Good morning, 12th Man.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, March 6 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Dan Pompei of SportsOnEarth.com has an extensive look at the Top 10 defenses in NFL history, and the 2013 Super Bowl champion Seahawks come in at No. 4 on his list behind the 1985 Chicago Bears, 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers, and 2000 Baltimore Ravens. Here's a small sample of what Pompei had to say about Seattle: "Regardless of where their overall defense ranks, the Seahawks might be able to lay claim to the title of best secondary ever. Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon, who serves as the color analyst for Seahawks games on the radio, said he has not seen a better secondary in his 30-year association with the NFL. Some may prefer the 1994 49ers (Deion Sanders, Eric Davis, Merton Hanks, Tim McDonald). Others may pick the 1984 49ers (Ronnie Lott, Eric Wright, Carlton Williamson, Dwight Hicks). Still others will like the1984 Raiders (Mike Haynes, Lester Hayes, Vann McElroy, Mike Davis). But with Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor all being voted All-Pro, the 2013 Seahawks secondary was as effective as any."
ESPN's Bill Polian - the former general manager of the Indianapolis Colts - has his free-agent tracker grading out all of the NFL's players set to become available on March 11. The tracker features some Insider info, which you need a subscription to view, but here's what Polian had to say about defensive end Michael Bennett, who came out with an "A" grade. "Bennett has good length and a good motor, with good initial quicks to add to that. He can bend and bore, and he has the speed to get to the passer. He is a little limited as a run-stopper due to strength and is more of a situational player, but a good one. He is strictly a fit in a 4-3 front, though he's long enough to go inside in nickel."
On Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate, Polian delivers a "B-plus" and writes, "Tate is a little on the small side, he is a little tight out of breaks, and I'm not sure they're sold on him in Seattle. Why would they bring in Percy Harvin if they were sold on Tate? I like him a lot, though. The B-plus grade means he can contribute. He is not a Pro Bowler and you're not going to break the bank on him, but he is young and has the right qualities to succeed. He just lacks big size and speed."
And here are Polian's grades on the rest of the free-agent-to-be Seahawks.
Field Yates of ESPN.com labels Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse one of five potential "step-up" players for 2014. It's an Insider feature as well, but here's what Yates had to say about the former University of Washington Husky: "As the confetti swirled through MetLife Stadium following the Seahawks' Super Bowl triumph, we wrote that one of the team's positions of need was wide receiver, as both Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin are set to be free agents (Baldwin is restricted). And, though he wasn't a big part of their 2013 season, Sidney Rice was released. While the receiver position is an area of focus this offseason, the Seahawks don't have to add a full new cast of wideouts, as Kearse, who scored a brilliant touchdown in the Super Bowl, has a chance to evolve into a starting target. He has very good run-after-catch ability and toughness to couple with his 210-pound frame."
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com reports that Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner's indefinite suspension from the NFL is over, but he'll still miss the first four games of 2014. Browner is free to sign with an NFL team when free agency begins next week.
Mike Huguenin of NFL.com recaps cornerback Richard Sherman's Tuesday visit to his alma-mater - Stanford University. Sherman took in the program's spring practice and toured the campus' "alumni locker room."
Marc Sessler of NFL.com ranks the Top 25 free-agent cornerbacks around the League, and current Seahawks cover men Walter Thurmond and Brandon Browner come in at No. 6 and No. 11, respectively, on Sessler's list. Sessler says Jacksonville is a possible landing spot for both, pointing to the pair's connection with current Jaguars head coach and former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
Matt Smith of NFL.com has his Mock Draft 3.0 with the Seahawks grabbing Florida St. wideout Kelvin Benjamin with pick No. 32. On Benjamin to the Seahawks, Smith says, "Put him with Percy Harvin and the reliable Doug Baldwin, and watch him make plays. Russell Wilson needs that big red-zone target desperately."
Doug Farrar of SI.com has his Mock Draft 2.0, tabbing the Seahawks to select Stanford offensive guard David Yankey with pick No. 32 to close out the first round. On the potential pick, Farrar writes, "It’s time for Seattle to take this position more seriously. Yankey is a tough, athletic blocker with experience in different blocking schemes and the right kind of attitude for Seattle’s power-based offense."
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has his latest Mock Draft with the Seahawks selecting Oregon St. wide receiver Brandin Cooks at the end of the first round. Prisco simply states, "If they lose Golden Tate in free agency, they can replace him with Cooks."
Eric Galko of Sporting News takes a look at the Top 100 NFL Draft prospects that aren't quarterbacks. University of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney tops Galko's list, saying he is "arguably the best defensive prospect of the past 10 years."
And here at Seahawks.com, Digital Media Writer Clare Farnsworth looks ahead to the 2014 NFL Draft, highlighting some of this year's top quarterbacks.
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