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Morning links: Wilson the introductory voice of ESPN’s NFL draft coverage

Post by Eric Williams on April 22, 2013 at 8:16 am with 16 Comments »
April 22, 2013 8:17 am
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during an NFC Divisional playoff football game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 in Atlanta. The Falcons won 30-28.  (AP Photo/Tom DiPace)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during an NFC Divisional playoff football game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 in Atlanta. The Falcons won 30-28.
(AP Photo/Tom DiPace)

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.

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  1. I’m just happy that Wilson is getting this opportunity and not Sherman.

  2. yankinta says:

    lol, give Sherman a chance, he’s still young and learning from his mistakes….

  3. tealskin says:

    Actually think both of them have something of value to pass along. Would wager RS would do it with more fun. RW’s ernestness could seem a little dry to a lot of kids.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Finally: draft week.

  5. yankinta says:

    The Revis trade confirms my belief that the Falcons won’t make it to the playoff this year. Either the Saints or Bucs will.

    Let’s see if Andrew Luck can win 10 games again this year after they added a ton of weapons for him in the off season and their Schedule remains as EASY as last Season. I seriously DOUBT it.

  6. @yan — why do you think Atlanta drops this year? Seems like Stephen Jackson is an upgrade over last year’s version of Turner; they added Osi; and all of their key guys on offense are still very much in the primes of their careers. It would be a pretty steep drop from 13-3 and a drive away from the SB; to no playoffs at all.

  7. FleaFlicker says:

    Draft question for anybody that can answer: how are hand and arm measurements made at the combine?

    When somebody says RW has 10.5″ hands, is that like from his wrist to his finger tips or the distance between thumb and pinkie or what?

  8. I believe it’s the distance between thumb and pinkie.

  9. montanamike2 says:

    That’s the size of my feet. Thanks Georgia i’m still in and out of sleep, all that travel really messed me up, right now i’d like to punch out the travel agent for all the long layovers and a ridiculous travel schedule but i’m glad it’s over. Still the interegation in Amsterdam really freaked me out but it’s probably my own fault for not buying another haircutter/razer after the overseas adapter fried mine.
    With all the stuff going on it was a bad week to travel.

  10. Right on Bobby, I too had noticed Porter a little bit off the radar in the 3rd or 4th.

  11. pdway, ATL had one of the easiest Schedule last year and that’s why they had the 1st Seed in the NFC playoff. Not to mention a ton of luck went their way,,,

    They have a much tougher schedule this year. Matt Ryan is an average QB at best, (I mean, he threw 5 ints against Arizona, at home,, and still won,, c’mon),, Bucs will be good this year, Saints will probably win the division, this year. I guess time will tell but I see them dropping.

  12. Porter seems kinda light if we’re looking for 3-4 size OLB.

  13. klm….. Porter is pretty much the same size as Leroy Hill (and Sio Moore)

  14. Leroy probably isn’t coming back because he didn’t fit the PC/JS size requirement. Hills stats were very good last season. If our OLBs are sposed to be 3-4 size players we should be looking for Alden Smith types.

  15. Aldon Smith 6-5/260

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