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Over at, columnist Chris Wesseling put together a piece on the Seahawks' use of a SPARQ-like metric to grade draft-eligible players, based on a lot of the awesome work that Zach Whitman, Davis Hsu, and (to a much lesser extent) I have done on the subject. Wesseling's piece is a nice companion to's great "Making the Leap" series on players set to break out in 2014. Two of Seattle's candidates on this list include two of the biggest SPARQ-score standouts on the roster: Christine Michael and Korey Toomer.

Here's an excerpt from Wesseling's piece:

Per Field Gulls, Seattle's 2013 draft class boasted the NFL's highest collective SPARQ score. The early indications from 2014 calculations suggest a repeat for this year's class.

Among the Seahawks' late-round SPARQ stars are Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith, tight end Luke Willson, wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and special-teams dynamo Jeremy Lane.

There is more SPARQ-sanctioned help on the way.

The coaching staff has spent the offseason lavishing praise on "Making the Leap" candidate Christine Michael and third-year linebacker Korey Toomer, the two players with the highest SPARQ scores on the roster.

Within a week's span this offseason, Carroll anointed Toomer "the hottest guy in camp" and "the brightest guy in the whole camp."

Pretty cool.

To re-visit our series on Seahawks' SPARQ, go here:

SPARQ a Fire: Measuring the type of athlete the Seahawks hunt for in the NFL Draft - Field Gulls