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Coffee & Cigarettes: NFL Draft Links for Day 3

Justin K. Aller

Day Three. Seahawks have ten picks.

Seahawks draft Christine Michael, Texas A&M RB - Blog -
He's a running back. Yup. Seattle picked someone to play the same position as Marshawn Lynch, who is only coming off a season in which he rushed for 1,590 yards. Not only that, but the Seahawks have Robert Turbin, a running back they chose last year out of Utah State.

Fanspeak's Big Board: Best Available for Day 3 of the NFL Draft - Fanspeak's NFL Draft Blog | Fanspeak's NFL Draft Blog
NFL Draft Day 3 best available players.

Lessons from Tavon Austin, Percy Harvin - NFC West Blog - ESPN
It's not that Schneider was happy to see such an elite talent land in St. Louis. Quite the opposite. Even the Seahawks' suffocating secondary could have its troubles against a receiver as gifted as Austin. It's just that the way the first round played out affirmed the Seahawks' decision to acquire Harvin. They could not have secured another wideout with as much playmaking potential had they held onto the 25th overall pick. Austin wasn't going to be there for them.

Scouting Report: New Seattle Seahawk Jordan Hill - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Coming into the draft, the one position that the Seahawks absolutely had to address was defensive tackle. In the 3rd round, the Seattle Seahawks picked DT Jordan Hill out of Penn State. So what exactly did they get? Simply, they got an interior pass rusher, and a very good one.

Geno Smith has to get over NFL draft first-round snub now that he's a New York Jet; more Snaps - Don Banks -
Musings, observations and the occasional insight as the night of Geno, Te'o and even a Gio unfolded in Friday's second and third rounds of the NFL draft at Radio City Music Hall ...

Day two reaction, fewer GIFs this time « Seahawks Draft Blog
For those that didn’t see it, I mocked Christine Michael at #56 in my final “what I think will happen” mock draft posted a few days ago. Michael was a player that was quickly becoming one of my favorites in the entire draft the more I evaluated him. Though I wrote an article a while back touting Ryan Swope and John Simon as my favorite players regardless of draft stock, in recent weeks Michael had climbed up to #3 on my personal wish list which I’ve mentioned a few times in the comments here at the blog.

Day two review: Seahawks take Christine Michael & Jordan Hill « Seahawks Draft Blog
When push comes to shove, you just can’t beat an impact player. It seems that’s what the Seahawks are hoping to get from their first two picks in the 2013 Draft — running back Christine Michael (Texas A&M) and Jordan Hill (DT, Penn State). Blog | NFC West day two draft rewind: St. Louis Rams
With day two of the 2013 NFL Draft in the books, we take a look back at the moves made around the NFC West, concluding with the St. Louis Rams. Blog | NFC West day two draft rewind: San Francisco 49ers
With day two of the 2013 NFL Draft in the books, we take a look back at the moves made around the NFC West, continuing with the San Francisco 49ers. Blog | NFC West day two draft rewind: Arizona Cardinals
With day two of the 2013 NFL Draft in the books, we take a look back at the moves made around the NFC West, starting with the Arizona Cardinals. Blog | Jordan Hill adds relentless play style to defensive line depth
“It’s an emotional feeling,” Hill said in a conference call with reporters shortly after he heard his name called on national television at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. “I’ve been waiting for a phone call and I’m really excited it’s going to be Seattle.” Blog | Seahawks wrap up Phase 1 of offseason program
“The thing that I really believe is that they came in better prepared this offseason than they had in previous offseasons,” said head strength and conditioning coach Chris Carlisle, who came to the Seahawks from USC with coach Pete Carroll in 2010. “It goes to the type of guys coach Carroll and (GM) John Schneider are bringing in. They’re bringing in not only five-star athletes, but they’re bring in five-star people that understand what it takes and what they need to do to prepare at the highest level. Then the competition is so good on this team, they know they’ve got to come in ready to go because we’ll bring in 10 more guys with this rookie class that will be ready to go. That’s a big factor in the current players coming in ready to go.”

Seahawks fill a need at DT, add RB depth on Day 2 - Blog -
One pick addressed a need, the other reflected a luxury. Defensive tackle Jordan Hill of Penn State was a player the Seahawks had to have when they chose him in the third round. Running back Christine Michael of Texas A&M, on the other hand, was a player Seattle simply couldn't bring itself to pass up in the second.

John Schneider and Pete Carroll on Friday's picks | - Seattle Sidelines
GM JOHN SCHNEIDER On picking Michael: "He was the highest-rated player on our board, and we lost Leon Washington, so we were looking for a little bit of depth there. He’s just an attacking. . . he’s our kind of runner. He’s a tough, intense, up field, one-cut guy. He’s a very good football player. A competitor."

Wide receivers catch on big in draft's third round -
In the third round of the NFL Draft, wide receivers came flying off the board. Marcas Grant runs down which players could make a fantasy impact in the 2013 season.

Chris Ivory dealt to New York Jets for fourth-round pick -
The retooling of the New York Jets' offense didn't end with Geno Smith's selection in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Jets later traded for New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory, who might start.

Tyrann Mathieu drafted by Arizona Cardinals at No. 69 -
Tyrann Mathieu is headed to the Arizona Cardinals, who already have a support network in place for the former LSU star. Mathieu will play safety for the Cardinals.

Unexpected (and expected): Day 2 of the 2013 NFL Draft -
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The Biggest Steals from Day 2 of the 2013 NFL Draft | Bleacher Report
When you think about how many players are drafted over the course of seven rounds, it's a given that not every player will make an impact...

Matt Barkley’s surprising drop is the most unexpected storyline from Day 2 of NFL draft | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
On Thursday, quarterback Geno Smith left Radio City Music Hall without being drafted in the first round, and that was one of the biggest stories of the day. On Friday, it was quarterback Matt Barkley's turn. His free fall was the biggest curiosity as the second day of the draft wrapped up.

The Second Round: Picks 53-57 | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
53. Cincinnati Bengals: Margus Hunt, DE, SMU -- Reminds me of current Bengals DE Michael Johnson. While I stop short of saying that Margus Hunt is a Mike Mamula-style workout wonder who doesn't have what it takes to succeed in the NFL, there's a lot of work to be done here. As athletic as he is, and as much as that athleticism shows up on tape in fits and starts, there are far too many plays in which Hunt is a non-factor when he shouldn't be. I like to say that dominant players get selected in the first round, while "interesting" players get taken in the second, and to me, Hunt is an "interesting" player. He has tons of pure physical upside, but he'll need expert and patient coaching in order to be an NFL difference-maker.

The Second Round: Picks 48-52 | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
48. Pittsburgh Steelers: Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State -- Great fit for Pittsburgh's offense -- 6-foot-2, 230 pound back who runs lower to the ground than you'd expect. Carries defenders after contact. Less shifty than powerful.

The Second Round: Picks 43-47 | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State -- Interesting player. The fact that Banks has played some free safety at a fairly high level makes him an interesting positional chip at the next level, especially with teams that like to play heavy nickel and dime coverages, and move their guys around. Late in his career, Charles Woodson showed the amazing value of such players, and while Banks isn't at that level yet (he may never be, but Woodson's a deadlock Hall-of-Famer), he does possess some striking attributes that transition well to today's NFL. He's got the kind of open-field ranginess teams prefer when facing an abundance of three- and four-receiver sets, he plays well in the slot, and he can move up high in different packages.

The Second Round: Picks 38-42 | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
38. San Diego Chargers: Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame -- Even before the scandal broke, the narrative on Te'o changed from "sure high first-round pick" to "high-character guy with some ugly game tape." With nothing but the tape and a host of personal questions left to answer, NFL teams have to wonder what they're getting if they select Manti Te'o -- especially after a slow 40 at the scouting combine. That performance in Indianapolis also left people wondering how Te'o, who had reduced about 15 pounds from his formerly 6-foot-2, 255-pound frame, could effectively match up with the speed of the modern NFL. Now, we'll see.

The Second Round: Picks 33-37 | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
33. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International -- Perhaps the steal of the draft. Should have been a first-rounder. At 6-foot-0 and 217 pounds, Cyprien has the valuable ability to play front-half and back-half coverage with relatively equal aplomb, which makes him an interesting chip in today's more advanced defenses. In addition, his experience in the slot makes him a potential every-down defender. You want versatility? In 2012, he led his team in tackles (93) and interceptions (four). You want durability and dependability? How about 45 collegiate starts in four seasons? Some NFL teams will devalue any player who doesn't light it up for one of the big schools, but he's certainly transcended that stigma.

