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4-4-11: Bird Droppings - Mock Drafts

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Another slow news day, two Mock Drafts for you guys, along with some stuff on other teams from Arizona. Also, I'm hoping Butler wins the NCAA Tournament tonight, who do you want to see winning it all?

The Arizona Republic's NFL mock draft 2011 - fourth edition

The Arizona Republic's Bob McManaman picks the first round of the 2011 NFL draft, which is scheduled for April 28. Who will the Cardinals take at No. 5?

2011 NFL Mock Draft: Packing In Surprises As April Begins -
5. Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU. Newton, Gabbert and Miller all make a great deal of sense for the Cardinals (and not necessarily in that order). With all three gone, it's Peterson, the draft's best athlete, that is the right fit for Arizona, who would readily team him with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Phoenix Suns eliminated from playoff contention
Once what seemed impossible was eliminated, the truth about the Phoenix Suns shone for all to see. They are not a playoff team and they can be awful without Steve Nash.

Arizona Diamondbacks pleased with effort vs. Colorado Rockies
The Diamondbacks departed Coors Field in the middle of a snowstorm Sunday afternoon, their rubber match against the Colorado Rockies postponed, but in the two games they played over the weekend, the Diamondbacks managed to erase the bad vibes they created during a lackluster spring training. They might have only split the games, but they showed fight, competitiveness and solid relief pitching, attributes that sometimes were lacking late last season, at least in the eyes of General Manager Kevin Towers.

Fiesta Bowl under fire: Does it really matter to sports fans?
A look back at sports through the years reveals a long history of tolerance from the devoted fans.

ASU football suffering key injuries during practice
Arizona State believed it had momentum entering spring practice. The Sun Devils had won their final two games of last season. They returned nine starters on both offense and defense. The past three days, however, might have reversed ASU's fortune.

Arizona Wildcats defense dominates spring football scrimmage
In the first of two public spring scrimmages for the Arizona Wildcats, the defense had its day. The defense stopped the offense without any points for 14 consecutive possessions before allowing a 12-yard touchdown pass from senior backup quarterback Bryson Beirne to redshirt freshman receiver Tyler Slavin on the final drive. The defense had five interceptions, including in four consecutive possessions.

NFL: John Elway of the Denver Broncos appears to have serious interest in this year's QB class - ESPN
Broncos boss John Elway appears to have genuine interest in this year's QB class. That could be bad news for Tim Tebow, writes John Clayton in his latest mailbag.

Mallett falls into the Clausen trap | ProFootballTalk
Last year, former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen responded to criticism of his leadership skills by breaking out talking points that included Clausen referring to himself (more than once) as a "loving, caring person."

Report: Owners refused to meet with players last week | ProFootballTalk
Buried at the very bottom of a mailbag from ESPN’s John Clayton is a nugget that should have gotten much more prominent treatment from the boys and girls in Bristol.

2011 NFL Draft is a crazy year for quarterbacks, says Mel Kiper - Peter King -
In past 33 drafts, Mel Kiper says he's never seen anything like this QB class Teams have mixed feelings about Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett Quotes of the Week, Stat of the Week, Ten Things I Think I Think and more news: Upon further review, Locker should be late first-round pick
There are more than a few lessons I learned during my time as an NFL personnel man. One was that if one person in a room full of scouts and coaches stands on a table for a particular prospect while everyone else claims to look the other way, then it's time to take another look at the player in question. It's worthwhile to go back to the evaluation and try to see what the lone voice in the room sees. The process might lead you right back to your present evaluation, but it might also help prevent a mistake.