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Thursday Round-Up: 2013 Seahawks the best defense in NFL history?
Good morning, 12th Man.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, March 6 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Dan Pompei of SportsOnEarth.com has an extensive look at the Top 10 defenses in NFL history, and the 2013 Super Bowl champion Seahawks come in at No. 4 on his list behind the 1985 Chicago Bears, 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers, and 2000 Baltimore Ravens. Here's a small sample of what Pompei had to say about Seattle: "Regardless of where their overall defense ranks, the Seahawks might be able to lay claim to the title of best secondary ever. Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon, who serves as the color analyst for Seahawks games on the radio, said he has not seen a better secondary in his 30-year association with the NFL. Some may prefer the 1994 49ers (Deion Sanders, Eric Davis, Merton Hanks, Tim McDonald). Others may pick the 1984 49ers (Ronnie Lott, Eric Wright, Carlton Williamson, Dwight Hicks). Still others will like the1984 Raiders (Mike Haynes, Lester Hayes, Vann McElroy, Mike Davis). But with Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor all being voted All-Pro, the 2013 Seahawks secondary was as effective as any."
On Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate, Polian delivers a "B-plus" and writes, "Tate is a little on the small side, he is a little tight out of breaks, and I'm not sure they're sold on him in Seattle. Why would they bring in Percy Harvin if they were sold on Tate? I like him a lot, though. The B-plus grade means he can contribute. He is not a Pro Bowler and you're not going to break the bank on him, but he is young and has the right qualities to succeed. He just lacks big size and speed."
And here are Polian's grades on the rest of the free-agent-to-be Seahawks.
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com reports that Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner's indefinite suspension from the NFL is over, but he'll still miss the first four games of 2014. Browner is free to sign with an NFL team when free agency begins next week.
Mike Huguenin of NFL.com recaps cornerback Richard Sherman's Tuesday visit to his alma-mater - Stanford University. Sherman took in the program's spring practice and toured the campus' "alumni locker room."
Matt Smith of NFL.com has his Mock Draft 3.0 with the Seahawks grabbing Florida St. wideout Kelvin Benjamin with pick No. 32. On Benjamin to the Seahawks, Smith says, "Put him with Percy Harvin and the reliable Doug Baldwin, and watch him make plays. Russell Wilson needs that big red-zone target desperately."
Doug Farrar of SI.com has his Mock Draft 2.0, tabbing the Seahawks to select Stanford offensive guard David Yankey with pick No. 32 to close out the first round. On the potential pick, Farrar writes, "It’s time for Seattle to take this position more seriously. Yankey is a tough, athletic blocker with experience in different blocking schemes and the right kind of attitude for Seattle’s power-based offense."
Eric Galko of Sporting News takes a look at the Top 100 NFL Draft prospects that aren't quarterbacks. University of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney tops Galko's list, saying he is "arguably the best defensive prospect of the past 10 years."
And here at Seahawks.com, Digital Media Writer Clare Farnsworth looks ahead to the 2014 NFL Draft, highlighting some of this year's top quarterbacks.