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Friday Round-Up: Russell Wilson's track to greatness
Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Friday, April 4 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Jeffri Chadiha of ESPN.com expands upon on Russell Wilson's recent comments about wanting to be the best quarterback of all-time. Chadiha draws comparisons to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's early years in the League that saw his team collect three Lombardi Trophy's in his first four seasons as a starter. Chadiha writes, "The upside for Wilson in all this is that he won't lack for motivation. When talking to those reporters in Texas, he talked about his excitement for another productive offseason of preparation with his receivers. Wilson already had proven what he could do with a full year to think about how he'd handle the position after winning the starting job as a rookie. Now he's contemplating how best to keep his team contending for more championships."
Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN.com has released his 2014 "Grade: A" Mock Draft, an exercise where he plays general manager and makes picks for each NFL team. It's an Insider feature, but for the Seahawks Kiper selected Minnesota defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman in round one (No. 32 overall) and Nebraska cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste in round two (No. 64 overall). On the picks, Kiper writes, "If a player like Kelvin Benjamin falls to the end of Round 1, it would make this a tougher call, but I'm not willing to chase wide receiver early in a deep draft at that position, particularly with some high-ceiling talent available. I love the idea of Pete Carroll getting to mold a talent like Hageman, who flashes special ability and is a great athlete at his size but hasn't put it all together. The Seahawks need to add depth along the defensive line. In Round 2, I'd again be looking at wide receiver, but in this scenario five WRs come off the board in the preceding seven picks. So this is where I again fall in love with the idea of matching talent and traits with the developmental ability of my staff. Brandon Browner is now in New England, so I'm itching to see what my staff can do with Baptiste, the 6-3 corner out of Nebraska. Another big body for the Legion of Boom. I'll use one or two of my picks in Rounds 4 and 5 to find some pass-catchers and at least one body for the O-line."
Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com passes along notes and quotes from linebacker Malcolm Smith's Wednesday conversation with 710 AM ESPN Seattle's "Bob and Groz." Smith talked about life as a Super Bowl MVP, his recent efforts in the community, and about how he wants to join the starting lineup in 2014 at a position that featured Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, and Bruce Irvin a season ago.
"I'm looking forward to the competition and the opportunity to be able to start," Smith told "Bob and Groz." "Just trying to pave the way a little bit. The Super Bowl was fun and hopefully I showed a little something, and just trying to build on it."
On Thursday afternoon, the Seahawks signed long snapper Jorgen Hus, who spent time with the St. Louis Rams during the 2013 preseason. Hus will compete at the spot with Clint Gresham, who has handled deep-snapping duties for the club the past four seasons.
Dates for the Seahawks' offseason workout program have been announced, with organized team activities (OTAs) set to begin on May 27.
Doug Farrar of SI.com takes a look at the best offensive guards available in the 2014 NFL Draft, and Farrar puts UCLA's Xavier Su'a-Filo - who has been linked to Seattle in several mock drafts - at the top of his ranks.
In a related piece for SI.com, Chris Burke ranks the best offensive tackles available in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The Sea Hawkers booster club is encouraging every 12 to donate $12 to the Oso and Darrington, Wash. communities that were affected by the March 22 mudslide over state route 530. As of Wednesday evening, more than $4,700 had been raised. The group is aiming for a total of $12,000 in donations by April 12. You can join the relief effort at www.seahawkers.org.
And professional wrestler Daniel Bryan - a native of Aberdeen, Wash. - has been chronicling his time ahead of Wrestlemania XXX, and the Super Bowl champion Seahawks recently received some love from the former WWE champion when Bryan was photographed wearing Seahawks gear during a morning workout. You can catch Bryan in action at Wrestlemania XXX on Sunday, April 6 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.
Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto