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Morning Links: Seahawks play mythbusters at combine

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Feb. 22, 2014 at 8:06 am with 16 Comments »
February 22, 2014 8:06 am

Good morning.

After all the fervor about Johnny Manziel’s missing quarter of an inch yesterday, I took a look at how the Seahawks’ roster debunks many of the player myths put out at the combine. Not the least of which is the issue of quarterback height.

“To think there’s only certain packages and there’s only certain standards, you’re going to make mistakes that way,” Pete Carroll said. “You’ve got to take every one of these guys as individuals and try to figure them out and see what they have.”

There were big quarterbacks from small schools, like Cornell’s Jeff Matthews who is 6-foot-4 and West Texas A&M’s Dustin Vaughan who is 6-5, here Friday. Athletic freaks like wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin of Florida State, who measured 6-5 and 240 pounds, then said he has four percent body fat. But, Benjamin is no lock to be the next Calvin Johnson. Those two QBs are not locks for the league. Nor is any QB the size of Russell Wilson. It’s just not that easy.

“That’s the great science of this draft business, trying to figure out the makeup of the athlete and what kind of a competitor you get when you draft him,” Carroll said. “There’s a long process and tremendous amount of exchange of information to try to figure the guys out. This stuff is not the hard part. It’s taking the measurements then connecting that and figuring out what that’s going to turn out.”


> Pete Carroll tells 710 the battle now is against complacency.

> The top defensive play countdown continues at ESPN.

> says Super Bowl champ Seattle is now the team in the NFL trying to be copied.

> SI’s Doug Farrar says there is no Seahawks blueprint that can be emulated.

> A look at the tight end crop in this year’s draft (something we’ll be doing more of later).

> The NFL is expected to adopt a penalty for the use of the N-word on the field.

> USA Today is pushing out live 40-yard dash times.

> The 49ers denied the report they considered trading Jim Harbaugh to the Cleveland Browns. Since Pro Football Talk put out its report, various outlets have put together different levels of denial and versions of the story. Harbaugh himself said he knows “nothing” about the trade. Which, of course, is what he would say no matter the circumstance.

> Sidney Rice tweeted a goodbye to Seahawks fans.

> The New York Times with a look at some of the work that players put in pre-combine.

Leave a comment Comments → 16
  1. FleaFlicker says:

    Farewell to Sydney. Had his share of injuries but gave 100% to this team. As long as he doesn’t end up in San Francisco, I’ll be rooting for him wherever he goes.

  2. Todd, nice article on mythbusting the combine b.s.

    Combine schedule today:

    10:00 Running in underwear

    12:00 jumping real high

    2:00 Under Armour fashion show

    4:00 Mel Kiper hair appointment

  3. Seahawks secret draft plan:

    February: Show up at combine to grin at Harbaugh and bask in the glow of winning.

    March: Study film

    April: Trade picks down in draft

    May: Sign undrafted free agents who are overlooked and angry

    September: Put angry UDFAs on field. Kick 49er butt.

  4. Southendzone says:

    The N-Word penalty is also enforced as a 5 yarder if you call someone a “Poopy Pants”

  5. montanamike2 says:

    I love your scenario Stevos but i’d keep all of the draft picks from the fourth round down. Gotta keep that chip on their shoulder.

  6. vichawkfan says:

    According to PFT and to Browners upbeat twitter post yesterday he’s getting a ring and paid out for 2 playoff games. Glad for him.

  7. Southendzone says:

    Did anyone see this video yet? Pete Carroll tweeted the link, it’s Mclemore playing at the superbowl afterparty. It’ really cool

  8. We all know what Browner is probably going to spend a bunch of that money on.

  9. I believe that 1st round picks are under team control for 5 years and that everyone drafted in the 2nd round or later (and UFA) are only under team control through 4 years.

    Can anyone confirm this?

    If that’s the case, I’m not overly excited about trading a couple of spots out of the first round because then we lose a full year of team control from a guy (unless it’s a James Carpenter; then I don’t want team control). It’s nice that ET is going into his 5th year and we haven’t been forced to resign him yet (although many of us think there will be extension talks this off-season).

  10. Bobby, Cheetos?

  11. Dukeshire says:

    I like to congratulate Rob Rang for asking Michael Sam one of the only actual football questions, during his presser today. Lazy journalism on full display with Sam at the podium.

  12. Macabrevity says:

    Stevos cracking me up as usual…

    Duke… you said it man. Since when did Sports Journalism HAVE to be an oxymoron?

    Coach Pete… nice liberal use of the word ‘science’ :P

  13. CDHawkFan says:

    I’m surprised the Harbaugh story isn’t bigger. What the heck does it mean that he would consider leaving (does he not get along with the FO, does he just want to get closer to family, another challenge, does he think they can’t beat the Hawks)

    Just crazy. Can’t be about money, maybe power.

  14. SandpointHawk says:

    CD according to several reports it is about money. They won’t pay him like a Superbowl winning coach. But who really knows…

  15. How can Manzeil not know what his real height is? 1/4 inch is not much to care about, but he made a big statement about how he would measure at 6 feet tall no matter what. If you don’t even know something like what your real height is, what else are you not getting?

  16. hollywoodt says:

    Confirm the five years. We can’t drop out of the first round if we want to control for five years instead of four years.

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