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  • NFL position rankings: Collins, Humphries, Peat lead good OT group

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner8 hrs ago

    You want an offensive tackle in the draft? This is a pretty good year to find one. Just don’t wait too long.

    There might not be a slam-dunk, top-10 surety in this group. There also is some question as to what the best pro position will be for some college left tackles in the pros. For instance, we grouped Iowa’s Brandon Scherff in with the interior group and LSU’s La’el Collins in with the tackle group, even though we could envision either player being effective at either spot at the next level.

    Collins, Florida’s D.J. Humphries, Stanford’s Andrus Peat and Miami (Fla.)’s Ereck Flowers all look like first-round-caliber talents — and it’s possible to see even one more tackle prospect land in the top 32. Collins is a strong, athletic and durable tackle (or guard) and can fit into most blocking schemes. Humphries would be a  great fit in a zone-based scheme and moves effortlessly but doesn’t have elite mass. Peat looks elite at times, less so at others, but could end up being the best of the bunch if he can harness his great size. Flowers plays with an edge and can pop but still needs some consistency in his raw game.

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  • Celebrate the return of Tebowmania with the Tebow Pretzel

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner10 hrs ago

    You knew Tebowmania was going to hit the ground running (well, running and praying). We've been here before — the hype, the hope, the lunacy — so anybody that's going to break through the foaming mass of Tebow-love will have to come strong. And Philly Pretzel Factory has done just that:

    Welcome to Philly, @TimTebow! pic.twitter.com/2A3UCH47Vy

    The pose, of course, is reminiscent of that early-2010s craze of "Tebowing":

    You remember that, don't you? Ah, we were all so young back then. Anyway, good on the Philly Pretzel Factory. All those Tebow conspiracy theorists will need something to snack on while they try to figure out how the Eagles signing Tebow ties into their theory that the NFL is blackballing the guy.

    Also, should you purchase a Tebow pretzel, eat the arm first. We hear that's the tenderest part.

    ____ Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter.

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