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Friday Round-Up: Michael Bennett, Jermaine Kearse scheduled for pair of first pitches

Posted Apr 25, 2014

A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Friday, April 25 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

A Pair of First Pitches

Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and defensive end Michael Bennett are each scheduled to throw out a first pitch on the baseball diamond tonight. Kearse will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Husky Ballpark, when Washington takes on cross-state rival Washington State at 7 p.m. PT. And Bennett will take his beard to "Beard Hat Night" at Safeco Field, when the Mariners meet the Texas Rangers at 7:10 p.m. PT.

Sidney Rice's Road To Recovery

Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune catches up with newly re-signed Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice, who is working to return from the ACL injury he suffered in a game against the St. Louis Rams this past October. Dybas calls attention to the leadership Rice continued to display even after getting hurt, when the 27-year-old wideout stayed in touch with the Seahawks receiving corps through the team's run at Super Bowl XLVIII.

"“Some of those guys look up to me and they express it often,” Rice told the News Tribume. “They look to me for guidance. I’ve been in this system for seven years. Certain things that they might not understand, I might have a better understanding of. I was still part of the team. Any way I could help them to keep progressing and help them get to the point they got to and win the Super Bowl, I was all for it. I didn’t want to let them down in any sense."

Marcus Trufant Retires A Seahawk

Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Trufant retired as a member of the Seahawks yesterday in front of dozens of family and friends at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center, putting an end to his 10-year career in the NFL. The announcement triggered plenty of social media well-wishes from Trufant's former coaches, teammates, and friends.

Mock Draft Central

Will Brinson of CBSSports.com has his latest mock draft with the Atlanta Falcons trading up to secure the No. 1 overall pick. Brinson likes the Seahawks selecting Boise State defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, stating, "Guessing who the Seahawks will take in the first is always a crapshoot. When in doubt, give them a pass rusher who fits the LEO mold and can do damage, regardless of who's on their roster."

Chris Burke and Doug Farrar of SI.com conducted a Twitter Mock Draft this morning and their results have been rounded up at SI.com. They project the Seahawks going for Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin with the final pick of the first round. The reasoning: "With Sidney Rice’s long injury history and Golden Tate’s departure to Detroit, the Seahawks are in clear need of a red-zone target who can dominate in the physical NFC West. Though Benjamin is still learning the NFL route tree, he’d be able to come in and win right away in the paint, taking Seattle’s red-zone offense to a new level."

Autism Awareness

KING 5's Chris Daniels sat down with Seahawks general manager John Schneider and his wife Traci to talk about the couple's efforts to help families dealing with autism. John and Traci's son Ben was diagnosed with autism at the age of three and they have since started a grant in his name. Partnering with Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT), "“Ben’s Fund” helps raise funds for autism care. The pair's 'Primetime' celebrity waiter event featuring Seahawks players, coaches, and staff has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the cause over the past couple of years.

More From Around The Web

Seahawks Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth takes a closer look at the team's 2014 regular season schedule, offering key notes about each of the club's 16 matchups.

Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com highlights defensive end Greg Scruggs as the player with the most to gain heading into the Seahawks' new season. On Scruggs' upcoming opportunity, O'Neil says, "Scruggs is bigger than he was two years ago when he was drafted, his weight up over 310 pounds at last report. Not only that, but the template for Seattle's defense may be changing just a bit as the Seahawks have emphasized their pass rush more over the past few seasons. As imposing as [Red] Bryant was, he was never going to be mistaken for a pass-rush threat. If Scruggs can hold the edge, he would bring more of a pass-rush threat without giving up too much against the run game."

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times continues his countdown of the Top 25 Seahawks draft picks of all-time, naming running back Shaun Alexander at No. 15.

Jenny Vrentas of TheMMQB.com has more on cornerback Richard Sherman's Wednesday visit to Harvard University.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told NFL Media's Jeff Darlington that the League is considering stretching the annual NFL Draft from three days to four.

Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto