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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Saturday

The weekend is here. Thank gosh.

2012 RB class gaining ground with GMs -
The current mindset in the league is to not use a top 10 pick on a running back, given the manner in which the position is utilized now, the relatively short shelf-life, and the success teams have had in unearthing viable and productive runners in later rounds.

Flying Up the Boards, Exclusive Interview w/ Josh Robinson, UCF - Mocking The Draft
A few days ago, the NFL scouting combine came to a finish, and there were many great stories that came out of the Combine. Everyone was wondering who was going to be the fastest, many put their money on Chris Rainey from Florida, but a surpriser came on the last day, when group 11 came out and began running the forty.

NFL Draft Interviews - James Michael Johnson, ILB Nevada - Mocking The Draft
Hey guys. Just completed an interview with James Michael Johnson, the inside linebacker from Nevada. James has had a very impressive four year career at Nevada and played in all four seasons. He has recently been projected anywhere from the third to fifth round of the NFL Draft and he kindly took some time to answer some of my questions. I would like to give a big thank you to James for taking the time to answer my questions.

2012 NFL Draft: Who is the Best Pass Rusher Available? - Mocking The Draft
The NFL is a league that values premium positions. Quarterback has always been, and will always be, the games most premiere position. Thus, protecting that quarterback, and pressuring the other team's signal caller become the other primary objectives of every NFL team. Each year, come April, quarterbacks, offensive linemen and pass rushers are all given a slight value bump for this very reason.

Father knows best? Archie Manning says that Peyton is throwing with ‘no setbacks’ | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Calling him a "big boy," Archie Manning said on Friday afternoon that he anticipates that son Peyton Manning will be able to return to the NFL and play in the 2012 season, having recently seen his son throw the ball with "no setbacks."

Marshawn Lynch of Seattle Seahawks to get franchise tag if talks fail, source says - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks will place their franchise tag on running back Marshawn Lynch if the two sides cannot agree to a long-term contract by Monday, a team source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Ranking the top 34 DE prospects | National Football Post
Who has the skill set to play the coveted five-technique?

Cosell Talks: The Tight End Factor : NFL Films Blog
I just returned from my 13th consecutive journey to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. It is probably my favorite road trip. I get a chance to talk football with coaches, scouts, personnel executives and writers. It’s a phenomenal learning opportunity. You can’t focus on everything when you watch coaching tape, and hearing different perspectives and points of view was really rewarding. news: Cardinals say long-term deal with Campbell remains priority
The Arizona Cardinals announced Friday that they have used their franchise tag on defensive end Calais Campbell.

Cold Hard Facts - Podcasts -
John Clayton explains why he thinks Sam Bradford is staying put in St. Louis. He says the cost of trading up to trade Robert Griffin III would eventually cripple the Seahawks. Clayton also weighs in on the latest NFL headlines.

Long road back for Ryan Williams, others - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The injury Ryan Williams suffered during his second NFL exhibition game was relatively unusual for football players. - Don't rule out OLB Hill in Seattle just yet
It would be a big mistake to immediately assume that Seahawks OLB Leroy Hill's late-February arrest for marijuana possession — his third legal issue since 2009 — is a sure ticket out of town.

In the NFL, it's impossible to predict the future accurately - Don Banks -
Our impulse at this time every year is to expend copious amounts of energy trying to figure out how all the blanks get filled in over the next few months, from the constant info-gathering and guesswork that surrounds the unfolding of the NFL Draft (mockers unite!) to the 200-piece jigsaw puzzle that is the league's looming free agency signing season (start with spicy rumors, add a judicious visit or two, then bake until you have a solid agreement in principle, and at last, serve up a delicious done deal).

Tag … You’re it! Franchise designations come fast on Thursday, Friday | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The roll on franchise tag designations for NFL teams, which could hit an all-time high this year based on financial considerations, has started in earnest. The first player to get locked up by his team was Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, who was tagged on Thursday. Per the rule that has any franchised player making the average of the five highest-paid players at his position, Jackson will make $9.4 million this year, guaranteed -- unless the Eagles are able to agree with Jackson on a long-term deal. Things have been contentious between the two sides, but general manager Howie Roseman believes that this is the first step towards making Jackson an Eagle for the next few seasons at the very least.

Combine 40's: What state is the fastest? -
Ask anybody who has played football (or coached or even watched it for that matter) how many times they have run 40 yards at full speed and they can probably give you the number with one hand. Testing for players has revolved around the 40 yard dash for some time however and at this past week's NFL Combine, no drill received more attention from the public than how fast Robert Griffin III or Dre Kirkpatrick flew down the sideline at Lucas Oil Stadium. While it's probably not something we'll see in a game, it definitely does give us some idea of who's fast and who's, um, average.

Late round Quarterbacks of interest, Part IV " Seahawks Draft Blog
Call it a hunch, but I get the feeling Seattle’s preference in this draft is not to find a franchise QB, or even a diamond in the rough, but rather their own version of Matt Flynn. A guy who can be a very good backup, good enough to interest other teams when he eventually becomes a free agent. Or even a guy that could draw enough interest for teams to make a trade- the same way that Matt Schaub, Matt Cassell, and Kevin Kolb have done.

Post-Combine NFL Mock Draft - NFL Draft Preview -
Only in a few instances did draft stock change dramatically during last week's Scouting Combine. Regarded as a first-round prospect amongst some media types, Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict bombed his first post-collegiate job interview and will be drafted on day three if he's lucky. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Georgia Tech wideout Stephen Hill opened eyes with a 4.36 forty time and 11-foot-1 broad jump at 6-foot-4, 215. Hill's game tape is currently in hot demand around the NFL and -- most importantly -- that game tape is quite good.

For some teams, Peyton Manning’s cost could be more schematic than financial | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Since Peyton Manning has already taken the pre-emptive step of allowing for the idea of an incentive-laden contract with his next team (once the Indianapolis Colts almost assuredly bail on his $28 million roster bonus next week), it's a good time to look at how the addition of Manning to any NFL roster might affect the future of that franchise.

Updated mock draft: 1st March " Seahawks Draft Blog
The combine is in the books and it’s time to take stock on where we’re at with less than two months to go until the 2012 draft. I want to offer three thoughts today, starting with this week’s projection:

Saints, team officials involved in bounty program should pay dearly - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice
When the NFL announced Friday that it had discovered the New Orleans Saints were guilty of maintaining a "bounty program" for three seasons, it said it could fine or suspend those involved. It also said it could dock the Saints draft picks. Well, here's a suggestion: Do all three.

Gregg Williams apologizes for "terrible mistake" | ProFootballTalk
Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has publicly apologized, hours after the NFL announced that Williams had violated league rules by orchestrating a system of bounties during his time on the staff of the Saints.