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Tuesday Round-Up: Offensive & defensive line, trading back are popular mock moves for Seahawks
World-renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson visited Seahawks practice this week and talked with the players and coaches about the physics of football, along with how the rotation of the Earth might even impact the game. Watch
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Terry Blount of ESPN.com projects 10 defensive linemen the Seahawks could consider selecting in this week's draft. Oregon State defensive lineman Scott Crichton, who was one of 19 local prospects invited to Seahawks headquarters last month, earns a mention from Blount, "Projected as a second-round pick, Crichton was a three-year starter for the Beavers. Scouts love how hard he plays and the way he will run down plays from behind and run across the field to make tackles. Crichton is 100 percent on every snap. His motor never quits, which is similar to Seahawks DE Michael Bennett."
Blount also shares a list of 10 offensive linemen the Seahawks could consider in the draft, and Blount highlights UCLA offensive guard Xavier Su'a-Filo, who has been a popular mock draft pick to the Seahawks in first round. On Su'a-Filo, Blount says, "He's easily the second-best guard in this draft behind Notre Dame's Zack Martin, who probably won't make it to the end of Round 1. Su'a-Filo is seen by some as a middle second-round pick, but he's worth taking at 32. Or the Seahawks might trade down, hoping he's still there a little later. Su'a-Filo is 23 because he did a Mormon mission, but being older is a good thing. He's a mature and extremely bright young man who has outstanding athletic skills. He played a lot of tackle in college, but is seen as a guard in the NFL because of his explosive push off the ball, which fits perfectly with Seattle's power running game. "
Greg A. Bedard of TheMMQB.com tells us who teams should select with their first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, mentioning Nevada offensive tackle Joel Bitonio to the Seahawks at No. 32, "The Seahawks were brutal at points last season on the offensive line. Bitonio’s versatility all over the line gives Seattle the option of playing the best five."
Peter King of TheMMQB.com projects who teams will select with their first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and King has the Seahawks trading out of the first round with the Cleveland Browns, acquiring a second- and low fourth-round pick for their first rounder at No. 32.
Steve Rudman of SportsPressNW.com pinpoints three wideouts, offensive linemen, and defensive linemen the Seahawks could target early in this week's draft.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald says don't be surprised if the Seahawks trade back in the first round of this week's NFL Draft. Boyle also recounts the team's history of draft-day trades under head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider.
Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com explains why there could be extra incentive for the Seahawks to trade out of the first round.
Rather than trying to predict which players the Seahawks will select, Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com predicts the type of players the Seahawks will select this week.
Here at Seahawks.com, we preview the defensive line position ahead of this week's draft.
Enter: Phase 2
The Seahawks began Phase 2 of the offseason program yesterday, signaling the start of a three-week period that allows coaches to be on the practice field for drills with players.
"This was a good first day,” head coach Pete Carroll told Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth. “The enthusiasm was there like we like and a lot of work was done, too. We’re so far ahead of where we used to be, it’s really obvious and evident by the efficiency of how we moved in doing all the stuff.” Read
Russell Wilson Bowls With Justin Bieber
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson spent Sunday afternoon at the bowling alley with pop singer Justin Bieber and The City Church lead pastor Judah Smith. Wilson went home with the top score between the three, who made the stop at Lucky Strike Bellevue after attending church service together earlier that morning. Read
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