Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Monday

A.J. Jenkins.

Brand new week, gang.

Thoughts on day three " Seahawks Draft Blog
Regardless of whether the Seahawks actually had a great draft or not, I found this year’s draft to be one of the most rewarding that I’ve ever followed. Bruce Irvin and Russell Wilson were my two favorite players in the whole draft, and I had no expectation that either would become Seahawks. So seeing Seattle draft them, even if it was earlier than people like Mel Kiper expected, was pretty neat. Robert Turbin was another player I’ve really liked for a while now. In all my years of following the draft, this was the first one where I felt like the front office’s wavelength on their favorite players matched my own.

Position-by-position look at top undrafted players - NFL.com
Here are the top undrafted players by position, according to NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt:

Carroll feels the need for speed | Seahawks Insider
"If you look at it, our slowest guy was an offensive lineman at 4.85," Carroll said. "There’s great speed in this draft for us, and that’s really exciting across the board, and it’s going to help our special teams enormously."

Allen: Seahawks RB, Rams draft stand out - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Reporters were finishing their work at Seattle Seahawks headquarters Saturday night when coach Pete Carroll popped in for some informal draft talk.

First impressions: 2012 Cardinals draft - NFC West Blog - ESPN
First impressions on the Arizona Cardinals' performance in the 2012 NFL draft:

First impressions: 2012 Rams draft - NFC West Blog - ESPN
First impressions on the St. Louis Rams' performance in the 2012 NFL draft:

Sunday draft links " Seahawks Draft Blog
First of all thanks to everyone who attended today’s two-and-a-half hour marathon live-chat session. If you missed it and want to look through what was discussed, click here. Tomorrow we’ll begin to go through the tape as we review Seattle’s draft picks. We’re also going to start looking ahead to the 2012 college season, earmarking which players to keep an eye on. There’s a top-30 watch-list coming your way this week… already.

Seahawks announce ten undrafted free agent signings | ProFootballTalk
Johnson, the guard from Cal (PA), is perhaps the most notable pickup, as a player some draftniks regarded as a middle-round prospect. Johnson has off-field baggage after being dismissed from Ole Miss in 2010 for multiple violations of team policy.

101Sports.com: Tony Softli - Let Me Be the Voice of Reason
For now, I want to be the voice of reason, because the Rams did a great job even before the 2012 NFL draft started. They shopped the second overall pick to the Washington Redskins for the sixth overall pick, receiving the Redskins’ 2013 and 2014 first-round picks and a second in 2012, collecting real estate for the future.

2012 Post-Draft Skill Player Impressions Part-I | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
I don’t believe in grading the draft. Many of my colleagues, ones I respect a great deal, will be providing draft grades this week. Some of them will say that they don’t believe a draft can be graded accurately for a few years, but two paragraphs later they are grading away like they’re teaching middle school. The reason is they believe they are giving readers what they want, and they’re right.

Top 10 undrafted players: Washington's Chris Polk has starter's ability - NFL - Sporting News
Players often go undrafted due to medical concerns, character issues or size questions. Below is a breakdown of the 10 best undrafted prospects, available as free agents.

Draft 2012: NFC Grades - NFL Draft Grades - Rotoworld.com
Overview: It's popular to pan the Seahawks' draft. While we're not giving them an "A," the 2012 Seattle picks are largely understandable and hardly "mindboggling" as Mel Kiper's hair has claimed. No. 15 is early for a situational pass rusher, but no defender in this class has a quicker first step than Irvin. Wagner is a thumper and addresses a need. Wilson is going to make Tarvaris Jackson expendable. Turbin adds physicality to a backfield lacking it behind Marshawn Lynch. Howard, Toomer, and Guy can be year-one role players. Lane, Sweezy, and Scruggs are under-the-radar picks. Realistically, the Seahawks didn't overdraft anyone on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, and they consistently kept in mind need. It's a better group than people are saying.

Why they fell: Draft prospects picked later than expected | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Each year, there are players who fall in the draft for a number of reasons. We all remember the sight of Aaron Rodgers and Brady Quinn waiting far beyond expectations for their names to be called, and the divergent paths their careers have taken give us one more reason to say that the draft is, in the end, pretty much a total crapshoot. Here are this year's latecomers, with Nebraska's Alfonzo Dennard as the all-time cautionary tale regarding taking it easy the week before the draft.

The best undrafted players of 2012: The offense | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
You may remember that receivers Doug Baldwin and Victor Cruz had pretty good seasons in 2011. And that Wes Welker guy? He's pretty good, too. Arian Foster is nobody to sneeze at, and London Fletcher is one of the most durable and productive linebackers we've seen in this era. You heard of Tony Romo? Antonio Gates? And we'd better include James Harrison, lest he lay us out with one of those brick-hard hits.

NFL doc: Barring concussed players 'definitely could be something in the future' - CBSSports
Stanford wide receiver Chris Owusu went undrafted during the NFL's lengthy seven-round draft over the past few days. It's not because of his talent -- the NFL Draft Scout guys had him pegged as the 35th-best wideout in the draft. It's because of his concussion history -- three in 13 months -- and that sort of history could eventually prevent players from entering the NFL.

Did Seahawks reach for top-pick Irvin? Not inside war rooms - NFL - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
Panned by most observers challenging the wisdom of the choice, the Seattle Seahawks' selection of defensive end/linebacker Bruce Irvin with the 15th overall pick in Thursday night's first round, may have actually been one of the more timely moves in the early stages of the lottery.

Boise's Moore 'excited' to join Lions - CBSSports
Record-breaking Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore was disappointed but not surprised when he was not selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, but he is ready to move on with the Detroit Lions.

2012 NFL Draft Grades – Audibles
The 2012 NFL Draft is in the books after one long and eventful weekend. There’s nothing left to do now but sit back and break down what each team did — and did not do — with their time on the clock.

Fifth round breakdown | National Football Post
Which teams made the most of their fifth round selections?

Sixth round breakdown | National Football Post
Northwest State CB Jeremy Lane was a player I really liked at this year’s Players All-Star Classic. He displayed impressive foot quickness and fluidity when asked to turn and run. He’s raw and still developing at the position, but at this stage in the draft if you can find a potential starter long term, it’s a good pick and that’s what the Seahawks got in Lane.

Top rookie free agent signings by team | National Football Post
Who is the best undrafted free agent your favorite team signed?

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive This was a really strange NFL Draft… so let’s go over five things we’ll remember "
Not sure what it was this year. The Draft was, well, awesome as usual. Loved watching it, especially after I turned off Twitter (for a few hours) in the first round due to a rash of tipping picks. Then it was good.

NFL.com news: Jarrett Lee joins Chargers with immediate motivation
The final image of LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee's college career was one of frustration. He watched helplessly from the sideline while Jordan Jefferson ran the Tigers offense into the ground during the BCS National Championship Game.

Undrafted LB Vontaze Burfict headed to Cincinnati Bengals - NFL.com
Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict has agreed to terms on a contract with the Cincinnati Bengals, a source with knowledge of the situation told NFL Network on Saturday.

Bruce Irvin thankful for his chance with Seattle - Seahawks News - MyNorthwest.com
Rock bottom for Bruce Irvin wasn't the time he spent two weeks locked up in jail when he was a teenager.

First impressions: 2012 49ers draft - NFC West Blog - ESPN
First impressions on the San Francisco 49ers' performance in the 2012 NFL draft:

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