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Moose911`s first commented 2014 NFL Mock Draft is up. One draft day trade is always included.

I would love to get some comments on my Mock, also critical comments and what you honestly think about the picks. But pleeease, keep in mind that I am not a native USA born football fan, so be gentle and leave them with style and respect.

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1.   Houston Texans – Blake Bortles, QB

I got ripped from some Texans fans last year for taking a QB and see your results… NOW clearly a need for Houston so the no.1 pick will be the QB position AGAIN, like so many years before.

Despite reports of a not tooooo spectacular Pro-Day I still believe he is considered by the Texans. On the other hand Clowney comes more and more to my mind as the 1st overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Previous pick: Teddy Bridgewater, QB

2.   TRADE: Atlanta Falcons from St. Louis Rams (Trade Redskins 2012- RGIII) – Jadeveon Clowney, DE

GM Les Sneed came from ATL to the Rams. Knows all the Front Office people there well. I think they move it and already have a deal in place (no additional first rounders I guess), but after playing FA so slow they have to get extra picks.

Atlanta pick comes down to Clowney or Mack.

3.   Jacksonville Jaguars – Sammy Watkins, WR

For me this makes sense. Not much of an offense, your main WR is always suspended and your franchise Rushing leader is gone. Henne can play QB and to add a weapon like Watkins makes as much sense as a rookie QB.

4.   Cleveland Browns – Teddy Bridgewater, QB

Puh, the Browns are the Browns, so I never will figure out what they will do. Releasing your first round pick before drafting him is not possible so why not try another QB, this time even higher than in 2012.

Previous pick: Blake Bortles, QB

5.   Oakland Raiders – Mike Evans, WR

Same like no. 4 but some fancy moves (including the no-move for Saffold) in FA. Manziel, will not happen like predicted before FA Mock Draft. Schaub will start and throw to the other team a pick 6. Skill position is on my mind. See pick, but adding D. Jackson will change everything.

Previous pick: Johnny Manziel, QB

6.   St. Louis Rams – Greg Robinson, OT

Moved down and almost have to pick a OL with all those nasty D`s in the NFC Best. He or Matthews should make most sense. But with Fisher you never know. Look out for bad boy moves: Incocnito (knows and likes J. Long well) and the other Michigan guy, Taylor Lewan. Brrr, that would be even more 15yard penalties against the Rams in 2014.

7.   Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jake Matthews, OT

I think this is needed, because I don`t see A. Collins as a RT ad Donald Penn was cut. DE should be set so will move on with my K. Mack pick.

Previous pick: Khalil Mack, DE

8.   Minnesota Vikings – Johnny Manziel, QB

At no. 8 the Vikings admit, that they paniced with C. Ponder some years ago and choose the pick the star QB from Texas A&M. This guy will be loved in Min.

Previous pick: Darqueze Dennard, CB

9.   Buffalo Bills – Khalil Mack, DE/OLB

The talented third OL missing in this Mock, or a steal of a DE how should long be gone or a huge/speedy WR for your 2nd year QB…

I like every pick, to be honest, but hunting Tom Brady would be fun and also you can get rid of M. Williams contract after one or two years.

Previous pick: Jake Matthews, OT

10.  Detroit Lions – Justin Gilbert, CB

After FA which means the Golden Tate signing, I don`t think the Lions take a WR. Secondary was a mess in 2013 and a talented CB just fits what they need.

Previous pick: Mike Evans, WR

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  • Panthers QB Newton practices, not 100 percent yet

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said that while his surgically repaired ankle is getting better, it's not completely healed.

    The Pro Bowl player participated in his first full practice Friday night at Fan Fest since undergoing surgery in March.

    Newton looked sharp throwing passes but struggled with his footwork and timing on handoffs. He didn't appear to run with a limp until after practice when he jogged over to sign autographs for some of the 36,315 fans in attendance at the team's downtown stadium. The event signaled the official start of training camp for the NFC South champions.

    "I can't stress enough that I'm not 100 percent yet," Newton said.

    At one point Carolina's trainer Ryan Vermillion came over to check on the fourth-year quarterback during practice, but Newton said it was just precautionary.

    "It's just going to take treatment and time," Newton said, adding that his rehab is right on schedule.

    Coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers will take it slow with Newton, making sure to avoid any potential setbacks.

    He said Newton will continue to undergo treatment on a daily basis, but was thrilled to see the team's leader back on the field.

    Rivera said he hopes to have Newton available for all four preseason games.

