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Looking at the possibility of 8-9 first round receivers | Seahawks Draft Blog
You can’t often say with a high degree of surety that a minimum of five receivers will go in the first round of a draft.

Draft forecast: Six options for the Seahawks at #32 | Seahawks Draft Blog
Having written a couple of mock drafts where a lot of potential Seahawks are off the board before #32, I wanted to highlight some of the players I think will be options with the last pick in round one.

2014 NFL Mock Drafts - Rob Rang -
Rob Rang's expert NFL mock draft -- provide by and

Seahawks, Sounders visit mudslide community | Sports | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO News
A dozen Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders FC athletes have paid a visit to a community center close to the fatal Washington mudslide.

Seahawks, Sounders FC visit devastated Darrington: ‘This is amazing’
Players and employees from the Seahawks and Sounders FC visited Darrington on Monday afternoon to provide a needed distraction 10 days after a mudslide devastated the community.

Draft forecast: Six options for the Seahawks at #32 | Seahawks Draft Blog
Having written a couple of mock drafts where a lot of potential Seahawks are off the board before #32, I wanted to highlight some of the players I think will be options with the last pick in round one.

Video: Carroll has some April Fools fun with Schneider -
Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll team up to pull off an April Fools' Day joke on Seattle general manager John Schneider, who was an in-studio guest on 710 ESPN Seattle's 'Brock and Danny' on Tuesday. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

John Schneider: Offseason going according to plan -
While the Seahawks have lost several key players, general manager John Schneider says he's pleased with how the team's offseason has gone. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Two Cardinals trades that could happen - NFC West Blog - ESPN
On Monday, my colleague Field Yates put together a list of five trades that could happen (it's an Insider story) and one included the Arizona Cardina

Three questions: Receiver Kenny Britt - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The St. Louis Rams agreed to terms with former Tennessee receiver Kenny Britt on a one-year contract Monday night. Britt spent his first five seasons

Rams taking a chance on Kenny Britt - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Whenever St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher or general manager Les Snead have been asked about the potential to add help at wide receiver this offseaso

A look at visits from prospective draftees | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
One thing you will start to hear a lot about now that the free agency period is wrapping up are visits to team complexes from prospective draftees. Teams are allowed to bring in 30 players, though there are some exceptions (the rules regarding visits are detailed well here). As the linked piece notes, these visits are...

Despite Question Marks, the Arizona Cardinals Are Actually Set at Running Back | Bleacher Report
After Rashard Mendenhall’s abrupt retirement in March, pundits wondered what the Arizona Cardinals' offseason plans would be at the running back position. Some felt they needed to upgrade in free agency, and others believed they were better suited to find a replacement in the draft.

Big-name NFL veterans still looking for a job -
The first wave of NFL free agency is over, leaving one-time stars like Asante Samuel and Ed Reed looking for work at drastically reduced prices -- if they can get it at all.

Jacoby Ford, Dimitri Patterson are New York Jets -
Jacoby Ford is headed to the Big Apple. He's not DeSean Jackson, but Ford represents a low-risk, medium-reward signing for the New York Jets, who also added cornerback Dimitri Patterson.

Percy Harvin, Christine Michael key to '14 Seahawks -
The Seattle Seahawks have lost a handful of key players in free agency, but the team's brass is counting on explosive talents such as Percy Harvin and Christine Michael to fill the void.

Teams in need can find bargains in next phase of free agency -
From Jermichael Finley to Owen Daniels to Brett Keisel, there are unemployed players available to who could still fill starting jobs.

NFL hopes to release 2014 schedule by mid-April -
The NFL is hopeful that the 2014 schedule will be released in mid-April.

NFL a passing league? Expect more teams to run ball more often -
The Seahawks ran the ball more than most teams and won the Super Bowl. In a copycat league, expect more teams to follow suit in 2014.

Greg Reid arrested a week after he was signed by Rams -
Former Florida State standout Greg Reid has again run into legal issues, this time days after he was signed by the Rams.

