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Archives: April 2010


Rang on draft: Hawks still need dynamic edge rusher

Rang gives Hawks high marks on draft

Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for NFLDraftScout.con, joined the chorus of national media and draft analysts praising Seattle’s performance in the draft over the weekend.

Rang gave Seattle an A grade in his draft evaluation of NFL teams.

I had a chance to talk to Rang minutes after the draft to get his assessment on Seattle’s haul, and here is what he had to say.

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We have a winner for the 2010 Seahawks mock draft

Well, winners actually. Hefferous and HawksfaninMT both got two picks correct in this year’s second annual Seahawks mock draft, correctly picking the Seahawks to select Russell Okung and Earl Thomas with the team’s first, two picks.

Andy A also got the first round correct, selecting Okung and Thomas in the first round. However, he did not make selections after the first round.

Others to correctly pick Okung first include Eric Williams, Dukeshire, Jjsnix, Subtlesquire, TP10Super10, Oceanic, JMSeaTown, Paleydr and JohnD.

KelosHawk, Rollo73 and Seahawklovertoo correctly picked Thomas.

We again showed our ineptitude when selecting Seahawks’ draft choices, with

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Morning links: Hawks receive high marks for draft

New Seattle Seahawks running backs LenDale White and Leon Washington.

Several national writers rated the Seattle Seahawks’ performance in the draft as one of the best in the league.

But before getting too excited, remember the Hawks received good marks after last year’s draft and free agency period, but ultimately ended up 5-11 in 2009.

Still, Seattle appeared to add several playmakers on both sides of the ball and overall upgraded the talent level on the roster.

Steve Wyche of the NFL Network rates Seattle’s draft as one of the best over the weekend.

Clark Judge of CBS Sports also gave the Seahawks kudos.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated also gives Seattle good marks.

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Okung, Thomas introduction

New Seattle Seahawks rookies Texas safety Earl Thomas and Oklahoma State offensive tackle Russell Okung’s first meeting on the football field was a memorable experience.

“When we played each other, I ran into him when I tried to blitz out there and he caught me under my shoulder pads,” Thomas said. “And he’s way bigger than me, and we talked. And I told him, ‘Please don’t throw me on the ground.’ And he didn’t do it. So that’s how we first met.

“I’m glad he’s on my team now.”

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Three USC products highlight free agent list

Here are the free agents the Seattle Seahawks have signed this afternoon.

James Brindley, FS, Utah State (5-10, 196)
Marcus Brown, CB, Arkansas State (6-1, 195)
Kyle Burkhart, OT, Southern Miss. (6-4, 293)
Jeff Byers, C, USC (6-3, 301)
Reggie Carter, OLB, UCLA (6-0, 238)
Patrick Devenny, TE, Colorado (6-3, 239)
Kevin Dixon, ILB, Troy (6-2, 257)
DeMarcus Granger, NT, Oklahoma (6-2, 332)
Quintin Hancock, WR, Tennessee (6-2, 211)
Will Harris, FS, USC (6-0, 204)
Adrian Martinez, C, Colorado State (6-3, 317)
Joe Pawelek, ILB, Baylor (6-2, 237)

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All done: Hawks select WR Konz with No. 245 pick

With the Seattle Seahawks final pick of the draft at No. 245, the team selects Jameson Konz, a 6-foot-3, 234-pound wide receiver from Kent State.

So it looks like Seattle gets another big body on the outside to compete with the Williams’ duo and others at wide receiver, or perhaps an H-back in Jeremy Bates’ system.

That’s it for now. We’ll update the free agent pick-ups as we hear them and give you a full report once Russell Okung and Earl Thomas are introduced.


Hawks select DE Dexter Davis at No. 236

The Seattle Seahawks selected an edge rusher with the team’s No. 236 and second-to-last pick of the draft, picking Arizona State defensive end Dexter Davis.

At 6-foot-1 and 244 pounds, Davis appears to fit the Seahawks new role as a weak-side defensive end/elephant position. One pick left.


Team scouts talk about CB Thurmond, DE Wilson and S Chancelllor

Seahawks area scout Eric Stokes, who covers the West Coast, talked about his evaluation of Oregon cornerback Walter Thurmond this morning.

And Mike Yowarsky, Eastern Region Director of college scouting, talked about defensive end E.J. Wilson and strong safety Kam Chancellor.

Despite Thurmond suffering an injured right knee early his senior season, Stokes said he had been evaluating Thurmond the past, two seasons because he thought Thurmond might come out after his junior season.

Stokes also said he thought Thurmond might have been a late first-round pick had he not injured his knee, and that Seattle got good value with the pick.

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