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Morning links: Kacyvenski to announce Hawks’ picks

Post by Eric Williams on April 18, 2013 at 8:31 am with 31 Comments »
April 18, 2013 8:32 am
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski howls after tackling Dallas Cowboys running back Tyson Thompson in the first quarter Monday, Aug. 22, 2005 in Seattle. The Cowboys went onto beat the Seahawks 18-10. (AP Photo/Jim Bryant)
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski howls after tackling Dallas Cowboys running back Tyson Thompson in the first quarter Monday, Aug. 22, 2005 in Seattle. The Cowboys went onto beat the Seahawks 18-10. (AP Photo/Jim Bryant)

Former Seattle Seahawks linebacker and special teams ace Isaiah Kacyvenski will announce the team’s second round pick during this year’s draft at Radio City Music Hall next Friday.

Kacyvenski is part of the tradition established in 2011 of NFL alumni announcing picks for their former teams. A fourth round pick by Seattle in 2000, Kacyvenski spent seven seasons with the Seahawks, leading the team in special teams tackles in 2000 and 2001.

Also, don’t forget the league will announce the regular-season schedule at 5 p.m. Pacific Time, which we will post here as soon as it is released. And after that, we will host a live chat with Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for, at 6 p.m. Hope you can make it.

Seattle’s opponents already are set. Home opponents include New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Minnesota, along with NFC West foes Arizona, San Francisco and St. Louis. And on the road Seattle will travel to Atlanta, Carolina, Houston, Indianapolis, the New York Giants and division road games at Arizona, San Francisco and St. Louis.

Here’s my story from Seattle general manager John Schneider’s press conference, which goes into more detail on how the Seahawks landed Antoine Winfield.

Tom Pelissero of ESPN Twin Cities provides contract details on the Winfield deal. Pelissero: “The one-year contract Winfield signed with the Seahawks on Wednesday included a $500,000 signing bonus and a $1 million base salary, of which half is guaranteed, according to a source. The rest of the money is tied up in a $500,000 roster bonus — $31,250 for each game Winfield is active — and $1 million in ‘not likely to be earned’ incentives tied to playing time and interceptions.”

Danny O’Neil of ESPN 710 Seattle writes that the Seahawks will play the waiting game this year with no pick in the first round.

Clare Farnsworth of provides his perspective on the Schneider presser.

Jayson Jenks of The Seattle Times takes a look back at players drafted with the No. 56 pick the last 13 years.

You can watch the entire John Schneider press conference here.

Brock Huard and O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle talked with Russell Wilson about what he’s working on to improve in this audio link.

Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel provides is first offering of his annual draft series evaluating this year’s receiver and tight end crop.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that the 49ers have added former Seattle tight end Cameron Morrah.

New Philadelphia head coach Chip Kelly bring up a good point when asked whether the Eagles will be a 3-4 or 4-3 team – everyone runs a hybrid of the two fronts based on their personnel.

Morning links
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  1. yankinta says:

    Can’t wait for schedule to come out at 5PM!!!

    FOR SURE :
    @ Colts (Russell Wilson vs. Andrew Luck)
    @ ATL (Rematch)
    @ 49ers (Top 2 teams in the NFC/NFL)
    vs 49ers (Top 2 teams in the NFC/NFL)
    @ Texans (Top 5 teams in the NFL)

    Maybe :
    @ NY Giants (??)
    vs. Saints (Rematch of the playoff game 2 years ago??)
    vs. Vikings (PH versus old team)
    vs. Rams (maybe??)

  2. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Good article Eric.

    I think Winfield is a great pick up for this team and the secondary despite his age and Height.

    And further I like to hear that his agent was very aggressive in reaching out to the Seahawks and expressing Antoine’s interest in playing with this defensive backfield, and our defense.

    Good players want to play for winners.

  3. I’m not sure if Avril and Irvin playing LB is ‘blowing smoke’ or not, but the idea of Cliff Avril or Bruuuuuce Irvin running down the seam with Tony Gonzalez or Vernon Davis scares me alot – more than the image of KJ Wright doing the same thing (and KJ has proven that he is not effective in coverage).

    So I would like for the Seahawks to grab the best cover LB in the draft, Sio Moore, at pick 56.

