Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will appear in and voice ESPN’s introductory tease for the NFL Draft on Thursday.
A surprise third-round selection by Seattle in last year’s draft, Wilson took part in a photo shoot for ESPN earlier this month, according to the network. His voice will be paired with music from rapper 50 Cent and band The Heavy, along with video from more than 115 NFL prospects.
“It’s basically me saying how I felt that day, and telling the kids of the future how do you be great,” Wilson told Sam Farmer of The Los Angeles Times.
Here’s my story on quarterbacks the Seahawks could consider in this year’s draft, which include Florida State’s E.J. Manuel and Arizona’s Matt Scott.
Texas A&M running back Christine Michael, who the Seahawks had in for a visit, could be worth the risk as a second or third-round selection for Seattle.
John Boyle of The Everett Herald takes a look at possible candidates the Seahawks might consider for outside linebacker in the draft.
ESPN’s Mike Sando and Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. are ranking each position group in the NFC West this week leading up to the draft. San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh gets the nod over Seattle’s Pete Carroll as the best coach in the division.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated had this to say about Seattle trading out of the first round. King: “I think one of the underlying reasons Seattle and Tampa Bay traded their first-round picks this year is that neither thought the first-round talent was very good. But the one place each will miss that first-round pick is in salary-cap management. Tampa Bay sent the 13th overall pick to the Jets in the Revis deal. The 15th pick in the draft this year will average about $2.6 million per year for four years. Revis averages $16 million a year for six. So if you want the star, you’d better be a good cap manager.”
ESPN’s John Clayton provides a behind-the-scenes look at the four people in charge of putting together the NFL schedule.
NFL announcer Al Michaels was arrested for DUI in Southern California over the weekend.
Sports Illustrated media columnist Richard Deitsch provides a run down on how the major networks will cover the draft this week.
Dan Wolken of USA Today talks with the oldest living NFL No. 1 overall pick, Charley Trippi. The University of Georgia halfback is a longtime member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and was selected first overall in the 1945 draft by the Chicago Cardinals.