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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks Links for Friday

Tyrell Sutton #22.
Tyrell Sutton #22.

Thank GOD it's TGIF!

Brian Billick breaks down the defensive tackles of the 2012 NFL Draft - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
A presence at defensive tackle can be the centerpiece for a dominating NFL defense.

- Sources tell me the San Francisco 49ers pick in round one will come down to the highest rated offensive guard or Stephen Hill/WR/Georgia Tech.

Final 2012 Draft Rankings: RB & FB " Pick 256
Now posted 2012 Final Draft Rankings

Brian Billick breaks down top NFL Draft defensive ends - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
As a whole, the defensive-end group for the 2012 NFL Draft is a rather unappealing unit, but there are a couple of intriguing prospects to evaluate.

No-Huddle Series: RB Bobby Rainey, Western Kentucky | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
The first person who tipped me off to Bobby Rainey was writer and researcher Chad Reuter, who worked at CBS Sportsline and NFL Draft Scout. Like many of the great tape grinders out there, I don’t get a chance to talk with them often or at great length because they are busy doing what I’m doing – working long hours. If this blog hasn’t helped you figure it out, the community of tape grinders who aren’t current NFL scouts is a cool group of people. If they recognize you as one of them, you learn that on the whole, they are hard-working, generous people with an abundance of humility.

NFL Draft Risers and Fallers - -
With only days remaining until draft day, teams are essentially in the latest completion stages of the evaluation period and only sorting out a few tiebreakers remaining on their overall and by-position draft boards. However, there are still several names that have been creating buzz and others seemingly losing momentum in the final hours leading up to April 26-28. Here's a look at this week's Risers and Fallers: Here are this week's Risers and Fallers:

2012 NFL Draft Big Board: Finalizing Top 50 -- no, make that Top 64 - NFL, NFLDRAFT - -
The 2012 NFL Draft is now just days away. A full year of game film study, taking meticulous notes and speaking to scouts culminates in the production of my Top 64 Big Board. For those reading my Big Board for the first time, it is not another mock draft. It is a compilation of the 50 prospects in the 2012 draft class who have earned my highest grades.

2012 NFL Draft countdown: SN's No. 6 prospect, Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon - NFL - Sporting News
Strengths: Blackmon, who came out early for the draft after his junior year, has naturally strong hands to catch the ball away from his body without having to slow down. In the games we evaluated, he caught an amazing 94.6 percent of the passes thrown to him. (Vital statistics: 6-1, 207 pounds, 4.54 seconds in the 40-yard dash)

NFL Draft Dish: Dontari Poe no longer draft darling - NFL - Sporting News
Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe stole the show less than two months ago at the Scouting Combine. Since then, his draft stock has plummeted after NFL teams began taking a look at his game film. We agree.

Aagro's musings - Random Thoughts from a Spaz (comments welcome): Future Possibilities
This post is dedicated to Carrol and Schneider and the quiet move they made last week when they signed Tyrell Sutton to a Reserve/Futures Contract. This is a good move considering that it is unlikely that Forsett will return next season.

Dane Simoneau among top small-school prospects to watch in 2012 NFL Draft - Tony Pauline -
Nate Eachus, RB, Colgate: Eachus was a record-setting running back at Colgate despite being limited to six games last season. He's a complete ball carrier who does the little things well, and Eachus projects as a complimentary fourth back on an NFL roster. He's getting long looks by the Seattle Seahawks and San Diego Chargers.

Chat wrap: No shortage of pre-draft smoke - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The NFL draft information and misinformation is flowing freely this week as teams make available their coaches and general managers.

One week to go… " Seahawks Draft Blog
In seven days time we’ll know the identity of Seattle’s latest first round pick. Here’s a few thoughts as we prepare for the home straight…

Schneider on Tannehill at No. 12: "He’s not going to be there." | Seahawks Insider
Beat reporters who regularly cover the team had a chance to talk to Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider this afternoon in preparation for next week’s draft. As usual, Schneider was entertaining, informative yet vague enough in answering questions about what Seattle will do with the team’s six picks that he really didn’t give any secrets away.

Sam Bradford has familiar feeling with Brian Schottenheimer - NFL - Sporting News
Sam Bradford is entering his third season as the St. Louis Rams' starting quarterback after being the 2010 NFL Draft's first overall pick, and he'll be playing for his third offensive coordinator. After an injury-riddled failed experiment with Josh McDaniels last season, Bradford shared with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he's a lot more comfortable in Brian Schottenheimer's scheme.

Dolphins won't be 'pressured' into drafting Tannehill | National Football Post
GM Ireland says Miami will follow its draft board.

49ers cool with Randy Moss missing beginning of offseason | National Football Post
Wide receiver on target to arrive at end of month

The Hopes and Dreams of Draft Day | National Football Post
How a player handles draft day says a lot about who he is. news: Seven things learned listening to Mike Mayock
So many questions for Mike Mayock. The NFL Network draft guru held court Thursday on a 97-minute conference call with reporters from Miami to San Francisco and points in between. news: Ryan Tannehill, Dontari Poe headline overrated draft prospects
I've often wondered how different the NFL draft would look if it was conducted closer to the conclusion of college football's regular season.

