johnny Manziel is entering the NFL draft. 

According to former Cowboys personnel director Gil Brandt, who is now heavily involved in the Scouting Combine and pre-draft process, said on his Twitter account that Manziel has officially submitted his paperwork to the NFL to...

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John Kuhn invents the 'Lambeau Flop'

Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn (30) celebrates

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The Lambeau Leap is arguably the greatest celebration in sports. For years after scoring a touchdown at the Frozen Tundra, Green Bay Packers players jump into the arms of their cheesehead fans.

It's especially a thrill for someone like Packers running back John Kuhn who so rarely gets into the end zone. Kuhn has just 12 TDs at Lambeau in his six seasons with the Packers.

So on Sunday...

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The NFC's wild finish

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer against the Jacksonville

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Heading into the final week of the season, none of the NFC's division winners have been determined, which makes for compelling Week 17 theater.

The Seahawks still figure to win the NFC West, but they'll have to beat St. Louis or see the 49ers lose to Arizona to clinch. The Cardinals are still alive for a wild-card berth. The 49ers can actually win the division AND get the No. 1 seed in the...

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Tony Romo may be out with back injury

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, left, is hugged

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The Dallas Cowboys' season-ending game against the Eagles - a winner-take-all proposition for the NFC East - just got a lot more problematic. 

Tony Romo suffered a back injury in the second half of a dramatic 24-23 win over Washington on Sunday. And after getting an MRI on Monday, reports are now surfacing that Romo is out for the playoffs. ESPN reported Romo is out, but head coach Jason...

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