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Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Friday

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Thank goodness it's TGIF!

Aaron Hernandez's Fall From Grace: NFL Star to Convicted Murderer | Rolling Stone
Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has a new label: convicted murder. But there was a time when he was a king

Second-year TE leap? - Offseason Low Down -
According to the narrative, NFL sophomore tight ends take big steps forward. Adam Levitan examines if that's really the case.

Some Potentially Risky Selections in the 2015 NFL Draft | National Football Post

Andrew Brandt on Jameis Winston, Darren Sharper, Aaron Hernandez | The MMQB with Peter King
In addition to my media roles, I serve as Director of the Jeffrey Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova University School of Law. As part of that job, I host and moderate an annual symposium featuring thought leaders in our field on topical sports issues of the day.

2015 NFL Draft: Team visits don't mean all that much for prospects | The MMQB with Peter King
Below, you’ll read all manner of rumor and conjecture about the NFL draft and the people whose lives will change, in minor and major fashion, in two weeks.

Every Draft Question You Have Ever Asked, Answered Once and for All | Bleacher Report
The final weeks of draft speculation bring a wearying feeling of deja vu.

Schneider says Seahawks will be cautious in Russell Wilson negotiations | ProFootballTalk
The Seahawks and quarterback Russell Wilson are talking about a new contract but getting nowhere.  If/when they get anywhere, the Seahawks will get there carefully. "Every negotiation is unique in and of itself and this is no different," G.M.

Schneider sidesteps whether Seahawks would keep Wilson from playing baseball | ProFootballTalk
Apart from the question of whether the Seahawks and quarterback Russell Wilson can work out a new contract is the question of whether Wilson will try to play baseball and football.  Embedded within that question is the question of whether the Seahawks would let him.

Breaking down Mel Kiper’s three-round mock draft | Seahawks Draft Blog
Mel Kiper insists this isn’t a projection (using capitals for emphasis) but it does give us another projection, errr, I mean list of names to run through as we consider options for the Seahawks in rounds two and three.

Smart Football with Chris B. Brown (4/15/2015) – The Solid Verbal: A College Football Podcast
Chris B. Brown of Smart Football and Grantland stops by to talk modern QB evaluation, what “spread” and “pro style” actually mean, post-Chip Kelly Oregon adjustments, TCU’s revelatory 2014, Jim Harbaugh at Michigan and much more.

2015 NFL Mock Draft 4.0: Running backs on the rise in Round 1 |
The latest NFL news, scores, stats, fantasy analysis, and mock drafts as well as the best NFL writers and photos from

2014 NFL Draft: DT Grady Jarrett headlines my Better-Than Team -
Vic Beasley is likely a top-10 pick but Grady Jarrett often outplayed him at Clemson. The undersized DT leads our annual list of players better than scouts think.

Modern NFL Division Power Rankings: NFC East rules Super Bowl era -
What's the strongest division of the Super Bowl era? It's not even close.

Five nightmare scenarios for teams picking in Round 1 of draft -
After laying out some potential dream scenarios earlier this week for teams picking in the first round, it's only fitting that we take a look at what the opposite end of the spectrum could offer. Here are five potential nightmare scenarios for teams set to select in Round 1.

What's next for Adrian Peterson? -
Adrian Peterson will be reinstated to the NFL effective Friday. But will Peterson make his return to football as a Viking? Gregg Rosenthal examines what's next.

Draft preview: How much of a need is wide receiver for Seattle? | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune

Russell Wilson leading Seahawks in Hawaii with contract talks reported to be stalled | The Seattle Times
Wilson, as the Twitter accounts and Instagrams of many Seahawks made clear over the last day or so, is leading a week of drills in Hawaii.

How does the NFL create its schedule? — Make Gameday Everyday
What to expect when you're expecting the NFL schedule

Would Seahawks let Russell Wilson walk? GM hints that it's possible -
Maybe Russell Wilson isn't the quarterback of the future in Seattle.

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman enjoys his moment in the spotlight - ESPN The Magazine
JULIAN EDELMAN IS hesitant, at first, to break out his Bill Belichick impression. He is well aware that even a playful needling of his head coach, the closest thing the NFL has to a Tywin Lannister, carries a certain amount of risk. But he cannot resist.

2015 NFL Draft: No Combine? No problem for these draftable prospects -
A look at 32 prospects who watched the NFL Scouting Combine from home like every other fan, but still have a good chance of being selected in the 2015 NFL Draft.