• For the first time in 11 years we probably won’t see a tight end drafted in the first round, but Notre Dame’s Kyle Rudolph tried to change that yesterday during his Pro Day workout. He remains a likely candidate for early in the second round, but the darkhorse first round destination for Rudolph is Atlanta, an offence that has to find a replacement for an aging Tony Gonzalez soon enough.
  • Buried somewhere in a 3,300 word Cowboys chat is Bob Sturm’s belief that Marion Barber has played his last down in Dallas.
  • If both Blaine Gabbert and Patrick Peterson fall to the Cardinals with their fifth overall pick, the Birds Blog thinks Peterson is the clear choice in that lucky scenario. If you loosely translate Ken Whisenhunt‘s words, he seems to agree.
  • Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas suffered a torn Achilles tendon late last season, and the initial hope of getting him back for the start of training camp–if/when there is a training camp–was an overly ambitious and aggressive timetable. As Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post reports, Thomas is still about three months away from “normal walking” and will likely miss half of the 2011 season.
  • Eagles guard Todd Herremans caused a bit of a Twit-fit yesterday when he congratulated Ben Roethlisberger on Twitter about his upcoming wedding, and then gave a backhanded acknowledgment of Big Ben not living with his future wife until they’re officially married. Herremans wrote “What a turnaround..Rapistberger to Religiousberger… Good for him!”. Not understanding how that could possibly piss anyone off, Herremans later said he wrote “good for him” to signal his good intentions. As Mike Florio brilliantly points out, this could be an effective new strategy for masking a potentially damning comment, one that Herremans no doubt learned from the legend of Ricky Bobby. Hey, it’s in the Geneva Convention.

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