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Morning links: The hits and misses at No. 56

Post by Eric Williams on April 24, 2013 at 7:28 am with 38 Comments »
April 24, 2013 7:30 am
Free-agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora speaks to reporters in Flowery Branch, Ga., after signing a a two-year deal with the NFL football Atlanta Falcons, Thursday, March 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Johnny Crawford)
Free-agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora speaks to reporters in Flowery Branch, Ga., after signing a a two-year deal with the NFL football Atlanta Falcons, Thursday, March 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Johnny Crawford)

John McGrath of The News Tribune details the hits and misses NFL teams have had through the years with the No. 56 overall pick in the draft.

McGrath notes that a player drafted No. 56 has not made the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Defensive tackle Fred Williams, drafted in1952 by Chicago, made four Pro Bowls.

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Osi Umeniora is the only active player drafted no. 56 that has earned a Pro Bowl invitation.

Darrent Williams, drafted No. 56 by Denver in 2005 out of Oklahoma State, has the saddest story. The Broncos starting cornerback was fatally wounded by a gunshot early on the morning of Jan. 1, 2007 after celebrating New Year’s Eve.

McGrath: “For every hit at No. 56, there are a dozen misses: draft choices who will make the team but won’t substantially contribute.

Schneider and Carroll don’t subscribe to this kind of conventional thinking. They’re thinking elsewhere. They’re thinking out there.

They’re thinking that if nobody drafted 56th has made it to the Hall of Fame, why can’t it be the guy taken by Seattle, to play for the Seahawks?”

Here’s my story on the strong defensive line class in this year’s draft, including some defensive tackle possibilities for Seattle in the second round – Alabama’s Jesse Williams, Tennessee Martin’s Montori Hughes and Brandon Williams of Missouri Southern.

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com talks with defensive lineman Michael Bennett, who hopes to retire as a Seahawk.

KJR-AM’s Ian Furness talks with Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network about Seattle’s plans for the draft in this audio link.

CSN Washington reports that the Washington Redskins have made major renovations to the turf at FedEx Field, including that addition of a new drainage system. Washington also will re-sod the field after hosting the Chargers on Nov. 3 to hopefully stop what happened against the Seahawks in the playoffs last January – a field that looked like a cow pasture. Chris Clemons and RGIII suffered ACL knee injuries from what looked like bad footing during the game.

Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Matt Flynn will begin Oakland’s offseason as the team’s starting quarterback.

Doug Baldwin reiterates that he’s cool with the Percy Harvin trade in his latest Fresh Files.

Paul Lukas of Uni Watch gives the Jacksonville Jaguars new uniforms a thumbs up, although he doesn’t like the two-tone helmet. I think the whole uniform looks good, and much better than what the Jags had before.

In this photo illustration released by the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL football team on Thursday, April 23, 2013, in Jacksonville, Fla., shows the teams new uniform for the 2013 season. (AP Photo/Hand Out, Jacksonville Jaguars)
In this photo illustration released by the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL football team on Thursday, April 23, 2013, in Jacksonville, Fla., shows the teams new uniform for the 2013 season. (AP Photo/Hand Out, Jacksonville Jaguars)

Unlike the NFL Network and ESPN, CBS Sports is not a broadcast partner of the NFL Draft. So Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports will be reporting the selections as he gets him on Twitter.

New Orleans linebacker Scott Fujita held his retirement “press conference” in the Andes Mountains in Peru. This is a must-watch this morning.

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  1. I don’t love the Jags’ new look – but I do think it’s an improvement from what they had.

  2. bbnate420 says:

    The NFL said they would take an active role in field conditions earlier this off-season. I’d like to think the Redskins would’ve come correct regardless. In spite of Clemons, they really effed themselves by tearing RGIII’s Knee up. I know you can’t absolutely attribute either injury to the field, but a bad field certainly adds to the chances of being hurt. Daniel Snyder, will spend a half a billion on free agents, but wouldn’t spend 20 mil or less on making his field right. Sad.

