CBS NFL analyst Pat Kirwan and former St. Louis general manager Billy Devaney evaluate the Seattle Seahawks draft needs in the video below.
Kirwan identifies Seattle’s weaknesses at defensive line, right offensive tackle and defensive end. He believes the Seahawks will address the defensive side of the ball in the first round.
Kirwan says Seattle will take University of Texas defensive end Alex Okafor if he’s available at No. 25.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes the San Francisco’s loss in the Super Bowl helps the Seahawks. Boling: “Seahawks fans may also take heart in the fact that all four NFC West teams have now lost a Super Bowl since 2002. And each of those franchises slipped from division contention in the years afterward. So, although the Niners look strong and talented, and were only a slender yellow hanky from a championship, history is now working against them.”
Tom Junod of Esquire pens an interesting article on NFL players’ perspective on dealing with pain throughout the season. It includes an excerpt from Matt Hasselbeck discussing his 2009 rib injury on a bone-crushing hit by San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis. Hasselbeck: “The worst injury I’ve ever had on the field — for my wife and kids, at least, and my mom and dad — was an injury I got against the 49ers. Patrick Willis hit me as I was diving for the goal line. He hit me, and twenty minutes later I’m in an ambulance on my way to Stanford Medical. I’d broken a rib on the left and I’d broken a rib on the right. The rib on the right was right next to my aorta, and it was really dangerous for my health. I couldn’t breathe. It was like there was a weight on top of me. It’s a scary thing, because it feels like you’re drowning. I couldn’t breathe at all, and I got up off the field because it was a two-minute situation — I didn’t want the team to have to take a time-out. I tried to run off the field, and when the trainers met me they saw I was, like, purple in the face. And they immediately put me on the ground. Sometimes they’ll put you on the ground to evaluate you and sometimes to give the backup quarterback a chance to get loose. They put me on the ground because I was purple.”
McNeil and Spiegel with WSCR in Chicago interviewed Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. You can check out the transcript here. Wilson said he’s not concerned with opponents catching up with the zone read option because it’s only 15 to 20 percent of Seattle’s offense.
Derek Stephens of ScoutTheSeahawks.com takes a closer look at three receiver prospects that he believes might makes sense for Seattle – Virginia Tech’s Corey Fuller, Texas A&M’s Ryan Swope and Arkansas’ Cobi Hamilton.
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is part of ESPN’s recreation of RUN DMC in this video link. But don’t worry, Beast Mode didn’t shave off the dreadlocks. Lynch impersonates DMC (Darryl McDaniels) in the photo shoot.
Lance Zierlein of The Sideline View includes Wilson and Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner among four NFL players that could change the way general managers evaluate players for the upcoming draft.
Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times offers three things we learned from San Francisco’s loss to Baltimore in the Super Bowl.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com provides some dates for OTAs and minicamps.
Former Seahawks special teams coach Bruce DeHaven has been hired as an assistant special teams coach with Carolina.