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Grading the Seahawks 2013 Draft: Third-Fourth Round
This is a short series analyzing the Seahawks’ haul in the 2013 NFL Draft. Be sure to check out part 1 as well.

Prospect Playbook Pt 1: Tavon Austin - Turf Show Times
Versatile explosion players are all the rage. Let's take a look at how the Green Bay Packers use their version of Tavon Austin.

TommieMedia - Idowu earns NFL tryout
National Football League dreams are still alive for former defensive end Ayo Idowu, who is flying to Seattle for a tryout with the Seahawks next week.

Jordan Hill: problem solver " Seahawks Draft Blog
Jordan Hill is what the Seahawks need for their defense. It’s a pretty obvious statement, considering they took him in the third round. How much did we talk about defensive tackle being a priority during the regular season? Every week? This pick wasn’t a reach or a desperate attempt to solve one of the few problem areas on the team. It was calculated, planned and inspired.

Draft means competition for some Seahawks veterans - Blog -
Robinson, though, is 30 years old and is scheduled to make $2.5 million in 2013, the final year of his deal with the Seahawks. "Mike Rob's done a great job for us, and we expect him to continue to do that. But he's really played the position all by himself for a while, so fortunately we have a guy now that can play both spots," Carroll said. "It does get tough on the roster to fit those guys together, so we're expecting that Spencer's got to do a lot."

Brock and Salk Blue 42 - Podcasts -
What's the latest with Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch's pending DUI case? Did the Bills overvalue quarterback E.J. Manuel's ability to handle poor conditions? Is it possible that the Eagles signed a player during the draft?

Post-draft West ranks: Revisiting DLs - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Our post-draft amendments to pre-draft positional rankings continue with Matt Williamson, NFL scout for Up next: defensive linemen.

Implications after West loaded up on RBs - NFC West Blog - ESPN
NFC West teams loaded up on halfbacks (as opposed to pure fullbacks) during the recently completed 2013 NFL draft. The division selected six of them, two more than any other division selected.

Can NFL Rookies Really Be Locker Room Leaders? | Bleacher Report
When you hear the term "leader" in relation to the NFL you immediately think of players like Ray Lewis , Tom Brady , Brian Urlacher and Aaron Rodgers ...

Pro Bowl Chances for Most Promising NFL Rookies | Bleacher Report
It's unrealistic to think all 32 first-round picks will succeed at the NFL level. Some players won't make it beyond their first contract, others will go on to become quality starters in the league and a select few will become Pro Bowl-caliber players..

Obscure Seahawks Bi-Weekly: Matt Austin WR - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Today begins a potential lengthy series where I plan to introduce you, the Seahawks fan, to the players on the team who you know the least about. Join me on this journey over the next few weeks and I promise it’s going to be both fun and educational. If looking into fringe roster players in depth just isn’t your thing, I understand, but you are missing out because I can almost guarantee one of the guys I highlight in this series will make the team and you will feel foolish for not being ahead of the curve. Today the spot light shines on WR Matt Austin.

NFC West, NFL Draft Winners and Losers: A.J. Jenkins and Craig Dahl - 12th Man Rising - A Seattle Seahawks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The NFC West was considered one of, if not the best division in all of the National Football League before the 2013 draft and they took significant steps f

Shutdown Corner | Sports Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Louisiana Tech receiver Quinton Patton really impressed me during Senior Bowl week. Practices in such pre-draft events give lesser-known players a marvelous opportunity to shine in front of fans, media, and NFL personnel. Patton made the most of it, showing a great overall skill set (if less than optimal field speed), and that started him on a path which resulted in the San Francisco 49ers selected Patton in the fourth round. Given San Francisco's nebulous receiver situation at this point, Patton could make an impression on the field in his rookie campaign.

Power Rankings: 49ers, Seahawks top list after 2013 NFL Draft -
Elliot Harrison updates his Power Rankings after the draft, with NFC West rivals claiming the top two spots. Who's No. 1: Colin Kaepernick's San Francisco 49ers or Russell Wilson's Seattle Seahawks?

2013 NFL Draft: Five NFC teams that failed to fill needs -
General managers, such as the Carolina Panthers' Dave Gettleman, know they can’t do it all in the draft. Marc Sessler breaks down five NFC teams that still have needs.

Previewing the 2013 rookie deals | National Football Post
A comprehensive breakdown of what every rookie should expect to receive in their new NFL contracts.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel
It’s been awhile since I’ve had time to sit down and write anything this offseason but I sure picked a good time to come back. We’re just a week removed from a historic draft that saw three offensive tackles chosen in the top four picks and six total offensive linemen in the top eleven. Over the next three weeks (yes, it’s a three-parter) we’ll look at those six players, how they played in college, and how they might transition to the NFL. This week we’re looking at the top two offensive tackles.

Scoring is 60% of the Game
When the New England Patriots score 34 points in a game, that is the result of a couple of things: how good the Patriots are at scoring points and how good the Patriots’ opponent is at preventing points. As great as Tom Brady is, he’s not going to lead New England to the same number of points against a great defense as he will against a terrible defense.

Bears agree with Khaseem Greene, Marquess Wilson | ProFootballTalk
The Bears continue to quickly finish deals with their rookie draft picks. According to Larry Mayer of, the club has agreed to terms with Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene and ex-Washington State wide receiver Marquess Wilson.

NFL Draft Preparation & Player Personnel - Trades
TFE answers a Twitter question looking at the various aspects of developing player & pick trades in NFL Draft Preparation and Player Personnel decision making.

2014 NFL Draft Prospects - Offensive Players to Watch in 2013 | The Sideline View
The 2013 NFL Draft is over, and it's time to start thinking about the upcoming college football season. I'm sure as I watch more film from the 2013 season, there will be a few that I've forgotten or overlooked, but this will at least keep you interested looking forward. So let it whet your appetite for August/September. Be on lookout for the defensive prospects tomorrow.

The Tape Never Lies: Schematically, Kyle Long is a great fit in Chicago | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs |
The Chicago Bears raised some eyebrows on the first day of the draft when they selected Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long with their No. 20 overall pick. It was a surprise to some, those who immediately called it a “reach” without understanding the thought process behind it. General manager Phil Emery did a thorough press conference detailing why the organization liked Long, citing his versatility and athleticism. Along with those two traits, Long also brings upside to the team, creating a combination that all GMs look for in their first-round picks.

Matt Scott, Kevin Reddick headline this year’s best UDFA signings | Audibles -
At the 2012 NFL Draft, every team passed over Vontaze Burfict, hesitant of his resume dotted with red flags, and the linebacker was pushed into free agency.

Advanced NFL Stats: How Much Money is a Sack Worth?
I realize it's draft season but I'm still working on building a salary database and combining it with performance statistics. Most of the work in this type of analysis is building the data, but it's harder than it might seem at first. Salary data might use one kind of player identifier while performance statistics use another. Merging them and creating a flat data file to play with is more than half the battle. There's still more I need to do. First up will be segregating free agent years from rookie contract years. But for now, here's some trivia.

2014 NFL Draft top 64 big board -
The two positions combined, the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft featured just one quarterback and running back. In the 2014 NFL Draft, don't expect that to happen again.

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Teddy Bridgewater, Jadeveon Clowney top the board -
Because Monday is for mock drafts, even if they are way too early.