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Around the League: 2013 draft class strong at QB

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The 2013 draft sets up as another big year for quarterback prospects, and the buzz is that three players who have improved their stock at this early stage are Logan Thomas (Virginia Tech), Mike Glennon (North Carolina State) and Tyler Wilson (Arkansas). Word from scouts is that Glennon and Thomas have improved their arm strength and accuracy and that Wilson's overall footwork and general movement skills are believed better than some people felt.

--Even with the signing of wide receiver T.J. Graham by Buffalo this week, there seemed to be little movement to break the logjam at the top of the third round where, as pointed out by The Sports Xchange two weeks ago, players and agents are attempting to maximize the "25-percent" rule for base salaries in the final three seasons of four-year contracts. Graham was the sixth player in the round, but the only prospect in the top nine to have a contract.

--A similar impasse exists at the top of the first round, where the first eight players are still unsigned, and where the primary issue remains so-called "offset language." Saturday is Bastille Day, the French equivalent of Independence Day and the day late NFL general manager George Young said most negotiations for rookies began, and club officials hope that the proximity to training camp report dates stirs some action.

--It's not believed that this week's action against Andre Rison, in which he was sentenced by a Phoenix court to five years of probation and ordered to fork over $300,000 in restitution for unpaid child support, will keep the onetime Pro Bowl wide receiver from working with the Michigan State staff this fall as a coaching intern. "I can teach those guys a lot -- on and off the field," said Rison, who recently resigned his position as a high school coach in Flint, Mich., of the pending stint at his alma mater.

--On the success rate of former second-round wide receivers, cited earlier: It is notable that the Browns have had mixed results recently taking pass-catchers in the round. Little figures to become a good player, but Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie, both selected in the second round in 2009, haven't exactly panned out. Massaquoi has 110 catches in three years, but might be hard pressed to earn a spot in Cleveland's top three wideouts in 2012. Robiskie was released last November, after catching just 39 balls in two-plus seasons.

--The rolls of former players suing the NFL for concussions and head-related trauma continued to mount this week, with the addition of Hall of Fame center Dermontti Dawson most obvious. But perhaps the most damning comment might have come from former tailback Stephen Davis, who noted of the tests doctors and trainers once used on the sideline to determine concussions: "If you could put your hand on your nose, then you were good to go back in."

--Dallas, which has used more supplemental draft choices than any other team in the league since the summer draft was implemented in 1977 - the Cowboys have exercised five supplemental picks and San Diego (three) is the only other club to use more than two - had some interest in Gordon, but not until the middle rounds. The Cowboys still seem to be confident they can develop a No. 3 receiver to go with Dez Bryant and Miles Austin, and replace the departed Laurent Robinson, from a group of young and relatively untested players.

--There's been some curiosity of late from a few clubs about a pair of onetime Dallas offensive linemen, center Andre Gurode and guard Leonard Davis, but no offers.

--Carolina linebacker Jon Beason this week proclaimed himself ready to go in camp, after an Achilles injury that limited him to just one game last season. What Beason did not say, though, was where he'll line up for the Panthers, who still have not revealed how they will align Beason and first-round pick Luke Kuechly. The two players can both play middle and weak-side 'backers, and alternated at minicamp at the two spots. If coach Ron Rivera and defensive coordinator Sean McDermott have decided who will play where when camp opens, they're staying quiet, at least publicly, about the situation.
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