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Happy Sunday everyone.

Courtney Upshaw vs Melvin Ingram " Seahawks Draft Blog
Two highly rated SEC pass rushers. Two prospects that make a lot of sense for the Seahawks in round one. So who has the edge?

Luke Kuechly vs Mychal Kendricks " Seahawks Draft Blog
One player is likely to be a first round pick, the other is hoping to be taken early in round two. There’s a lot of people making a case for Luke Kuechly to Seattle with the #12 pick, but others will argue there’s better options later on. Following on from yesterday’s debate about Courtney Upshaw and Melvin Ingram, I wanted to look at another position of need today that is likely to be addressed in the first three rounds.

Shaun Alexander a target from "Bounty-gate"? | Seattle
Bounty-gate takes a turn towards the Seahawks. A Washington D.C. reporter writes about the January 2006 playoff game between the Redskins and Seahawks. An anonymous Redskins player tells the reporter then Washington defensive coordinator Gregg Williams wanted them "to get Shaun Alexander".

Vanderbilt DE Tim Fugger forcing scouts to take notice - CBSSports
NFL scouts are well aware of former Commodore defensive backs Casey Hayward and Sean Richardson, but the defensive player who helped himself the most at Vanderbilt's pro day on Friday was little known defensive end Tim Fugger. At only 248-pounds, he is considered a DE/OLB conversion player and his fast 40-yard dash times in the mid 4.5's backed up those thoughts. Fugger, who led the team in 2011 with 7.0 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss, posted 29 reps of 225-pounds on the bench press and looked good in the agility drills, working out as both a lineman and stand-up linebacker.

2012 NFL Draft: On Coby Fleener and how high his stock can soar - Mocking The Draft
Just how valuable is a tight end in today's NFL?

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Mario Manningham on Alex Smith: "I am glad we have him. Like I said I feel like he can get it done."
Mario Manningham was a Super Bowl hero for the New York Giants this past season thanks to his over-the-shoulder 38-yard catch between two defenders in which he managed to stay inbounds late in the 4th quarter against the Patriots. That catch keyed the winning 88-yard drive for the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

Draft 2012: Pro Day Roundup - NFL Draft Preview -
Just like the Combine, Pro Day workouts give numbered results to supplement what prospects produce on the field during games. With numerous high-profile invitees sitting out their first-impression Combine workout, Pro Days have a heightened sense of importance for participants to perform up to or beyond the athleticism they showed on Saturdays. We are around the midway point of post-season workouts so let's look at who has impressed or underperformed thus far.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Wisdom of Crowds Review: WRs
Welcome back for the second half of our 2011 Wisdom of Crowds (heretofore "WoC") review. If you didn't get a chance to read last week's review of quarterback and running back projections, it's here.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: Scouting the Broncos
Welcome to the first offseason edition of Word of Muth. The basic plan is to take one team every week and give some quick thoughts on their scheme and personnel. I’ll only be watching about a game-and-a-half for each team I do, so this won’t be the most in-depth scouting report ever, but it still should be fun and informative.

Draft positional series: Defensive backs - NFL - -
Ten NFL quarterbacks threw for more than 4,000 yards in 2011, including three who went for more than 5,000. To give that some historical perspective, they all threw for more yards than the legendary Joe Namath did in his best, albeit 14-game, season. Prolific Dan Marino's best 16-game season would have earned him third in 2011. And with his best season, Peyton Manning, the current active legend, would have placed fifth, right behind brother Eli.

NFL Draft: Ranking the Center Class by Tiers | National Football Post
Who are the prospects to look at in the draft? Blogs " Blog Archive Coples rises again in North Carolina showcase "
North Carolina’s pro day was held on March 20, outdoors on field turf, in front of representatives from 27 NFL teams. Most were there to see DE Quinton Coples, but a number of other prospects stood out as well.

Cold Hard Facts - Podcasts -
John Clayton says David Hawthorne is more likely to re-sign with the Seahawks now that the Saints, one of the teams interested in him, have signed linebacker Chris Chamberlain. Clayton also discusses the role running back Kregg Lumpkin will have with the Seahawks and why the team released left guard Robert Gallery.

Last word on 40 times | National Football Post
Are the numbers misleading? news: Mid-March position rankings for 2012 NFL Draft
Read Discuss With pro days in full swing, Mike Mayock updates his position-by-position rankings for the 2012 NFL Draft. Changes from his post-combine rankings are noted below each position.