Well, we’re finally here. Here’s our plan for the day. Dave Boling, Doug Pacey and I will be at the VMAC providing live coverage. We’ll get there around 3 p.m., and our live chat will begin at 4:30 p.m., so check here throughout the day for breaking news or other updates.
You can also follow the Seahawks draft room live here later today.
My story today focuses on Seattle making the choice between pass rushers Quinton Coples of North Carolina and South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram if they stay at No. 12.
Coples offers that special quality of a prototypical pass rusher who could develop into a pro bowler, while Ingram is a versatile defender that the Seahawks could use all over the field.
“There’s a guy that’s 6-foot-5-inches-plus that runs 4.6’s in Coples,” Pete Carroll said. “He has prototypical numbers and he’s a classic in the profile of the big pass rusher.
“Ingram is much more of a different guy. He is an inside pass rusher primarily that plays outside linebacker at times, that plays ‘Mike’ (middle) linebacker at times. He’s all over the place, and he’s utilized totally differently.
“He’s a shorter guy with shorter leverage and all of that, and has effectiveness and a total different style. They’re just widely different. Both are very effective and great prospects that will go high in the draft.”
Dave Boling of The News Tribune reviews Seattle general manager John Schneider’s draft history heading into the draft today.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a look at this year’s defensive back class and what it means for Seattle.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times now has the Seahawks selecting Jones at No. 12.
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times asks Seattle not to draft Ryan Tannehill if he’s available at No. 12.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper has Seattle selecting Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones at No. 12, a player that has risen up the draft boards in the last few days. Mike Sando also offers his thoughts on the choice.
Mike Mayock of the NFL Network says three years from now Jones could be the best defensive player to come out of this draft in this video clip.
Look, Jones is a rangy athlete who is very talented and possibly has a chance to develop into a Jason Pierre-Paul type of pass rusher. But just watching a few clips on Youtube this morning he looks a bit awkward moving around to me, doesn’t find the football well and he has durability issues. The Seahawks need someone who can make an impact now, not in three years.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald has Seattle selecting North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples at No. 12.
Mike Mayock of the NFL Network has Seattle selecting Quinton Coples.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports we could be seeing the end to the Pro Bowl.
Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News reports the Bills have a legitimate shot to move up in the draft in a swap with Minnesota and select USC left tackle Matt Kalil at No. 3.
NFL agent Jack Bechta of the National Football Post offers a nice perspective piece on the failed drug test being leaked to reporters, the last-minute draft misinformation that out there heading into the final day of the draft and also the market for undrafted rookie free agents.
Seahawks owner Paul Allen tweets the new poster of Marshawn Lynch at CenturyLink Field.