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Saints News, 4/13/15: NFL Schedule Release Likely Coming Next Week

The NFL is expected to release its 2015 schedule....blah, blah, blah. Forget about that. Let's focus on important stuff! Did everyone see the season premiere of 'Game of Thrones' last night?

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Saints News

Better than Ezra, Deuce McAllister, Mickey Loomis and Steve Wozniak converge at party |
Proceeds from the event benefit after-school arts and educational programs at Bethune Elementary School, as well as other foundation concerns.

Greenbrier facilities make big impression | The Herald-Dispatch
"I like the locker room," junior linebacker Stefan Houston said. "Seeing Drew Brees' name on a locker in there made it feel like an NFL team. I haven't been on a grass field like this. I'm loving it."

Saints looking for high school coaches to nominate students for HSPD Leadership Program
Deadline for high school coaches to nominate a student is Monday, April 20, 2015

5 things to know about new Saints linebacker Anthony Spencer
By Annie Hills

New Orleans Saints mailbag, Part 1: The draft 'what if' edition - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
Thanks for submitting your New Orleans Saints questions on Twitter.

New Orleans Saints mailbag, Part 2: The linebacker edition - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
Answering questions on the value of linebackers in the draft, David Hawthorne and character issues among draft prospects.

NFL Mock Draft: The New Orleans Saints select...
We're drawing closer to April 30, which means it's time for another NFL Mock Draft. Naturally, we're most interested in what the New Orleans Saints do.

New Orleans Saints pre-draft visits: A roundup of prospects coming to town |
The Saints can host up to 30 prospects on pre-draft visits, but right now we only know about eight of them.

Anthony Spencer missing piece to Saints free agency | The Saints Nation

Keith Gee remembered by friends as lifelong Saints fan and Louisiana horse racing advocate |
Gee was a passionate racing advocate, urged Churchill Downs to re-invest into the Fair Grounds

Blogger intel on Anthony Spencer from @CowboysBlogNet | The Saints Nation

NFL mock draft roundup: Combo of Bud Dupree, Dorial Beckham-Green for Saints picks up steam |
Saints first-round picks remain all over the map for the most part, though


NFL News

Schedule release likely coming next week | ProFootballTalk
With the draft only 17 days away and in light of the NFL's habit of releasing the regular-season schedule before the draft, the window for releasing the 2015 regular-season schedule is getting fairly narrow.

Dan Quinn says the Falcons "nailed it" in free agency | ProFootballTalk
The Falcons opened free agency with two quick signings of linebackers, Brooks Reed and Justin Durant. In more than a month since then, Atlanta has done little else, signing only low-cost players from the bargain bin.

Panthers were close to Charles Tillman’s heart, at several levels | ProFootballTalk
After spending his entire career in Chicago, it wasn't easy for Charles Tillman to move. But in coming to Charlotte, Tillman almost feels at home. Tillman said signing with the Panthers was an easy choice for a number of factors, not the least of which were the personal bonds he has with many ...

Troy Polamalu's retirement spotlights Hall of Fame's lack of safeties | The MMQB with Peter King
This is for all of you, in the wake of Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu retiring the other day after 12 seasons, wondering if he’ll be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, or whether it’ll be he or Ed Reed who gets into Canton first, or whether they might go in together: Over the past 26 years, covering...

Football writer Jim Dent faces long prison term after 10 DWIs | ProFootballTalk
In August, we passed along a tidbit from the book Manziel Mania, which claimed that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was so close to drafting quarterback Johnny Manziel that Jones's son Stephen had to take the card with Manziel's name on it out of Jerry's hand.

Ron Jaworski thinks the Bucs are taking Marcus Mariota first | ProFootballTalk
ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski was already on the record saying he wouldn't pick Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston first overall. Now, he's saying he doesn't think the Buccaneers will, either.

Jameis Winston may be the most investigated player in NFL history, according to report |
NFL teams have reportedly spent millions to make sure projected No.1 pick Jameis Winston is clean.

Cardinals' Bruce Arians says female NFL coaches could be in the league's future |
"The minute they can prove they can make a player better, they'll be hired," Arians said.


Important Stuff

'Game of Thrones' 2015 NFL Draft scouting report |
As I close in on finishing my 500th 2015 NFL Draft profile, I realize that I'm constantly evaluating -- even when not watching game tape. At one of my sons' youth sports events the involuntary evaluation process begins in my mind: "Slow feet with difficulty changing direction. Anticipates well, but can't always respond to what he's seeing quickly enough. Questions persist about whether he is coachable. Motor never stops. Loves postgame snacks."

Shopping for groceries it starts up again -- "Space-eater. Hard to move. Can be lethargic and struggles to finish."

With that said, I focus the unending stream of NFL draft evaluation terminology toward "Game of Thrones" characters.

All-Game of Thrones football team |
Hafthor Bjornsson, aka “The Mountain,” didn’t make it with the Colts, but that doesn’t mean the characters from “Game of Thrones” don’t have NFL potential. See which positions Dave Dameshek and Henry Hodgson think each character would play if there were an all-“GoT” team.

Colts once flirted with signing 'Game of Thrones' giant -
Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane is one of the most imposing and dangerous characters in HBO's "Game of Thrones." The man who now plays the giant once was a candidate to be signed by the Colts.