Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Friday

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At combine, which players gained, lost? - baltimoresun.com
The biggest winner at the combine was Alabama's Dee Milliner, who ran sizzling times of 4.31 and 4.37 in the 40, cementing his position as the top cornerback in this class. Coming into the combine, there were questions about whether he has elite speed. Answered. The Lions will have a difficult time passing on him with the fifth pick.

2013 NFL Draft: Pro day dates to remember - CBSSports
With the scouting combine in the rearview mirror, the attention of scouts and NFL evaluators changes gears to campus pro days. NFL personnel executives will collect a lot of airline miles over the next month as they fly across the country to see prospects work out on their home turf.

First round of NFL Draft should see linemen like Eric Fisher go early - CBSSports.com
1. Lane Johnson, LT, Oklahoma -- A left tackle with the athletic ability of a tight end. He makes it look easy and the sky is the limit.

2013 NFL mock draft: Geno Smith in top 10?
Linemen still appear to be strong suit of draft, but several big names are making a move.

Quarterbacks and the passes they throw - Football Study Hall
Where Collin Klein is underrated again and Matt Barkley is still overrated.

Draft Winds: A study of Cordarrelle Patterson - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
A popular feature on my blog in recent years has been the Draft Winds feature that came out of the Dolphins trip to London in 2007. There, I met Simon Clancy, who mentioned his work as a draftnik. I thought it would be interesting to show how flat the world is now that a draftnik in London can show off his expertise. He brought in compatriots at Universal Draft, Chris Kouffman and Richard Lines. Together, they wrote an in-depth, weekly blog on the draft. This year, real life (and the, ahem, pay scale) means Chris is doing the heavy lifting. As you see from his work on Cordarrelle Patterson, this is as thorough a look as you'll find on a draft prospect, complete with painstaking background, story and video research. Without further introduction, let's get to it ...

NFL Free Agency: Seattle Seahawks should target DT Desmond Bryant
While the fate of defensive tackles Alan Branch and Jason Jones still have yet to be decided, the Seattle Seahawks must figure out a fallback plan at the position. One option could be picking up Desmond Bryant, who is likely to be available when free agency opens on March 12.

2013 NFL Combine: 10 Takeaways from the weekend in Indianapolis - SBNation.com
After a weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine, here are some things to take away from the event.

Mock draft Wednesday’s: 27th February " Seahawks Draft Blog
This is without doubt the most fascinating, infuriating, unpredictable draft in a long time. If I was trying to palm this off as a proper prediction, it’d be a waste of time. The only people with any clue about how this might shake out are working in NFL war rooms. The rest of us are throwing darts blindfolded. You could argue that’s the case every year with mock drafts. This year though, it’s especially true.

Perception vs. reality with Alex Smith and Matt Flynn - Blog - MyNorthwest.com
"To me, that is good news for the Seahawks," he said shortly after news of the deal broke. A conversation with John Clayton minutes later changed Huard's mind to some degree.

Brock and Salk Blue 42 - Podcasts - MyNorthwest.com
Will Breno Giacomini's penalty problems lead the Seahawks look for an upgrade at right tackle? What's the best NFL position for former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson? In which position group will it be the easiest for a Seahawks rookie to earn playing time next season?

Danny Amendola might be hitting free agency market - NFL.com
At this point, it looks like St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola is heading to free agency, states Ian Rapoport.

NFL quarterback salaries cause teams to make difficult decisions - NFL.com
Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger each recently re-did their contracts to help out their teams. It indicates a growing problem, writes Albert Breer, as he examines the rising cost of quarterbacking.

ESPN First Take - Vernon Davis on State Of The 49ers Kaepernick - YouTube
Vernon Davis discusses the 49ers rivalry with the Seahawks and the emergence of Colin Kaepernick

Top 85 free agents: Mike Wallace heads best available - NFL.com
This year's free-agent crop is a lot like this year's draft class: What it lacks in star power, it makes up for in depth. Gregg Rosenthal ranks available players, including Mike Wallace and Greg Jennings.

Free agency primer: Ranking the top pass rushers - NFL.com
Need a pass rusher this offseason? Chris Wesseling breaks down the options from Michael Johnson to Cliff Avril to Paul Kruger. We rank the top players and reveal what teams will be looking for help.

Pro days are important as NFL stars like Victor Cruz can attest - NFL.com
With the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine behind us, we turn our attention to the slate of pro-day workouts that will be held at schools around the nation over the next month, beginning Friday. Prospects who weren't invited to the combine will get a chance to make their mark in the minds of scouts. Those who either worked out poorly or didn't work out at all, meanwhile, will get a shot at redeeming their reputations.

The NFL’s retractable roof stadiums stay closed for 66 percent of all games | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
As the debate continues over whether or not the Atlanta Falcons need a new stadium, a new side argument has popped up down in Georgia: Namely, is it worth the extra cost to make sure the new place has one of those fancy retractable roofs like the Houston Texas, Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys do?

‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: St. Louis Rams | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
After taking a few days to focus on the 2013 NFL scouting combine, "Shutdown Corner" resumes our TPS reports (Office Space), where we take a look back at each team's 2012 season and a look at what lies ahead for the 2013 offseason. We continue in the NFC West with the St. Louis Rams.

Patriots, 49ers put themselves in position for bountiful offseason - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
New England and Tom Brady agree that less is more, and San Francisco gets top value for Alex Smith. Jason La Canfora says it adds up to continued success for both.

Another look at NFL.com and white wide receivers | ProFootballTalk
And after taking that closer look, I don’t think I was unfair at all. White receivers are, in fact, exclusively compared to other white receivers. (Read the profiles of Swope and the other white wide receivers, Brandon Kaufman, T.J. Moe and Conner Vernon and see for yourself.) White receivers are praised by NFL.com for their good hands and their toughness, but downgraded for their speed. All four profiles demonstrate the stereotypes we’ve all heard about white receivers a million times.

Elbow tendinitis could depress trade value of Seahawks' Matt Flynn
NFL teams interested in acquiring Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn, who was relegated to a backup role last season by rookie Russell Wilson, will want to pay close attention to the passer's physical exam pending any trade. Flynn has spent much of the offseason working to correct elbow tendinitis in his throwing arm which limited him in competition with Wilson last summer, a person close to the quarterback told USA TODAY Sports. The person, who also says Flynn will not require surgery, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Seahawks had not disclosed the extent of the injury.

NFL | Report: Cardinals 'doing research' on Cassel - Rotoworld.com
Appearing on Total Access, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said the Cardinals are "currently doing some research into" Matt Cassel. Rapoport says Arizona is interested in bringing Cassel in and pairing him with Kevin Kolb in what would be a quarterback competition. ESPN's Adam Schefter mentioned the Cardinals as a landing spot for Cassel on Wednesday, as well. Cassel would be a dreadful fit for Bruce Arians' vertical passing attack. Rapoport also named the Vikings as a suitor for Cassel, saying Minnesota is interested in someone to "push" and "teach" Christian Ponder.

Post-Combine Mock Draft - Mock Drafts - Rotoworld.com
With the Chiefs' impending acquisition of Alex Smith, Josh Norris offers his first Mock Draft without Geno Smith as the top pick.

2013 NFL Combine Review: News, Notes, and Rumors from Indianapolis
It's easy to lose track of some of the key stories that emerge in between forty yard dashes this week in Indianapolis. What were the most important stories that developed over the past several days?

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