Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Sunday

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 12: Devon Still #71 of the Penn State Nittany Lions tackles Ameer Abdullah #8 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the game on November 12, 2011 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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101Sports.com: Tony Softli - Top 5 Defensive Linemen in 2012 NFL Draft
In the game of football, whoever controls the line of scrimmage wins more games than they lose. In any defensive front, the game of football starts up front with the big men on the defensive line; they set the tone. Their ability to control and dominate the line of scrimmage is the key to the any defensive formation. When grading defensive linemen, I divided them into five categories: 4-3 DE (defensive end), 3-4 DE (defensive end), DT (defensive tackle), NT (nose tackle) and DPR (designated pass rusher).

NFL Draft Dish: Penn State DT Devon Still no longer first-round lock - NFL - Sporting News
Right after his strong senior season, Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still was viewed as a definite first-round pick who could go in the top 15.

Mock Draft 4.0: Floyd to Cincy - NFL Draft Preview - Rotoworld.com
The draft is six days away. Without further ado, here’s our latest mock first round.

Draft team needs: Washington Redskins - NFL, NFLDRAFT - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
The Washington Redskins need to make something happen. No, Mike Shanahan needs to make something happen.

The Shutdown 50 — #17: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
We continue this year's series with Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd. Floyd is a talented receiving prospect with issues. That happens a lot; when I type "talented receiving prospect," AutoText fills in "with issues" automatically so I can save a few character strokes. In Floyd's case, these issues include three underage drinking and DUI incidents and arrests. As the old saying in scouting goes, once is a mistake, twice is a pattern, and three is Janoris Jenkins. While a little underage drinking on a college campus can be shrugged off, a DUI does not exactly demonstrate that Floyd learned from his previous mistakes.

Draft positional series: Quarterbacks - NFL - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
While NFL Draft followers are focused forward on quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, aka RG3, as the predetermined 1-2 knockout punch in this year's event, it is interesting to look backward. Quarterbacks are at once the most scrutinized and misdiagnosed players in football. NFL history is littered with spectacular mistakes in overrating and overlooking players at the most crucial position in the game.

Week Long Mock: Round Four | National Football Post
Predicting the 4th round of the NFL Draft.

NFL.com news: Nebraska CB Alfonzo Dennard arrested for alleged assault
Former Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was arrested early Saturday after allegedly assaulting a Lincoln, Neb., police officer, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

Seahawks face possible weather mayhem in 2012 - Seahawks News - MyNorthwest.com
New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow won acclaim for his surprising performances last season leading the Denver Broncos. He faces new challenges playing in the Big Apple. But Tebow might have more to worry about than the New York media circus. He could find out it rains in Seattle.

NFL News Story - Alabama's Hightower sees draft stock climb - 710 ESPN Seattle at MyNorthwest.com
Dont'a Hightower insists he's right where he expected to be all along: A projected first-round NFL draft pick. The former Alabama star just had to convince NFL teams that he was worth such an investment, and that he was fast enough to play middle linebacker at that level.

Seahawks.com Blog | 2012 NFL Draft: Defensive linemen "
The opinions and analysis contained in this feature are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the thoughts and opinions of the Seahawks’ coaching staff and personnel department. A look at the positions heading into the April 26-28 draft:

Seahawks.com Blog | A few moments with: Whitney Mercilus "
"Startling" is the word often used to describe Whitney Mercilus’ 2011 season at Illinois – his junior season. "Puzzling" is another word that comes up during discussions of the 6-foot-4, 261-pound pass-rusher. It starts with whether Mercilus is a rush-end, or an outside linebacker. It continues with how a guy who produced two sacks in his first two seasons could suddenly lead the nation with 16 – not to mention nine forced fumbles.

How picks 7-11 could impact the Seahawks " Seahawks Draft Blog
Jacksonville Jaguars They’re till a major mystery given nobody’s really sure who’s making the pick. Shahid Khan (the owner) and Gene Smith (the GM) could have different ideas about the #7 pick. Khan’s pursuit of Tim Tebow was all about ticket sales, and this is his first opportunity to get involved in a draft. Despite signing a new contract, Smith’s position was slightly undermined in the bid for Tebow and speculation has suggested he may leave the franchise after the draft. You have to believe Khan would like the big name, flashy pick. They need a receiver to help Blaine Gabbert, so Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd fits the bill. Khan may also buy into the potential of a physical specimen like Quinton Coples. Smith is more unpredictable and less inclined to fall in love with athletic potential. Stephon Gilmore, Courtney Upshaw, Whitney Mercilus, Melvin Ingram, Riley Reiff, Luke Kuechly – who knows what he’d do. It’s worth remembering that it was Smith who traded up for Gabbert and he may feel obliged to support that decision with help for the offense.

The Seattle Times: Nike demonstrates technology of new Seahawks uniforms
seattletimes.com: Northwest news and information from the Seattle Times. Daily local news, sports, arts and entertainment, and classified ads.

Nike offers glimpse at technology behind new Seahawks uniform | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
Not a fan of the new Seattle Seahawks uniforms? Now you have someone to direct your anger at – Todd Van Horne.

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