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Archives: March 2011


Rang’s mailbag

Along with being gracious enough to participate in our draft preview video last week, Rob Rang of also answered some of your questions about draft prospects in the upcoming draft.

So check out the video above to hear Rang’s take on Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones, Nevada linebacker Dontay Moch, linebacker Akeem Ayers and safety Rahim Moore of UCLA, Oregon linebacker Casey Mathews, cornerback Ryan Jones of NW Missouri

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Morning links: Lynch under the microscope

Matt Williamson of gives props to Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch for his magical run against New Orleans in the NFC playoffs, but overall he believes that the Cal product’s performance must improve for the Seahawks to win consistently next season. Williamson:

“I am not implying that Lynch is a bad running back. But I do believe he is exceedingly average. Given the Seahawks’ roster, the team needs more from its running game, which was just terrible last year. Lynch ran for only 573 yards in his 12 regular-season games with Seattle, for a 3.5 yards per carry average. That won’t do.”

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Hawks draft preview with Rob Rang

I know, the draft still is more than a month away. But let’s face it, you need a break from the constant bickering between NFL owner and players.

So Rob Rang, senior draft analyst with, and I are here to provide some actual football talk in the video above. As usual, Rang offers some excellent draft analysis on some potential prospects Seattle might consider with the team’s No. 25 overall pick in this year’s draft.

Predicting whom the Seahawks select in the opening round is tough this year because Seattle has several needs to fill, including quarterback, offensive line, cornerback, defensive line and receiver.

Second, with uncertainty on whether or not free agent quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will return to Seattle, and at least 10 teams potentially looking for a quarterback in the first round of the draft, it’s hard to tell if Seattle feels pressure to take a signal caller early.

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Morning links: Eagles will listen to trade offers for Kolb

According to Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News, Eagles head coach Andy Reid said he will evaluate trade proposals for backup quarterback Kevin Kolb if by chance the labor dispute is resolved and free agency takes place before the draft.

Seattle likely will be one of those teams lining up to see what it will take to secure Kolb’s services.

“People have shown a little interest (in Kolb), and as this thing picks up, I’m sure it will continue,” Reid said during this video interview on the team’s web site. “Listen, we’ll sit back and we’ll evaluate it.”

Kolb’s contract is up at the end of this year, and he’s due to make less than $1.4 million in base salary this season. And starting quarterback Michael Vick signed a franchise tender that will pay him $16 million this season.

However, Reid still sounds high on Kolb.

“He’s ours,’’ Reid said. “Everything else from there is easy. It’s kind of like what I said last year. If people are interested, they’ll come to you. But on the other hand, do we love Kevin Kolb? Are you kidding me?

“I mean, this guy is a heck of a football player. You look at his numbers and the things he did when he had the opportunity to start, and you start six or seven games and you’re the NFC Offensive Player of the Week twice, and all the 300-yard games he put together and the way he commands the offense and all these things, you’re not in a big hurry to get rid of Kevin Kolb.’’

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Morning links: Ponder impresses at pro day

Representatives from 28 different teams were on hand for Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder’s pro day on Thursday, including Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis and new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, who will install the West Coast offense this season.

Ponder reportedly threw well and continues to move up the draft board, potentially moving up to the end of the first round One of his targets during the throwing session was retired receiver Isaac Bruce, who shares the same agent as Ponder, Memphis-based Jimmy Sexton.

Ponder said he will hold private workouts for nine teams, but did not disclose who those teams are.

Mike Mayock of the NFL Network was on hand for the workout and talks about Ponder in this video link. He also previews Missouri quarterback Blain Gabbert’s pro day, which is today.

Also, Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange provides a nice rundown of what to expect from Gabbert’s pro day and who he will throw to.

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A few minutes with OL Will Rackley

Lehigh offensive lineman Will Rackley (AP photo/ Darron Cummings).

One player the Seattle Seahawks likely have their eyes on as a middle-round prospect is Lehigh offensive lineman Will Rackley.

At 6-2, 260 pounds coming out of Riverdale High School in Georgia playing for a football team that ran the triple option, Rackley was not highly recruited. He did however have solid grades, earning a 3.4 GPA, so Patriot League schools like Lehigh, Lafayette and Colgate showed interest, and he ended up at Lehigh.

Rackley played left tackle for the Mountain Hawks, where he finished his career as a three-time, first team All-Patriot League selection, and anchored a line that allowed only 14 sacks last year. Rackley also was named to Associated Press All-America team.

Rackley finished his career with 40 consecutive starts, so he’s durable.

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Morning Links: Draft sleepers

Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones (AP file photo).

Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for, pens his annual diamonds in the rough for this year’s draft, providing a list of sleepers for each position.

It’s a must-read if you’re looking for information on possible late-round sleepers NFL teams might be looking for that could make an impact down the road. Think Justin Forsett and Ben Obomanu for Seahawks, both seventh round picks.

Players mentioned in Rang’s article include Idaho quarterback Nathan Enderle, Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones and USC cornerback Shareece Wright.

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McIntyre: Player bonuses on hold during lockout

Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (TNT file photo).

By Brian McIntyre
Now that the 2006 collective bargaining agreement expired, the NFLPA decertified and the NFL owners locked out the players – who are filing lawsuits and injunctions against the NFL – a common belief has been that neither side will blink until August or September, when the threat of missed gates and game-checks will be most real.

There is some truth in that, though both sides have plenty of incentives to reach a deal as quickly as possible.

For the owners, it’s about control.

Many NFL teams, including the Seattle Seahawks, were to begin off-season conditioning programs this week. With players barred from the facilities, those programs are on hold.

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