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TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 24:  Tyler Wilson #8 of the Arkansas Razorbacks rolls out of the pocket against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 24: Tyler Wilson #8 of the Arkansas Razorbacks rolls out of the pocket against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The argument for Russell Wilson starting in 2012 " Seahawks Draft Blog
I think Russell Wilson has every chance to become the rookie starting quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks.

Offseason program moves into Phase 2
After two weeks of working with the strength and conditioning coaches in Phase 1 of their offseason program, the Seahawks players worked Monday with their position coaches as they kicked off Phase 2.

Deciphering what the heck the Seahawks were thinking in draft | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
Need a translation of why the Seahawks were so eccentric when it came to the 2012 NFL draft? They were just thinking differently.

2013 NFL Mock Draft has Arkansas' Tyler Wilson going No. 1 overall - Andrew Perloff -
The 2012 NFL Draft illustrated teams' focus on the passing game, with quarterbacks, cornerbacks and pass rushers flying off the board. Teams can now afford to be much bolder at quarterback thanks to the rookie salary slotting system, allowing them to take guys higher than graded and to give up on former first-rounders quicker than before. Next year's class doesn't have an Andrew Luck in it, so predicting the top QB picks will be tougher, but teams will always find players to fit that need.

Cosell Talks: Teams Reveal Their Beliefs in the Draft : NFL Films Blog
I have always believed that you can discern from tape study exactly how teams feel about their players. The way in which players are specifically utilized within the framework of larger schemes is the analytical measuring stick. Think of it this way: If a corner rarely plays press man, it’s a given that the team does not believe he is capable of executing that coverage. They are trying to minimize his limitation, so it is not exposed and does not become a reason for a loss.

The Case For Russell Wilson - NFL Mocks -
The reaction is still coming down, and it’s predictable. Most draft analysts feel the Seattle Seahawks wasted a third round pick by selecting Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson. I, for one, just don’t get it.

Teams routinely ignore the rules regarding undrafted players | ProFootballTalk
Recent events regarding bounty systems and cartoonish efforts by assistant coaches to persuade players to try to injure their opponents have made more mundane violations by NFL team far less meaningful. But that doesn’t mean evidence of teams disregarding the rules should be ignored.

49ers tried to land Randy Moss a year ago | National Football Post
San Francisco waited a year, got wide receiver

Browner back, and determined to be even better
Brandon Browner came out of seemingly nowhere last year to lead the Seahawks in interceptions and play in the Pro Bowl, and he's putting in the work to make sure this season will be even more successful.

Jarin Sports: The Seahawks Draft and Roster Philosophy Under Pete Carroll
Arguably the most maligned draft class this year, the Seahawks shocked the media when they took West Virginia defensive end Bruce Irvin with the 15th overall pick, two Utah State Aggies, Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson, no receivers, and one offensive lineman who played defensive tackle in college.

Pete Carroll + John Schneider Seahawks Draft Strategy - NFL Draft, Seattle Seahawks draft blog
Ever wondered what was going on in the minds of Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider?

Play Action: 2009 Seattle Seahawks | April
In an effort to understand what the Raiders are likely to do on offense this year I took a look at Seattle Seahawks games from 2009. Seattle in 2009 was the last year that Raiders new OC Greg Knapp was an offensive coordinator. He served as QB coach in Houston in both 2010 and 2011 before returning to Oakland for this next season. Knapp was previously designated offensive coordinator for the Raiders under Lane Kiffin but it was Kiffin's offense and Kiffin also called the plays, so that may not be representative of Knapp's style. Tony Softli - Rams' Draft Looks Good on Paper, But Let's Wait and See
Rams owner Stan Kroneke started preparing for this moment several months ago with his hire of head coach Jeff Fisher and general Manager Les Snead. This past weekend in the 2012 NFL Draft, the new regime of Fisher and Snead was aggressive in its approach of building the championship foundation. It actually started on Thursday night in prime time, with the Rams sitting in the No. 6 slot that they had previously secured from the Washington Redskins and waiting for Justin Blackmon, the receiver they had coveted from day one. But Gene Smith, the general manager of the Jacksonville Jaguars, had other thoughts, making a trade with Tampa Bay to jump into the fifth slot and leapfrog the Rams, stealing Blackmon and providing an exceptional playmaker for quarterback Blaine Gabbert.

