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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Thursday

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Thursday is today.

Updated mock draft: 22nd February " Seahawks Draft Blog
In this week’s projection I wanted to contemplate the potential impact of the scouting combine, with work-outs beginning on Saturday. Who could rise? Who could fall? Will we see any significant changes when players have been tested and interviewed in Indianapolis?

Carroll's Quest
Pete Carroll wants to get faster on defense and also produce a better pass rush in his third season as Seahawks coach. He'll get a look at some players who could help him do just that at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Quarterback Jimmy Clausen could be available - Blog -
Brock and Salk discuss whether they think adding Jimmy Clausen would make sense for the Seahawks. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Tale of the Tape: Alshon Jeffery vs Nebraska - Hogs Haven
Recently I looked at Justin Blackmon against Stanford. As I mentioned there the Redskins may not be able to acquire one of the free agent wide receivers and may have to look to the draft to get a guy. So I thought I would move onto South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery. The footage I got to study was against Nebraska and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, a player of similar talent level.

What Seahawks offensive line might look like in 2012 - Blog -
Three season-ending injuries in as many weeks robbed the Seahawks' young offensive line of valuable time it needed to gel. They could also force some reshuffling along that unit next season. Tuesday's edition of Cold Hard Facts with John Clayton included a discussion on what Seattle's offensive line could look like in 2012. Let's take a deeper look.

Perusing potential picks
John Schneider, Pete Carroll and their staffs will call Indianapolis home this week as the Seahawks use the Scouting Combine to continue evaluating just which players they hope to acquire in April’s NFL Draft.

New Era Scouting – 2012 NFL Draft Team Needs: San Francisco 49ers Team Needs
The ‘Niners surprised everyone except maybe the Harbaugh family this year. What head coach John Harbaugh was able to do with that team was remarkable. Do not be surprised to see this franchise restored to a perennial contender again.

New Era Scouting – 2012 NFL Draft Team Needs: St. Louis Rams Edition
The Rams went so far backward in 2011 that is cost their GM and head coach their jobs. With Jeff Fisher now in charge, the Rams have a long way to go to compete in an improving division.

New Era Scouting – 2012 NFL Draft Team Needs: St. Louis Rams Edition
The Rams went so far backward in 2011 that is cost their GM and head coach their jobs. With Jeff Fisher now in charge, the Rams have a long way to go to compete in an improving division.

Draft Surprises: An Interview with Marvin Jones of California | Interviews
Each NFL off-season leading up to the draft, a college player will appear seemingly out of nowhere and impress everyone with his play and professional demeanor. This year was no different. The path to the 2012 draft was highlighted by the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama where we saw the best NCAA seniors go head to head in their quest towards the millions that the National Football League offers them.

Draft Breakdown — Three Round Mock Draft
In an ideal scenario, the Seahawks will be sitting here with their quarterback situation figured out in late April. Whether it is Peyton Manning or Matt Flynn, Seattle would be wise to act before the draft, where it appears they are unlikely to find much value early. Unfortunately if they do not find help, there will not be another signal caller worthy of consideration in the early first round. Here they opt to add defensive line help in the versatile, athletic Fletcher Cox. A rare athlete for his size, Cox is capable of playing running downs at left end and moving inside to rush the passer on third down. Were the Seahawks really feeling the pressure, they may explore trade options in attempt to land Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden.

Top 10: Best bets to put on combine freak show -
The NFL combine kicks off this week, meaning it's time for the league's annual freak show. This week's Top 10: The former college players with the best shot of lighting up Indy with their testing numbers. (Note: A few guys I had considered for this list, such as Stanford TE Coby Fleener, I didn't include because it has been reported that he is not working out in Indy. In Fleener's case that is due to an ankle injury.)

Draft Breakdown — Jordan White – Slot Machine
"Whatever happens is Western Michigan, stays in Western Michigan." That may not be exactly how you heard it, but that old Vegas adage rings true when it comes to Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, where Western Michigan University wide receiver Jordan White may be college football’s best kept secret. Word is slowly getting out about White, whose 2011 totals of 140 catches, 1911 yards, and 17 touchdowns earned him recognition as only the sixth player in MAC Conference history to be named a Consensus All American.

Ten-Point Stance: Film doesn't lie, but combine numbers sure do - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice
Most of all, you're going to hear how a combine performance turned a good player into a great one. So I would like to remind you about a cautionary tale named Mike Mamula. Mamula was a fine linebacker at Boston College, but when he left school in 1994 there wasn't anything particularly special about him. Then something utterly and completely insane happened.

Top 32: Picking QBs to follow super prospects Luck, Griffin - NFL, NFLDRAFT - -
As I do the prep work for this year's draft, studying players, watching tape, talking to scouts, I come back to the same question: Why did quarterback Matt Barkley decide to go back to school for his senior season at Southern California?

