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Morning links: Desmond’s big day

Post by Eric Williams on April 26, 2013 at 8:14 am with 17 Comments »
April 26, 2013 9:14 am
A moment after the Atlanta Falcons drafted him, Desmond Trufant is on the phone with his agent as his family cheers in a conference room at Hotel Murano on Thursday evening, April 25, 2013. (PETER HALEY/Staff photographer)
A moment after the Atlanta Falcons drafted him, Desmond Trufant is on the phone with his agent as his family cheers in a conference room at Hotel Murano on Thursday evening, April 25, 2013. (PETER HALEY/Staff photographer)

Dave Boling of The News Tribune gives us the happy details of University of Washington product Desmond Trufant’s eventful day during the opening round of this year’s draft.

The Atlanta Falcons gave up third round and six-round picks, along with the team’s first rounder at No. 30, to St. Louis in order to move up eight spots to No. 22 and select the Tacoma native. Desmond joins oldest brother Marcus as first-round picks from the Trufant family. Marcus Trufant was selected No. 11 overall by the Seahawks in 2003.

Boling: “To go to a contending team is one important element, but equally rewarding to Trufant was the connection he made with the Falcons through an individual workout he had with them.

“They loved me throughout the whole process,” he said. “They told me it was one of the best workouts they’d seen.” And their expending two other draft picks to trade up to get him “tells me they really saw something in me … and I’m going to return the favor. I’m going to work hard and grind from day one.”

Of course he is. Growing up a Trufant, he knows no other way.”

Here’s my story from the VMAC, which looks at possible selections for Seattle in the second round.

Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks securing Percy Harvin was the right move, even if it meant thumb twiddling in the first round.

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that Seattle had what Pete Carroll termed “a quiet evening.”

Carroll talks with Percy Harvin in Seattle’s draft room Thursday in the video below.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald says the NFC West improved around Seattle on Thursday, with the Rams moving up to grab receiver Tavon Austin, and the 49ers moving up to select LSU safety Eric Reid. Arizona upgraded its offensive line with North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper.

Sports Illustrated provides a list of the best draft prospects still available heading into the second round.

Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com offers a similar list as well.

Mike Freeman of CBS Sports writes that one day quarterback Geno Smith will make those who passed on him pay.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland provides a nice roundup of the surprises in the first round, and also looks forward to Day 2.

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  1. yankinta says:

    I am thinking/hoping there’s a good chance Seahawks will move out of 56th overall pick.

    I hope we will trade 56th pick for this year’s 3rd round pick and 2014 2nd round pick.

  2. tchristensen says:

    I;m hoping Hawks draft Zach Ertx at 56.

  3. tchristensen says:
  4. Honey (clap, clap)…Badger (clap, clap)
    Honey (clap, clap)…Badger (clap, clap)
    Honey (clap, clap)…Badger (clap, clap)

    Someoone is going to have to chase Tavon Austin around after A. Winfield retires. Hope he lasts!

    GO HAWKS!

  5. HawkfaninMT says:

    Arthur Borwn keep on dropping!

  6. I highly doubt Ertz will be there at 56, out of Rice seems more likely. Personally, my favorite player this year is Mathieu and I would be happy to see us pick that guy up, but I still think defensive or offensive line is the priority with that second rounder, if it’s not possible to trade out of it that is, then again, I’ve long since stopped trying to guess what Schneider and Carroll are planning.

  7. I’d take Zach Ertz if were still there at 56, but I’d be shocked if he lasted to 50. Still, Stanford TEs tend to be overrated, I think.

    I’ve wanted a receiving TE all along. I think it the highest impact move we could make with our current roster. I have my eyes on Gavin Escobar regardless of who is available. To me, the dude looks like a star in the making. I want to see Russell Wilson throwing him the ball, and I want to see him working the middle of the field with Percy Harvin. Could be unstoppable.

    http://youtu.be/ljO2OScTeRI

  8. Dukeshire says:

    Stevo – There are some pretty good ones in there.

  9. HawkfaninMT says:

    Anyone else love the fact that Harvin was in the facility working out… Along with Bruuuuuuuce!

    Or do you think Pete asked him to be there? I bet they tried to get RW3 in on the video but he was busy in the filmroom

  10. When does the draft actually start today?

  11. Saw this on Seahawks.com thought it was an interesting poll:

    What do you think has been the best single day in Seahawks draft history?

    1990: Cortez Kennedy, Terry Wooden, Robert Blackmon, Chris Warren
    1997: Shawn Springs, Walter Jones
    2010: Russell Okung, Earl Thomas
    2012: Bobby Wagner, Russell Wilson

  12. seahawkNJ says:

    Good one xcman – tough to say. Right now I’d go with 97 but i think 10 will pass it. If Wilson leads us to a superbowl 12 will sky rocket. Also just figured out “ex-sea man”…cool.

  13. Dukeshire says:

    xcman – 3:30 today

  14. Sarcasticus says:

    I don’t think Mathieu going to a state where marijuana is legal is a good idea.

    The dude failed 10 drug tests. Now that he is about to get rich he will become responsible? He was planning a huge party in NYC until folks told him that didn’t look good leading up to the draft. The guy is an idiot.

  15. Funny thing on the Poll is that 2012 has like 56% of the vote – I just think it is too early to tell since 90 and 97 both have HOF players – it’s hard, in my book, to vote against them at this point in time

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