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Morning links: Mighty Maragos

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 10, 2011 at 8:01 am with 13 Comments »
December 10, 2011 8:02 am
Seahawks defensive back Chris Maragos makes a tackle during a win over the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 13. (Rod Mar/Seattle Seahawks)

In my story today, at 5-10 and 200 pounds, Seattle Seahawks safety Chris Maragos doesn’t look like much. But since being activated Oct. 22 for the Cleveland game, the Wisconsin native has made the most of his opportunities, serving as a key special teams player and backing up Seattle’s best defensive player, Earl Thomas.

Maragos walked on at both Western Michigan and Wisconsin, where older brother Troy served as Bucky Badger. He eventually earned a scholarship his senior season as a tough, speedy free safety and was an honorable mention Big-10 selection and captain.

San Francisco signed him as an undrafted rookie free agent last year, and he spent some time on the active roster. Fans mistook him for kicker David Akers. The Niners released him during final roster cuts, and the Seahawks added him to the practice squad in the second week of the regular season.

“My whole career, there’s always been a little crack in the door, and I’ve always said I just want to kick the thing open,” Maragos said. “Wherever I can fit in, whatever I can do, I’m just trying to look for my opportunities to excel. And when they present themselves, you’ve got to be ready to take advantage of them.”

Peter Yoon of ESPN Los Angeles is reporting that UCLA will announce the hiring of Jim Mora as their new head coach today.

Clare Farnsworth of profiles Brandon Browner, who has steadily improved throughout this season.

More Farnsworth: He offers some notes from Friday’s practice.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks’ secondary is becoming a first rate unit.

ESPN’s Mike Sando predicts a 23-6 Seattle victory over the Rams.

Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports ranks the top 10 college quarterbacks likely available in the draft this year. Andrew Luck, Matt Barkley and Robert Griffin III are his top three.

Kathleen Nelson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that quarterbacks Sam Bradford and A.J. Feeley sat out of Friday’s practice for the Rams, with Tom Bradnstater taking the first-unit reps and Kellen Clemons just showing up for practice on Friday.

Clark Judge of CBS Sports talks to a league scout who calls the Rams the worst team he’s seen in years.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated takes a look at the playoff race with four weeks left.

Morning links
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  1. Soggybuc says:

    Kirk Cousins might be a guy to take a closer look at to see if he could be a guy to run the Beast coast offense that could be had in the second round. solid play over big numbers any day.

  2. “The stuff you see out there about giving up three first-round picks for Luck is kind of absurd. Could it happen? Sure. But if you do that, what do you have left to build with around the guy? The only way you do that is if you’re set at every other position, and that’s just not realistic,” an NFC scout said.

    Interesting if you bring yourself to last offseason… Seahawks got blasted for addressing every position of need besides the most important and obvious one, QB…

    We improved the Oline drastically, TE, and WR. We’ve been set with RB.. Could they have been planning all along to give up the kings ransom for luck? Or at least putting themselves into position to if they so decided?

  3. nidhighe says:

    I don’t see Schneider giving up a ton of draft picks to take Luck.

  4. I think Weeden is an interesting/tough decision prospect in the 2nd round. He is much older than the others, so he may be more of a 3rd round pick, possibly later. He chucks it quite a bit and seems to have adequate arm strength. If we can’t get Barkley (Luck will obviously be gone), I just don’t feel comfortable using a 1st round pick on the other QB’s. I’m not sure what it is, I just don’t have a great feeling about them with the exception of Weeden.

  5. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Weeden is unreliable under pressure, especially when the game is on the line. Once his feet move, his favorite receivers often wear the opposition’s uniform. Not good.

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    If I was the the GM I would trade six 1st round picks for Luck and six second round picks from the Colts.

    Too many first round picks are overrated, overpaid, and undermotivated.

    I would rather have many more lower round picks that come in hungry and motivated.

  7. I don’t see our GM giving up a bunch of draft picks for anybody, not Andrew Luckypants or anyone else.

    What I see our GM doing is making a bunch of other teams give up their picks while he trades down and accumulates more picks, then uses those picks to grab the many good players that other teams miss. Guys other teams pass over. Guys like Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, KJ Wright, Walter Thurmond, John Moffitt, Doug Baldwin, Brandon Browner. For 2012, I see our team being stacked with more players who fit Carroll’s system and learn how to win football games together. If none of them happen to be drafted in the first round, that’s fine.

    That said, watching more of Robert Griffin leads me to thinking about how great he would look in Seahawks blue. If that happens, I’d be all for it.

  8. SeahawkFan12 says:

    RG3 just won the Heisman. When was the last time a QB who won the Heisman had a stellar NFL career? Just curious…

  9. We all know Pete Carroll calls the shots so I don’t think it untimately really matters if our GM would do it or not.

  10. Interesting idea, Georgia. I doubt we would ever see such a trade, but I’d love to have more second round draft picks instead of firsts.

    Some worthwhile trivia — when John Schneider ran drafts with Ted Thompson for the Packers from 2005 through 2008, they made 14 draft-day trades, and 13 were trades down for more picks.  They turned 31 picks into 43 to build their super bowl roster.

    Of course, they also kept their first round pick the year Aaron Rogers was available.

  11. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Yes Stevos-Bill Belichick figured this out a few years back!

  12. it seems that pete would prefer a game manager more than a brett favre chucker sort of qb. look for that in any qb taken in the draft. he’s all about 0 turnovers more than a gun slinger.

  13. funny how a thread about a safety is all about our drafting a new qb..

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