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Archives: Feb. 2013

Feb.
23rd

The Manti Te’o experience

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o answers a question during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o answers a question during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

A fatigued but contrite Manti Te’o talked for roughly 20 minutes with hundreds of reporters here at the NFL Scouting Combine, the first time he’s talked with a full media group since a report surfaced on Jan. 16 that the death of his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, was a hoax.

“It was just a whirlwind for stuff for me, a 22-year-old – 21 at the time – just trying to get your thoughts right,” Te’o said, when asked why he waited so long to publically address the situation. “Everything was kind of chaos for a little bit, so you let that chaos kind of die down. And wait until everybody’s ready to listen.”

Te’o said he’s met with two teams so far, the Texans and the Packers, and he’s scheduled to meet formally with 18 more at the combine. Te’o said all the teams that have contacted him so far have asked by the incident.

And what are they asking?

“Just tell me the facts,” Te’o said. “They want to hear it from me basically what happened.”

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Feb.
23rd

Morning links: Wilson seeks redemption

Washington's Marquess Wilson makes a reception as BYU's Daniel Sorensen tries to break up the pass during the first half of the NCAA college football game between the BYU Cougars and the Washington State Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Spenser Heaps, Daily Herald)
Washington’s Marquess Wilson makes a reception as BYU’s Daniel Sorensen tries to break up the pass during the first half of the NCAA college football game between the BYU Cougars and the Washington State Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Spenser Heaps, Daily Herald)

In my story today, considered a potential first-round selection at the beginning of the 2012 college season, former Washington State receiver Marquess Wilson is attempting to rebuild his draft stock after quitting the team and leveling allegations of abuse against first-year Cougars head coach Mike Leach and his coaching staff.

Leach and his staff were cleared of any abuse issues after investigations by the school and the Pac-12.

At 6-2 and 194, there’s no question about the speedy Wilson’s ability. He set Washington State’s single-season receptions record in 2011 with 82 catches for 1,388 yards and 12 touchdowns.

However, Wilson will have to clearly explain his side of the story to NFL personnel executives and coaches who wonder about his toughness, honesty and ability to handle adversity.

You can watch today’s combine drills live here. Offensive linemen, tight ends and kickers are up today.

Everybody in the media room is talking about Arkansas Pine-Bluff offensive tackle Terron Armstead, who ran an unofficial 40-yard time of 4.65 seconds this morning at 309 pounds. Watch it here.

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Feb.
23rd

Seahawks Insider’s first look at 2013 draft

Good morning. Here’s our annual first look at the 2013 NFL draft from a Seattle Seahawks perspective.

Once again, Rob Rang, senior draft analyst with NFLDraftScout.com, has been gracious enough to join me in this video looking at some of the prospects in this year’s draft who would make sense for the Seahawks in the first few rounds.

And thanks to our photo editor Joe Barrentine for putting together the video.

Rang and I identified defensive end, defensive tackle, outside linebacker, receiver and backup quarterback.

Some of the players Rang identified as potential fits for Seattle include:
Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
Keenan Allan, WR, California
Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern State
Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers
E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State
Matt Scott, QB, Arizona
Zac Dysert, QB, Miami (Ohio)

Feb.
22nd

Carroll favors keeping Matt Flynn

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll understands that reserve quarterback Matt Flynn would like an opportunity to earn a starting job on another NFL team.

However, Carroll might be leaning toward keeping the LSU product in the fold as part of his talented quarterback room.

“To have a caliber of second quarterback like Matt, you can’t get better than that,” Carroll said. “That’s a great deal for us. And so we’re very solidly in favor of keeping that together if we could.”

That news might not sit well with Flynn, who would like another chance to earn a starting job on another team. However, Carroll could point to 8 million reasons why Flynn should continue to remain a good soldier in Seattle.

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Feb.
22nd

A few minutes with Matt Barkley

USC quarterback Matt Barkley (Eric Williams/The News Tribune)
USC quarterback Matt Barkley (Eric Williams/The News Tribune)

Quarterback Matt Barkely has lost a little bit of his shine heading into this year’s draft after a disappointing senior campaign with the Trojans.

However, the USC product still believes he’s the best quarterback in the draft, even though most draft analysts have West Virginia’s Geno Smith rated ahead of him.

It seems unlikely the Seahawks would take a quarterback like Barkley in the first round because Seattle would have to move up to get him, and they already have a potential franchise quarterback in Russell Wilson.

Still, Carroll has a good relationship with Barkley. He started him as a true freshman while serving as the head coach at USC. Carroll compared Barkley to Wilson in terms of his knack for being clutch in late-game situations, along with his competitive nature.

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Feb.
22nd

Seahawks seven-round draft order

Here’s the Seattle Seahawks draft order by round for the 2013 draft in April. The Seahawks have an extra pick in the fifth round from the Aaron Curry trade with Oakland. And Seattle has two picks in the seventh round from trades with Buffalo for Tarvaris Jackson, and New Orleans for linebacker Barrett Ruud.

The spots after round 3 could change when compensatory picks are allocated, so I just listed the spot in each round after the third round Seattle is expected to draft in.

First round (1) – 25
Second round (1) – 56
Third round (1) – 87
Fourth round (1) – No. 26
Fifth round (2) – No. 5 (from Oakland) and No. 25
Sixth round (1) – No. 26
Seventh (3) – No. 8 (from Buffalo), No. 14 (from New Orleans) and No. 25

Feb.
22nd

Morning links: Idzik looking for competition at QB

John Idzik, New York Jets General Manager, answers a question during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
John Idzik, New York Jets General Manager, answers a question during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Day 2 of the NFL Scouting Combine begins today. We should have more player interviews, along with the expectation that Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll will speak to reporters this afternoon.

In my story today, former Seattle Seahawks salary cap specialist and contract negotiator John Idzik is learning the ropes the hard way as the new general manager of the New York Jets, dealing with the relentless New York media.

Idzik already is on the defensive, having to quiet the storm created by speculation that the Jets want to trade injured quarterback cornerback Darrelle Revis. Idzik leaned on a word bandied about the VMAC on a daily basis by Pete Carroll – competition.

The most interesting part of the conversation is Idzik said he wants to bring competition to quarterback position, both from on the roster and through the draft or free agency.

So does that mean Idzik would be interested in a move to bring Matt Flynn to New York? We’ll have to wait and see on that – team executives aren’t allowed to comment on players under contract with other teams because it would be considered tampering by the league.

“I like the idea of any quarterback who comes in competing,” Idzik said. “And I don’t think it’s limited to who we have. That’s going to be a constant process. So who can we bring in, or who can we draft? Or who are the incumbents that are coming along well that spice up that competition? Again, that’s an ongoing thing.”

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Feb.
21st

Schneider on franchise tag: “I don’t necessarily see us using it.”

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider talked with reporters here at the scouting combine this afternoon.

And he confirmed my earlier thought that it will be unlikely for Seattle to use the franchise tag on one of the seven players set to hit free agency in March.

“We’re still evaluating that,” he said. “I don’t necessarily see us using it.”

Many of the questions Schneider fielded had to do with his evaluation of quarterback Russell Wilson during last year’s draft, and why the Seahawks believed at 5-11 he would be successful at the next level.

“We liked him a lot,” Schneider said. “For me to tell you that he was going to do what he did in his first year, I would be lying to you. We were able to acquire Matt Flynn, so we thought that we had a great setup, all the way around. And Tarvaris Jackson actually did a lot of great stuff for us, too in the previous season.”

Schneider also addressed the possibility of trading reserve quarterback Flynn, saying he likes the talent level at the quarterback position right now.

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