Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Monday

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Runningback Leon Washington #33 of the Seattle Seahawks dives into the endzone to score on a 48 yard rushing touchdown 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)

Brand new week ladies and gentlemen!

Ourlads' 2012 NFL Mock Draft
Outstanding junior year and great workout. Fills big pass rushing need. Ran a 1.55 /10 That is running back territory.16 sacks, 22.5 TFL, 9 forced fumble in 2011 Seattle needs pressure off the edge to help the back end. Nick Perry and Andre Branch are options.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
How concussion awareness is changing the draft, pro day fallout, all the latest draft dope and much more.

Scout.com: Bobby Wagner Profile
Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner has visits with the St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers, according to a league source.

WalterFootball.com: 2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Mychal Kendricks
Summary: Kendricks has seen his stock steadily rise in the months since the end of the 2011 season. A tremendous showing at the NFL Scouting Combine really helped give his stock a nice boost. That showing caused Kendricks to stand out above other linebacker prospects. As teams have reviewed Kendricks' game tape, his stock has continued to rise.

Team needs: Seattle Seahawks | ProFootballTalk
Pete Carroll is entering his third year as Seahawks coach, and so far has shown an ability to maximize talent. One more strong draft could push Seattle well past Arizona and St. Louis, and into serious contention with San Francisco for the NFC West title.

SDB Community mock – #9 Carolina " Seahawks Draft Blog
The Miami Dolphins took Ryan Tannehill at #8, after the Texas A&M quarterback received 69% of the votes. There are three more picks before the Seahawks are on the board. So far, no defensive lineman have been drafted – an advantage for the Seahawks. Will that change at #9 and Carolina?

Off topic: Why I rate this front office highly " Seahawks Draft Blog
Fellow blogger compatriot Brandon Adams of Seahawks blog 17power, posting under the moniker MontanaHawk05, had a nice writeup earlier today in which he critiques the Seahawks current regime. After reading through it, I figured I’d give my own, since I see things through a bit of a different prism than Brandon does, even if I agree with most of his substance on the subject.

Still trying to work out Whitney Mercilus " Seahawks Draft Blog
Every year there seems to be at least one player you struggle to work out. Increasingly I’ve found that player to be a pass rusher. In 2010, I occasionally mocked Jason Pierre-Paul to Seattle at #14. At the same time, it seemed impossible to judge what kind of player he would become. He had the elite measurables and a ceiling higher than virtually any other player in the draft. Yet the tape was inconsistent, he was an inexperienced JUCO transfer and the question marks were almost as substantial as the potential. He turned out pretty well in the end.

Tannehill, quarterbacks and rolling the dice - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A recent back-and-forth between ESPN's Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. regarding Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill pointed to the educated guesswork that goes into evaluating quarterbacks for the NFL draft.

Seahawks.com Blog | A few moments with: LaMichael James "
Into the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world of the NFL comes a back who couldn’t have done much more during his three seasons at the University of Oregon – LaMichael James.

On The Clock: Surprise Team - ESPN Video - ESPN
The On The Clock roundtable looks at the teams that are on the cusp of turning it around and putting together a solid winning season.

Teams with pass-rush need not helped by edge-thin draft class - NFL, NFLDRAFT - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
Finding a quarterback in a draft for a team that needs one is the hardest question to answer. Finding a guy that can rush the passer and actually get there for a sack is clearly second hardest. The number of teams looking for an edge rusher is basically half the league every year and this year is no exception. If your favorite team is looking at the draft for a premier proven pass rusher they know it isn't a strong or deep draft.

Chalk Talk, Hour One 4-14 - Seattle's live and local sports station
Doug Farrar and Rob Rang debate the merits of Andrew Luck vs. Robert Griffin III as who is the better NFL prospect and scheme fit. Also, a talk with Stanford TE Coby Fleener, who is shooting up the draft boards.

Chalk Talk, Hour Two 4-14 - Seattle's live and local sports station
More discussion on the NFL Draft and what positions the Seattle Seahawks could be looking at addressing. Also, Greg Cosell of NFL Films and ESPN’s NFL Matchup breaks down some of the top prospects in the draft.

The Shutdown Corner Podcast: Greg Cosell on the 2012 TE/OL Draft Class | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
We're now into our third week of draft analysis with our good friend Greg Cosell of NFL Films and ESPN's NFL Matchup. We've discussed the 2012 class of quarterbacks, and the running backs/wide receivers, but now, it's time for the tight ends and offensive linemen. We take Greg through all the obvious top prospects, and as always, his insights (based on the viewing of actual college coaching tape) are always fresh and interesting.

Podcasts - MyNorthwest.com
In John Clayton's Coors Light Cold Hard Facts the Professor talks about the recent players that the Seahawks signed and the 2012 NFL draft. Also fans are getting impatient with Mike Holmgren in Cleveland.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: Seahawks Off-Season: Pre-Draft Checkpoint
Pete Carroll and John Schneider entered the off-season with needs, and choices for how to address those needs. The Seahawks front office has positioned itself to enter the upcoming NFL draft without a need so desperate that they would have to select a player above his grade. Take a look at the choices they have made thus far:

NFL.com news: Two-round mock draft: No quarterbacks taken in second round
Today, I decided to dig deeper in my mock drafting and fill out the second round, as well. There is still plenty of talent available in Round 2. In fact, teams picking near the top of the second round will often select a player they had a first-round grade on.