Character Guys Episode 3: Redemption | National Football Post
UCLA cornerback Aaron Hester is someone you can root for this weekend at the draft

2013 NFL Draft: Winners and losers, Day 2, the rich get richer -
Winners and losers from Day 2 of the 2013 NFL Draft.

2013 NFL Draft: Best prospects available after day two -
With 97 players off the board, who are the best available prospects still available for the final four rounds on Saturday?

Agent threatens legal action against police after LSU's Simon arrested -
LSU cornerback Tharold Simon, who some project as a mid-round pick this weekend, is contemplating legal action against the Eunice, La., police department following his arrest on Thursday night, according to his agent, Peter Schaffer.

Breaking down round 2 and 3 for the Seahawks - Seattle Seahawks, NFL draft blog, 2013
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Brandon Choate tells us what he loved and hated about today's NFL draft selections by the Seattle Seahawks, In the second round, the Seahawks traded picks with the Ravens and selected RB Christine Michael out of Texas A&M with the last selection of the second round. In the third round, they took DT Jordan Hill from Penn State. Pete Carroll & John Schneider are hoping for some more draft day magic on Saturday with 10 picks.

Idzik says plan is to let Sanchez “compete” | ProFootballTalk
The Jets used a high second-round pick on quarterback Geno Smith. G.M. John Idzik said that this development has only one meaning for Mark Sanchez. "What this means for Mark is competition," Idzik told the media on Friday night.

Mathieu will play free safety for Cardinals | ProFootballTalk
Tyrann Mathieu's twisting, turning football career already has taken an unexpected twist in Arizona.Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says that Mathieu, a third-round pick widely expected to play slot cornerback at the NFL level, will be assigned to the position of free safety.

NFL Draft: Round 2 Recap - NFL Draft Recap -
Patrick Daugherty breaks down the wild and unpredictable second day of the NFL Draft.

2013 NFL Draft: Nassib and Barkley still on the board, day two wrap-up - CBSSports
Two potential first-round quarterbacks now are hoping they don't have to wait long in the fourth round before they receive the NFL call

2013 NFL Draft: Top 200 Prospects Left After Day Two of the Draft | Articles | Draft
Day Two was supposed to be the day all the quarterbacks finally came off the board. After a single QB went on Day One (EJ Manuel), many expected the quarterbacks to come quickly off the board. But Day two of the draft saw just two quarterbacks (Geno Smith and Mike Glennon) leave the draft board.

2013 NFL Draft: Biggest Steals of Day 1
After waiting for literally forever for the draft to get here, the first round has suddenly passed us by, and we’re left mulling it over for the better part of a day. Those of us who follow the draft closely have known for a long time that the first round was going to be unique. This class is decidedly horizontal--that is, the majority of the top fifty prospects are more or less interchangeable in terms of value. Very few players distanced themselves from the rest of the pack. So not many players stood out as clear “steals.” | Morning Tailgate: Round 1 Recap
For a second consecutive year, Trent Baalke pegged a first-round draft pick at least 24 hours before the actual draft. In 2012, it was A.J. Jenkins who was the preferred pick of the San Francisco 49ers general manager. In 2013, the honor went to LSU safety Eric Reid. Baalke’s 24-hour preference of the SEC safety was shared by Jed York.

2013 NFL DRAFT News & Notes -
There was one name bantered around the most over the last 72 hours prior to the kick-off of the 2013 NFL draft. That player’s name was Tavon Austin, West Virginia wide receiver. He had been the focal point for the Rams, who held not one but two private workouts with the dual-threat dynamo. The Rams knew that the New York Jets, sitting at the ninth overall pick, had a great interest in Austin; the glaring need for receivers was like a beacon on a lighthouse that could be seen for miles. If the Rams would have stayed pat and picked, they would have missed out on the player they coveted. Head coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead worked their magic and secured a trade with the Buffalo Bills, who held the eighth overall pick. They were looking to trade out of the spot, get a lower pick value and take the quarterback.

2013 NFL Draft: LSU CB Tharold Simon arrested on draft night -
A projected mid-to-late round pick, LSU cornerback Tharold Simon was arrested Thursday night for allegedly intimidating a police officer