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Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck walks past fans after being selected as the first overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck walks past fans after being selected as the first overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE

What a weekend.

And that was the 2012 draft… " Seahawks Draft Blog
The 2012 NFL Draft is in the books. Seattle came away with ten new players, including five additions who play in the defensive front seven. Only three of the picks were spent on offensive prospects – a new quarterback, running back and a defensive tackle who will convert to guard.

Day two thoughts; Day three primer " Seahawks Draft Blog
Man, I’m drained. And sleep? Forget it. I watched the Seahawks draft Russell Wilson, a player I badly wanted but never thought I’d get, and then minutes later I switched the channel to watch Michael Saunders hit a game winning 10th inning grand slam in a game they absolutely had no business going to extras in. It was maybe the best moment of the Mariner’s season, and it happened about twenty or thirty minutes after experiencing maybe the coolest draft moment ever for me. To say the least, it was a pretty awesome day.

NFL Draft highlights brainpower gap between haves, have-nots - NFL - -
The Washington Redskins had their typical, well, Redskins type of draft. It is filled with brilliant moves and putrid ones. The kind of stuff that makes you wonder if Billy Kilmer is making the draft selections, feet up, six-pack dangling from his finger tips.

Reads Listens Views-NFL Draft Day 1 Edition 4/27/2012 | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
I can’t wait to see Seattle edge rusher Bruce Irvin in the preseason.

2012 NFL Draft: Analyzing Rounds 2-3, pick-by-pick - CBSSports recaps picks 33-95 in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Round Four pick-by-pick analysis - CBSSports
Rams lead off Round Four with another receiver

Round Five pick-by-pick analysis - CBSSports
Colts grab NT Chapman, yet another value pick

Round Six pick-by-pick analysis - CBSSports
Rams kick off round with strong-legged Zuerlein

Round Seven pick-by-pick analysis - CBSSports
Colts start, now finish the 2012 draft

Seattle's Irvin pick might soon be seen as steal - CBSSports
Panned by most observers challenging the wisdom of the choice, the Seattle Seahawks' selection of defensive end/linebacker Bruce Irvin with the 15th overall pick in Thursday night's first round, may have actually been one of the more timely moves in the early stages of the lottery.

Grading the Draft -- NFC Teams - CBSSports
Seattle Seahawks: C The Seahawks pulled one of the real shockers of the first round with the selection of passing rushing specialist Bruce Irvin at No. 12 overall. At 6-3, 242 pounds, Irvin is too small to be a traditional 4-3 defensive end but in head coach Pete Carroll's scheme, size isn't as important as speed for the right defensive end (or LEO) position and Irvin certainly has that. Drafting a specialist at No. 15 is a stretch but despite boasting a very good defense on first and second down a year ago, Seattle's lack of pass rush has killed them in recent years. Few will call Irvin's pick a reach a year from now if he ranks among the rookie leaders in sacks.

Second round pick Bobby Wagner's versatility and reliable open-field tackling skills could earn him a spot in the starting lineup as a rookie. General manager John Schneider and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell loved Russell Wilson's instincts and ignored concerns about his height to make him another surprising Seahawks' pick in the third round. The more immediate impact will be made by Seattle's pair of fourth round picks -- running back Robert Turbin, whose power, surprising speed and reliable pass-blocking could make him a valuable backup to star Marshawn Lynch and potentially defensive tackle Jaye Howard, who was coached by former Seahawks' defensive line coach Dan Quinn at Florida. Fifth-round project Korey Toomer (Idaho) and former Kentucky standout Winston Guy are also intriguing third-day picks.

Undrafted Players: Hidden Gems |
In 2008 Pro Football Focus produced our first full season of analysis. That means every player that has entered the league since then has been put under a greater microscope than those that came before them.

NFL could have 4 rookie QB starters to open season - NFL -
Cam Newton and Andy Dalton were the only rookie quarterbacks to start every game last season. This year, four rookies have a chance to do the same thing.

NFL could have 4 rookie QB starters to open season - NFL -
Cam Newton and Andy Dalton were the only rookie quarterbacks to start every game last season. This year, four rookies have a chance to do the same thing.

Kirk Cousins' pick a head-scratcher, more Day 3 Snap Judgments - Don Banks -
Musings, observations, and the occasional insight as we wrap up the NFL's entire three-day draft extravaganza at Radio City Music Hall ...

2012 NFL Draft: Biggest winners from the final day of picks -
After each of the first two nights of the 2012 NFL Draft, I covered teams that impressed me with their patience or timely risk-taking, as well as those that I thought might have made their picks more prudently. But the third and final day of the draft is less about "winning" and "losing," and more about finding great value whenever possible.

Jeff Fisher: St. Louis Rams pick rookie kicker over Josh Brown -
Coach Jeff Fisher ended his first NFL draft with the St. Louis Rams on Saturday by revealing he will go with a rookie kicker next season. The Rams selected Missouri Western kicker Greg Zuerlein in the sixth round, and Fisher said the team will release veteran kicker Josh Brown on Sunday. Brown is in the final year of his contract.

Thiel: Success next chore for Seahawks draftee | Seattle Seahawks
The controversial pick of Irvin adds more pressure to a life full of ordeals, self-inflicted and otherwise, of Bruce Irvin. It’s going to be one the great sagas in Seahawks history.

You haven't seen the last of Chris Polk | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
The former standout running back at Washington deserved better than to be passed over in the NFL draft. But he'll be back.

On the defensive: Seattle's draft haul | Seahawks Blog | The Seattle Times
General manager John Schneider was defensive during the draft, but not after it. His team used seven of its 10 draft choices on players for the defense, which left him answering questions about the imbalance afterward.

Bruce Irvin 4-26 - Seattle's live and local sports station
West Virginia DE/OLB Bruce Irvin talks about being selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 15th overall pick and what fans should expect from him in Seattle.

4-27 John Schneider - Seattle's live and local sports station
Mitch visits with Seahawks GM John Schneider about the first day of the NFL Draft.

Pete Carroll, Seahawks Coach 4-27 - Seattle's live and local sports station
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll on with Softy to talk about their first round pick, Bruce Irvin

Pete Carroll & John Schneider 4-27 - Seattle's live and local sports station
Head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider discuss the selections of LB Bobby Wagner and QB Russell Wilson as the second day of the draft comes to a close

Robert Turbin 4-28 - Seattle's live and local sports station
Utah State RB Robert Turbin talks about his selection by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round and his long road to get to the NFL.

Korey Toomer 4-28 - Seattle's live and local sports station
Idaho linebacker Korey Toomer discusses his versatility at Idaho, how Seattle became interested in him at his pro day workouts and how he fits with the Seahawks.

Jaye Howard 4-28 - Seattle's live and local sports station
Florida DT Jaye Howard talks about being selected by the Seattle Seahawks, what he brings to the table and how he feels he best fits in with the team.

Pete Carroll & John Schneider 4-28 - Seattle's live and local sports station
Head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider discuss their third day selections in the NFL Draft and what to expect from the new group of Seattle Seahawks

Steelers trade up for UW DT Alameda Ta'amu - Draft Article 2012 -
Playing nose tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers is pretty simple according to veteran Casey Hampton. Push the guy in front of you left. Push him right. Push him backward. The Steelers think Alameda Ta'amu can do all three.

A great night for a Seattle sports fan - Blog -
My birthday is April 28, but the local teams seem determined to help me celebrate a night early. Both the Seahawks and Mariners combined to make the night of Friday, April 27 a special one. A day after the Seahawks surprised us all by taking a little known sack artist in the first round, they drafted the player I knew most about in the third.

Bruce Irvin thankful for his chance with Seattle - Seahawks News -
Rock bottom for Bruce Irvin wasn't the time he spent two weeks locked up in jail when he was a teenager.

Seattle gets very defensive in 2012 NFL draft - Seahawks News -
Jaye Howard was inside a mall store charging his battery-drained cellphone when the defensive tackle got the call from the Seattle Seahawks, who told him he had been taken in the fourth round of the NFL draft.

NFC West draft analysis - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The shift in NFL disciplinary emphasis from off-field behavior to on-field safety should serve the NFC West well over the coming months. The division took calculated gambles early and often in the 2012 NFL draft, selecting players with rap sheets as varied as the players' on-field skill sets.

2012 Combine workout: Jaye Howard

First Draft: Jaye Howard

2012 combine workout: JR Sweezy

Press Conference: Bruce Irvin

Pete Carroll is fired up

Press Conference: Draft Day 3 Blog | Sizing up Korey Toomer "
A closer look at fifth-round draft choice Korey Toomer: Blog | Sizing up Jeremy Lane "
A closer look at sixth-round draft choice Jeremy Lane: Blog | Sizing up Winston Guy "
A closer look at sixth-round draft choice Winston Guy: Blog | Sizing up J.R. Sweezy "
A closer look at seventh-round draft choice J.R. Sweezy: Blog | Sizing up Greg Scruggs "
A closer look at seventh-round draft choice Greg Scruggs:

Seahawks' top pick leaves them smiling
After his introductory news conference Saturday, Bruce Irvin the Seahawks' top draft choice took a moment to ponder what B.J. Irvin would think of him now.

Carroll feels the need for speed | Seahawks Insider
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll followed through on his wish to add more speed through the draft. The slowest player the Seahawks drafted was defensive tackle turned offensive guard J.R. Sweezy.

Chris Polk signs with Eagles; denies injury rumors - CBSSports
After being passed over in the NFL Draft, prolific University of Washington running back Chris Polk has signed a rookie free agent deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Grading the Draft -- AFC Teams - CBSSports
It will take at least three years before we can truly assess how the 32 NFL teams fared during the three-day draft. Readily apparent is that teams take different approaches, from going for the best available talent to focusing on team needs -- or some combination therein -- to gambling on character concerns and long-term potential.

Steals and reaches from the 2012 NFL draft - Tony Pauline -
The book is closed on the 2012 NFL Draft as 253 players were selected in seven rounds over the past three days. As is the case every year there were a lot of head scratching moments. Highly rated prospects slipped through the cracks while several players were chosen much earlier than their talents warranted. Here's a look at the steals and reaches from the past three days ...

Sean McGrath's tenacity gets TE noticed - Chicago Bears Blog - ESPN Chicago
A 6-foot-5, 247-pound tight end/long snapper from Chicago's northwest suburbs, McGrath is trying to overcome a series of football related obstacles to earn a spot on an NFL 53-man roster next fall. The early outlook for McGrath, who spent the last two seasons playing for Division II Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, appears to be either a late-round draft pick or priority free agent.

7th Round Breakdown | National Football Post
Who caught our eye in round seven?

Fifth round breakdown | National Football Post
Which teams made the most of their fifth round selections?

Jonathan Massaquoi, George Iloka, DeQuan Menzie among best fifth-round value picks | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese is fond of saying that beyond the third round is when personnel guys start really earning their paychecks, and quite a few people in front offices around the league got a good start on that in a fifth round that featured some surprising talent. Of course, various dings pushed these prospects to the third day of the draft, but there are a lot of rotational players in this round, and a few potential foundation starters. Here are the best values as we see them.

One trend among NFC West picks so far - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks, much stronger stopping opponents than scoring against them last season, have nonetheless favored defense over offense by a 6-2 margin to this point in the 2012 NFL draft.