NFL.com news: Tannehill grabs the spotlight, but is Weeden better?
Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill is climbing in mock drafts from east to west. He's widely seen as the third-best quarterback in the NFL draft -- but aren't we forgetting someone?

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.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Rounding up Coastal Carolina, UAB pro days "
NFL Blogs on NFL.com is the only official NFL blog destination for the latest NFL news, NFL fantasy football news, NFL player news, NFL team news, and NFL breaking news.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Raiders FB Reece missing team workouts "
Raiders fullback Marcel Reece is not participating in the start of the team’s offseason program, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Reece, a key cog in the team and a Pro Bowl alternate, is sitting on an exclusive-rights tender worth $545,000. Many would say he has out-performed that level of compensation.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Rounding up Washington State, Idaho pro days "
Representatives from seven NFL teams gathered at Washington State’s pro day on March 9.

Packers will likely seek a developmental QB in later rounds | National Football Post
Club needs to replace Matt Flynn

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

Bank on it: 49ers heading south in 2012 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Francisco 49ers are coming off a 13-3 season. They have re-signed key players, added a few new ones, and set themselves up for another successful season. Doesn't matter. They're going down in 2012. Recent history tells us so, anyway.

NFL - Schedule does Saints no favors - ESPN
As if things weren't bad enough for the New Orleans Saints, add the schedule to their growing list of problems.

2012 NFL draft - Linebacker Luke Kuechly tackles every challenge - ESPN
On a recent Monday afternoon -- while spending some much-needed down time in Chicago with his family -- former Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly couldn't resist the chance to have a little fun. The day had started with some sightseeing in an attempt to enjoy the city prior to attending a Chicago Bulls game the following night. Before long, the Kuechlys found themselves in The Brain Store while strolling downtown. That's when Henry Kuechly started playing with a puzzle and Luke's competitive juices started burning.

2012 NFL Draft countdown: SN's No. 10 prospect, LSU DT Michael Brockers - NFL - Sporting News
Strengths: Brockers is a huge defensive lineman with a rare combination of playing strength and athleticism. He is quick off the ball and promptly gets his hands on an offensive lineman.

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)

No-Huddle Series: Ohio WR Lavon Brazill | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
If you haven’t seen the announcement about my No-Huddle Series, read here. Since most of you don’t click links when you read (neither do I – at least not all of them), I’ll emphasize what’s important: this series is one-play displays of certain things I like about a player. They are not meant to generate sweeping conclusions of a player’s potential

Rankings Insight for This Year’s WR Class | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
When it comes to this series, I usually just provide a teaser of the post to the Fifth Down and link you to the rest. But with today’s receivers, No.5 WR Greg Childs and No. 4 WR Marvin Jones, I want to discuss the thought process behind their unusually high ranking – and a few general philosophical points with how I rank players. I believe additional perspective is a good thing in this case because many of you reading this post are fantasy owners in addition to football fans and draftniks.

Brian Billick breaks down NFL draft's top linebackers - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
When evaluating linebackers, you almost have to divide them into three entirely different skill sets. Obviously middle linebackers will have different skills outside players, and of those outside backers, you must define them as traditional stack 'backers in the 4-3 defense or the newly popular edge rushers in the 3-4. Let's take a look at the best of each of the three linebacker positions.

Brian Billick breaks down wide receivers in NFL Draft - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
The 2012 draft class may be deepest at wide receiver. The NFL Scouting Combine invited 47 wide receiver prospects in 2012, the most since 2008 and up from just 23 in 2011.

2012 NFL Draft Sleepers: All Underrated Team - Quarterbacks - Mocking The Draft
Quarterbacks don't exactly slip through the cracks these days. In these day and age, with quarterbacks at a premium and scouting as in depth as ever, it's tough for a signal caller to go unnoticed. Of the quarterbacks in the top ten for passer rating this season, Drew Brees, Matt Schaub,Tony Romo and Tom Brady were not first round picks. Brees was a second round pick, Schaub was drafted in the third, while Romo went undrafted and Brady was picked in the sixth. So, talent can certainly be found later, though recently success has dwindled.

10 Small School Players creating a buzz with NFL teams - Mocking The Draft
I have been breaking down film like crazy over the past few weeks getting ready for the NFL Draft. I have been able to speak with tons of NFL Draft eligible players this year; that can’t wait for their opportunity to shine in the NFL. Over the past few months, I have met some very good people in NFL front offices as well as scouts in the regional areas, and have had numerous talks with them. When you break down athletes you can’t get hooked on a player because of numbers at a combine, or because their agent let’s you get an interview with them. You have to break down the player based on the play. Film does not lie, and over the past few months, I have watched several players who I think should be given a shot based on play alone. Well since the beginning of this year, I have had the ability to keep up with the players, their agents and talk to NFL scouts about these players. So which 10 players are creating a buzz on the NFL front from small schools? Let’s find out, take a poll which player will be the biggest riser?

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