Mac's Football Blog: Dolphins To Let Chad Henne Hit Open Market
Quarterback Chad Henne will be an unrestricted free agent in March and the 2008 second-round pick out of Michigan is unlikely to return to the Miami Dolphins in 2012, Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel reports.

Ranking the 2011 Offensive Lines - Part 1 |
Khaled Elsayed offers PFF's ranks of the 2011 offensive lines.

Jermichael Finley -- Tight End or Wide Receiver? |
There’s a lot of speculation circulating about a certain Packer player, the position he plays and the likelihood of him being "franchised" in the next few days. The questions essentially boil down to: • Will Green Bay use their franchise tag on Jermichael Finley? • If they do tag him there’s no question they’ll do it on the basis of him being a tight end (because this will cost them in the order of $5.4M per year) but does he actually play tight end, wide receiver (where the tender will be about $4M more) or some new, as yet unnamed, hybrid position?

Courtney Upshaw ready for NFL Scouting Combine, 40-yard dash - NFL -
After weeks of prep work, the Combine is finally here. All of the training, physical therapy and mock interviews I've done will be put to the test starting on Friday, when my fellow linebackers and I arrive at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

2012 NFL Mock Draft has Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin going in first two picks - Don Banks -
An immediate disclaimer to hopefully ward off frantic calls from Seattle radio stations: I don't know for a fact that Pete Carroll is high on Tannehill, but I do know the Seahawks have to find competition for Tarvaris Jackson in the first or second round (barring a big signing in free agency), and more NFL scouts all the time tell me that Tannehill will end up in the first round before this thing is done. I'm connecting dots here, folks. news: Combine serves a purpose, but its influence is overrated
The reason the NFL Scouting Combine came into existence was to have an efficient and economical way to obtain a physical on 300-plus players. It's the first time you can have your medical personnel check out these players and that was the main thing I wanted to get out of the combine during my days with the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans. news: Twelve prospects with something to prove in Indianapolis
Every player in Indy is looking to make an impression, but a few truly must take care of business to either maintain their lofty status or stop the bleeding of their falling stock due to an underwhelming 2011 campaign.

Cold Hard Facts - Podcasts -
John Clayton weighs in on Dan Pompei's suggestion that the Seahawks could be the frontfunners to land Peyton Manning, saying that he doesn't agree. Clayton said he thinks the Seahawks will get multi-year deals done with both Marshawn Lynch and Red Bryant and added his thoughts on what Seattle's offensive line will look like to begin next season.

Kendall Wright, Melvin Ingram among players to watch at NFL Scouting Combine - Tony Pauline -
The NFL descends upon Indianapolis for the second time in February, though for very different reasons this time around. More than 325 NFL hopefuls will arrive at the NFL Scouting Combine to be tested physically, mentally and medically by prospective future employers. The Combine offers prospects another opportunity to impress NFL decision-makers. Here's some insight on who to keep an eye on.

Ten offensive prospects with something to prove at Combine - NFL - Sporting News
There a number of players on the spot this week in Indianapolis. In our view, more than 90 percent of a player’s final grade must be based on film evaluation. How a player performs at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine can have an impact. Whether in the interview process, going through the medical examination or working out for the NFL’s eyes—the least important part in our view—there are always players who must do well to alleviate concerns. The Combine began Wednesday as the first players arrived for their ordeal. The process will conclude Tuesday.

Under radar underclassmen set to light up combine -
With the NFL Scouting Combine kicking off Wednesday, nearly every where you look you'll find another analyst with a list of athletes who could put up astonishing workout numbers.

Breaking down the NFL Combine by the numbers - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
As the NFL universe descends upon Indianapolis for that annual ritual known as the Combine, the nation’s elite college football players are about to be poked, prodded and psychoanalyzed for days. And dollars.

Breaking down Alabama's Richardson and Hightower | National Football Post
Crimson Tide are loaded with top prospects.

Combine? It’s hard to give a flip | Dave Boling - The News Tribune
Seahawks brass venture to Indianapolis this week for an important gamble. A coin flip.

Mayock provides Combine preview | ProFootballTalk
We gave you a taste of Mike Mayock's appearance on PFT Live in the Rumor Mill Tuesday. With the Combine about to get started, we may as well include the entire interview here. After all, Mayock knows a lot more about the draft than anyone writing on this site. Or anyone in the media period.

Who will light up the NFL Combine? | National Football Post
Our predictions of the big winners in Indy… news: Reduced risk, increased activity: It's a new day in drafting
Trading up to draft Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III will come with risk for whoever pulls the trigger on the expected move. Presuming Andrew Luck goes first, and Griffin creates a market for himself, the St. Louis Rams will be able to auction the second pick for a sizeable ransom. The club ascending into St. Louis' No. 2 slot will assume the incumbent franchise-shaking impact of selecting a quarterback that high, and surrender significant draft capital in the process.