My story from today goes into a little bit more detail on Seattle head coach Pete Carroll’s revelation that veteran linebacker Barrett Ruud is still nursing groin, knee and shoulder injuries that landed him on the season-ending injured reserve while still with Tennessee last season.
Although Ruud is still recovering, Carroll believes he will be healthy when training camp starts, and can return to the productivity he showed while with Tampa Bay.
Before an injury-plagued 2011 season, Ruud served as Tampa Bay’s starting middle linebacker, finishing with at least 114 tackles from 2007 to 2010, so he’s been productive when healthy.
With Ruud banged up, middle linebacker seems like an obvious need heading into Thursday’s draft. However, the fact that second-year pro K.J. Wright can also play inside linebacker gives Seattle some options. Although Wright played 15 games at outside linebacker in his rookie season, he served as Hawthorne’s backup at inside linebacker, practicing there during the week while Hawthorne rested a sprained knee.
Wright even started Seattle’s regular-season opener at San Francisco last season at middle linebacker in place of Hawthorne.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com says Seattle will continue to building the foundation they set in the past two seasons.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times discusses how the Seahawks will approach the quarterback situation in the draft.
Art Thiel of Sportspressnw.com believes the Seahawks should pass on Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill if he’s available at No. 12.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that the flexibility of Seattle’s coaching staff in terms of finding roles for players that scouts likes has helped the team in the draft.
Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports writes that the Seahawks have struck the right balance in draft evaluation.’
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports writes that the tape doesn’t lie – South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram is the best pass rusher in the draft.
Russ Lande of the Sporting News says don’t believe the rumors that Melvin Ingram is sliding, and that he is the top pass rusher in the draft.
Mike Mayock of the NFL Network has some interesting names in his top 100, including Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones in his top 10.
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports believes there’s some excellent value to be had in the second round.