Good morning, 12s, and welcome to draft day.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, May 8 - about your Seattle Seahawks as we await the 5 p.m. PT start of the 2014 NFL Draft:
Final Mock Drafts
ESPN Insider Mel Kiper has his final mock draft of 2014, believing the Seahawks will target Virginia offensive tackle Morgan Moses with the final pick of the first round. On Moses to Seattle, Kiper says, "I've heard Moses as an option much higher than this slot, but I think this is a pretty fair reflection of his likely draft range. While I also think the Seahawks could go with Stephon Tuitt in this spot, Moses comes in as a possible solution at right tackle. He's not a great athlete, but he has impressive length and can give pass-rushers fits because he can take you way out of position if you want to beat him with speed. Moses could also provide depth at left tackle given
Fellow ESPN Insider Todd McShay has his final mock before tonight's festivities, projecting Georgia Tech pass rusher Jeremiah Attaochu to the Seahawks at pick No. 32. McShay explains, "It's tough to project these last few picks in the first round, especially considering some teams could be looking to trade down into the bottom of the first round to take a quarterback, but we'll go with Attaochu in this scenario. The Seahawks require a lot of depth in their defensive front seven, and Attaochu brings good pass-rushing ability to the table."
NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah has his last look at tonight's draft, projecting the Seahawks to select Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt in the first round, simply stating, "Tuitt would be a nice replacement for Red Bryant."
Don Banks, Chris Burke, and Doug Farrar of SI.com have their final look at tonight's draft, highlighting three different names for the Seahawks at No. 32 - UCLA offensive guard Xavier Su'a-Filo (Banks), Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro (Burke), and Notre Dame offensive lineman Zach Martin (Farrar).
UCLA's Xavier Su'a-Filo is also a popular pick with Greg Gabriel of the National Football Post, who says, "The world champs have a strong team with good depth. This is a case of best player available. Su’a-Filo has versatility in that he can play guard or tackle and may even be able to play center."
Evan Silva of rotoworld.com likes Minnesota defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman to the Seahawks in the first, "Hageman draws the ire of evaluators for his snap-to-snap effort, which was inconsistent in the Big Ten. In Seattle, he wouldn't have to be an every-down player, giving the Seahawks 20-30 downs per game in the old Red Bryant 'five technique' role. Hageman offers more disruptive upside than Bryant due to vastly superior athletic tools. He'd be an outstanding fit on the Super Bowl champs."
And several staff members at CBSSports.com have updated their mock drafts ahead of tonight's event, including NFL writer Will Brinson, who sees the Seahawks selecting Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy in the first round, "This doesn't feel “wild card” enough for John Schneider and Pete Carroll but they do like their pass rushers. Not sure they care when they can get an athletic player who's capable of moving around on defense."
Music To Their Ears
For the first time ever, players in attendance that are selected at tonight's NFL Draft will be able to choose the music that plays when they walk out to meet NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on stage at New York's Radio City Music Hall. My guess is we'll hear "The Man" by Aloe Blacc, as well as Drake's "Draft Day" and "Started From The Bottom" a time or two.
Here at Seahawks.com, we'll be carrying a live feed of the Seahawks' Draft Room throughout the entire NFL Draft. Commentary from digital host Tony Ventrella will be mixed in along with live coverage from NFL Network. The feed gets going around 5 p.m. PT.
Richard Sherman Inks Extension
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman signed a four-year contract extension with the team yesterday, a move that is slated to keep him in Seattle through the 2018 season. The deal makes Sherman the highest played player at his position, and if you think the record payday will translate to complacency on the football field, think again - Sherman still remembers the names of the 23 cornerbacks selected ahead of him in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Several of Sherman's teammates, coaches, and personalities from around the Twittersphere congratulated the All-Pro Stanford graduate on his new deal.
And in honor of the extension, we put together a photo gallery depicting the best of Sherman's time to date in Seattle. You can also check out photos from Sherman's contract extension press conference right here.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth offers a preview of the linebacker position ahead of tonight's NFL Draft, saying there's a lot to like about Buffalo's Khalil Mack.
Tim Booth of the Associated Press says Seahawks general manager John Schneider and his staff are looking to make the most of their six draft picks.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks trading out of the first round wouldn't come as a shock.
Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune pinpoints five players the Seahawks could consider in round one.
Terry Blount of ESPN.com has a look at wide receivers the Seahawks may consider in this week's draft.
And Peter King of TheMMQB.com has a special draft-day edition of his '10 Things I Think I Think.'
Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto