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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Friday


Kevin C. Cox

Friday, you guys! Friday!

Star Lotulelei, Sharrif Floyd head loaded defensive tackle class -
In the market for a defensive tackle? You've come to the right place. Daniel Jeremiah says that's the deepest position in this draft. Check out the top 10 DT prospects, including Florida's Sharrif Floyd.

Patterson the Playmaker - Evaluations -
Justin Hunter was supposed to be the Volunteers' top draft prospect as the 2012 season got underway. His running mate out wide would have something to say about that. During a one-year stay at Tennessee after transferring from a Kansas community college, 21-year-old true junior Cordarrelle Patterson emerged as the Vols' premier all-purpose weapon. Patterson found four different ways to score touchdowns and averaged an 18.8-yard gain every time he handled the rock.

A Metrics Breakdown of Tavon Austin " Second Round Stats
Teams interested in a pure weapon for their offense may be looking no further than Tavon Austin. The electrifying wide receiver, running back, and return man did it all for West Virginia this year. Even with his excellent numbers, he often gets overlooked due to his diminutive size. Is this fair or do his numbers indicate that he deserves more consideration as a high draft pick this year? Is he better than Percy Harvin or Randall Cobb, both former do-it-alls in college. It’s unclear to me, but I do know it’s easy to become enamored with Austin’s quickness when watching his tape. Taking away the awe-some nature of Tavon’s play, how do his numbers stack up? Let’s find out.

The five people you meet at every NFL combine. | : Mike Tanier Article
Just as Thanksgiving marks the traditional start of the end-of-year holiday season, the NFL Scouting Combine marks the start of draft season. And just as retailers like to jump the gun and put the Christmas decorations out on Sept. 8, draftniks like to get an early start. Some of them are already preparing for 2016. Saner minds are preparing for a week of press conferences, weigh-ins and drills starting on Feb. 21 and -- thanks to the reruns on NFL Network -- continuing throughout Lent.

2013 NFL Draft: Top 100 draft board -
With over two months remaining until the 2013 NFL Draft on April 25, the draft process still remains a fluid process. While prospect evaluations are near complete, the overall draft board won't be set in stone until after the combine and pro day workouts. With the Combine kicking off next Wednesday in Indianapolis, below is a look at my pre-Combine top-100 draft board.

Draft Tracker: 2012 rookie recap with Bobby Wagner | Podcasts
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner stops by the podcast studio to catch up with Matt "Money" Smith and Bucky Brooks as the guys look back at the top rookies of the 2012 season. Listen to Wagner talk about his experience as a rookie under coach Pete Carroll, teammate Richard Sherman’s trash talking and the team’s last-second playoff loss in Atlanta. Blog | Chris Clemons, Bobby Wagner, Richard Sherman: Just call them All-Joes
What do Chris Clemons, Bobby Wagner and Richard Sherman have in common? Well, they’re all members of the Seahawks, as well as the leading sacker (Clemons), tackler (Wagner) and interceptor (Sherman) for a defense that ranked No. 4 in the NFL during the 2012 season. But they’re also All-Joes, as selected by USA Today. Nate Davis tabbed the trio of defenders for the publication’s 21st annual All-Joe team.

From Senior Bowl to scouting combine, the drills change, and the intensity picks up | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The football season may be over, but this is the busiest time of the year for trainer Travelle Gaines and his staff at the Athletic Gaines gym in West Hollywood. Now that the Senior Bowl and other all-star games have come and gone, the next part of the schedule has to do with next week's scouting combine, and the Pro Days that follow. Gaines is getting several draft-eligible players to the next level right now, and two from Oregon -- running back Kenjon Barner and defensive end/outside linebacker Dion Jordan -- are headed to Indianapolis with specific goals in mind.

Notable NFL Draft Prospects in Danger of Going Undrafted | Bleacher Report
One of the toughest things for college football fans is to understand the difference between an elite college player and a pro prospect. The truth is that not all college stars have the talent needed to make a difference in the NFL ...

Listen to podcast - Pod Player -
ESPN Analyst Joey Galloway tells "Brock and Salk" what college receivers might be a fit in Seattle, and how to best evaluate a receiver who plays with an under-talented QB.

2013 Combine: Quarterback preview -
With rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson leading their respective NFL teams to the playoffs last season and fellow first-year standout Luke Kuechly leading the league in tackles, it is more obvious than ever the immediate impact that rookies can make in today's NFL.