  3. bbnate420 says:

    Every team has the token white receiver, we got 3 of them. Wait, we got 3 and a half of them. LOL.

  4. bbnate420 says:

    And yes, if it was said about a different race or in a different context, it would be seen as bigoted or racist. I just think everyone should try and think about what a persons’ intent was.

  5. I don’t love the Jags new look either, but I think its a lot better than what they stuck the Seahawks with last year.

  6. SaigonSun says:

    I hope NFL forces Da Bears to fix Soldier Field which has claimed more players carriers than any other pro field (that I’m aware of).

  7. Great article by Farnsworth about Michael Bennett. He was the #1 guy I wanted in free agency this year. I’m not thrilled that they signed him for only one year, but I’m really happy to hear Bennett say he would love to play the rest of his career in Seattle!

    Most interesting thing from the article: “Quinn has even bigger plans for Bennett. He will play end in the base defense, but also slide inside to the three-technique tackle spot in the nickel defense”

    That’s the first time I’ve heard Quinn say that directly. Sounds like Bennett may replace Big Red on some early downs at LDE as well as sliding inside to 3DT. Bennett is a little undersized to be at LDE in our usual base defense, so that could be a very different looking base D. And, with Bennett and Avril on the team, Bryant could play fewer snaps this year. That’s probably a good thing if his plantar fascitis is still giving him trouble. Its going to be great to watch this new D line develop this year in camp.

  8. I’m assuming Quinn meant Bennett will be at LDE on early downs, but then again he could as well mean they want to put Bennett at RDE on first downs until Clemons is healthy again. Clem was solid against the run on first downs. So many possibilities of how to line up these D linemen. Will be interesting to see what they have in mind.

  9. Eric, nice article on D line draft prospects. Thanks for that.

    I think we are dreaming if we think we could draft Jesse Williams at 2/56. I would bet San Francisco drafts him to replace Justin Smith if they can get to him. And that would suck for us.

    I like your suggestions of defensive-tackles Montori Hughes and Brandon Williams. Another one I’d add is Bennie Logan from LSU. If any of those three are available at 3/87 we should draft them. Williams might even be worth pick 56. Though I have my eyes on some other players at that spot.

  10. In case you missed it this guy ran an un-off 4.19 and a bunch of off 4.3′s. Why would not think Seattle was interested.

    NFL | Terrell Sinkfield’s stock rising
    Tue, 23 Apr 2013 19:26:21 -0700

    Northern Iowa WR Terrell Sinkfield is a player who is seeing his stock soar heading into the 2013 NFL Draft. The Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans each have an interest.

    Comment | Source: NFLDraftZone.com – Shaun DePasquale | Share:

    Read more: http://www.kffl.com/hotw/NFL?page=1#ixzz2ROaYsjro

  11. Dukeshire says:

    The re-sodding in mid season is odd to me. I don’t understand how the turf has time to take any kind of root to ensure sound footing in such a short time.

    Eric, that Fujita retirement piece was really good, thanks for posting it.

  12. CDHawkFan says:

    There is always talk this time of year (days away from the draft) of the top team negotiating with one of the top picks. I am surprised that nothing has broken in the media telling us which way the Chiefs are leaning.

  13. At least their uni’s don’t look like they belong in the arena league like ours. And no silly flower designs. They actually look like Carolina’s jersey’s.

  14. I wonder how many hit or misses were at the 55th pick? Jeesh.

  15. Can’t believe there are so many 12′s that dont like the Hawks uni’s. I love them

  16. tchristensen says:

    I’ll side with TruBlu and agree the Hawk’s new unis ……not so good.

  17. ChrisHolmes says:

    Jason La Canfora is a dork. Wow. Lost all respect for him with that decision.