Post-Draft Impressions-Part II | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
I’m wrapping up the weekend with my impressions of the NFL Draft. Yesterday was the first part. Today is the final half.

Mac's Football Blog: Matt Hasselbeck: Kendall Wright Should Help Kenny Britt
When asked about the Tennessee Titans' selection of Kendall Wright in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck likes how the addition helps No. 1 receiver Kenny Britt and the entire receiving corps.

Mac's Football Blog: Jets Sign K Josh Brown
The New York Jets have signed veteran kicker Josh Brown, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

My favorite 20 undrafted free agent pickups - CBSSports
WR Lavasier Tuinea, Seattle Seahawks: Besides boasting arguably the coolest name in unrestricted free agency, the Oregon Ducks' leading receiver last year also boasts the long, lanky frame and soft hands Seahawks' head coach Pete Carroll has shown a preference for over his coaching career in the NFL and NCAA.

NFL Power Rankings Preseason - National Football League - ESPN
The 2012 draft is in the books. Free agency has slowed to a crawl. At this stage of the game, you basically have what you have. The teams know it. Our voters ('s John Clayton,'s Ashley Fox, AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky, NFC West blogger Mike Sando and AFC East blogger James Walker) know it, too.

Rising from the ashes | National Football Post
For the players who didn’t hear their names called this past weekend, a solid opportunity to make an NFL roster still exists.

An early look at the Week 1 lines | National Football Post
Our own Joe Fortenbaugh is already salivating at the Houston Texans-Miami Dolphins matchup.

My advice for Kirk Cousins | National Football Post
Sitting behind RGIII isn't an ideal situation, but Cousins has to treat it like a pro. news: Wilson has a shot with Seahawks QBs not 'set in stone'
The Seattle Seahawks' selection of Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson in the third round of the NFL draft caught a lot people off-guard. It shouldn't have.

Dave Krieg's Strike Beard: Walk Unafraid with PCJS
This is the wrong place to look for informed draft analysis. I don't watch college football with any sort of focus, and the ONLY Seahawks draftee that I had heard of before last weekend was QB Russell Wilson. Anything that I would tell you about the 10 men Seattle just drafted would just be regurgitation of something I read somewhere else. What can I tell you today in the aftermath of the draft?

Seattle Seahawks 2012 UDFA Tracker - Seahawks Free Agents, Roster, Seahawks blogs
With the draft over, the Seattle Seahawks selected a handful of rookies that had yet to be signed by other teams.

Consistency gets Jaye Howard drafted - Florida Gators Blog - ESPN
Jaye Howard finally played with the consistency his coaches wanted, and it got him drafted higher than many projected.

A peek beneath the rap sheets | Dave Boling - The News Tribune
Thirty-one NFL teams restocked their rosters with college prospects, whereas the Seahawks spent the weekend adopting a pack of cheetahs.

Brock and Salk Blue 42 - Podcasts -
Why is it not fair to compare Russell Wilson to Seneca Wallace? What will stand out about Robert Turbin aside from his massive biceps? Why did Chris Polk go undrafted?

Why Chris Polk didn't get drafted - Blog -
Draft analysts considered Chris Polk one of the top running backs in the draft. Some projected the former Husky to be as high as a second-round pick.

Plenty to like about new Seahawk Bruce Irvin - Seahawks News -
When the Seahawks selected Bruce Irvin with the 15th overall pick, I was surprised but not too surprised. Like everyone in the room who wasn't ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr., the selection sent me scrambling to my computer to find some information on this guy. Just like last year.

Moss, Fitz and mentoring first-round WRs - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The 2010 New England Patriots had just posted a 41-14 victory over the Miami Dolphins heading into their bye week.

Considerations on first-rounder Bruce Irvin - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts on Seattle Seahawks first-round pick Bruce Irvin after reading John Clayton's piece questioning the selection: