Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Wednesday

Hump day!

Rang's Gang: Favorite underrated prospects at every position -
WR: Marvin Jones, California, 6-2, 199, 4.46 I'll be the first to admit that I initially underrated Jones, though the poor quarterback play at Cal had a lot to do with it. Possessing good size, the strength to fight through tackles and enough speed to run away from them, Jones might have been a star elsewhere but his 2011 season at Cal didn't result in eye-popping statistics. Jones, however, was the most impressive receiver at the Senior Bowl. I haven't been this pleasantly surprised with a receiver from the Pac-12 (or Pac-10) in Mobile since some guy from Oregon State named Chad Johnson used the senior all-star game as a springboard into the second round of the 2001 draft.

Coby Fleener a Seattle sleeper? " Seahawks Draft Blog
Stanford tight end Coby Fleener made headlines at Stanford’s pro-day last week, running times in the 4.4-4.5 region at 6-6, 247lbs. He missed the combine due to rehab on a high ankle sprain picked up in the Fiesta Bowl.

2012 NFL Mock Draft: March 26th with Two Rounds | Mock Draft
The Pro Days are wrapping up and the NFL Draft is coming into much clearer focus as we aim towards the Combine upcoming. In this update, the top three picks seem obvious now,, but a big name offensive weapon falls, only two quarterbacks in the Top 20, it's a defensive line heavy first round.

Updated 2012 NFL Calendar | The Sideline View
March 30-31 -- NFL Super Regional Combine, Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Davis draws attention at Arkansas State pro day "
Representatives from 15 teams were on hand to watch Arkansas State’ pro day on Tuesday. Ravens linebackers coach Don Martindale was one of two position coaches in attendance, and LB Demario Davis (6-foot-2 3/8, 239 pounds) made quite the impression with his workout.

Draftnik Roundtable 6.0 | National Football Post
Who are the top QB prospects after RG3 and Luck?

Joe Philbin: "Ask Matt Flynn why he’s in Seattle" | ProFootballTalk
Joe Philbin doesn't like the perception that the Dolphins didn't aggressively pursue free agent quarterback Matt Flynn. Philbin, the Dolphins head coach who spent the last four years coaching Flynn in Green Bay, was asked by a reporter today why he didn't pursue Flynn as aggressively as many peop...

Seahawks should consider buying low on Andre Carter - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
The Seahawks will have a few choices if they decide to address their need for a pass-rusher with the 12th overall pick. Some veteran options are still available as well. One of them is Andre Carter, who made the Pro Bowl and had 10 sacks last season for the Patriots. Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. ranks Carter second on his list of the five best available free agents. Carter will turn 33 in May and is recovering from a torn quadricpeps that required surgery and ended his season after 14 games. For that reason, Brock Huard and Mike Salk say in Tuesday's Wrap Up video that Carter would be a nice buy-low option for the Seahawks.

2011 Pass Rushing Productivity: Edge Rushers | ProFootballFocus.com
Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been distracted by free agency. It’s consumed us and now it’s time to go ‘old-school’ Pro Football Focus on you and delve into one of our signature stats. That stat is the first ever signature stat we created back in the summer of 2009: Pass Rushing Productivity. A classic PFF signature stat that looks at how much pressure a defensive player gets relative to how much he is on the field, and what type of pressure he gets. The formula looks simple enough when you break it down:

2011 Elusive Rating | ProFootballFocus.com
Which running backs did the best job with the ball in their hands in 2011? That question can be incredibly difficult to answer and is often based on some very misleading numbers. Rushing yards and touchdowns are nice, but they can’t separate the job of the running back from the blocking in front of him, and many times are more indicative of the offense in general than the individual runner.

Trent Richardson a Top 10 talent, maybe not a Top 10 pick | ProFootballTalk
Alabama running back Trent Richardson sat out pro day after knee surgery, but he’s expected to be at full speed in time to work out for NFL teams before next month’s draft. And anyway, teams have seen more than enough of Richardson to know he’s an elite talent and one of the best running back prospects to come along in years. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to be a Top 10 draft pick.

