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Category: Scouting combine

July
15th

NFL’s league calendar for 2015-early ’16 shows draft site TBD; Seahawks single-game sales info

The NFL today put out its list of key dates for the 2015 season stretching into the start of the 2016 league year. The draft will be April 28-30, but the league still hasn’t determined the site. This past spring it was in Chicago after decades of it being in New York.

Something tells me the draft will be in Los Angeles next spring, as a news-peg springboard for what by then will be the likelihood the Chargers, Raiders or Rams could be playing in L.A. beginning with the ’16 season.

 

 

SINGLE-GAME TICKETS INFO

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April
29th

Why defenders Joey Mbu, Eli Harold and Nate Orchard are favorites entering this draft

Spend a couple months — or more, as many do these days — studying the NFL draft and some favorite guys emerge. I have a couple I would enjoy covering daily at Seahawks headquarters — and at least one I’ve come across who I’d prefer to not.

I was delighted to spend a few minutes at the combine in February talking to Houston defensive tackle Joey Mbu, and apparently everyone who meets him feels the same way. He laughed, joked and seemed genuinely appreciative of this opportunity to be a professional football player. He talked about how only four

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April
28th

Why size at wide receiver likely remains a Seahawks draft priority, even after getting Jimmy Graham

For today’s News Tribune I was asked to list my three top weapons at each skill position on offense — not that any of of these players is likely to be available to the Seahawks when they first pick on Friday at 63rd overall at the bottom of the second round.

Quarterbacks

  1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon
  2. Jameis Winston, Florida State
  3. Garrett Grayson, Colorado State/Heritage HS, Vancouver

Running backs

  1. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
  2. Todd Gurley, Georgia
  3. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

Wide receivers

  1. Amari Cooper, Alabama
  2. Kevin White, West Virginia
  3. DeVante Parker, Louisville

Tight ends

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    April
    24th

    Xavier Cooper bringing perseverance, pride in Tacoma into NFL draft: “Hard work has got me here”

    While talking with Xavier Cooper at the league’s scouting combine in Indianapolis in February, two obvious facts struck me:

    1.) How appreciative the Tacoma native is of where he’s from and what many from Tacoma and Washington State University have done to help him get where he is today, on the cusp of entering the NFL;

    2.) How many people are rooting for him to make it.

    That’s what prompted my story in today’s News Tribune. The 300-pound former select soccer forward and AAU basketball small forward won’t be the first defensive tackle taken in next week’s draft, but

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    April
    16th

    Draft preview: How much of a need is wide receiver for Seattle?

    Now that they have acquired Jimmy Graham, a tight end is name only for most of the last few years while split out wide or in the slot for New Orleans, how much are the Seahawks in the market for a wide receiver in the draft that begins April 30?

    Probably still quite a bit, though Seattle’s needs to find a new starting left guard and center are more pressing and fundamental right now. Graham’s arrival still leaves the Seahawks with previously undrafted Doug Baldwin, undrafted Jermaine Kearse and Paul Richardson, a 175-pound man whose rookie season ended last January

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    March
    25th

    Seahawks bring back Dwaine Board an assistant D-line coach, add Chris Cash and Andre Curtis as assistants in secondary

    The Seahawks announced today they have brought back out of a Bay Area high school their defensive line coach from 2003-08 Dwaine Board to be the assistant defensive line coach. They also hired Chris Cash to be an assistant coach in the secondary working with cornerbacks and Andre Curtis to be an assistant coach with the safeties.

    Since leaving the Seahawks’ staff following Mike Holmgren’s exit as coach at the end of the 2008 season, Board has been an assistant with the Raiders for two seasons, the Browns in 2011-12 and for St. Francis High School in Mountain View, California, in 2013-14.

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    March
    13th

    Pete Carroll on KJR radio: he still gets awakened by Super Bowl; Earl Thomas “absolutely” will be ready for season

    Credit host Dave Mahler for going beyond the primary news of the Seahawks’ week — the stunning trade to acquire premier tight end Jimmy Graham from New Orleans, the signing of Cary Williams to likely replace Byron Maxwell as a starting cornerback — and asking a checklist full of roster questions and follow-ups from post-Super Bowl issues to coach Pete Carroll today. The question-and-answer session aired live this afternoon on Mahler’s show on Seattle’s 950 KJR radio.

    Here are the highlights of what Carroll said:

    –All-Pro safety Earl Thomas “absolutely” will be ready for the start of the regular season

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    March
    2nd

    As GM John Schneider had said, Seahawks don’t use their franchise tag for 2015

    The NFL’s deadline of 1 p.m. Pacific Time today for teams to identify players upon whom they will place the franchise-tag contract designation for 2015 has passed without the Seahawks using theirs for this year, just as general manager John Schneider had predicted last month at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.

    Some had wondered if Seattle might use its franchise tag to keep starting cornerback Byron Maxwell out of unrestricted free agency. But the one-year tender for using the tag on a cornerback this year is $13,075,000, far too expensive for what else the Seahawks need to do money wise

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