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4-1-11: Bird Droppings - April Fools, Draft Stuff, Baseball Opening Day

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As you all know from the story that went up a little bit earlier, it is April Fools day, the Diamondbacks are also starting their season. Even though I am not really interested in Baseball I'm planning to watch plenty of their  games this year. So here are a couple of links, mostly regarding the draft, also one regarding a shaky wide receiver situation for the Cardinals.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Cardinals' WR situation looks rather shaky
With star player Larry Fitzgerald’s contract expiring at the end of the 2011 season and potential free agents Steve Breaston and Early Doucet each having injury issues after missing a combined nine games in 2010, could the need for help at wide receiver be bigger than the Cardinals might be suggesting?

NFL.com news: Arizona DE Reed lands visits with six teams
University of Arizona end Brooks Reed has been somewhat overlooked in a deep class of elite defensive linemen, but he's generating a lot of interest from teams drafting in the 25 to 40 range, sources said Thursday, and is meeting with many of them.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - Whisenhunt visits the Carolinas
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt attended North Carolina's pro day on Thursday and was at Clemson this morning for defensive end Da'Quan Bowers workout.

Patrick Peterson's character should be issue for Arizona Cardinals - ArizonaSports.com
There is a top draft prospect whose athletic ability is undeniable but whose character and integrity is being called into question this week. We're not talking about Auburn athlete quarterback Cam Newton and what was said in a Pro Football Weekly draft guide. We're talking about LSU defensive back Patrick Peterson.

Arizona's reputation as a major-league destination is under siege
Opening Day is about new beginnings. So it must be with Arizona. We need leadership. We need credibility. We need our sports executives, business leaders and politicians to stage an emergency summit, forge a unified vision and begin reversing the tide of negative perception that's destroying what little sense of community exists around here.

Phoenix Suns might have three Hall of Famers
It might be hard to tell because of a four-game losing streak and the likelihood of having to watch the playoffs in two weeks but the Suns might have as many Hall of Famers on their active roster as any NBA team.

Myth and reality with Cam Newton - NFC North Blog - ESPN
I've watched as the Cam Newton conversation has escalated and, most would say, devolved into personal attacks and accusations of racism. There's no doubt that any team deciding whether to draft the Auburn quarterback, including the Minnesota Vikings, has watched it unfold as well.

Elvis Dumervil has charges dropped in assault case - ESPN
All charges have been dismissed against Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil over an altercation with a parking lot attendant before a game last season.

Strahan on players missing games: "They wouldn’t be able to sustain" | ProFootballTalk
NFL owners and players don’t really believe they are losing much during a lockout yet. If they did, they would move faster to end the stalemate. The players are hoping they can win in court and get the best deal possible. If that doesn’t happen, FOX analyst Michael Strahan wonders how players would cope.

Evaluator on Bowers: "He cost himself millions" | ProFootballTalk
The reviews coming out of the pro day for Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers are becoming less mixed and more negative.

It’s kill the rookie quarterback class day | ProFootballTalk
Cam Newton isn’t the only quarterback in this class under the microscope. A pair of national columns came out Friday vivisecting the top quarterback prospects. This is a group that inspires a lot of differing opinions.

Winning teams have more early draft picks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The NFL sets up its draft to help those in need.