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Morning links: Judging character

Post by Eric Williams on May 1, 2012 at 9:06 am with 22 Comments »
May 1, 2012 9:06 am
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin. (AP Photo/Ted. S. Warren)

The Seattle Seahawks once again selected a couple players a little rough around the edges in this year’s draft, something former Seattle head personnel man Tim Ruskell usually did not do during his time with the Seahawks.

When Ruskell took over he had to deal with the fallout of players like Jerremy Stevens, Rocky Bernard and Koren Robinson, so part of his job was to clean up the image of the team.

But as Dave Boling of The News Tribune notes in his column today, Pete Carroll and John Schneider have shown a willingness to take calculated risks on players with hiccups in their past. It paid off when they traded for Marshawn Lynch after his off-the-field struggles in Buffalo. Mike Williams also had his share of work ethic and weight issues, but found a fresh start in Seattle.

In this year’s draft, West Virginia’s Bruce Irvin, North Carolina’s J.R. Sweezy and Louisville’s Greg Scruggs all had things in their past worth looking into.

Boling: As general manager John Schneider explained before the draft, certain offenses are non-negotiable and there are obligations to the franchise for responsible behavior. But the brain trust also preached the value of second chances for the worthy.

“It’s part of the post-Ruskell reality that the Seahawks are not putting together a Scout Troop.”

ESPN’s Mike Sando takes a look at how Russell Wilson’s measure up to other quarterback prospects available in the draft. The link also includes a video of Herm Edwards talking about Wilson.

ESPN’s Michael DiRocco says better consistency in his play got defensive lineman Jaye Howard drafted by Seattle in the fourth round.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks were eccentric in the team’s draft selections.

Wes Bunting of the National Football Post gives Seattle a B+ for the team’s draft class. That’s the best grade I’ve seen for Seattle.

And Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports gives Seattle the worst draft grade, handing out a D-minus.

Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network already is looking at 2013, as he ranks the top 30 players for next year’s draft class.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports does the same thing here.

Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports ranks Purdue kicker Carson Wiggs, who signed with Seattle as an undrafted rookie free agent, among his diamonds in the rough for Seattle.

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  1. jboard1 says:

    ^^ That’s interesting. Seems like it was all for giving props to a hometown guy. hopefully it was a peaceful event with no altercations…

    I for one am on this guys bandwagon. Reading his story and watching the interviews, he seems like a guy with a good heart and was just in the wrong situation around the wrong people for a short time in his life. Seems to me like he has a good head on his shoulders now, and i am rooting for him.

  2. seahawk44 says:

    Check this out …. maybe this free agent kicker will stick.

  3. dacmike says:

    That kicker has a nice leg but as you can see that is in a practice type environment, very different in a game situation. I used to watch Jason Hanson at WSU kick 70 yard field goals in practice at times.

  4. You’d think they would have made an exception to the rule for the Bruce Irvin party. Instead of “no athletic” stuff, you’d think people would have been encouraged to wear Seahawks gear!

  5. dacmike says:

    I could see if this was an actual private party then athletic gear would be fine but since this opened to the public then the same rules still apply. You never who is out there that wants to see Irvin fail and show up in a Raiders or Rams or Cardinals jersey trying to start something.

  6. rgbuckl says:


    That’s been one of the challenging things of being a Seahawks fan in the military–try FINDING Seahawks gear in those areas. It’s always annoying living around the country (and the world) because our team never gets any love. Even the Navy Exchange usually only carries Cowboys, Steelers, Colts, Patriots, or whoever has just won the Super Bowl. I did buy my #8 jersey at the NEX the year we went to the Super Bowl, before the game of course.

    I know a lot of you might hold out on buying the new jersey, but although I want one, I don’t know WHOSE I want. I think I’m going to have to watch how the season unfolds for our guys and ask for one for Christmas. ;o)

    Whose will any of you buy?

  7. Dukeshire says:

    If there was ever a false narrative about Ruskell, it’s this so-called “Scout Troop” or high character monicker. He tolerated DUIs, domestic violence, drug arrests… Good citizenship was certainly a trait he wanted the players to embody, but sadly it was given little more than lip service. I would actually go so far as to say that accepting this notion gives him an (another) excuse for his poor drafts and roster management. It basically says that he would have had more talented players here, but under the Seahawks “strict code of conduct”, the talent pool he had to choose from was thinned. Bullocks. He was an awful GM, overall, and he would have continued to assemble a poorer and less talented roster, season after season, regardless.

  8. dacmike says:

    I like buying defensive players jerseys but might to go beast mode this year. I will wait and see but will get one for the Dallas game.

  9. HawkfaninMT says:

    I’m going with Bruce Irvin.. Anyone know what number he is going to be wearing?

  10. RDPoulsbo says:

    I have to agree Duke, I think there were more off field issues from Ruskill picks than there were from Holmgren ones. For every K-Rob or Stevens, you had a Lofa and Leroy.

  11. Soggybuc says:

    I was thinking of going with a Turbin jersey but then I would have to wear some inflatable water wing on my arms to make it look right.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    When are the customizable authentic game jerseys going to be available, that’s what I’d like to know?

  13. rgbuckl says:

    Duke, I thought they were available the first day of the draft (26th). I’m sure I saw them on there for a bit more than the already named jerseys.

    dacmike, I lean that way too, though I only have a Hasselbeck right now.

    I have also been wondering about their numbers. I checked the roster the other day on the Seahawks’ official site, but they only had the drafted players added with no # listed.

    Soggybuc, LOL!!! That dude is a freak–great call on that one Duke! The water wing thing may work. You’ll have to post that photo. ;o)

  14. I think Irvin is wearing 51

  15. Dukeshire says:

    rgbuckl – I’m sorry, they are on the NFL site I see. My bad.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    Unless they change his position, Irvin is a d lineman, can’t wear a number in the 50s. If I had to guess, it would be 77. Not much different than his 11 at WV.

  17. EyeAmBaldman says:

    Well, on the Seahawks site they now have Irvin’s number as 51.

    Irvin … 51
    Wagner … 54
    Wilson … 3
    Turbin … 22
    Toomer … 47
    Sweezy … 64
    Scruggs … 98
    Lane … 1
    Howard … 94
    Guy … 27

    Obviously, these are training camp numbers and will most likely change depending on who makes the team.

  18. Macabrevity says:

    I can’t believe Jason Cole gets paid to write that garbage. He should stick to fantasy sports… with his buddies, at the local sports bar. I don’t care if someone wants to label Irvin a reach, etc. but this guy is just regurgitating things written on other sites – no homework being done on his part. Let me see, a guy’s life is on the brink of becoming a sad statistic, and he manages to fight through huge obstacles, get things turned around, and realize a dream… and Jason Cole says he lacks determination? Puh-lease…

  19. BobbyK says:

    Actually, with the internet, I buy most of my clothes from the Seahawks site,, or a place like ebay. I know I’m a geek but I probably wear a (nice) Seahawks polo about four out of five work days per week (along w/kakis and dress shoes)!

  20. Soggybuc says:

    Ok Bobby if you dye your hair grey and get a surfer cut we might have to report you

  21. raymaines says:

    rgbuckl: Have a custom Nike jersey printed with your own name and the number 12 on it. A buck fifty ain’t cheap, but hey…

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