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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Monday



Brand new week up in here.

No clear choice if Chiefs want to draft a quarterback -
To Dorsey, at least, personal interviews might be the most important part of the postseason draft process. He said a quarterback can improve his draft standing with a series of strong interviews. “The most impressive interview I’ve ever had in the last 25 years of doing this? Russell Wilson,” said Dorsey, referring to the quarterback drafted by Seattle last year in the third round. “Wasn’t even close. You could feel that guy as a person, how strong he was, how intellectually deep he was, how mentally tough he was, that he had the charisma to lead other players. I always try to look at kids like I’m in the locker room and I’m a teammate. It was easy to see this guy leading a team.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: 2013 Seahawks Off-Season Analysis Part VII: Quarterbacks
There was a time when Charlie Whitehurst was the big move at quarterback for John Schneider and Pete Carroll. They surrendered more to to get him than maybe any other player currently on the roster. That didn't work out so well. Tarvaris Jackson was the next step. He was a guy clearly brought in to bridge the gap between Matt Hasselbeck and whoever would be the next Big Guy, but if he had excelled, there was a chance for him to take that mantle. Those two players combined to appear in 24 games for the Seahawks in 2010 and 2011. Russell Wilson did in 18 games as a rookie what may have taken 24 more games for the previous two to accomplish.

Wonderlic to be supplemented by new aptitude test at combine -
One oft-criticized part of the testing process during the NFL Scouting Combine, the Wonderlic test, is getting some help. Effective at this year's event, the league will add a new aptitude test.

Alec Ogletree arrested, charged with DUI « Seahawks Draft Blog
In my updated mock draft last week, I had the Seahawks taking Alec Ogletree at #25. He only lasted that far due to possible red flags over a four-game suspension in 2012 for a failed drugs test. His chances of making it into the 20′s (or later) increased this weekend with the news he was arrested and charged with DUI in Arizona a week ago.

Kacyvenski works to save the NFL from dangerous play | Seattle Seahawks - The News Tribune
Football coaches historically carried a special affinity for players who treated themselves as human missiles.

Seattle Seahawks, Roster Building, And WRs In The 2013 Draft - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
My suggestion yesterday that Robert Woods is a possible target for the Seahawks in the April’s draft was met with an amazing amount of contention. The general complaint was simply that he’s not the deep threat that the Seahawks need, and thus he shouldn’t even be considered. I simply do not buy that argument.

Steven Jackson Has His Eye Set on the Ultimate Offseason Prize | Bleacher Report
With the start of free agency less than a month away, no decision has come from Steven Jackson and his camp on whether or not he will exercise his right to void the final year of his contract. March 12th is exactly 27 days away from today, yet no planned meeting has taken place between Jackson's agent and the Rams, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Ex-Cowboys scout says team passed on LeSean McCoy -
Don't trust your draft board? One former scout with the Dallas Cowboys offers a precautionary tale involving Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.

NFL to add aptitude test to the Wonderlic at this year’s scouting combine | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The Wonderlic test has long been criticized as an accurate indicator of football intelligence, but the NFL insists on having athletes take the test at every scouting combine. This will still be the case in 2013, but this year, the league will add a separate aptitude test. Jeff Foster, the president of National Football Scouting, said that the new test was developed in conjunction with a university professor. According to Foster, the hope is that the new test is "something that's a little more evolved than the Wonderlic."

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
There are teams that want to see Kansas State quarterback and Heisman finalist Collin Klein work out as a tight end at the combine and be open to a position switch in the pros. But so far Klein is having none of it. He is telling teams he wants to be considered strictly as a quarterback. After Klein performed poorly at the East-West Shrine game, his draft stock as a quarterback is considerably lower than his draft stock as a tight end could be. As a quarterback, he is a late round pick at best.

Forget Leon Sandcastle | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Forget Leon Sandcastle. He’s a joke – albeit a hilarious one. I’ve dug deep into my contacts to unearth a gem. A prospect so good that he will make you wonder if his career will be on par with the all-time greats. In fact, I guarantee it.

2013 NFL Free Agents - Free Agency Update -
With access to NFL Players Association data, Rotoworld can generate the most accurate free agent list on the internet. The players are ranked in order of how we see them being valued on the open market.

NFL MANNIAC: 2013 NFL Free Agency - What's next for future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson?
On Friday, we found out that star defensive back Charles Woodson would be released by the Green Bay Packers. Woodson is coming off a season where he was moved to a new position at free safety and missed 9 regular season games due to a broken collarbone. You may remember, that Woodson broke this same collarbone during Super Bowl 45. By releasing Woodson, the Packers will save $9,437,500 against their cap for the 2013 season; he made $6.5M last season (per Spotrac).

2013 Combine: Te'o, Minter, Alonso highlight boom or bust ILB class - CBSSports
With rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson leading their 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.

2013 NFL Draft: Pre-Combine Mock Draft | - 2013 NFL Draft
The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is less than a week away, and as a result, pre-draft chatter and speculation continues to increase. Although the board can still be adjusted by players’ Combine and pro day performances, and teams’ draft strategies will be defined by free agency in March, NFL executives and scouts — and the media who cover the NFL draft — are watching more and more draft prospect tape to solidify their evaluations of the draft’s top prospects.