Why do DBs get beat? | National Football Post
Three reasons DBs give up explosive plays in the NFL.

Tim Walton, St. Louis Rams working on DC contract -
The St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions assistant coach Tim Walton are working on a contract to make him the new defensive coordinator in St. Louis, according to a Rams source.

Compare & Contrast NFL Prospects - NFP Version 2.0 | National Football Post
Russ Lande analyzes the differences between linebackers Manti Te'o and Alec Ogletree.

NFL combine: Time to answer some QB questions? | National Football Post
Barkely, Smith and Nassib all expected to throw in Indy.

Dickerson carried teams in bygone era, paid price - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Backs no longer dominate, but they sure did when Eric Dickerson was rumbling. The Hall of Famer tells Mike Freeman the lighter load is a healthy change.

Under-the-radar free agents: CB Toler tops list of high-value guys - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Big names and big bucks make headlines in free agency, but Pete Prisco says it's little-known, high-value players like CB Greg Toler who can make a huge impact. He runs down the top under-the-radar guys.

Walk on the Wild Side: The Immeasurable Measure of Greatness | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
"The single trait that separates great quarterbacks from good quarterbacks is the ability to make the great, spontaneous decision, especially at a crucial time. The clock is running down and your team is five points behind. The play that was called has broken down and 22 players are moving in almost unpredictable directions all over the field. This is where the great quarterback uses his experience, vision, mobility and what we will call spontaneous genius. He makes something good happen." - Bill Walsh

Happy Valentine’s Day to The Quarterback in Your Life
There have been 35 quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for at least 30,000 yards. Given enough time, you could probably guess that Drew Bledsoe, Jim Kelly, and Steve McNair are three of them. All three have something else in common: they were all born on February 14th.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: Super Bowl Review Part II
Welcome to Part II of the Super Bowl breakdown. If you missed it, here’s Part I. There’s a ton of individual plays I want to talk about, so this week’s column is basically going to be a comic book with duller colors and fewer deaths from a direct result of onomatopoeia.

Richard Sherman calls Roddy White "an easy matchup" | ProFootballTalk
"He’s an easy matchup. He’ll be another easy matchup next year," Sherman said of White on NFL Live. "This is just fact."

Teams should be able to trade cap space | ProFootballTalk
When spending every waking moment writing or reading or talking or thinking about football, certain ideas will naturally pop out of the brain. Most will be bad. A few could be good.

Clock's ticking: No meeting yet between Jackson, Rams : Sports
The Rams have consistently said that they want Jackson back in 2013. But his scheduled base salary of $7 million in 2013 (if he doesn’t void) would be tough to take for the cap-strapped Rams. They are currently a couple of million dollars over the projected salary cap ceiling for 2013. The most likely scenario is that Jackson voids the contract, tests the market, but the Rams continue to negotiate with him for a lower number than $7 million.

Player Interview: Branden Smith | Draft Breakdown
Joshua Gleason is going to be sharing his player interviews with us. His third one of this draft season is with Georgia prospect Branden Smith.

The Combine Chronicles: Cornerbacks | National Football Post
Tony Villiotti of dissects performance by position at the NFL combine

2013 Combine: Quarterback preview - CBSSports
With rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson leading their respective NFL teams to the playoffs last season and fellow first-year standout Luke Kuechly leading the league in tackles, it is more obvious than ever the immediate impact that rookies can make in today's NFL.

NFL Combine: Running back class could be historic ... for wrong reason - CBSSports
Though the draft is still more than two months away, by now most casual NFL fans have read or heard that the 2013 quarterback class is lacking in the top-shelf talent of recent years. What they may not realize yet is that the running back crop is similarly lacking in blue-chip prospects.

Quarterbacks by the numbers: Geno Smith, EJ Manuel score well -
We've begun the long pre-draft season, which means it's time for mock drafts, pro-day workouts, the NFL Scouting Combine -- and plenty of hype. That can be fun, but sometimes it's better to cut through all of that and take a hard, objective look at things. That's what I decided to do with the quarterbacks who are going to be available in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Proper Vs. Improper Running Mechanics
With the NFL Combine roughly two weeks away, I felt as though this would be a great opportunity to delve into proper running mechanics and what goes into running a fast 40 time. Being that I have competed on the collegiate level in track and field in addition to football, I am uniquely qualified to speak upon running mechanics, as well as how to approach the 40 yard dash.