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Wednesday Round-Up: Seahawks make sales pitch to undrafted rookie free agents

Posted May 7, 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, May 7 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

John Schneider, Pete Carroll Hold Pre-Draft Press Conference

Seahawks general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll held their annual pre-draft press conference yesterday, and the 30-plus minute session served as a reminder as to how friendly Seattle has been to undrafted rookie free agents since Schneider and Carroll took over in 2010.

"John actually sent me a handwritten letter, and I still have it to this day,” undrafted Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin told our Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth on Tuesday. “You could tell it was heartfelt, it was sincere, that he meant every word in it and that he was going to be trustworthy and honest.

“That kind of led me to the decision to come to Seattle."

Baldwin went on to lead the team in receiving yards his rookie year. His contributions, along with a slew of other undrafted Seahawks, have been instrumental to the team's Super Bowl success.

Also during yesterday's session with the media, Schneider and Carroll offered thoughts on the decision to decline offensive guard James Carpenter's fifth-year contract option, explained the difficulties in drafting along the defensive line, and said they have high hopes for the team's 2013 draft class, many of whom saw limited play time during their rookie seasons.

Richard Sherman Quiets The Little Voice In His Stomach

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is featured in a new commercial for Oberto Beef Jerky where he quiets the "little voice in his stomach" played by television personality Stephen A. Smith. Check out the video above for a bit of hump day humor.

Happy Birthday, Earl Thomas

Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas celebrates his 25th birthday today and you can send some well-wishes his way on Twitter @Earl_Thomas. Thomas' Legion of Boom teammates may have beaten you to the punch, though - a couple of their birthday wishes for three-time All-Pro and Pro Bowl safety are laid out for you below.

More From Around The Web

Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times says you can expect this week's draft to unfold like a high-stakes game of poker.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says this week's draft offers another opportunity for Seahawks general manager John Schneider to shine.

Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune thinks the Seahawks are likely to bolster their offensive line in the early rounds of the draft.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald wonders if other teams will try to emulate the Seahawks' formula for success.

Stephen Cohen of SeattlePI.com ranks every Seahawks draft class in club history.

And Nate Davis of USA Today has his final mock draft of 2014, projecting the Seahawks to select UCLA offensive lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo at pick No. 32. On the projected pick, Davis writes, "Starting OL Breno Giacomini and Paul McQuistan signed elsewhere, and G James Carpenter is likely on his way out next year. Su'a-Filo brings the blend of fire and versatility the organization values."

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

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