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Darrelle Revis, Earl Thomas among top CFB DBs I've scouted -
Taylor. Polamalu. Reed. Bucky Brooks has seen some of the NFL's greatest defensive backs during his nearly two decades in scouting. See how he ranks the top 10 he's evaluated.

Most Intriguing Seahawks: No. 13, WR Amara Darboh
"Brock and Salk" continued its countdown of the 20 Most Intriguing Seahawks with Amara Darboh. Brady Henderson writes about what Seattle saw in Darboh and expectations for the rookie receiver.

What they're saying: Future is bright for Seahawks -
In ESPN's latest annual assessment of each NFL team's future, the Seattle Seahawks were pegged as having the second-best situation moving forward, trailing only the New England Patriots.  The Seahawks build the depth of their roster through late-round picks -- as is the case around the league -- but also have found stars that are foundational pieces at discounted rates in free agency (Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril arrived on modest deals) and in the middle rounds of the draft (Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and more). From a divisional standpoint, the Seahawks are in position to sit atop the totem pole if for no other reason than they're only team guaranteed to have a competent quarterback on the roster past this season.  Elsewhere in the world of Seahawks-related opining, USA Today's Nate Davis says Seattle has the sixth-best defensive line, behind the Chargers, Texans, Eagles, Giants and Vikings.  In its daily division-themed QA, two of ESPN's four NFC West beat writers predict that Wilson will be the division's most valuable player in 2017 (the other two chose Arizona running back David Johnson).  Thomas doesn't get enough credit for everything he does, though I think people will start to see his value as he returns to the Legion of Boom following a broken tibia that landed him on injured reserve last December.

Most Intriguing Seahawks: No. 12, RB C.J. Prosise
"Brock and Salk" continued its countdown of the 20 Most Intriguing Seahawks with C.J. Prosise. Brady Henderson shares his thoughts on the second-year running back.

What is the Seahawks' backup plan at quarterback? -
Part of that is because the Seahawks at the moment don't have a clear-cut No. 2 at quarterback, the battle between Trevone Boykin and Austin Davis set to continue through training camp and the preseason (Seattle will almost certainly carry just two QBs on its roster during the sesaon).  Russell Wilson had the most unhealthy season of his pro career in 2016, failing to make it through the first week of the regular season before suffering an ankle injury. Fortunately for the Seahawks, their franchise QB didn't miss any starts and managed to put together a strong campaign and lead the team to a playoff win for the fifth straight year.  Seattle has championship aspirations, and while this team has had success with undrafted players, starting one at the most important position on the field just doesn't qualify as a quality contingency plan.  The 23-year-old Boykin, whose legal issues resulted in two offseason arrests, may very well develop into a fine passer, but for he now he's inexperienced with just 18 regular season passing attempts to his name.  Davis, undrafted out of Southern Miss in 2012, started two games for the Browns in 2015 and eight for the Rams in 2014, one of which included a 28-26 victory over the Seahawks in Seattle.  If called upon to start, he'd have offensive talent surrounding him, one of the best defenses in the league manning the other side of the ball...and the highest expectations of any organization he's played for.

Podcast Player - Which Seahawks player creates the most QB pressure?

Podcast Player - Most Intriguing Seahawks: No. 11, RT Germain Ifedi
Most Intriguing Seahawks: No. 11, RT Germain Ifedi

As sacks decline, Julius Peppers stands alone | ProFootballTalk

Sacking the quarterback is harder than it used to be, which makes Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers' totals all the more remarkable. Peppers ranks fifth in NFL history with 143.5 sacks.

Here are five teams that will fall short of returning to the NFL playoffs in 2017 -

Parity will rear its head, and some teams won't be back in the playoffs for consecutive seasons

Siemian ready to battle Lynch 'from the first day on' -

Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch engage in a quarterback competition when training camp starts in a couple weeks. Siemian, coming off shoulder surgery, said he's ready to give it all he's got.

Who cares about winter, 'Hard Knocks' is coming -

Many are excited for the next season of 'Game of Thrones,' but don't forget about another one of HBO's thrilling shows. Season 12 of 'Hard Knocks' kicks off with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on August 8.

Um, Tim Tebow is doing pretty well for the Mets -

Tim Tebow is making the most of his minor league baseball career for the St. Lucie Mets. The former NFL quarterback hit a walk-off dong last night, giving fans hope he might suit up in New York later this season.

Michael Floyd suspended for first four games of 2017 -

Michael Floyd will miss the first quarter of the season. The Vikings wide receiver was suspended for the first four games of the 2017 campaign, the team announced, via a league spokesman.

Charles Haley likens Dak Prescott to Joe Montana -

Charles Haley compared Cowboys standout sophomore Dak Prescott to an all-time great San Francisco quarterback, but not for the reason you might think.