Why does Andrew Luck struggle so much in the red zone? -
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck ranked dead last with a 23.5 percent completion rate on throws to the end zone. Talent isn't the problem.

Russell Wilson will throw out first pitch at April 2 Rangers game -
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will throw out the ceremonial first pitch in Texas on Wednesday when the Rangers host the Phillies.

Andre Ellington has chance for starring role -
Andre Ellington is someone to target on Draft Day for all Fantasy owners.

How to modify the franchise tag system | National Football Post
These four changes could help to eliminate grievances like the one currently brewing between Jimmy Graham and the New Orleans Saints.

The Jimmy Graham dilemma | National Football Post
An inside look at the roadblocks currently preventing the Saints and their star tight end from locking down a brand new deal.

2014 NFL draft position rankings: Travis Swanson tops among centers | Audibles -
Travis Frederick was a surprise first-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys last season, but his position has been far from disrespected in the NFL draft recently. In six of the past 10 years, a center has been taken in Round 1. Expect that trend to continue.

2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0: Johnny Manziel goes No. 1 to Houston Texans | Audibles -
32. Seattle Seahawks: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State The Seahawks won their first Super Bowl with one of the best defenses we’ve ever seen, and an offense that relied heavily on power running and far less on passing. It might be a folly to expect the defense to perform that well again (though they’re certainly going to be very good), so the key to a return trip to the big game might be opening up the aerial attack. If so, Benjamin would be a great acquisition, because he’s a huge (6-5, 235) target with a killer wingspan and the ability to win overhead battles with just about anyone. Seattle has had issues in the red zone from time to time throughout the Pete Carroll era. Benjamin could change that quite decisively.

DeSean Jackson rounds out Redskins' offense -
The Washington Redskins no longer have a need for speed. DeSean Jackson is the latest member of an offense even Chip Kelly has to admire.

Jim Kelly's cancer battle strikes chord with Buffalo Bills, NFL fans | The MMQB with Peter King
Had a few things left in the notebook from the weekend visit to a New York City hospital to see Jim Kelly battle cancer of the face and jaw for the second time.

Josh McCown to Tampa Bay, other QB moves in 2014 NFL free agency - NFL - Don Banks -
Despite a quarterback-laden 2014 NFL draft unfolding next month (Johnny, Blake or Teddy anyone?), it has been another typically active offseason on the league's ever-spinning quarterback carousel. By my count, 16 teams -- or half the league -- have experienced a change of some sort in either their starting or backup QB situations. Here's my quick-take ranking of the 10 most significant moves we've witnessed so far, in terms of clubs that have altered the look of their quarterback depth chart:

Which Prospects Are Still in Play for the No. 1 Overall Pick in 2014 NFL Draft? | Bleacher Report
Nobody really has any idea what these teams are going to do come draft day on May 8. The Houston Texans have the first pick in the 2014 NFL draft for now, but that can all change with the right trade partner. However, trading this pick is easier said than done.

B/R NFL 1000: Top 50 Defensive Tackles | Bleacher Report
NFL defenses need interior pass rush and presence to combat the mobile, wide-open offenses of the modern age. To get that, you need a great defensive tackle. But each defense needs different skills and traits from its linemen.

College Football 24/7 Rankings |
Top 50 College Football Players, College Football, NFL Draft, Based on weekly performances, NFL Network Draft producer Charlie Yook ranks the top 50 players in college football.

Jeremiah: Justin Gilbert 'head and shoulders' above other CBs -
There's some debate over who the best cornerback in the 2014 NFL Draft is, but NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes Justin Gilbert is the clear choice.

NFL Draft: Ben Natan's Top 100 Prospects - With the First Pick - NFL Scouting Reports, College Football, and the 2013 NFL Draft
Aug 31, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive lineman Dominique Easley (2) tackles Toledo Rockets running back David Fluellen (22)during the