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Morning links: Draft fits for the Seahawks

Post by Eric Williams on April 19, 2013 at 6:36 am with 45 Comments »
April 19, 2013 6:39 am
n this Oct. 22, 2011, file photo, LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery (99) reaches for Auburn quarterback Clint Moseley (15) during the first of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct.  22, 2011. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)
n this Oct. 22, 2011, file photo, LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery (99) reaches for Auburn quarterback Clint Moseley (15) during the first of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for, digs into the Seattle Seahawks draft needs heading into next week’s draft.

Rang lists outside linebacker, defensive tackle, cornerback, receiver and offensive line as primary needs for the Seahawks. And he provides five interesting names as possible fits to fill those needs – LSU DE Sam Montgomery, Connecticut OLB Sio Moore, Georgia SS Shawn Williams, TCU WR Josh Boyce and Georgia DT Kwame Geathers.

Rang: “Young, hungry, physical and talented, the Seahawks are considered by some to be this year’s Super Bowl favorite. If able to win the NFC Western Division and host playoff games in raucous Century Link Field, that might occur.
As talented as its roster is, however, Seattle still has holes to fill.

Fortunately for the Seahawks, their needs tie in nicely with this year’s talent. With 10 picks with which to target their specific needs and Schneider having consistently hit big on later-round picks, don’t put it past the Seahawks to once again go mining for diamonds — perhaps some polished enough to be fitted into a Super Bowl ring one day.”

Here’s my story on the release of Seattle’s schedule on Thursday.

I talked with Colin Paisley and Tom Wassell of 710 ESPN Seattle about the Seahawks schedule in this audio link.

ESPN’s Mike Sando breaks down Seattle’s schedule, noting that the Seahawks play four of their last six games at home.

Clare Farnsworth of takes a closer look at Seattle’s six most intriguing matchups.

Russell Wilson talks about Seattle’s upcoming schedule in this video link.

Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle breaks out his John Schneider decoder ring to figure out what the Seahawks’ GM really said on Wednesday. reports that Trey Anastasio, lead singer of the groove band Phish, wants Seahawks fans to chant Wilson in honor of the team’s starting quarterback, similar to how fans of his band react when Phish plays the song by the same name.

Check out the video below, in which fans in the crowd are likely doing a lot of this.

Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post lists the Jacksonville at Seattle contest as one of four games gamblers should circle because of Seattle former defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s knowledge of the Seahawks’ schemes.

Clark Judge of CBS Sports writes that the Niners-Hawks rivalry isn’t just the best in the NFC West, it’s the best in the NFL.

Aaron Fox of Q 13 Sports reports that kicker Steven Hauschka is expected to re-sign with Seattle.

Morning links
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  1. Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 22, Jacksonville, 4:25 p.m.

    looking forward to seeing the gus bus make it’s way to seattle. wishing him all the best, just not in week 3.

    by the way, Carroll probably knows damn well to go for the big play every time, since he couldn’t devise a way to stop it.

  2. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Lol on the Video Eric.

  3. yankinta says:

    I was most surprised by MNF for not picking a 49ers vs. Seahawks game…. Maybe Fox had first choice and wouldn’t want to let it go….

    My wild prediction is that Falcons will not make the playoff….Either Saints or Bucs will win that division.

  4. sluggo42 says:


  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I agree with this ESPN view.-

    “Who’s got the easier road to the NFC West title, the San Francisco 49ers or Seattle Seahawks?
    Along with the Atlanta Falcons, the 49ers and Seahawks will open the season as favorites to win the NFC. It is scary how they are almost mirror images of each other. Dynamic young quarterbacks. Potentially dominating defenses. Brash head coaches who have carried over a collegiate rivalry to the pros.
    Both teams will have to deal with their opponents having spent much of the offseason devising schemes and collecting players to counter the read option.
    San Francisco caught a break on who they play at home versus the road. Of the Niners’ nondivisional opponents, they will play Atlanta, Carolina, Green Bay, Houston and Indianapolis at home. Four of those teams made the playoffs last year. They will travel to New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Washington, Jacksonville and Tennessee. Only one of those teams made the playoffs.
    The Seahawks will play New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Jacksonville and Tennessee at home and travel to Atlanta, Carolina, the New York Giants, Houston and Indianapolis.
    So, advantage San Francisco.
    San Francisco’s strength of schedule is tougher (.520 versus .516 for Seattle), but the Niners’ path is easier given which teams they get at Candlestick Park, where San Francisco is 13-2-1 under third-year coach Jim Harbaugh.”

    That’s not even mentioning the 5- 10:am games that Seattle has.

    I think Russell Wilson and this team will just use it as motivation for this season, and that’s a good thing.

  6. raymaines says:

    RADEoN says: by the way, Carroll probably knows damn well to go for the big play every time, since he [Bradly] couldn’t devise a way to stop it.

    That was funny!

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Good article by Clark Judge. I like this part-

    “Look, I want to see Denver-Baltimore, and I’d love to be there when Peyton Manning returns to Indianapolis. But there’s nothing out there this year that compares to what we get with San Francisco and Seattle — which is all-out war, reminiscent of the contests that the 49ers and Dallas had in the early-to-mid 1990s, when they combined for four straight Super Bowl championships.”

  8. yankinta says:

    Yup Yup GeorgiaHawk, it’s time for RW to lead the HAWKS to the Five IMPOSSIBLE 10 AM East Coast Wins!!!

    I look forward to it….

    p.s., we already knew 49ers would have easier path a while ago since we’ve known our opponents a long time ago. Below links show our opponents for the nest 4 years. You can look up and compare with 49er’s future opponents.

  9. yankinta says:

    GeorgiaHawk, I like that article too. I think MNF missed out big time by not picking the second 49ers vs. Seahawks game….

    Redskins, Falcons and Giants maxing the 5 primetime games over Seahawks’ 4 primtime games?? These East Coast Biased Schedule Makers will look back and regret this.

  10. WiscCory says:

    FIFTEEN days of rest between Nov 17 and the Monday night game! Heal the wounds before a 5 game playoff dash.


  11. yankinta says:

    If my MATH is correct, NBC can and may FLEX Seahawks vs. Falcons or Gaints games as Sunday Night Games, which would mean, we wouldn’t have to play at 10 AM at these places,, and we’d have maxed out the 5 primetime limit.

    That is if Falcons and Giants are still in the playoff hunt and if Fox doesn’t fight to keep those games….

  12. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    I still see the hawks going 11-5 maybe even 12-4. i see them splitting with san fran and rams and losing 2 of the 10am starts most likely the giants and the falcons. they may lose to the texans as well but that’s an 11am start. for the most part i see them winning out at home. i don’t see them losing to the colts, vikes, bucs or the saints.

  13. yankinta says:

    I just looked it up. NBC can and may choose to Flex 7 out of Final 8 weeks.,,

  14. That first game of the year at Carolina reminds me of being at Jacksonville for the opener in ’05. This may sound really weird – but I’m more worried about losing the opener there than I am with the Whiners the next week (and, yes, I know the Whiners are a lot better than the Panthers).

  15. WiscCory says:

    I still enjoy the words Carolina and 2005 season in the same sentence…

  16. doubledink says:

    In 2015 the Steelers finally come to Seattle. About time.

  17. ChrisHolmes says:

    How awesome is this? What a difference a year makes…

    I grew up, like I think most of us here, watching those Cowboy/49er tilts, and the Green Bay/Dallas tilts. It was the stuff of legend. I mean, it did not matter if you were a fan of any of those teams – you watched.

    The NFL puts us on Sunday night home opener? We have 4 nationally televised games (I am sure they’re leaving a 5th open in case of a flex), and now we have a really good rivalry?

    I’m blow away. As a lifelong Seahawks fan, I am just awestruck. I wasn’t sure this team would ever reach this level. We’ve wallowed in obscurity for so long… We’re “that team from Alaska.”

    Not anymore.

    No matter what happens this season, it’s going to be fun. We’ve reached a point where it’s really fun to be a fan. Our team is a nationally recognized Superbowl threat now. And we’re young; we should be able to enjoy this for a while.

    It’s a great day to be a Seahawks fan.

    P.S. I honestly believe this year we get the 10:00am monkey off our back. And I think the difference-maker here is Russell Wilson. This kid is not going to let something like a time-zone affect him. He’s a master at preparation. And I just believe that his attitude will bleed over into the whole team and lift them up. I really believe that guys like Wilson & Sherman – that their attitudes – are going to be the difference.

    Zig Ziglar used to say, “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” I think no one on this team understands that better that our head coach and our quarterback. And we’re going to see the results on the field at 10:00 eastern.

  18. boucherm says:

    The “Wil-son” chant would be super fun and easy–just that 4 note intro so everybody in the Clink times it out together. If the Seahawks get on it, it could be really cool.
    I often think of that song when RW comes on the field, and it was pretty funny at the show.

  19. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Agree BobbyK about Carolina.

    Agree doubledink about the Stealers. About time!

    And agree ChisHolmes about getting that 10:am Monkey off our back.

    Great time indeed to be a Seahawks fan!

    And thanks Yankita for the link to our future opponents.

  20. Carlsonkid says:

    I think the biggest concern left ( if you can call it that with this roster ) is outside linebacker , with guard a close 2nd . After the chat yesterday with Rang , I checked out Sio Moore at OLB from Conn. and I’m very intrigued . Fast , solid tackler , can cover well with the TE over the middle … good instincts with a quick first step and plenty of foot speed . One scouting report I read on him , under ‘negatives’ it said “none” .

    Rob suggested in the chat we could tab him in the third round , but most of the pre-draft reports have him going in the 2nd .

    Make it so and go get Sio !

  21. Sio Moore at 56 might be the right call. There might be better options available depending on what happens and how many OLB’s actually get taken before we select. Moore is just one out of about 10 – 12 OLB’s that I think would look real good in Seahawks blue.

  22. Big Hank at #56, closest thing I’ve seen maybe at #56 to our DT 3tech.
    Sio at #87, per NFL draft prospect report: “Weaknesses: Average closing speed means he might not be an elite playmaker at the next level. Can be eluded by quicker ballcarriers in the open field and the backfield when failing to break down quickly. Must use his hands more consistently to beat blocks at the line.
    “NFL Comparison: Michael Boley
    “Bottom Line: UConn is becoming more than just a basketball school, as Moore is one of a handful of Huskies potentially earning mid-round grades. He isn’t the biggest of linebackers, but is productive (196 tackles, 27.5 for loss in 2010-2011), plays stronger than his frame indicates, and has the athleticism to play either strong side, or weak side linebacker in the pros.”

  23. With 1/3 of our games at 10am why not start training camp days 3 hours early every third day? I know it sounds radical but if all the coaches and players got used to dealing with the sleep change etc. it could help. The 2 to 5 game disadvantage against the 49’s will make it tough to win the division. It would sure help to sweep them this year.

  24. seahawkNJ says:

    It might be taboo to post this here…so with apologies. This sums up my feelings on the east coast/10AM start time.

  25. rramstad says:

    Two comments.

    First, I think actually a team can end up with six primetime games, due to flex. They can only be scheduled for five primetime games initially.

    Second, teams actually have done exactly what a previous poster suggested, namely shifting the entire practice week up by three hours for weeks where they are playing on the road at 10 AM. It didn’t seem to make all that much difference. You’d think it would help, though… especially if they did something simple like start practice an hour earlier each day, until they were on the three hours earlier, and then keep it that way until they were going to be playing in the home time zone again.

  26. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I think if Russell Wilson had his way the whole team would be practicing three hours earlier every week regardless if they were to play a 10:am game or not.

  27. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I just got a chance to hear the audio link with Eric talking to Paisley and Wassell.

    It’s well worth the time to check it out. Lots of Good stuff from Eric,(with regards to the Seahawks) in this audio imo.

  28. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I agree with Eric,( in his audio link with Paisley and Wassell) that there is a disadvantage for west coast teams playing at 10:am. And Eric says that players on the Seahawks believe that too. However I also agree with Eric that great teams like the 49ers,( in their day ) didn’t let it stop them.

    This will be a good test this year for the Seahawks that will help define how great they can be imo.

  29. bbnate420 says:

    New RealRob. No Harvin sightings. Don’t get your draws in a bunch.

  30. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Fun video nate.
    I like the 17:15 mark where Rob says-“When it is time for this guy to get his money.”
    Also some Turb-ulent weather out there. lol.

  31. moparmarty says:

    I see probably two OL being drafted in the 2nd through the 4th round with OLB nestled in th 3rd round. The rest of the rounds is a crap shoot. One of those OL will take that tackle spot away from you know who. The rest is history. Start sizing up those fingers for rings and smiles on every Hawks fan for let’s say eternity.

  32. GeorgiaHawk says:

    moparmarty – I hope at least the last part comes true.

  33. ChrisHolmes–Good call on the Zig Ziglar quote. Im not much for self-help, but Dr. Larry Iverson (who is a Seattleite) taught a class I took that offered similar stuff. Best Ive ever heard. If I could meet with that guy for an hour twice a year, I would conquer the world in my profession! (unfortunately, he’s waaay too in demand and expensive).