  4. Hey Georgia, I meant to respond to your question on the last post. I believe Schneider was referring to the fact that he believe five to 15 players the team has ranked as second-round selections are usually available when the teams is ready to pick in the second round. Although the conversation was a little muddled at the end of the press conference, so I could have got things switched around. Listen to the conversation for yourself in the above link. I think Sando asks the question. It’s near the end.

  5. @bloc

    Well, there aren’t many LB’s in this league whom you’d want running down the seam with the likes of Gonzales or Davis, but it is quite clear that Irvin has a ways to go from a coverage standpoint. If he can ever improve that part of his game though, wow.

    We’ll have to wait and see what Avril is all about in terms of playing backer. He took what is typically a ‘backer’ jersey number (56), so he seems to be ready and willing to play that sort of role with this team. A 260 lbs. sam LB is a hell of a load though. That’s not the type of backer I would ask to cover Gonzo or V.D. on seam routes, but Avril would definitely seem the type to get a real good jam off of the line. Being that he’s got years of experience being a DE, I would guess his hand technique for working in press coverage might actually be something for opposing TE’s to deal with.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    Kacyvenski? He was a try hard guy, for sure, but Easley or Warner or some such. Seems like an odd choice.

    Sekolah – If / when he is a Sam I can’t imagine him in coverage. I’ve got to believe they envision him as a Matthews type, behind the line player. A capable TE would abuse him trying to cover a route.

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Thanks Eric.

    That makes sense.

    At around 33:30 is where Schneider talks about it.

    Btw- Was Schneider at Dino’s Pub before the press conference? Lol.

  8. raymaines says:

    “Kacyvenski is part of the tradition established in 2011…”

    Two things:

    1) Kacyvenski? Really? Not Jacob Greene or any of a dozen others?

    2) Tradition? Can you really have a “tradition” that’s all of three years old?

  9. V.D. got love that.

  10. More concerned here about how many 10am East Coast games Seattle will have this season, hopefully none on back-to-back weeks.

  11. Yeah, Georgia, I read and reread that section and was confused the first couple of times too. I think his point is that in the 2nd round you can expect a few legitimate 1st round guys to still be around, and you can expect a much bigger chunk of legitimate 2nd round guys to still be around… a few of those guys would have been “reaches” or “upsets” in the first round where a team takes a consensus 2nd round guy with a 1st round pick, so some 2nd round graded guys are gone.

  12. JZombie, if we get those tough East Coast games on Prime Time, then we won’t have to play them at 10AM. Which is why I’m hoping those 3+ tough East Coast Games (Giants, Colts, Falcons) will be on Prime Time….

  13. MoSeahawk12 says:

    I’m still thinking we start off week one at 49ers. Great way to see where we’re at. I also believe we will end the season at home against the 49ers. Game that could decide winner of the West. Lots of tough games in between. The Rams will be tough as they split with us last year and the 9ers couldn’t beat them. I’m hopeful that we will be on Monday Night Football at least twice and unfortunately we will get a Thursday night game as well. Very good chance that we have 4 or 5 primetime games. The most we’ve had since the season after our Superbowl season. Liked having our bye week later last season. Let’s hope for week 8 or 9 bye.

  14. MoSeahawk12, I can see us starting off with 49ers but the last game will not be against 49ers. Only because by then the playoff seeding will have be determined so that game may not matter much. Which is why I think the second game against 49ers will be wk 13 or 14…

    It’d be great if we get the first Monday night game vs. 49ers!!

  15. Hmmm, 9ers picking up Morrah huh? Probably to pick his brain of the hawks offense and then they will kick him to the curb

  16. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “JZombie, if we get those tough East Coast games on Prime Time, then we won’t have to play them at 10AM.”

    Good thinking Yankinta!

    BTW- I thought the NFL was considering doing away with the 10AM games. Anything more info on that?

  17. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “Anything more on that”

  18. I know we’ve all seen this already, however it’s extra special today. Can’t wait to see where I need to start planning vaction days for Monday or Tuesday mornings.

  19. chuck_easton says:

    I don’t really care one way or the other about prime time games or not for the Seahawks. I’m more concerned about limiting 1PM East Coast start times (10:00am Seattle time). Those are what kill NFCW teams.

    Prime time games are just a means of getting the same result. As it is Western Canada (west of Saskatchewan) gets all the Seahawk games anyway so I see every game.

