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Monday Round-Up: 2014 NFL Draft week (finally) arrives
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Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Monday, May 5 - about your Seattle Seahawks: Read
With just three days remaining until the 2014 NFL Draft kicks off from New York City's Radio City Music Hall, Peter King of TheMMQB.com tells us what he's hearing from the top of the first round to the bottom in his latest "Monday Morning Quarterback" column.
On the Seahawks' pick at No. 32, King writes, "Think about the advantages of picking, saying, 35th instead of 32nd if you’re the Seahawks. Every dime is going to count going forward because of pricey vets like Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman who must be re-signed. Last year, the difference between the 32nd pick (safety Matt Elam) and 35th pick (tight end Zach Ertz) was $350,000 per year. Not a huge sum, but when you add a $1.4 million total difference between 32 and 35 to the fact that the Seahawks might be able to get a low-fourth-round pick for moving down three slots—and you remember how good Seattle’s been in the later rounds of drafts—you start to think John Schneider has to be thinking about this too. That’s if Cleveland would do a deal low in round one. But it’s intriguing. All Seattle would lose is the ability to add a fifth-year option by keeping its first-round pick. I think the advantages of saving $1.4 million and adding a mid-round prospect outweigh the edge of the fifth-year option."
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times says nailing this year's NFL Draft is a requirement if the Seahawks want to stay on top.
Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks are looking to draft players with the same inner fire as free safety Earl Thomas, the team's 2010 first-round draft pick who was signed to a four-year extension last week.
Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune wonders if the rest of the NFC West can use this week's draft to close the gap on the Seahawks.
Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com comments on how the Seahawks operate from a personnel perspective: Stay young; Coach hard and well; Assume little for a player's history.
John Clayton discusses this week's NFL Draft is his latest mailbag feature for ESPN.com.
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com has a four-round mock draft, projecting the Seahawks to select Virginia offensive tackle Morgan Moses in the first round, Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant in the second, and South Carolina defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles in the fourth. Brooks also gives us his draft board, breaking down this year's prospects into three different tiers: Elite, Blue Chip, and Red Chip.
Chris Wesseling of NFL.com says the Seahawks' 2010 draft class is already the best draft class in team history.
Chris Burke of SI.com outlines 50 facts about this year's NFL Draft.
And MyNorthwest.com takes a look back at the best and worst Seahawks draft picks of all-time in photos. Read
Barack Obama Does His Best Richard Sherman
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was a guest at this past weekend's White House Correspondents' Dinner, where President Barack Obama showed off his comical side by doing his best impression of Sherman's NFC Championship postgame interview. Read
NFL's Best Owners
Patrick Daugherty of rotoworld.com has ranked the NFL's best owners from 1-32, and Seahawks owner Paul Allen comes in at No. 7, rounding out Daugherty's list of the League's "Teir 1" owners.
On the Seahawks' Allen, Daugherty says, "It wouldn’t be accurate to say a lot has changed for the Seahawks since being purchased by Allen in 1997. That’s because everything’s changed, from the stadium to the conference to the perception. Long one of the NFL’s most listless franchises, the defending-champion Seahawks now roll up near-perfect home records in one of the league’s most intimidating stadiums. Seven of the Seahawks’ eight division titles have come on Allen’s watch, as have both conference championships. A team that was once mocked is now feared. Rarely has an ownership change fostered such a complete transformation." Read
2014 Sea Gals Selected
Fifty-three women competed at CenturyLink Field last night to earn a spot on this year's Sea Gals squad. From the 53 finalists, 32 were chosen to represent the Seahawks this season. You can check out a roster of all 32 Sea Gals right here. Read
Coaching Changes, Roster Moves
The Seahawks welcomed three new coaches last Friday - offensive assistant Will Harriger, offensive line assistant Chris Morgan, and special teams assistant Chad Morton. Also added on Friday were cornerback A.J. Jefferson and linebacker O'Brien Schofield. Jefferson played with the Minnesota Vikings last year and Schofield spent last season with the Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seahawks. Read