Seahawks' Schneider and Carroll are a good match - Blog -
Coach Mike Holmgren and general manager Tim Ruskell weren't always on the same page during their time with the Seahawks. There appears to be no such issues with their successors. Jay Glazer, a reporter for, spoke extensively of the relationship between coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider during a conversation with "Brock and Salk" on Thursday.

NFL again flexes its media-savvy muscles | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
The National Football League’s ability to convert a few table scraps for Fido into a pig roast for millions never was more apparent than on Tuesday, when the league revealed its 2012 schedule. Although the Who and Where part of the deal had been common knowledge – every team’s slate of eight home and eight road opponents was set after the 2011 regular season – Tuesday’s news dwelled on the When.

Questioning how teams value WRs in draft - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thank you, former St. Louis Rams defensive tackle D'Marco Farr, for raising an interesting point regarding drafted wide receivers. The top three teams in passing yardage last season -- New Orleans, New England and Green Bay -- have combined to invest one first-round draft choice in receivers since 2006.

Draft Spotlight: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami " Seahawks Draft Blog
Something I’ve come to believe as I’ve gotten older is that the more I learn about something, the more I realize how little I actually know. I think every fan has had moments where they believed they were smarter or had better evaluation skills than an NFL front office. There were times when I felt that way in the past. That said, after watching John Schneider and Pete Carroll find so many mid to late round success stories, it’s really hammered home how vast a difference there is between my ability to evaluate talent and theirs. I wasn’t a fan of the KJ Wright pick. I wasn’t a fan of the Kam Chancellor pick. I was lukewarm on Richard Sherman (although I did like his upside). I was lukewarm on Earl Thomas. And I never thought Doug Baldwin would amount to anything in the NFL, and that was after having the benefit of seeing him in four preseason games.

Brock Osweiler tape vs California " Seahawks Draft Blog

Podcasts -
Jay Glazer, a reporter for, talks about why Pete Carroll and John Schneider are able to avoid some of the issues that often arise between other head coaches and general managers in the NFL. Glazer also discusses the Seahawks' options with the 12th overall pick.

Week Long Mock: Round Two | National Football Post
Predicting the second round of the NFL Draft…

Which teams can maximize trading down - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Trading down in an NFL draft to acquire additional picks sounds good in theory. Sometimes, it's tough finding a trading partner. Other times, sacrificing quality for quantity hurts a team's prospects.

Five Seahawks who must maximize their offseason - Blog -
The Seahawks were finally able to report to work this week. Well, sort of. They can run, jump, condition and even throw the football around on their own, but the coaches can't get their hands on them until next month. So, with the newly minted schedule fresh on the weight-room walls and only a few months before the start of real training camp work, the following players need to maximize the time ahead to ensure both personal and team success for the Seahawks in 2012:

Cold Hard Facts - Podcasts -
John Clayton says that if healthy, defensive end Andre Carter would make some sense for the Seahawks even though he 32 years old. Clayton also discusses the misinformation that persists in the NFL in the days leading up to the draft, the Vikings' stadium situation, and more.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Walkthrough: Downs Off
There’s no such thing as a defensive tackle who operates at full power for every snap of every game. For that matter, there is no such thing as a human who goes full-bore for every moment of his or her working life.

7-Round Seahawks Mock, With Trade - NFL Mocks - Covering the 2012 NFL draft, Mock Draft Database, Scouting Reports, and Fantasy Football
One week until Christma…, Draft Day, and the rumors are starting to take shape. From more than one corner now we’re hearing how badly the Jaguars want to move down, perhaps the Rams and Cowboys too. Philly and the Jets may be looking to move up. In recent history there have been an average of five trades in the first round each year so there WILL be movement, it’s just a question of who, when, and for whom?

Chandler Harnish not a top prospect, but determined to get noticed - Dennis Dillon -
As Chandler Harnish stood in the lobby of his Indianapolis hotel one day during the NFL Scouting Combine in late February, someone bumped him in the shoulder. Harnish's first thought was how rude. His reaction changed quickly when he turned around.

Updated mock draft: 18th April " Seahawks Draft Blog
This is our penultimate mock draft. Next week’s update will be our last, and the one I enter into the Huddle Report before the inevitable 93rd placed ranking. I’ve made some changes in the first and second round.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | SackSEER 2012
SackSEER was rolled out with a controversial 4.5-sack projection for South Florida defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. That projection turned out to be fantastically wrong. Pierre-Paul matched his five-year projection in just one year, and then completely left it in the dust with 16.5 sacks in his second season. In only two years, he has recorded 21.0 regular-season sacks, which puts him on pace for just over 50 sacks through his first five years.