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3-19-11: Bird Droppings - Pre Draft workouts

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Time for some links to start off this weekend, including links on the Cardinals holding a workout with a QB who I have never heard of before yesterday, head coaches as playcallers in the NFC West, the Cardinals being one of the only teams to have a private workout and an official visit to the team facility set up with one of the players in the Draft (you guys will be happy to know that it is Von Miller), the Cardinals not being inclined to spend a lot of money on a new QB, and recaps of last nights wins for the U of A Wildcats, the Suns, and the Coyotes.

Source: Cardinals had a private workout with Elon QB Scott Riddle | National Football Post
Elon All-American quarterback Scott Riddle conducted a private workout this week for the Arizona Cardinals. He's set to participate in North Carolina State's campus Pro Day workout on March 23.

Head coaches as playcallers in NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A look at NFC West head coaches and play-calling duties after reading Bill Williamson's piece on pulling double duty ...

Our visits and workouts tracker is filling up | ProFootballTalk
The 2011 draft is just 41 days away, and we’ve been tracking all of the latest workouts and visits scheduled by NFL teams with prospective draft picks.

(Also mentions the Cards setting up a private workout and an official team facility visit with Miller)

Cardinals aren't inclined to spend good money on a vet QB | National Football Post
One of the many teams in the hunt for a starting quarterback is the Arizona Cardinals who, a year later, are still working on the not so small task of replacing Kurt Warner.

Derrick Williams' block seals Arizona's win over Memphis
Derrick Williams nearly took his many skills to Memphis. Instead, the Pac-10's player of the year used them against the Tigers in the NCAA tournament. Williams hit a late 3-pointer to finish with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Arizona, then blocked a potential tying shot in the final seconds to seal a 77-75 win on Friday.

Late power play lifts Phoenix Coyotes past NHL-leading Vancouver Canucks
Phoenix backup Jason LaBarbera shook off a lot of rust and self doubt to lead the Coyotes past his former team.

Phoenix Suns snap four-game skid, beat Golden State Warriors
The Suns snapped their four-game skid and pulled to within two games of eighth-place Memphis but remained in 11th place.

2011 NFL Mock Draft: Where We're Immune To The NFL Lockout -
The latest NFL mock draft from SB Nation shows the Cardinals still picking Von Miller at five, Patrick Peterson dropping into the 49ers’ laps at seven, the Rams taking Julio Jones at fourteen, and Seattle aiding their secondary with Jimmy Smith at twenty-five. Obviously, all of these picks may change if players such as Newton or Gabbert do not get picked in those specific spots. If the mock draft stays true with the NFC West teams, (begin link) my previous NFC West Roundup (end link) explains how the Rams and 49ers could become very dangerous teams. If the Seattle Seahawks can get a new DB in the first round, Qwest Field only becomes more difficult to throw in for the Cardinals.

DeMaurice Smith Says Roger Goodell Should Negotiate With Players, Not Write Letters -
On Thursday, SB Nation held an exclusive interview with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. On Friday, SB Nation interviewed the NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith to respond to Goodell.

Players push back against Goodell letter | ProFootballTalk
On Thursday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to every player summarizing the offer made by the league on March 11 and urging the players to pressure their representatives to respond. The bold move possibly has backfired.

Mike Vrabel of Kansas City Chiefs suggests cutting NFL brass out of talks - ESPN
Chiefs veteran linebacker Mike Vrabel has an idea for progressing talks between the NFL Players Association and the owners who have locked them out: Cut out the middle men.

Chris Kluwe returns to the whiteboard to mock Roger Goodell | ProFootballTalk
Vikings punter Chris Kluwe gained widespread attention last season when he drew a diagram on the whiteboard in the locker room mocking the NFL’s training video on helmet-to-helmet hits, then tweeted a picture of it. Now Kluwe is back to his old hijinks.

Report: Players to send group response to Goodell | ProFootballTalk
On Thursday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to all players regarding the current labor dispute, summarizing the terms of the league’s most recent offer and asking the players to urge the NFLPA* to continue the dialogue.