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Morning links: Seahawks draft preview

Post by Eric Williams on April 21, 2013 at 6:41 am with 16 Comments »
April 21, 2013 6:45 am
In the team's draft room, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider consults with head coach Pete Carroll as the team's braintrust including senior personnel executive Scot McCloughan contemplates trade scenarios in the second round.  (ROD MAR/SEATTLE SEAHAWKS)
In the team’s draft room, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider consults with head coach Pete Carroll as the team’s braintrust including senior personnel executive Scot McCloughan contemplates trade scenarios in the second round. (ROD MAR/SEATTLE SEAHAWKS)

Today marks the beginning of our NFL draft coverage in The News Tribune and here at Seahawks Insider.

Here’s my story outlining what positions the Seattle Seahawks need to address as they make final preparations for this year’s draft, which begins on Thursday.

With 12 of the team’s projected 22 starters for the upcoming season unearthed in the past three drafts, the Seahawks are staring at the opening of a three- to five-year window to compete for a Super Bowl title after finishing 30 seconds away from the NFC Championship Game last season.

Only three players drafted before general manager John Schneider took over in 2010 remain on the roster – defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (2007, third round), defensive end Red Bryant (2008, fourth round) and center Max Unger (2009, second round).

SEAHAWKS 5-YEAR DRAFT BREAKDOWN

20082009201020112012
Total picks779910
Starters11444
Backups02225
Other teams40010
Out of league24321

Here’s my story on potential receivers the Seahawks could consider in this year’s draft.

Dave Boling of The News Tribune takes a look at the greatest hits and greatest misses by John Schneider during his tenure so far in Seattle.

Check out my story on local NFL hopefuls, including Tacoma natives and Eastern Washington products WRs Nicholas Edwards and Greg Herd.

Check out the latest Real Mike Robinson report in the video below, as he provides footage from Russell Wilson’s offseason workout with the receivers down in Los Angeles.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper gives Seattle Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short and San Diego State tight end Gavin Escobar in his three-round mock draft. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this. Kiper: “My first-round pick went to Minnesota for Harvin, but I can hit a couple of needs by taking advantage of where the draft is pretty deep. First, I get a borderline first-round talent well down the board with Short. I can see him going higher next week, but for this exercise he landed here. Next, I get the tight end with maybe the best hands in the draft outside of Tyler Eifert. Escobar didn’t run particularly well in Indy, but the tape shows a guy who can really snatch the ball well away from his body. He’s a big target for quarterback Russell Wilson, who is just going to get better and better at identifying good matchups and where defenses are soft.”

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports puts Seattle at Indianapolis and Seattle at Atlanta among his top games on in the 2013 regular season.

Khalil Garriott and Alex Gelar of NFL.com list the Seahawks best and worst draft picks. Walter Jones, Cortez Kennedy and Shaun Alexander are among the best, while Dan McGwire, Aaron Curry and Koren Robinson top the worst list. I wouldn’t put Robinson in my top five worst.

Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post writes that the Seahawks open up as 3.5 point favorites at Carolina for the season opener on Sept. 8.

ESPN’s Mike Sando says the recently released NFL schedule could favor the 49ers over the Seahawks, noting kickoff times and schedule strength by venue work against Seattle.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald notes that the Seahawks have been rewarded for their willingness to take risks in the draft.

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times delves into the possibility of another Russell Wilson in this year’s draft.

Dan Pompei, writing for the National Football Post, talks to multiple general managers who estimate that 60 to 70 percent of the players smoke weed. “Marijuana use is a lot more prevalent today,” Lions GM Martin Mayhew said. “You have to be aware of. It is a major concern when you talk about adding a guy to your team and your community. You have to have an awareness of every aspect of that player’s marijuana use.”

Check out this video from Seahawks.com showing footage from the team’s celebrity waiter even to raise awareness and money for autism.

KJR’s Dave Mahler talks with Marcus Trufant about his plans for the 2013 season in this audio link.

