Good morning, 12th Man, and happy April Fool's Day.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Tuesday, April 1 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Doug Farrar of SI.com has his latest mock draft after Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel's impressive pro day workout last week. Farrar has Manziel to the Houston Texans at No. 1 overall and pegs the Seahawks to select a familiar name in these parts - Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. On Benjamin potentially landing in Seattle, Farrar says, "The Seahawks won their first Super Bowl with one of the best defenses we’ve ever seen, and an offense that relied heavily on power running and far less on passing. It might be a folly to expect the defense to perform that well again (though they’re certainly going to be very good), so the key to a return trip to the big game might be opening up the aerial attack. And Benjamin would be a great acquisition, because he’s a huge (6-5, 235) target with a killer wingspan and the ability to win overhead battles with just about anyone. Seattle has had issues in the red zone from time to time throughout the Pete Carroll era. Benjamin could change that quite decisively."
Chris Burke of SI.com analyzes the top centers in this year's draft and highlights the best free agents still available as the NFL open market enters its fourth week. Seahawks free agent O'Brien Schofield makes Burke's list at linebacker.
Terry Blount of ESPN.com says the Seahawks have done what they've had to do in free agency from a salary cap standpoint this offseason.
ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio has contacted the NFL office about the release of the 2014 regular season schedule and the word back is a "normal target" release of mid-April.
Peter King of TheMMQB.com has more notes from his visit with former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, who is currently engaged in a second battle with cancer.
It's never too early to start talking fantasy football, right? Ok, well it is a little early, but NFL.com's Michael Fabiano has gone there anyway in his latest 10-team, five-round fantasy mock draft. Running back Marshawn Lynch is the only Seahawks player to go in Fabiano's top 50, earning at mention at pick No. 4 overall. On Lynch, Fabiano writes, "It seems like Lynch has been in the league forever, but he's just 27 and should still have one or two strong seasons left in the Great Northwest. He's ranked among the five-best running backs based on fantasy points in three straight seasons, and there's no reason to believe he won't continue to find success. He's a top-five selection."
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is set to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Texas Rangers this Wednesday. Wilson was drafted by the Rangers from the Colorado Rockies in the MLB Rule 5 Draft back in early December and participated in spring training with the club last month.
Green Bay Packers beat writer Wes Hodkiewicz has the comeback story of Seahawks linebacker Mike Taylor, the former University of Wisconsin Badger who signed with Seattle this past February.
And here at Seahawks.com, team photographer Rod Mar has photographs from Monday's visit to Darrington, Wash., where the community is still feeling the effects of the mudslide that devastated the area on March 22.
Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto