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Friday Round-Up: Richard Sherman to attend White House Correspondents' Dinner

Posted May 2, 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, May 2 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Richard Sherman At The White House

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is slated to be one of the celebrity guests on Saturday night at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and several news outlets will be in attendance. Sherman, who Terry Blount of ESPN.com says will be seated with his girlfriend Ashley Moss at The Huffington Post table, will be joined by five other current NFL players at the event -  Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, and Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins.

The dinner, which is set to be held at the Hay-Adams hotel in Washington, D.C., will be hosted by actor/comedian Joel McHale, the Mercer Island native and former University of Washington tight end who now stars on the NBC comedy Community. McHale, a Seahawks superfan who has touted his support for the club on Twitter, held a back-and-forth session with Sherman this past December at Seahawks headquarters. So it would come as no surprise if McHale threw a shoutout Sherman's way on Saturday night.

Seahawks Shine At 'Prime Time'

Seahawks general manager John Schneider and his wife Traci put on the third annual 'Prime Time' celebrity waiter event last night at El Gaucho Bellevue to raise funds and awareness for autism through "Ben's Fund"  - named after the Schneider's son living with autism. Three-dozen Seahawks players competed to earn "Ben's Bucks" from the guests on hand, which in turn could be used to purchase autograph and photo opportunities from the players. The event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support families living with autism over the years.

Below, check out Seahawks players' social media posts surrounding the event.

Draft Central

Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR AM takes a look at which positions he thinks the Seahawks should address in next week's NFL Draft.

Seahawks.com Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth continues his preview of next week's draft with a look at the group of prospects at the wide receiver position. Farnsworth also sums up Thursday's NFL Draft conference call with NFL analyst Mike Mayock, who says he can see the Seahawks trading out of the first round.

Doug Farrar of SI.com highlights six positions of "crucial importance" and the prospects that can best fill them ahead of the 2014 NFL Draft, pointing to Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and free safety Earl Thomas as the best NFL examples of the highly sought-after "shutdown press cornerback" and "coverage safety."

And Pro Football Hall of Fame left tackle Walter Jones will announce the Seahawks' second-round pick in this year's draft.

Seahawks In Kilts

Defensive end Greg Scruggs and linebacker K.J. Wright are representing the Seahawks in the third-annual "Men In Kilts" fundraiser to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. The pair is competing for the title of "2014 King of the Kilt" with 14 other groups from around the Seattle community. The winner of the campaign will be announced on Thursday, May 15. You can cast a vote for Scruggs and Wright for $25 right here, which sponsors one night of housing for a family in need.

More From Around The Web

Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com comments on the contract extension for free safety Earl Thomas, whose new deal makes him the highest paid safety in the League. O'Neil also notes today is the last day wide receiver Doug Baldwin can sign with another team in free agency. After today, as a restricted free-agent, Baldwin can't sign with any other team but Seattle, but as O'Neil says, that deadline does not ensure when Baldwin will sign with Seattle.

And Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Russell Investments teamed up to donate more than $75,000 to Seattle-area charities.

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