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Archives: April 2013

April
30th

Morning links: Hawks still No. 1 in ESPN power rankings

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) reaches for the goal line for a touchdown past Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. The Seahawks won 23-17 in overtime. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) reaches for the goal line for a touchdown past Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. The Seahawks won 23-17 in overtime. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Yes, I understand it’s the offseason. And really we’re talking about how draft selections have affected teams on paper, without seeing how individual players will be used and mesh with teams.

Still, it’s interesting to note that ESPN’s panel of experts once again voted the Seattle Seahawks as the best team in the league after the results of this year’s draft.

Also of note, the NFC West was the highest rated division, with Seattle (No. 1), San Francisco (2) and St. Louis (15) all in the top 15.

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April
29th

Roster analysis

Good morning. With the draft and free agency pretty much over, I thought this would be a good time to take a second look at the Seattle Seahawks’ roster.

By my count, the Seahawks have filled the 90-man roster heading into OTA’s and training camp. Seattle will host a rookie minicamp on May 10-12.

UPDATE: The Seahawks actually have 91 players on the roster, but they can carry over the 90-man limit because none of the draft picks have signed contracts yet.

Head coach Pete Carroll will have some tough decisions to make come September, particularly at cornerback, receiver,

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April
28th

Morning links: The grades are in

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Whether you are a fan or not, one thing you have to give ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. credit for is an impressive ability to churn out cohesive information in a short amount of time.

The opinionated Kiper always does his homework.

Check out Kiper’s grades for every team in the NFL here. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this. After practically failing Seattle’s draft last year, Kiper is much more kind, giving Seattle an overall B grade.

Kiper: “We can’t forget one very important point: The first-round pick of the Seahawks is named Percy Harvin, and he’s going to have a major impact on this offense in 2013. I (perhaps unfairly) remain concerned about Harvin’s ability to stay healthy, but the stats show he’s been durable. The selection of Christine Michael was a little bit of a luxury pick for me, but they lack that type of explosive back on the roster, so he offers a different look. They needed to add some rotation depth at defensive tackle and accomplished that with Jordan Hill and Jesse Williams, though I know a number of teams are concerned that Williams will have durability problems. Michael Bowie could stick as depth at tackle, as could Ty Powell at linebacker. I don’t know that Seattle added a starter among their picks, but they certainly added one in Harvin.”

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April
27th

Hawks 2013 undrafted rookie free agents

Matt Austin, WR, Utah State
Alvin Bailey, OT, Arkansas
Kenneth Boatright, DE, Southern Illinois
Ramon Buchanan, LB, Miami
John Lotulelei, LB, UNLV
Ray Polk, SS, Colorado
Jordan Roussos, OG, Bowling Green
Dominique Whaley, RB, Oklahoma
Craig Wilkins, LB, Old Dominion

April
27th

Carroll on draft: Let the competition begin

With Seattle selecting nine players on the final day of the draft, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll understands it will be tough for his team’s latest addition to carve out spots on an already-talent roster that made a deep playoff run last season.

“The whole idea is to make this roster as competitive as possible,” Carroll said. “And so that means it’s hard for theses guys to make it. But also, the quality of guys we were able to draft and attract here in free agency makes it hard for the guys to keep their jobs. And that’s just understood. That’s part of the makeup of being here with the Seahawks.”

Carroll said that fifth-round pick defensive tackle Jesse Williams will compete for time as an early down run stuffer, the role Alan Branch held down for two years.

“He’s really an intense, jumps off the ball and is strong,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said. “I think he benches 600-something pounds. He’s a guy who will really fill a specific role for us. Just his strength, his movement down the line of scrimmage and his ability to compress the pocket really is an intriguing thing for us.”

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April
27th

Seahawks 2013 draft picks

Round 2/62 – Christine Michael, RB, 5-10, 220, Texas A&M
Round 3/87—Jordan Hill, DT, 6-1, 303, Penn State
Round 4/123 – Chris Harper, WR, 6-1, 200, Kansas State
Round 5/137—Jesse Williams, DT, 6-3, 325, Alabama
Round 5/138—Tharold Simon, CB, 6-2, 202, LSU
Round 5/158—Luke Willson, TE, 6-5, 251, Rice
Round 6/194—Spencer Ware, 5-10, 229, LSU
Round 7/220—Ryan Seymour, -10, 229, LSU
Round 7/231—Ty Powell, 6-3, 249, Harding University
Round 7/241—Jared Smith, 6-3, 302, New Hampshire
Round 7/242—Michael Bowie, 6-5, 332, Northeastern State

April
27th

Seahawks select two offensive line prospects to finish draft

New Hampshire defensive lineman Jared Smith runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
New Hampshire defensive lineman Jared Smith runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

The Seahawks drafted two offensive line prospects with the team’s final two picks.

Seattle selected New Hampshire defensive tackle Jared Smith with the team’s No. 241 selection.

At 6-3 and 292 pounds, the Seahawks plan to convert Smith to defensive tackle, similar to what the team did with J.R. Sweezy last year.

The Seahawks selected Northeastern State offensive tackle Michael Bowie with the team’s final selection at 242.

A transfer from Oklahoma State, Bowie is 6-5 and 330 pounds. Bowie said he played left tackle in 2012, but also has the ability to play guard.

April
27th

Seahawks select LB Ty Powell with No. 231 overall pick

Harding defensive lineman Ty Powell runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Harding defensive lineman Ty Powell runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Outside linebacker Ty Powell of Division II Harding University in Arkansas becomes the first linebacker selected by the Seattle Seahawks in this year’s draft.

Powell was a D-II, second-team All-American in 2012, leading Harding with 12.0 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and blocking a school-record four kicks.

Powell posted impressive numbers at the NFL scouting combine, running a 4.64-second 40-yard time, pushing out 28 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press and posting a vertical jump of 37 inches.

At 6-2 and 249 pounds, Powell projects as a Leo defensive end in Seattle’s scheme. Powell became the first Harding player drafted since Bruce Baldwin was selected by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round of the 1983 draft.