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Archives: Feb. 2010


Morning links: Mosi Tatupu dead at 54

Mosi Tatupu and his son Lofa share a moment before a press conference at the 2008 Pro Bowl.(AP photo/Marco Garcia)

According to a report from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, former NFL running back Mosi Tatupu passed away on Tuesday in Massachusetts. He was 54 years old.

Tatupu, the father of Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu, played 14 years in the league, mostly as a fullback and special teams player, including 13 years with New England and his final season with the Los Angeles Rams. Mosi Tatupu finished with 2,415 yards and 18 touchdowns.

The cause of death was unknown Tuesday, but according to a family friend, Tatupu suffered from high blood pressure and other ailments.

“He had some health issues,” Barry Markowitz, a family friend who was told of the death by Tatupu’s ex-wife, Linnea, said in the Star-Bulletin.

Mosi Tatupu served as the running backs at Division III Curry College in Milton, Mass.

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Draft expert Mayock talks Hawks draft

NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock talked to reporters this morning via teleconference as the league announced its exclusive coverage they will have during the NFL scouting combine this week.

Overall, Mayock believes this year’s draft is the deepest in the eight years that he’s seen on the defensive side of the ball. Mayock says the draft is deep in talent at defensive tackle, cornerback and safety, and that you could get a quality player in the third and fourth round.

On offense, Mayock believes it’s a bad year for quarterbacks and interior offensive linemen, but he really likes the tight ends, running backs and wide receivers, with what he said is tremendous depth at all three of those positions.

Mayock says he believes four offensive tackles could go in the top 9 in Bryan Bulaga of Iowa, Russell Okung of Oklahoma State, Rutgers’ Anthony Davis and Oklahoma’s Trent Williams, and Seattle should be in the mix for one of those four.

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Rang on combine: Looking for a few good Trojans

This is the first in a series of looks at perspective players that the Seahawks may be interested in as we get ready for the NFL scouting combine, which starts on Thursday.

I’ll be attending the event again this year, flying out on Wednesday to Indianapolis and covering the event from Thursday through Sunday evening.

I’ve called on Rob Rang, senior draft analyst with, to help provide some analysis on some of the players the Seahawks may have their eye on this week.

And with Pete Carroll recently joining the team from USC, it made sense to start with some of his former players who will be in the draft this year.

USC will have 11 players at the combine this week. They include safety Taylor Mays, CB Josh Pinkard, CB Kevin Thomas, DE Everson Griffen, OT Charles Brown, C Jeff Byers, G Alex Parson, RB Stafon Johnson, RB Joe McKnight, TE Robert McCoy and WR Damian Williams.

With his experience of working with these kids on a daily basis, and also the recruiting of other highly talented athletes who didn’t go to USC like Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen and Clemson’s C.J. Spiller, Carroll should have a distinct advantage in evaluating these players, which will help him in setting up a draft board for Seattle.

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Morning links: Too much emphasis on 40 times?

Michael Lombardi of the National Football Post weighs in on how valuable 40-yard times are in weighing how good a football player will be, noting that Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith, two players now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, were not exactly the fastest players on the field.


For every Deion Sanders or Rod Woodson, there are many players who can run fast in a straight line but are not football players. In evaluating, there has to be a balance between 40 times and the actual playing of the game. When I worked at the Hotel, the 40 times dictated the level of interest we had in a prospect. Everyone in the building knew that if a guy ran extremely fast and had size, he would become a favorite of the owner. But running extremely fast for the league might not be fast for the Raiders.

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A case for keeping Deion Branch

I want to preface this by saying that I believe Deion Branch is generally a good guy who has worked hard to get on the field during his four years in Seattle.

At 30 years old, I still think he has enough ability to help a team and be effective if placed in the right situation.

However, I do not believe the Seahawks will keep Branch around next season at his current salary of $5.47 million due next season, despite a report that Seahawks general manager John Schneider believes that Branch fits into the Seahawks offensive system that will be installed by offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates.

A more likely scenario for Seattle would be asking Branch to restructure his contract to stay around, or releasing him when the free agency period begins in March if they cannot coax a team to give up a draft pick for Branch in a trade.

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Morning links: Kiper pegs Bradford headed to Hawks in latest mock

ESPN’s Mel Kiper now has the Seahawks selecting Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford at No. 6, and Seattle taking USC defensive end Everson Griffen at No. 14. And unlike most draft experts, Kiper has QB Jimmy Clausen ranked ahead of Bradford, and going at No. 4 to the Washington Redskins.

Seattle could be considering a quarterback as a possible replacement for Matt Hasselbeck down the line, but I believe the Seahawks have too many needs to take a quarterback this early, and will likely draft a quarterback in the later rounds.

Rob Rang of has the Seahawks selecting Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan at No. 6 and Iowa offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga at No.14, while his co-worker Chad Reuter has Seattle picking Bulaga at No. 6 and Clemson running back C.J. Spiller at No. 14.

I think at this point the Seahawks will likely take a defensive end at No. 6 unless someone like Eric Berry slide down to them. And then at No. 14 I think Seattle will take the best offensive tackle available. However, in an ideal situation I think Seattle would like to trade down from the No. 6 pick to pick up a pick in the third round.

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Morning links: Kerney still wants to play

Steve Wyche of reports that despite speculation of his possible retirement, Seahawks defensive end Patrick Kerney is determined to play next season.

Kerney is due $5.16 million if he plays under his current contract in 2010. At 33 years old, he’s needed offseason surgery after the last three seasons, including elbow surgery after the 2009 campaign.

His production also has slipped since a career-high 14.5 sacks in 2007, his first season in Seattle, with a total of 10 sacks over the past two seasons.

Money also could be an issue. If Kerney retired, he could possibly have to pay back $5 million in bonus money he received from Seattle.

Kerney says he does not know if he’ll have a role in Seattle, but plans on playing next season.

“I’ve got a couple good ones left in me. … Gonna be in sick shape,” Kerney told Wyche via text message.

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