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Thursday Round-Up: Texas Rangers to host Russell Wilson in camp Monday
Good morning, 12th Man.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, Feb. 27 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Chad Thornburg of MLB.com tells us quarterback Russell Wilson is expected to participate in workouts and be in uniform for the Texas Rangers' game against the Cleveland Indians on Monday. If you missed it, the Rangers selected the former professional baseball-player Wilson in the MLB Rule 5 draft back in early December. Thornburg passes along quotes from Rangers manager Ron Washington, who offered a glimpse at what his club expects to gain from the football-first Wilson.
"The guy has had a lot of success and he has a championship attitude," Washington said. "We're going to give him a chance to talk to our young kids and see what happens. Maybe [shortstop Elvis Andrus] and some of those young guys can hang with him and see what he has to offer."
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times rounds up Twitter reaction from coach Pete Carroll's speech at the University of Southern California last night. The get-together featured a surprise visit from actor Will Ferrell, who booted a field goal with Carroll as holder in the middle of the campus auditorium.
Condotta also has a look at who the Seahawks may consider with their first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says Seahawks fans need to be prepared to embrace change as the NFL offseason rolls on.
Defensive end Greg Scruggs checks in with 1090 AM The Fan's Steve Sandmeyer Show. The segment with Scruggs can be found at the very beginning of Hour 3.
The NFL Insiders at CBSSports.com have their first post-NFL Combine mock draft of the year, with three of the four analysts believing UCF quarterback Blake Bortles will be the No. 1 overall pick. The crew is split on who the Seahawks will select at pick No. 32, with Minnesota defensive tackle RaShede Hageman, UCLA offensive guard Xavier Su'a-Filo, Tennessee offensive tackle Antonio Richardson, and Stanford offensive guard David Yankey on their boards.
Chris Burke of SI.com has a two-round, post-NFL Combine mock draft, and he predicts the Seahawks to select Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro with pick No. 32 and Stanford offensive guard David Yankey with pick No. 64.
Greg A. Bedard of TheMMQB.com is counting down the Top 100 free agents set to hit the NFL open market on March 11. Bedard's countdown begins with No. 100 - No. 50 and his ranks feature Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond at No. 64. Part II from Bedard features players ranked in the Top 50, and defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (No. 42), wide receiver Golden Tate (No. 40), and defensive end Michael Bennett (No. 3) earn mentions.
NFL.com's Bucky Brooks has his post-NFL Combine "Big Board" ranking the Top 25 prospects in this year's NFL Draft.
Terry Blount of ESPN.com continues his look at the Seahawks ' top offensive plays of 2013, with wide receiver Golden Tate's one-handed touchdown grab against the Atlanta Falcons coming in at No. 7.
Nick Mensio of rotoworld.com provides free agent advice for each of the League's 32 teams, pushing the Seahawks to pursue current Houston Texans defensive lineman Antoinio Smith, a 6-foot-3, 272-pound 26-year-old that Mensio says can effectively rush the passer from the inside and outside.
Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune thinks UCLA offensive lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo could be a fit for the Seahawks. Su'a-Filo measures 6-foot-4, 307 pounds and played guard and tackle for the Bruins.
Here at Seahawks.com, we share quarterback Russell Wilson's recent appearances on Late Night with Seth Meyers and the Charlie Rose Show.
And Digital Media Writer Clare Farnsworth highlights three players that could be of interest to the Seahawks in this year's NFL Draft and tells us about the regional combine set to take place at the Seahawks' Virginia Mason Athletic Center March 22-23.
Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto