Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Sunday

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Runningback Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes the football against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Seahawks 23-20 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Sunday!

2012 NFL draft countdown: SN's No. 11 prospect, Stanford G David DeCastro - NFL - Sporting News
Strengths: DeCastro’s athleticism, competitiveness and football smarts make him the best interior offensive lineman in the draft. He will be a top-15 pick. (Vital statistics: 6-5, 316 pounds, 5.40 in 40-yard dash)

Draft 2012: The Running Backs - NFL Draft Preview - Rotoworld.com
With just one running back selected in the first round of last year's draft, the positional value may have hit an all-time low. However, last year's weaker talent pool likely played a role, with many teams waiting to select a ball carrier until the draft's second day (seven top-73 selections).

Mac's Football Blog: Report: Multiple Top 20 Teams Interested In No. 4 Pick
Three or four teams with picks in the Top 20 of the 2012 NFL Draft, including the St. Louis Rams and Philadelphia Eagles, are interested in trading with the Cleveland Browns, who have the No. 4 pick, reports Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Mac's Football Blog: NFL Could Eventually Eliminate Kickoffs
Last off-season, the NFL took the Competition Committee's recommendation and changed the kickoff point from the 30-yard line to the 35-yard line. The change resulted in more touchbacks and fewer concussions without affecting the scoreboard.

Draft positional series: Running backs, tight ends - NFL - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
Whether it is evolution or revolution, NFL offenses are changing how they view certain positions. The emphasis on passing has devalued running backs, made fullbacks all but extinct and raised the bar for tight ends who hope to make it.

A look back at the 2009 NFL Draft's first round | National Football Post
It takes a few years to grade a draft, so let's press the rewind button

NFL Draft: Steals in the RB class | National Football Post
Who could be the next Arian Foster?

NFL.com news: Courtney Upshaw worth 'hard look,' Cowboys executive says
The Dallas Cowboys might be open to selecting linebacker Courtney Upshaw with the No. 14 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, executive vice president Stephen Jones said.

NFL.com news: Jerome Simpson reportedly still a free-agent candidate for Rams
The St. Louis Rams remain interested in free-agent wide receiver Jerome Simpson despite the four-year veteran's legal problems, team sources told Pro Football Weekly.

FB Jacob Hester agrees to deal with Chargers - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
Two days after visiting with the Seahawks, free-agent fullback Jacob Hester has decided to return to the Chargers.

Brock and Salk Blue 42 - Podcasts - MyNorthwest.com
Which disgraced coach would you rather play for: Gregg Williams or Bobby Petrino? Does Jim Irsay talk too much? What do the Seahawks' additions of Barrett Ruud, Matt McCoy and Leroy Hill all have in common?

Is Ryan Tannehill still an option for the Seahawks? - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
Signing Matt Flynn to a three-year deal took pressure off of the Seahawks to take a quarterback early in the draft.

Projecting the draft: Denver Broncos - CBSSports
A year after leading the NFL in rushing due in no small part to quarterback Tim Tebow, the Denver Broncos will return to the more conventional way of moving the football by simply allowing Peyton Manning to do what he does best - attack defenses through the air.

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