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Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Monday


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Brand new week, gang.

The Next Alfred Morris: Top Zone Blocking Running Backs to be Picked After the Top 100
Last year, 6th round running back Alfred Morris was nearly a contender for the rookie of the year award if it wasn’t for one of the best rookie quarterback crops in recent memory. Questions were abound about why the surprise starter and even more surprising playoff runner fell to round number 6.

Saving money at right tackle & Kyle Long « Seahawks Draft Blog
I was half expecting something to happen this weekend. Kam Chancellor getting a new deal. Tony McDaniel signing. Whatever. It’s been as quiet and slow this week as the previous seven days were explosive and enthralling.

Christine Michael « Seahawks Draft Blog
If there is a story to tell with the 2013 running back class, it’s the high risk / high reward running back. Marcus Lattimore might be the next Willis McGahee, a terrific talent that had a once bright NFL future cast into uncertainty with an awful injury during his final season. Knile Davis seemed like a budding megastar in 2010 but missed 2011 from injury and disappointed in 2012. Christine (pronounced “Kristin”) Michael is a former 5-star recruit that battled injuries and coaches over the last 3 seasons. While each have tantalizing upside, each could end up leaving the board in the middle rounds despite that.

Klis: Thanks to Seattle Seahawks, Broncos looking at big cornerbacks, players - The Denver Post
For the latest in trend setting, the Pacific Northwest has replaced Manhattan and Beverly Hills as the place to gawk. At least in regard to NFL trends. On both sides of the ball.

Percy Harvin: Risk, reward and implications - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Percy Harvin was an MVP candidate with the Minnesota Vikings in mid-October, and then he was expendable five months later -- traded to the Seattle Seahawks at age 24. The move made little sense on the surface. Teams generally do not trade uniquely talented players entering the primes of their careers.

On Michael Bennett's shoulder situation - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A soft market for defensive linemen helped the Seattle Seahawks sign Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett to short-term contracts in free agency. Having a torn rotator cuff was also a factor for Bennett, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Will Jake Locker run read-option for Tennessee Titans? -
"Jake brings that dimension to the game, but you have to be smart about it. You want to take advantage of all the skills he does have, though it's hard to survive if you're running it all the time," Munchak told Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. "So it has to be a happy medium, and that's what we'll try and find."

Rico Richardson stands out at Jackson State pro day -
Rico Richardson, WR (5-11 ½, 167 pounds) — Richardson proved impressive enough to earn an invite to the Super Regionals in Dallas. He ran a time of 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash and recorded a 35½-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-1 broad jump. He ran a 4.12 short shuttle and 6.77 in the cone drill. Richardson recorded 12 bench presses and worked out as a wide receiver.

Korey Diede-Jones impresses at Wyoming pro day -
Korey Diede-Jones, LB (6-11 1/8, 232 pounds) – Diede-Jones looked good in positional workouts and clocked in at 4.60 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He ran a 4.26 in the short shuttle and recorded a 10-foot-10 broad jump. He had 26 bench-press reps at the standard 225 pounds.

Keavon Milton’s pro day at Louisiana-Monroe hits snag -
Keavon Milton, TE (6-4 1/8, 280 pounds) – Milton recorded a time of 4.96 seconds in the 40-yard dash before suffering a hamstring strain, which prevented him from taking part in the three-cone run. He had a 29½-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-8 broad jump. He is scheduled to work out with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears ahead of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Cumberland holds pro day workouts in less than ideal conditions -
B.J. Stewart, TE (6-3 1/2, 257 pounds) — Pegged as a priority free agent after the draft, Stewart stood out with a 4.92-second run in the 40-yard dash and a 20-inch vertical jump. He also completed 27 strength lifts at the standard 225 pounds.

Josh Hill stands out at Idaho State pro day -
Josh Hill, TE (6-5, 246 pounds) – He posted a time of 4.66 seconds in the 40-yard dash and a 4.19 short shuttle run. He had a 36 ½ vertical jump and a 10-foot-7 broad jump. He took part in positional workouts with Idaho State quarterback Kevin Yost throwing the ball to him.

Jerrard Sheppard runs impressive 40-yard dash at Towson State -
Jerrard Sheppard, WR (6-0 1/2, 211 pounds) — Sheppard posted an impressive time of 4.48 in the 40 and went 10-foot-1 in the broad jump. He clocked in at 4.41 in the short shuttle run.

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
How Mike Wallace changes everything; best free agent receivers of all time; and all the latest NFL shop talk.