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Wednesday Round-Up: Earl Thomas earns extension; Greg Scruggs working to be a 'jack of all trades'

Posted Apr 30, 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 - Wednesday, April 30 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Earl Thomas Inks Extension

The Seahawks signed three-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas to a four-year contract extension on Tuesday, and Seahawks.com Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth caught up with Thomas during yesterday's press conference announcing the deal. Farnsworth notes Thomas' "never-satisfied, always-looking-ahead approach" will continue to fuel his on-field efforts even after becoming the highest paid safety in the League.

As soon as news of the extension broke on Twitter, current and former teammates and coaches of Thomas started to send their best regards his way via social media. I rounded up those congratulations and detailed an unexpected encounter with authorities that Thomas ran into prior to Tuesday's press conference.

In honor of Thomas' big day, we took a look back at the best photos from "Area 29" since he came to the Seahawks as a first-round draft pick in 2010.

And Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune says Earl Thomas' extension is further proof of general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll's blueprint: "Draft smart, develop your own talent, and do everything you can to keep the players who help you win games."

Greg Scruggs working to be a "jack of all trades"

Brady Henderson of 710Sports.com recaps a Tuesday conversation between Seahawks defensive end Greg Scruggs and 710 AM ESPN Seattle's "Brock and Danny." Scruggs, who is coming off an ACL injury he suffered during last year's offseason workouts, has bulked up to 310 pounds - 26 pounds more than his listed weight of 284 a season ago. Henderson notes Scruggs' versatility and willingness to play nearly every position along the defensive line could lead to significant playing time in 2014.

"It might be a case where Mebane is tired, somebody was injured that week, they say, 'Scruggs, we need you at nose,' " Scruggs told "Brock and Danny." "Well, I'm 310, so it's not a problem for me to go in and play nose. It's all technique and I've got a little bit of oomph behind me. If it's defensive end where Big Red was, OK, I'll go play D-end. If it's 3-technique because Tony [McDaniel] needs a breather, I'll go in at 3.

"So I don't know. I've just been training to be kind of a jack of all trades."

Russell Wilson & Robert Turbin Visit Seattle Children's Hospital

Tuesday visits to Seattle Children's Hospital are nothing new for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who has made a point to visit the facility once a week, even during the busy NFL season. But yesterday Wilson was accompanied by running back Robert Turbin, and the pair posed for several photos with the hospital's smiling children that you can find on Wilson's Instagram page.

Seahawks Boast NFL's Best Pre-Draft Roster

Evan Silva of rotoworld.com has ranked the talent of current NFL rosters from 1-32, and the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks top his list. In his ranks, Silva offers an offensive and defensive breakdown of each club.

On the Seahawks offense, Silva says, "The Seahawks don't have the prettiest offense on paper, but play a distinct brand and effectively identify players who fit that philosophy. Lynch is the centerpiece of OC Darrell Bevell's unit, which has ranked first and second in rushing attempts in Wilson's two years as a starter, and 32nd and 31st in pass attempts. Depth is strong at the skill positions, with rugged third-down back Robert Turbin and mega-talent Christine Michaelbehind Lynch. Jump-ball specialists Jermaine Kearse and Sidney Rice back up Baldwin and Harvin. Michael and athletic freak Willson are 2014 breakout candidates. The Seahawks were quiet in free agency, but Harvin is essentially an addition after appearing in just one regular season game last year. Expect GM John Schneider to supplement the line in May's draft, and target a potential alpha-type receiver."

And on the defense, Silva writes, "Defense is where Seattle butters its bread. The Seahawks are loaded up front, with 2013 third-round DT Jordan Hill, versatile DE/DT Greg Scruggs, "Monstar" Jesse Williams, and 2013 preseason starBenson Mayowa behind a standout first team. Super Bowl 48 MVP Malcolm Smith is the fourth linebacker. If Seattle has question marks on defense, they're at slot cornerback with Walter Thurmond III gone to the Giants, and "five-technique" end with Red Bryant off to Jacksonville after Schneider made him a cap casualty. The Seahawks have the best defense in football, but could afford to upgrade their depth at the second and third levels."

"35!"

The Denver Broncos are trying to pull some positives out of their 43-8 defeat to the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII by using the 35-point loss as motivation heading into the new season. In a recent press conference, Broncos defensive end Malik Jackson said, ""Whenever somebody gets tired, you just say '35' and they start picking it up again."

'Safe' vs 'Surprise' Draft Picks

Chris Burke and Doug Farrar of SI.com break down potential "safe" and "surprise" picks for NFL teams ahead of next month's draft.

On the safe route for the Seahawks, Farrar likes Notre Dame offensive lineman Zach Martin, stating, "Martin played left tackle for the Fighting Irish, but he projects better inside at the NFL level, because he doesn’t set the edge very well, and he can lose leverage battles outside. However, he’s got the power and toughness to become a great guard, and that position is one of desperate need for Seattle. It’s also possible that Martin could be tasked with replacing former right tackle Breno Giacomini."

Burke tackles the surprise route, taking on chance on Kent State running back/wide receiver Dri Archer in the first round, "When a franchise boasts a roster as deep as the one the Super Bowl champs have, it can swing for the fences. Enter Archer, likely a late Day 2 or early Day 3 pick, with the home-run ability and blazing speed to warrant consideration much earlier. He could be borderline unstoppable in this offense, as a sort of Percy Harvin Lite."

More From Around The Web

Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth previews the running back position ahead of the 2014 NFL Draft, noting the rare exception that are the Seahawks when it comes to the popular running-back-by-committee approach employed by many NFL teams.

Terry Blount and Bill Williamson of ESPN.com discuss how the 2014 NFL schedule could affect the League's most-heated rivalry between the Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

Stephen Cohen of SeattlePI.com takes a look back at which players have been chosen in the NFL Draft at spots where the Seahawks select this year - picks No. 32, No. 64, No. 132, No. 146, No. 172, and No. 208. The list includes current Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane (No. 172 in 2012), Super Bowl MVP quarterback and Washington State University alum Mark Rypien (No. 146 in 1986), current Arizona Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett (No. 64 in 2004), Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts (No. 64 in 1973), and more.

In a well-timed piece considering yesterday's news, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times names free safety Earl Thomas the Seahawks' 10th-best draft pick in his countdown of the franchise's Top 25 draft picks of all-time.

710Sports.com shares highlights from Danny O'Neil's latest "Hawk Talk" fan chat, including thoughts on wide receiver Doug Baldwin's contract situation.

NFL.com has updated their draft needs for each of the League's 32 teams, pointing to offensive guard, offensive tackle, wide receiver, and defensive end to be areas of need for the Seahawks.

Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com selects seven draft sleepers who could go higher than projected next month.

And strong safety Kam Chancellor and cornerback Richard Sherman are included in this photo gallery depicting the Top 10 late-round draft picks from the past decade.

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