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  1. I wouldnt count Koren Robinson as a top 5 bust either. Then again, you can make a case for that. Still, he did have a couple nice seasons, and he ended his career right. While ultimately responsible for his behavior and addictions, the fact that he was coming in late to work, with alcohol on his breath at 9 am and no one on Seattle’s coaching staff noticed or did anything about it is troubling. A little tough-love help would have been a good thing. If Seattle had supported him, instead of enabling him, things might have been different.

    Had it been Carrol who drafted him, he might have been handled the right way, and perhaps wouldnt have fallen so far so fast. Hard to say.

    Dan McGwire, Rick Mirer, a couple early-regime picks, Kelly Jennings, those are draft busts.

  2. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Good article by Sam Farmer.

    And some good quotes by Carroll in this article concerning the development of Russell Wilson last year.

  3. I have been wondering about interviews with players during the OTA’s.
    With most if not all in town why there hasn’t been some coverage. Is there a league rule against that?

  4. Other than the wind-audio, that was a really good Rob Report. Kudos maximos!

    Yep, I thought Koren was a pretty good receiver at the start. Still amazes me how powerful drugs can be and how much they can take from a person.

  5. Nice post Eric. Knocked it out of the park!

  6. I agree that Robinson shouldn’t be on that list. He obviously didn’t watch the former 1st round turnstile in Ray Roberts.

    And for that fool to say that it was “slim pickings” to pick Warner – apparently he’s too brain dead to know that Kenny Easley turned out pretty good. Unbelievable the stupidy of the national people to forget a man who should be in the Hall of Fame. I guess all the All Pro and Pro Bowls don’t exist? I guess that stupid NFL Defensive Player of the Year thing means Easley wasn’t anything special either?

    If they are going to write an article like that – they should maybe know what they are writing about. Uhhhggghhhggg!!!

  7. Williams and Boling doing a great job again!

  8. Maybe an article about best/worst drafts picks could be the focus of one of your own blog posts Bobby that would make an interseting read. Of course you could also do a best/worst trades as long as you leave Tarvaris Jackson out of the conversation please. I probably couldn’t read that particular rant. :)

  9. Yes I know we signed Jackson as a FA incase someone wants to get critical of my post. That could also be the focus of an article Bobby best and worst FA signings. Seeing as how you are making so much I’ll waive my usual royalties and finders fees.

  10. Pale – yes – I’m going to write about how bad it was to have Warner and not Easley (even though I love Warner)!

    And no T-Jack rant. :)

  11. Which article you ranting about Bobby?!

    Easley was an awesome player for 6 years. He changed the way the game was played, and I believe eventually he would have been able to get the team to let him try FS, had he not blown out his kidneys.

    Anyone ragging on that pick is so stupid and ingnorant they have no business writing about sports, and should stick with reviews of movies like My Little Pony.

    And Curt Warner was a total stud in college, and in the Pros. He played despite a major knee injury back when those were the death of speed and agility. Though he was never the same after that injury, he was a top flight back in the NFL for 6 years. Had it not been for the knee injury his first quarter of his second year, he would have been a HOF’er and perhaps one of the top backs of all time. He was that shifty, yet he had power too. He was incredible, and to claim otherwise is either a lie or sheer ignorance.

    When Tony Dorsett said he would refuse to play for an expansion team, Seattle traded the pick to Dallas for picks and players, nothing great came out of it, but they did get some help to stabilize the team with veteran players. And the next year or so they targeted Warner as a replacement. He was a fine pick.

  12. SandpointHawk says:

    Um…STTBM you might want to read this…

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000160987/article/seattle-seahawks-best-and-worst-draft-picks

    FYI: Bobby is heading up the charge to get KennyE his well deserved HOF bust in Canton…

  13. Going off about how Easley was left off and his reasoning for keeping Warner – although Warner is my favorite RB in team history.

  14. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Lynch is my favorite followed by John L Williams, followed by Warner. Alexander is a distant 4th.

  15. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Easley is easily our greatest player of alltime.

  16. bbnate420 says:

    STTBM, Koren Robinson is not responsible for his addiction. That is a matter of genetics. He is responsible for his behavior.

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