    For those unfortunates who live in other parts of the US that don’t know Seattle is a US city and the locals couldn’t find it on a map I hope for as many Prime Time (national coverage) games as possible.

    Remember, East Coast fans would rather watch the Jets play the Dolphins in prime time because those teams are relevant and Seattle is the hinterlands. Money talks. More viewers gets better ratings. Better ratings means more advertising income for the NFL. Hense games with two East Coast teams, regardless of the ranking of those teams, means more viewers, better ratings, more money than a Seattle game even if Seattle is a favorite for the SB.

    It isn’t a slight on the city of Seattle, it’s citizens, or the team.

  20. GeorgiaHawk says:

    First time I’ve seen it WiscCory. I can’t wait for Seahawks/49er games this year.

  21. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Wouldn’t it be cool if we became a dynasty like the Jimmy Johnson Cowboys were? It’s a dream, but not as much as three years ago.

  22. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Chuck inspired me to this with his East coast fan talk. Lol.

    “Well East coast fans are hip”
    “They really dig their teams out there”
    “And the Southern fans with the Falcons and Saints”
    “They knock me out when I’m down there”

    “The Mid-West Fans Broncos really make you feel alright”
    “And the Northern fans with Green Bay and Pittsburgh”
    “keep getting SuperBowls left and right”

    “I wish they all could be Seattle Seahawks”
    “I wish they all could be Seattle Seahawks”
    “I wish they all could be Seattle Seahawks fans”

    “The West coast has the best teams”
    “And the Seahawks have the best fans”
    “I dig the Seahawks/49ers at the clink at night”
    “With the best fans in the stands”
    “I been all around the NFL”
    “And I seen all kinds of fans”
    “Yeah, but I couldn’t wait to get back to the Clink”
    “Back to the best fans in the land”

    “I wish they all could be Seattle Seahawks”
    “I wish they all could be Seattle Seahawks”
    “I wish they all could be Seattle Seahawks fans”

    With the help of happy hour and Chuck.

  23. FleaFlicker says:

    Let’s trade up to the top half of 2nd round and get that kid Margus Hunt.

    6′ 8″ and 280 lbs. 40 yds in 4.7 sec. THAT is an interesting DE prospect.

  24. freedom_X says:

    Kacyvenski might have been the only Seahawk alum who wanted to do it.

  25. What a surprise, first game is a 10pm pacific start.

  26. raymaines says:

    2013 SCHEDULE
    W1 9.8 @ Panthers
    W2 9.15 vs 49ers
    W3 9.22 vs Jaguars
    W4 9.29 @ Texans
    W5 10.6 @ Colts
    W6 10.13 vs Titans
    W7 10.17 @ Cardinals
    W8 10.28 @ Rams
    W9 11.3 vs Buccaneers
    W10 11.10 @ Falcons
    W11 11.17 vs Vikings
    W12 BYE
    W13 12.2 vs Saints
    W14 12.8 @ 49ers
    W15 12.15 @ Giants
    W16 12.22 vs Cardinals
    W17 12.29 vs Rams

  27. boycie99 says:

    So we have 5 10am starts including back to back in Houston and against the Colts
    Thanks NFL

  28. Looks like all the prime time games are against our division rivals too. Not exactly big TV draws save for SF. I had an eerie feeling we’d get chumped somehow, but not this much.

  29. raymaines says:

    Less than optimal.

    Real late bye, then monday night in the Clink vs. N.O. and a quick turn around and @ S.F.

    Two early starts @ Houston and @ Indy., soft game vs. Tenn, then two away games in the division.

  30. bbnate420 says:

    We didn’t get 9 prime time games? I’m totally shocked.

    Georgia, I believe that JS meant that there will be 5-15 guys left that THEY grade as 2nd round talent. Just because there are 32 picks in the 2nd round doesn’t mean that they give 32 players 2nd round grades. And obviously they grade players differently from other teams. And they are picking at the end of the 2nd.

    As freedom_X pointed out, the player has to want to/agree to go and announce the draft choice. How does anyone here know that Easley, Warner, or anyone else wasn’t asked? I’d be very surprised if Kacyvenski was their first choice.

  31. raymaines says:

    The last five games of the season are against the Saints, @ 49ers, @ Giants, Cards, & Rams. Wow! What doesn’t kill ya makes you stronger I suppose.

    Go ‘Hawks.

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