Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Monday

Ronald Martinez

Brand new week.

La Confora asks questions about the Seahawks, we try to answer | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Not a ton of Seahawks-related links out there this morning. But there is this story from's Jason La Confora from a couple of days ago in which he asks a few questions about each team prior to the NFL Draft. As a rainy Sunday morning exercise, I figured I'd give my best guess at answers...

Seahawks showing interest in Brandin Cooks | Seahawks Draft Blog
According to the man himself, Brandin Cooks has a workout or visit scheduled with the Seattle Seahawks.

Russell Okung in a boot after a year of toe problems | ProFootballTalk
The Seahawks were able to win a Super Bowl despite playing musical chairs on the offensive line all season. And it appears one of the members of that line is taking some steps toward getting healthier again.

Can Marqise Lee Be More Than a No. 2 WR in the NFL? | Bleacher Report
Anyone who watched wide receiver Marqise Lee at USC the last three years most likely came away with this conclusion: He has incredible straight-line speed, runs crisp routes, tracks the ball well in the air and can throw a block in the run game.

Roster Reset: AFC West -
How much closer have the Raiders gotten to the Broncos in the AFC West? With the offseason in full swing, Around The League ranked teams in each division based on how much they improved.

Brandon Weeden: I tried to do too much with Browns -
Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden said Saturday that he put too much pressure on himself during his stint with the Cleveland Browns. Will the 2012 first-round draft pick get the "fresh start" he needs in Dallas?

Plenty of defensive line, linebacker talent outside first round -
These guys won't be drafted on Day 1, but Jeremiah Attaochu, Devon Kennard and others are players you should hope your favorite team picks up.

Who should get the most help from the 2014 draft? | National Football Post
Tony Villiotti breaks down the potential.

Panthers talking to Colin Cole about return | ProFootballTalk
When the Panthers signed defensive tackle Colin Cole last February, he had not appeared in an NFL game since 2010. The shot on Cole wound up working out pretty well. Cole started 13 times for a defense that was essential to Carolina's division title, recording 15 tackles and a sack.

LeSean McCoy: Adding Sproles will make me “more productive and more deadly” | ProFootballTalk
After the Eagles parted ways with wide receiver DeSean Jackson, some people pointed to the addition of running back Darren Sproles as a move that would help the Eagles deal with replacing Jackson's production in the offense.

A Passing League —
In some ways, the premise of this post is geeky even for this site. And that’s saying something. There is a debate over the proper way to measure league average. For example, when we say the average completion percentage in the NFL is 61.2%, this is generally assumed to reflect the fact that in 2013, there were 18,136 passes thrown in the NFL, and 11,102 of them were completed.

2014 NFL Draft: Why Offensive Linemen Are Valued Highly | Bleacher Report
As the 2014 NFL draft approaches, one of the bigger ongoing mysteries in football is trying to accurately peg down the value of an offensive lineman relative to the other positions.

Gambling on a Gambler | NFL Philosophy
Johnny Manziel is one of the hardest evaluations I’ve ever encountered. Even before ever turning on the tape, the sort of pop culture fame that has followed Manziel creates preconceived notions that must be ditched before evaluating his play on the field.

Peshek: QB Metrics 2.0 - Out Of The Box -
Greg Peshek delivers his second set of QB metrics, focusing on prospects like AJ McCarron and Zach Mettenberger.

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