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Friday Round-Up: Seahawks, Lombardi Trophy visit local VA hospital; DL & TE targets in latest mocks
Five Seahawks players, including defensive end Cliff Avril, wide receiver Doug Baldwin, tight end Jimmy Graham, cornerback Richard Sherman, and quarterback Russell Wilson will take part in the NFL's 'My Cause, My Cleats' campaign in Week 13, showing support for various causes, foundations, and charities by wearing customized cleats this weekend. View
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Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Friday, April 18 - about your Seattle Seahawks: Read
A Super Visit
In a bit of good news on this Good Friday, linebacker Mike Morgan and defensive lineman Jesse Williams spent time greeting patients at a Seattle-area veteran's hospital on Thursday. The Seahawks' defensive duo had the franchise's first Lombardi Trophy in tow and, well, the photos below from Morgan and Williams' Twitter accounts tell the rest.
With less than three weeks until the 2014 NFL Draft, set to be held May 8-10 at New York City's Radio City Music Hall, Evan Silva of rotoworld.com shares his latest two-round mock. At pick No. 32, Silva likes the Seahawks targeting a player whose name has been absent from these mock draft round-ups to date - Minnesota defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman. Silva says, "The Seahawks run a defense that utilizes 3-4 concepts on the strong side and 4-3 concepts on the weak side. Their strong-side end for the last three years was Red Bryant, whom Seattle was forced to release in a salary-cap move. Hageman is a far more athletic version of Bryant with much more disruptive ability. The biggest knock on Hageman is his inconsistent snap-to-snap effort. He would be a role player on the Seahawks, contributing 25-30 snaps per game."
Joel Klatt of FOXSports.com analyzes draft needs for each club around the NFC West, believing the Seahawks will go with a tight end or offensive lineman in the draft's first round. Klatt cites two tight end prospects with collegiate ties to the Pacific Northwest - the University of Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Oregon's Colt Lyerla - as possible targets for the Seahawks.
Doug Farrar of SI.com ranks what he believes to be the Top 10 defensive tackles in this year's draft class.
Former Seahawks scout Bucky Brooks has a fun exercise over at NFL.com, re-doing the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Two early-round Seahawks selections from that year jump into Brooks' do-over first round - quarterback Russell Wilson at No. 2 overall to the Washington Redskins and linebacker Bobby Wagner at No. 23 overall to the Detroit Lions. With the Seahawks' do-over pick at No. 15, Brooks goes with current New England Patriot defensive end Chandler Jones. Read
More From Around The Web
Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com continues his series highlighting the Seahawks with the most to gain heading into 2014, naming running back Christine Michael at No. 3 after tabbing linebacker Bruce Irvin at No. 5 and cornerback Byron Maxwell at No. 4. On Michael's second year in the League, O'Neil says, "Unlike his rookie season, Michael is going to get an opportunity this season. General manager John Schneider made that pretty clear earlier this month during an appearance on 710 ESPN Seattle. 'We feel like two of our most explosive offensive players barely even played last year in Christine Michael and Percy,' Schneider said."
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times carries on with his countdown of the Top 25 Seahawks draft picks of all-time, going with safety John Harris at No. 21.
Greg A. Bedard of TheMMQB.com tells us about some interesting additions to the Arizona Cardinals' strength and conditioning staff.
Registration has opened for our 2014 Gatorade Junior Training Camps, the free football clinics for youth ages 7-14 held across the state of Washington. You can check out a list of dates, times, and locations right here.
And here at Seahawks.com, Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth tells us what the addition of wide receiver Sidney Rice means for 2014 and takes a closer look at the Seahawks' group of tight ends, talking with position coach Pat McPherson.