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Thursday Round-Up: New Mel Kiper Mock; Malcolm Smith on 'The Soup'; Paul Allen on 'Portlandia'
Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, April 17 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Mel Kiper Mock Draft
ESPN's Mel Kiper has released his latest mock draft, which is always a fun exercise to browse through this time of year. The mock goes two rounds deep and is an Insider feature, but here's what Kiper said about Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt, who he projects to the Seahawks at No. 32, "Seattle lost a little depth on the defensive interior, and I like the idea of Tuitt landing here not just because I think Pete Carroll and staff can maximize what I consider a significant level of talent, but because this is a team that can maximize players that aren't exactly a round peg in the traditional round holes we associate with classic schemes. Tuitt's the kind of defensive lineman who could work inside, or be a big body at defensive end, drive a tackle backward with a bull rush or help to create a formidable run-stopping front that frees up the linebackers to make plays. Seattle tends to surprise me, but this pick makes sense."
Then, in round two at pick No. 64, Kiper likes Seattle going with Tennessee offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James, stating, "Michael Bowie actually wasn't too bad for the Seahawks at right tackle last season, but could end up inside, and I think James can play the position reliably early in his career."
Welcome Back, Sidney Rice
Wide receiver Sidney Rice agreed to terms with the Seahawks on Wednesday afternoon, returning to the club that released him in a salary-cap influenced move at the start of NFL free agency.
Malcolm Smith on 'The Soup'
Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith joined The Soup yesterday with host Joel McHale - a Seahawks fan who grew up in the Seattle-area and walked on at tight end for the University of Washington. A couple of videos from the Super Bowl MVP's appearance are embedded for you below.
Russell Wilson at NC State
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson recently returned to NC State for the football team's spring game, where his jersey number and collegiate career were honored by the university. Some new video has surfaced from Wilson's visit showing us the Super Bowl champion's pregame speech to the student athletes, which we have embedded for you below.
Paul Allen on 'Portlandia'
Seahawks owner Paul Allen made a brief cameo in the sketch comedy series Portlandia last week, pitching a Kickstarter project for new uniforms for the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers - a team Allen also owns. Allen pops up around the 2:30 mark of the video below.
More From Around The Web
Prior to last week's Supercross event at Seattle's CenturyLink Field, rider James Stewart paid a visit to Seahawks headquarters, touring the facility and spending time with linebacker Bobby Wagner and cornerback Richard Sherman.
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is up for Humanitarian of the Year by All Sports United for his work with the Bay Area's Fam 1st Family Foundation and your votes determine the final 10 nominees. You can vote up to three times per day until May 15, after which time a selection committee will work toward announcing a winner on June 23.
Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com highlights cornerback Byron Maxwell as the second of five Seahawks with the most to gain during the 2014 season. O'Neil, who opened the series by putting the spotlight on linebacker Bruce Irvin, says, "Maxwell is in a terrific spot to showcase himself, entering the final year of his rookie contract and playing for a team whose secondary is the biggest strength. On the flip side, Seattle is now going to be counting on him to be healthy, and after Maxwell played his way up the depth chart a year ago, we'll see how he handles being a starter now. It's a great opportunity for Maxwell. It's also more pressure than he has had before."
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times also calls attention to Byron Maxwell, but in a different manner. Condotta puts Maxwell at No. 22 in his countdown of the Top 25 Seahawks draft picks of all-time.
Terry Blount of ESPN.com has a position-by-position look at how the Seahawks offense breaks down under the team's current salary cap. Blount also has a breakdown of the defense under the current cap.
A Tacoma mom who ran in the Seahawks 12k over the weekend is searching for the Good Samaritans who saved her life after she suddenly started feeling dizzy and went into cardiac arrest during the race. If you're out there, speak up!
And here at Seahawks.com, Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth continues his 2014 positional preview, talking with wide receivers coach Kippy Brown about what to expect out of his position group next season.
Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto