Monday Round-Up: Regional combine recap; NFL Annual Meeting underway

Posted Mar 24, 2014

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

Good morning, 12th Man.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Monday, March 24  - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune took in Saturday's regional combine at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, where hundreds of NFL hopefuls participated in drills exactly like those you may have seen at last month's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. Boling writes, "As of Feb. 8, 76 players active on NFL rosters had experience in regional combines. The Seahawks have three such players: defensive end Benson Mayowa, quarterback B.J. Daniels and offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann.

The Hawks, at the last combine, also noticed and signed Idaho receiver Justin Veltung, from Puyallup High School, but he ended up on the Rams’ roster.

So, although it’s a bit of a cattle-call audition, guys get seen."

Our very own Digital Media Writer Clare Farnsworth was also on site during Saturday's regional combine at Seahawks headquarters. He caught up with former Seahawks wide receiver and Pro Bowl special teamer Alex Bannister, who is now 34 years old and seeking another shot at football's highest level of competition. On Bannister, Farnsworth writes, "Saturday, he was one of 58 wide receivers who went through the combine workouts in the indoor practice facility at VMAC. Bannister ran his 40-yard dashes in 4.60 and 4.67 seconds. He had a 29-inch vertical leap and a 9-foot, 5-inch broad jump. The efforts were comparable to those he turned in at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2001, when he ran the 40 in 4.47 seconds, had a 30½-vertical and a 9-2 board jump – but achieved by a man who is 22 years older and 31 pounds heavier than the kid who came out of Eastern Kentucky.

For every 70 or so 20-something prospects on hand Saturday, there was a Bannister; or a Jonathan Wilfong, a 38-year-old former linebacker from Shasta Junior College; or a Mike Long, a 38-year-old former quarterback from the University of Indianapolis.

'I still feel young mentality,' Bannister said. 'I don’t feel like I’m out here creaking and hobbling around. I feel young. I feel like I can do it.' "

John Boyle of the Everett Herald recaps what he saw from the weekend's regional combine, talking with former University of Washington cornerback Tre Watson, who started his purple and gold career as a walk-on, earned a scholarship, and ended up starting the team's final three games his senior year.

The Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms with former Seahawk Paul McQuistan, a veteran lineman who started 14 games on the left side of the offense last season, primarily splitting time with James Carpenter at left guard.

Judy Battista of has an early report from the annual League meetings set to take place his week in Orlando, Fla. Battista talks with New York Giants president John Mara, a member of the committee who said Sunday there is little momentum to make any changes to the point-after-touchdown.

Lindsay H. Jones of USA Today breaks down several more items up for review at this year's League meeting. Although the decision is not expected to come this week, Jones suggests a few 2014 regular-season opening matchups that could be of interest to the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks and the NFL, "The Seahawks are set to host games against its NFC West rivals San Francisco, Arizona and St. Louis, and an NFC Championship game rematch against the Niners could be attractive to NBC and the league, as could the Cardinals, the only team to win in Seattle in the past two years.

Other intriguing options are the Denver Broncos for a Super Bowl rematch, the Green Bay Packers with star quarterback Aaron Rodgers or the Dallas Cowboys and their big television draw."

Peter King of has his "Monday Morning Quarterback" column detailing major changes to NFL officiating expected in 2014.

Brent Sobleski of USA Today ranks the Top 10 defensive tackles headed for May's NFL Draft. The Seahawks released defensive ends Red Bryant and Chris Clemons this offseason and lost defensive tackle Clinton McDonald to free agency, so Sobleski's list is worth a look.

Greg Gabriel of the National Football Post has his pro day notebook on several prominent players ahead of the 2014 NFL Draft. On Florida State wideout Kelvin Benjamin, who has been linked to the Seahawks in several mock drafts, Gabriel writes, "Benjamin only did two measurable drills, jumping 33” in the vertical and he ran the short shuttle in 4.49. His route running was very good and he caught the ball well. Look for Benjamin to be drafted late in the first round."

Pat Kirwan of has his latest mock draft and a new name pops up for the Seahawks - Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio at No. 32. On the potential pick, Kirwan writes, "The Seahawks lost their right tackle in free agency, and even though they have signed a few veteran guards, a big tackle is needed. Coach Tom Cable will develop this underclassman into a solid player who might someday move to the left side where he played in college."

Barry Federovitch of has a team-by-team look at NFC West needs leading up to May's NFL Draft.

You can cast a vote for the Seahawks' Russell Wilson in's "Greatest Quarterback of All-Time" NCAA tournament-spirited bracket. Wilson is up against his Super Bowl XLVIII opponent Peyton Manning in the bracket's first round.

In NFC West-related news, St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher has expressed interest in recently-released New York Jets signal caller Mark Sanchez. Incumbent starter Sam Bradford is recovering from an ACL injury that ended his 2013 campaign and St. Louis is without a backup quarterback after Kellen Clemens signed with the San Diego Chargers in free agency. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll worked with Sanchez at the University of Southern California before Sanchez was taken by the Jets with the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft - one pick after Seattle selected Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry.

Here at, Digital Media Writer Clare Farnsworth recaps the Seahawks' Super presence at We Day Seattle, held last Friday at Key Arena in front of more than 15,000 students and 450 teachers from across the state of Washington.

And our team photographer Rod Mar has several snaps from the Seahawks' time at We Day Seattle.

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