    "It was good to see Cam out there," Rivera said. "He's a little rusty in terms of his quarterback to running back exchange. But he's working himself back in and he has to work those techniques. But it was nice to see him make some nice throws."

    Rivera said Newton's footwork still needs to improve.

    "A big thing is developing that footwork and getting that flexibility back in that ankle," Rivera said. "As he practices and goes through day by day we have to be smart with it. I think he will work back into shape pretty soon."

    Newton had surgery in March after experiencing soreness in his left ankle following Carolina's 23-10 NFC divisional playoff loss at home to the San Francisco 49ers. Newton gave the ankle about two months to improve after the season, but when it was clear it wasn't getting better the decision was made to have surgery.

    Newton is coming off a Pro Bowl season in which he threw for 3,379 yards and a career-high 24 touchdowns while leading the Panthers to a 12-4 record and the NFC title.

    Newton, in typical fashion, played up to the large crowd that came out to see the two-hour practice on a rare cool Charlotte summer night.

    In between drills Newton got the crowd roaring when he started "the wave" in the lower bowl of the stadium. A few minutes later, Newton slowed down the speed of the wave with his arms before getting the crowd to shift the direction of the wave.

    Newton later drew cheers when he completed a 40-yard pass to rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, the team's first-round draft pick, near the left sideline.

    "This is great," Newton said of the turnout, the largest in Fan Fest history. "We are expecting this turnout every time. They hold us accountable and we have to put a great product out there."

    Defensive end Greg Hardy, who was convicted on July 16 on two domestic violence charges, was also back on the field and was playing up to the crowd, waving his arms up and down in his usual fashion.

    Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said the team is following the NFL's lead and allowing the legal process to play out before handing out any punishment to Hardy. Hardy has appealed the conviction and will have a jury trial.

    No date has been set, but more than likely it will not happen until next year.

    The Panthers will move training camp practice on Saturday to Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on Saturday.

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    AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

  • Rams: No restrictions on Bradford

    ST. LOUIS (AP) At times, Sam Bradford forgot all about his surgically repaired left knee.

    Except for a brace, the St. Louis Rams have no restrictions in training camp for their quarterback, either. The first overall pick of the 2010 draft missed the last nine games last season and is a key to a franchise seeking a breakthrough season.

    "I feel great, my knee really feels good," Bradford said after the first full-squad workout in unseasonably cool weather Friday night. "They feel good about having no limits.

    "If it starts getting a little sore and we need to pull back we can always do that, but out of the gate I'm going to try to do everything."

    Coach Jeff Fisher said Bradford was so impressive in conditioning tests, he finished ahead of players who should have bested him.

    "Guys that you would think would do a lot better. How does that sound?" outside linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar said, laughing. "We've got the general on offense back,"

    Bradford was eased back into the mix during OTAs last month and became a full participant the final week. He realizes there might be a little more trepidation before the preseason opener, but added, "At this point, I haven't noticed anything."

    During the month off for players, Bradford worked out with five young receivers to come to his home in Norman, Oklahoma, and footed the bill, too.

    The Rams (7-9) are entering their third season under Fisher and general manager Les Snead and seeking a breakthrough for a franchise that hasn't fielded a winning team since 2003.

    "I'm going on Year 5 and there's some guys in there that have been there longer than I have," Bradford said. "No one steps on the field to lose. I think we want it just as bad as the city and fans do."

    A crowd estimated at 1,484 attended the workout with temperatures in the high 70s with a cooling breeze after a storm threatened for several hours but failed to materialize. Temperatures are expected to be back in the 90s for Day 2 Saturday.

    Fans passed through a souvenir tent on the way to the field that featured two racks of Michael Sam jerseys for sale, along with single racks for Bradford, defensive ends Robert Quinn and Chris Long, and middle linebacker James Laurinaitis. Sam's jersey is the Rams' top seller.

    Wide receiver Austin Pettis was the easiest player to spot on the first day, showing some fashion sense wearing red cleats and red socks. He said others at his position also have brightly colored cleats that be showing up during camp.

    "We're trying to add a little style to our outfits," Pettis said. "I think a lot of people were just admiring them, you might say. Hopefully, they helped me out."

    Dunbar was perhaps the most relieved player to get camp underway. Dunbar was arrested for disorderly conduct early Sunday after an altercation that included NBA player Donte Green, and has Fisher on his side after explaining the situation.

    Dunbar said he couldn't discuss specifics because the case is pending.

    "It was unfortunate but hopefully we can just get past it and move on," Dunbar said. "I'm happy to be back, happy to be playing football and happy to be doing something I'd rather be doing."

    Dunbar reported at 227 pounds, a 13-pound drop from last year, in an effort to improve on pass coverage.

    Rookies arrived Monday and had two workouts before the veterans joined in.

    "It helped tremendously," said running back Tre Mason, a third-round pick. "We weren't just thrown out there with the vets and lost."

    Offensive lineman Greg Robinson, the second overall pick, is getting work at guard and tackle early in camp while tackle Jake Long rehabs from knee surgery. Fisher expects Long to be ready for the opener but for now said he'll be moving linemen around.

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    AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

  • Browns WR Gordon reports to camp, hearing looms

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Josh Gordon's off-field issues didn't put him out of shape.

    The embattled Pro Bowl wide receiver reported to Browns training camp Friday and passed his conditioning test as he awaits an appeal hearing with the NFL on a possible suspension.

    Gordon is scheduled to meet with the league Aug. 1. He's facing a one-year ban for violating the substance abuse policy for at least the third time. Gordon was suspended for the first two games last season, but still led the league with 1,646 yards receiving and scored nine touchdowns.

    He entered the league with a history of marijuana abuse after failing two drug tests in college. Gordon reportedly entered a rehab clinic following a recent DUI arrest in Raleigh, North Carolina, and spent two weeks at a clinic in California.

    Browns coach Mike Pettine would not confirm if Gordon had been to rehab, but cornerback Joe Haden said he was glad his teammate would take the necessary steps to get well.

    "I'm happy for him," he said. I'm here for J.G. I love him like a brother. We're just here for support and for him to do that is a big step. That means that something's going on and he's trying to fix a problem."

    Looking fit and fast, Gordon participated with Cleveland's other veterans in the grueling conditioning test.

    As Pettine, general manager Ray Farmer and the team's quarterbacks, rookies and injured players looked on, Gordon and others ran 20 sprints they had to finish in mandated times.

    Mammoth defensive tackle Phil Taylor did not complete the sprints, and tight end Gary Barnidge looked woozy as he was helped off the field by trainers before being driven on a cart to the team's headquarters.

    Safety Donte Whitner finished the test by doing a somersault over the goal line. He slowly walked into the training facility escorted by a trainer.

    It's the first time in years the Browns have had their conditioning test open to the media.

    Pettine said the players who didn't pass will be re-tested before Saturday's workout.

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    AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

  • Browns' Manziel: "I've made some rookie mistakes"

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) Like reading a blitz, Johnny Manziel knew the questions about his off-field wildness were coming. So the Browns quarterback struck first.

    "At the end of the day," Manziel said, "I've made some rookie mistakes."

    On the eve of Cleveland's first training camp practice, Manziel offered some regret about his well-chronicled weekend partying over the past two months. But as he prepares to battle Brian Hoyer for a starting job, Manziel said he's in good standing with his bosses.

    It's time to get to work.

    From here on, he's Johnny All About Football.

    "There's some things that I wish I could've gone back and done a little differently," Manziel said. "But I'm continuing to move forward and trying to represent this organization in a positive manner and a positive light, so just very excited to be back in camp and it's football 24/7 and that's what I love doing. That's what I live for and it's what my job, so for me, I'm very excited to be back and can't wait to get this underway."

    Manziel addressed his fraternity-guy-gone-wild behavior, which included photos of him hanging out poolside in Las Vegas with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, swigging champagne on an inflatable swan pool raft in a Texas nightclub and a shot of him rolling a dollar bill in a bathroom. Manziel didn't say he'll change completely, but vowed to be focused on football going forward.

    Manziel opened his news conference by discussing his off-field exploits, saying he has spoken to Browns coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer.

    "For me, my main thing is, people within this building, my teammates, the coaching staff, the higher-ups in this organization we've all been on the same page," he said. "We've all been good and very eager to be moving forward."

    For weeks, the Browns downplayed Manziel's antics. But as his questionable conduct continued and after the startling photo surfaced of Manziel with the rolled-up bill, Pettine reached out to the 21-year-old while he was on vacation.

    "I've talked about that with Coach Pettine," Manziel said. "I've talked about it with Farmer and the people I needed to talk about that with. Moving forward, they're good with everything. I've told them everything that I need to, and everything's been good."

    While acknowledging he could have made better decisions, Manziel also defended his lifestyle.