Even at a devalued position, Richardson’s talent too great to pass up | ProFootballTalk
The NFL’s transformation into a passing league has hit running backs hard, both on draft day (the first running off the board went 28th in last year’s first round) and in free agency (veteran running backs haven’t found much of a market for their services this year). But with the NFL draft a month away, Alabama running back Trent Richardson has so much talent that he appears poised to buck the trend of running backs being devalued.

Matt Forte complains on Twitter after Chicago Bears sign former Raiders running back Michael Bush - Jim Trotter
There are actions and there are words. At this point the Chicago Bears are all about words when it comes to Matt Forte, their all-purpose Pro Bowl running back.

NFL Draft: Ranking the 4-3 DE Class by Tiers | National Football Post
Breaking down the tiers of quarterback prospects…

The 10 most intriguing spring quarterback battles | National Football Post
These competitions are worth watching.

Four-down territory: A step closer to a playoff | National Football Post
Plus, a tough blow for Georgia Tech, spring ball at Tennessee and raises at Alabama.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Eyes on promising Hosley, Wilson at Virginia Tech pro day "
Virginia Tech — a school that has made four BCS bowl game appearances since 2007, including the 2012 Sugar Bowl — continues to develop a good amount of pro-caliber players. A total of 27 teams were represented at Virginia Tech’s pro day on March 15. While no NFL head coaches were present, a number of position coaches — particularly those of running backs and defensive backs — were on hand. The event was run indoors on Astroturf, which was very fast and resulted in some quick times.

NFL.com news: Coples: Chaotic environment at UNC contributed to 2011 woes
"I just tell them that there was a lot going on at the University of North Carolina," Coples said Friday during an interview with NFL.com. "We had a lot of different changes. I was asked to do another position. ... I think it got to me a little bit; just got away from me and I could recover."

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Imagining Lavonte David
WHAT DOES HE BRING? Pete Carroll has been quoted multiple times this off-season indicating the team's desire to add speed at the linebacker position. David is a prime candidate to fill that need. He is undersized by NFL standards for a linebacker at 6'1" 233 lbs, but runs fast enough to have some teams projecting him as a safety on the next level. Nobody denies his ability as a football player or athlete.

Which team positioned to challenge 49ers? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The NFL Power Rankings published late last week treated NFC West teams the way they finished last season. The San Francisco 49ers were well ahead of the pack. The Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks were some distance back and tied, with Arizona holding a tiebreaking edge. The St. Louis Rams trailed their NFC West rivals by a considerable margin.

Two Round NFL Mock Draft 2012 | The Sideline View
I like Kuechly, but don't love him. On the other hand, every other football mind who I respect and who has watched film on him is crazy about him. The Seahawks aren't very far away from becoming a factor in the NFC West and Kuechly gives them leadership and tackling in the middle.

Cold Hard Facts - Podcasts - MyNorthwest.com
John Clayton discusses the candidates to be the Saints' interim coach while Sean Payton serves his one-year suspension, the story out of Miami about why the Dolphins and Matt Flynn didn't reach a deal, how Curtis Lofton's addition to the Saints impacts David Hawthorne, and more.

Ten Pre-Draft Trade Candidates - Offseason Low Down - Rotoworld.com
The NFL draft breeds player movement. And not just in terms of rookie picks. Player personnel executives around the league are currently tweaking rosters to be as least position-needy as possible entering the draft. That way, clubs set themselves up to select the "best players available." By May 1, rosters must be readied for the heart of OTA season

NFL quarterback coach George Whitfield calls Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas ‘very, very scary’ - Hokies Journal - The Washington Post
Whitfield was so intrigued by Thomas that he went to several NFL scouts after their time together and asked them who could potentially be the No. 1 quarterback selected in next year’s draft other than USC’s Matt Barkley and Florida State’s E.J. Manuel. Whitfield made it a point not to say he had been training Thomas, and still, Thomas’s name kept coming up.

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