    Its great to be a Hawkfan right now. If only they manage not to choke as the 1985 Hawks did. I remember only too well.

    The 10 am start times are the usual Goodell crap. But its time Seattle makes chicken salad and kicks butt anyway.


  34. Saw a link somewhere to a short 11 min video on John Tuggle, a RB out of Cal in 1983 who was Mr. Irrelevant, the last pick in a 12- round draft. He was also nearly a Seahawk, as Bill Parcells relates.

    Y’all should check this video out. Bill Parcells tears up HARD over this guy. That in itself should be enough to get anyone’s attention, but the end of the video stuff from Parcells is awesome.

    I did not cry. There was something in both my eyes…

    A must see.

  35. GeorgiaHawk says:

    What’s the link?

  36. tchristensen says:

    Draft Jonathan Hankins (Ohio State) in the 2nd round and Sio Moore (Connecticut) in the 3rd. Nab Vance Mc Donald (Rice) in the 4th, Matt Scott (Arizona) in the 5th and Jon Bostic (LB From Florida) in the 6th.

  37. Carlsonkid and Sekolah, If you like OLB Sio Moore, check out Zaviar Gooden from Missouri, he maybe has less accolades in the press than Moore, but he’s faster than Moore and should still be available in round 3. To out-compete speedy Malcom Smith at OLB, a guy will have to be very fast. Gooden is as fast as Smith but taller, longer, more experience in coverage. Could be a great fit here.

  38. Stevos,

    First off, I’m not really a big fan of Sio Moore’s, in fact, I’ll just back off about what I said in regards to him becoming a Seahawk. I’m crossing his name off my list for potential LB’s I would like to see the Seahawks draft. I hadn’t looked at a lot of film on him until recently, and wow, he is not quite the athlete I thought he was. Very stiff in the hips, and his 40 time does not appear at all to match up with his speed on the field. I think NFL will be a huge challenge for him and I am not so sure his flaws can be coached out of him.

    I am still very untrustworthy of the UConn program. I see them turn out some fine looking work-out-warriors for the NFL combine, but not a lot of impact players so far.

    Zaviar Gooden I want to like, but am still not real fired up about. I’d rather see him in a Seahawks uniform at this point than I would Sio Moore. His speed definitely shows up on tape, and pass coverage seems to be a real strength of his. What I don’t like about Gooden is that he seems a little too much like a drag-down-tackler and not much of an explosive hitter. He certainly can play chase though, and although many of his tackles look cheap to me, he still gets guys to the ground. He might struggle to bring down NFL sized RB’s and TE’s though.

    As for Malcom, his speed is not enough to just win that WLB job out right. He needs to get bigger and definitely stronger. I like his game, and his kamikaze style of play, but he’s got work to do, and given the situation here with this opportunity in front of him, there had better be few players on this team working harder than him.

  39. SandpointHawk says:

    Thanks for the heads up STTBM…

    Thanks for the link judah27…

    Great story I had forgotten about.

  40. Sekolah – nice observations. I noticed some of the same things watching Zaviar Gooden – lots of drag-down tackles, catching runners from behind with his speed.

    Actually this is something I really like about him. Thinking about how to stop Colin Kaepernick – we have to get pass rushers in his face quickly AND we need to have speed sideline-to-sideline to catch him and drag him down when he runs. Gooden’s speed would be welcome there.

    Improving zone cov in the middle of the field is the biggest hole in our defense to fill, I think, and I could see Wagner and Gooden (or some other speedy WLB) together in the nickel defense, with KJ Wright playing fewer passing downs.

  41. judah27–Thanks for posting the link!

    Your welcome to everyone else. Great little movie. Great guy who was almost a Seahawk. And great job on the short movie.

    Heavy stuff.

  42. Kingpear says:

    Sekolah and Stevos. I actually like Sean Porter out of Texas A&M. Fluid and fast enough to cover. Can overrun plays, but I think you can get him in the 4th or 5th round. Absolutely the ‘tweener type that Pc/JS look for in a draft.

  43. Kingpear says:

    Oh, and I would not be terribly surprised if they draft a Strong Safety. JJ Wilcox / Duke Williams… They are a bit of projects, but PC always emphasizes competition. I love Kam, but they can’t re-sign everybody, all the time. I think they will start to plan for the future. Also, Sanders Commings at CB. A slightly shorter clone of Browner.

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