    "I don't think there's anything wrong with me going out and having a night life, having a social life," he said. "I mean I am 21 years old and I do like going out and it was the offseason. It's free time for us and if I want to go out and hang out with my friends or go to nightclubs or do things like that then I think that's within my rights to be doing that.

    "I think there's other guys throughout the league that are doing that and I'm not trying to compare myself to anybody else but I think that's within my rights to be doing that."

    Manziel doesn't think his busy social calendar will hurt his chances to beat out Hoyer.

    "I don't believe so," he said. "I think there are definitely things moving forward to help better act as a professional. At the same time, I'm still learning how to do that. I'm still getting used to this role, still getting used to this league, still getting used to being a pro football player.

    "I'm not in college anymore. There's things I need to do better, and that's just part of being a professional. Hopefully with time and going through this season and as time goes on, I'll get better at doing that."

    The former Texas A&M star enters his first camp as Cleveland's No. 2 quarterback behind Hoyer, who will get all the reps with Cleveland's starting offense during the first few days of camp.

    Pettine, who earlier this week said he wants to name his starter "pretty quickly" believes Manziel enters camp well prepared to compete with Hoyer.

    The continuous controversy surrounding Manziel has somewhat overshadowed Hoyer, who has worked his way back after suffering a season-ending knee injury in his third start last season. The homegrown Hoyer is certain he'll hang on to his starting job and be behind center when the Browns open at Pittsburgh on Sept. 7.

    "I'm confident I am that guy, but in the same sense I know if it comes down to the fact Johnny does beat me out I will have given everything I can and he will have totally earned it," Hoyer said. "That's what you want. All I ask is the opportunity and a chance to earn the job, and that's what I've been given. For me it's about going out every day and proving I can be that guy I believe I am."

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    Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

  • Marshawn Lynch missing as Seahawks camp begins

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) Marshawn Lynch famously said during Super Bowl week that he was "all about that action, boss."

    His action on Friday was defiance. The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks opened training camp and Lynch chose to stay away because of his current contract situation.

    Beast Mode's status: absent and unhappy.

    "Everybody is calling him, but it's a business at the end of the day," Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett said. "... So all you can do is support him. You want him to be here, but as a player you understand the business side too."

    Lynch's absence was expected after former teammate Michael Robinson said Thursday night on NFL Network that Lynch would not show for the opening day of camp.

    Seattle coach Pete Carroll said he was disappointed Lynch was not present, while reiterating the team wants him there and intends on him being an integral part of their plans for this season.

    But the message was clear that Seattle put a plan in place before Lynch was signed to a four-year contract in 2012 and the Seahawks management is not inclined to stray from those plans.

    "We've had a substantial plan working for us for years now and Marshawn was a big part of this plan. Just a couple of years back we made a big statement and made a big effort for him and we wish that he was with us now," Carroll said.

    "But this is a tremendous opportunity for the guys getting their shot. Robert Turbin and Christine Michael they're ready to go and really fired up about this opportunity and are going to try and take full advantage of it."

    Friday's result was building throughout the offseason with Lynch staying away from organized team activities and rumors that he would skip June's mandatory minicamp in protest of his contract structure.

    Lynch showed up for the minicamp in June to avoid a hefty fine. But he finally decided to make a stand with the start of training camp.

    Lynch can make up to $5.5 million this season in base pay and roster bonuses. It's the third year of a four-year contract and he's scheduled to make $5.5 million in base salary in 2015. He now faces fines of $30,000 for each day of camp he misses. Carroll said he's remained in contact with Lynch throughout the offseason.

    "I'm hoping that he will be back with us," Carroll said.

    Lynch has been the workhorse for Seattle's offense since his arrival via trade during the 2010 season. Lynch has 1,066 carries for 4,624 yards and 41 touchdowns in the regular season since joining the Seahawks.

    He brought a physical style that helped define a young team early in Carroll's tenure.

    "The attitude that he brought these past few years has been significant. When we were trying to make a mark that we were a physical, tough football team he stood right at the front of that and was a big part of it," Carroll said.

    "But I think we have accomplished that now and that is our mentality and makeup. We're grateful that he was part of that and would like to get him back into it."

    In Lynch's place, Turbin and Michael took most of the reps at running back Friday. Turbin is entering his third season, while Michael barely saw the field last year as a rookie as he struggled with the transition between college and the NFL.

    "We all wish he was here," Michael said. "He's a great leader. We learn a lot from him. He'll be back soon."

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    AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

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