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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Wednesday



Hump day.

Combine: Expect The Unexpected - All Star Circuit -
As I stated prior to the Combine, the goal for evaluators is to be as prepared as possible heading into the event. The hope is to avoid surprising results. However, a few prospects each year make this an impossible effort. The question is, why? Why can these prospects show superior (or inferior) athleticism than they put on tape for 12 games, and in many cases multiple seasons?

"Young Tru" sizzles, "Honey Badger" impresses in final day at combine | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
University of Washington product and Tacoma native Desmond Trufant predicted he would run fast when given the opportunity to perform at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. And "Young Tru" did not disappoint, posting unofficial times of 4.31 and 4.38 in the 40-yard dash today.

Seahawks Insider’s first look at 2013 draft | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
Good morning. Here’s our annual first look at the 2013 NFL draft from a Seattle Seahawks perspective. Once again, Rob Rang, senior draft analyst with, has been gracious enough to join me in this video looking at some of the prospects in this year’s draft who would make sense for the Seahawks in the first few rounds. And thanks to our photo editor Joe Barrentine for putting together the video.

Seattle Seahawks 2013 Offseason Preview - NFL - Dennis Dillon - is laying out offseason road maps for all 32 teams as they start their journey for the Lombardi Trophy -- two teams per day, from the teams that need the most work to contend in 2013 to the ones that are in pretty good shape. See them all.

Scouting Combine: Day Seven open thread " Seahawks Draft Blog
This is an open thread to discuss the defensive back work outs today. You can watch live from 6am PST by clicking here.

Congratulations Cornelius Washington. You just got noticed. " Seahawks Draft Blog
I tuned into the combine yesterday just in time to catch Cornelius Washington’s vertical jump. I had no idea who he was. He was standing there getting ready for his high jump, and I’m just wondering if he might be able to beat Robert Turbin in an arm wrestling contest, because the guy was ripped like an action hero from a comic book. Within half a second I noticed that Washington stood out athletically, just from his build and muscle tone. But even thinking to myself that he looked like the best athlete up there, I had no idea he was just about to destroy the combine to the extent that he would.

Random thoughts on day six at the combine " Seahawks Draft Blog
If you want to go through day six of the combine as it happened, check out the live blog we did earlier. I wanted to add a few general thoughts based on what happened today…

Brock and Salk Blue 42 - Podcasts -
Is former Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant good enough to be a consideration for the Seahawks at No. 25? What might push former Washington State wide receiver Marquess Wilson to the later rounds? What would former Oregon State defensive back Jordan Poyer bring to an NFL team?

2013 NFL Combine observations: Looks like a 'Gronk' draft at tight end - NFL, NFLDRAFT - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Visiting his 23rd straight NFL Scouting Combine, Pat Kirwan knows a trend when he sees it. This year, teams looking to get on the Gronkowski tight end train could have a field day.

5 Prospects the Seattle Seahawks Should Consider with the 25th Pick | Bleacher Report
After selecting Bruce Irvin in the first round last year and James Carpenter the year before, it's hard to predict who the Seahawks will be looking to snag in the first round this year. However, that doesn't mean we can't make a few educated guesses based on team needs and wants.

Offseason Forecast: Seattle Seahawks -
The Seattle Seahawks are one of the most promising young teams in the NFL. After falling just short of the NFC Championship Game, Dan Hanzus offers a forecast of the offseason.

LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu: 'I knew all along I was a natural athlete' - NFL Videos
Deion Sanders catches up with LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu on how he thought he performed at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, and his off the field issues.

Ziggy Ansah solidifies status as top-15 pick; Margus Hunt shines -
There was talk Ziggy Ansah wouldn't participate in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. Daniel Jeremiah explains why the BYU defensive end's decision to run was the right call.

Scouting combine losers: Manti Te’o leads the list of players who needed a better week | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The scouting combine isn't good to everybody. That's always been the case, and it doesn't always matter. Last year, Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict followed up a collegiate career in which he raised a lot of questions with a combine performance that raised even more. Then, he went on to have a fantastic rookie season as an undrafted free agent for the Cincinnati Bengals. A player's scheme can change, his coaches can motivate him, and sometimes, the lights just go on after the combine is over.

Monday's Combine drill performance vs. history | National Football Post
Tony Villiotti of shows us how Monday's defensive players stacked up.

How did this draft's Tight Ends rank at the combine? | National Football Post
Tony Villiotti of analyzes historical combine scores by position

NFP lets you know which players did not shine at Combine Monday | National Football Post
Russ Lande breakdown the players who did not have great workouts Monday at the Combine.

NFP gives thoughts on players who shined Monday at Combine | National Football Post
Russ Lande tells us what NFL teams saw at today's Combine workout.

2013 NFL Mock Drafts -
Dane Brugler's expert 2013 NFL Mock Draft -- provided by and

Still a period of uncertainty over quarterbacks for some teams -
The Raiders have to make a decision on Carson Palmer as do the Cardinals with Kevin Kolb.

2013 NFL Combine: Defensive backs make case for deepest position - CBSSports
This year's crop of cornerbacks and safeties showed off their athleticism and depth during workouts on Tuesday, the final day of the 2013 NFL Combine

Cap could now be above $123 million | ProFootballTalk
The NFL’s version of the crop report is expected to be released in the days before free agency begins. And unless the NFL’s version of Clarence Beeks ends up in a gorilla suit (in a gorilla cage with a real gorilla), the NFL’s version of Duke & Duke could be shouting, "Buy! Buy!" when the market opens.

What We’re Learning from the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine |
The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is nearing its completion, and as is the case every year during the long weekend in Indianapolis, new storylines for the Draft begin to form. This year is no different, as several players are beginning their rise (and fall) down Draft analysts’ boards as a result of their workout. Let’s take a look at five well-known names that have been impacted (either postively or negatively) this weekend.

2013 NFL Draft: Milliner, Amerson rise to occasion, Banks falls back - CBSSports
With blistering times in the 40-yard dash, Alabama's Dee Milliner and North Carolina State's David Amerson emphatically answered questions about their speed. Mississippi State's Johnthan Banks' slow times, on the other hand, created more questions for scouts.

2013 NFL Combine: Tyrann Mathieu questions to continue - CBSSports
Former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu finisges 19th among defensive backs in the 40 as teams ponder personality, pro position.

2013 NFL Combine: Obvious winners, losers among LB workouts - CBSSports
The 2013 NFL combine has produced some eye-popping results, though not all of them necessarily will earn adjusted rankings from scouts. However, Monday's linebacker workouts certainly could especially for these three clear-cut "winners and losers."

Scout’s Notebook: Broaddus Wraps Up 2013 NFL Combine
Another Combine is in the books, so here are some of my final thoughts of my time in Indianapolis:

2013 NFL Draft: DeAndre Hopkins Scouting Report
Now that the 2013 NFL Combine has wrapped up for the wide receivers and everyone has had an opportunity to see them all working out, they’re going to start separating themselves into tiers. One guy who will definitely rise to the top is a junior Clemson Tiger named DeAndre Hopkins. He’s one of my favorite prospects in the draft, and probably the safest wide receiver pick available. Let’s take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of his game.