    “Hey, the fans have agreed – by vast majority – they like the drama of the commissioner announcing the picks. So ESPN and the NFL network have a gentleman’s agreement not to do that. Which means I’m going to do it. Because I suck at being a gentleman. And I’m basically just an ass.”

  18. ChrisHolmes says:

    “There is always talk this time of year (days away from the draft) of the top team negotiating with one of the top picks. I am surprised that nothing has broken in the media telling us which way the Chiefs are leaning.”

    Don’t be surprised. They don’t want to negotiate with a pick yet. They want to trade the pick. They are in full rebuild mode. But I doubt they get any takers.

  19. Dukeshire says:

    The ‘Hawks uniforms are close, but the gray stripes on the jerseys are bush league. And the missing patch on the sleeve would add a ton.

  20. grizindabox24 says:

    I have no problem with La Canfora’s decision. You can follow him or not, but their is no reason why he should not tweet info when he has it. Now should he tweet something that is incorrect, that is another issue.

  21. bbnate420 says:

    Running an unofficial 4.19 40 is like me benching 600 pounds, BULLSHIT!

  22. mindnbrad says:

    I, for one, LOVE our current uniforms. When I see our previous ones, I want to hurl now.

  23. Yeahhh, go team “NIKE”

  24. Still love my Hawks though, no matter how ugly their uni’s get.

  25. doubledink says:

    The new uniforms have grown on me. I now like them more than the Blue Man Group ones.

  26. doubledink says:

    The ones I never liked were the original ones. Hated the color scheme.

  27. I heard that the Seahawks uniforms next season will be solid neon green from head-to-toe with the neon green words “BUY NIKE” on the front and back. Just kidding. Sort of.

    I actually preferred when uniforms used to get so muddy that you couldn’t tell what color they were. (remember mud? its how football was meant to be played.) That’s why helmets were made in different colors and were not allowed to match the color of the ball.

  28. Could be BS who knows.

    The interest by our FO and others is not. A handful of official 4.3′s at 6’1″ 195# was enough to draw an alert. Funny thing about out of the box performances is, every once and awhile everything clicks in an unrepeatable manner.

    Unlike some posters who have a very repeatable manner.

  29. seahawkNJ says:

    CDHawkFan – I think the chatter is light on the Chiefs because they’re looking to trade Albert (to Miami). And they don’t want to lose leverage by having a deal in place with one of the two top tackles. Even though everyone knows/assumes that they are taking a tackle.

  30. “Every team has the token white receiver, we got 3 of them. Wait, we got 3 and a half of them. LOL.”

    So who is the .5? Brett Swain, Charly Martin, Brian Walters, and…?

  31. doubledink says:

    Sekolah
    It’s Chop Chop. The other white meat (per the RealRob Report)
    aka Jermaine Kearse

  32. bbnate420 says:

    double, yes you got it right. Chop chop is the half.

  33. Pretty sure the video indicated the “.5″ with a zoom.

    But I tell you what…this is one of the reasons football is such a great TEAM sport. Guys can talk all day and all night about race and they all know it’s just them having fun at the expense of generally tight-assed society of politically correct idiots and incredibly wrong stereotypes.

  34. Stevos–I hated the new unis at first. I kinda like them now, esp the helmets. Though I still detest the stinking nike swoosh where a big old Seahawk emblem should be, on the shoulder. I think its disgusting Goodell allows that crap. Tags would NEVER have allowed such blatant advertising.

    I too hope Bennett does well and retires a Hawk. Wish he’d never been snatched by TB too.

  35. Full rebuild mode after trading a 2nd round pick for a QB who will be 29 in a few weeks?

  36. doubledink says:

    Bobby,
    KC only did it because they knew they wouldn’t find better in the draft. But I think they would agree they are in full rebuild mode.

  37. doubledink says:

    It does sound a little paradoxical, I admit.

  38. bbnate420 says:

    Andy Reid just texted me. They’re in full blown, “Suckin like a Leach Mode.”

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