Good afternoon, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Friday, Feb. 26 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
After two days of press conferences, team interviews, and medical evaluations, on-field workouts are finally underway at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine.
Offensive linemen, special teamers, and running backs are going through drills on Friday, while quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends follow on Saturday, defensive linemen and linebackers continue on Sunday, and defensive backs wrap things up on Monday.
At NFL.com, former NFL running back Darius Walker remembers what his time was like in Indianapolis at the 2007 NFL Combine, where Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch were considered the top two prospects at Walker's position. Peterson ended up going No. 7 overall to the Minnesota Vikings and Lynch was drafted by the Buffalo Bills at No. 12. Nine years later, until Lynch announced his retirement, the two players were widely regarded as the League's top two ball carriers.
Here's what Walker said he recalls about his initial encounters with Peterson and Lynch:
Scouts have identified who they believe are the best players at each position well before the combine begins. They've watched countless hours of film and have spoken to insiders across the country about character traits and work ethic. Performances at the combine merely serve as confirmation to insight that's already been gathered.
For my class, Adrian Peterson was the No. 1-rated running back. I met the No. 2-rated RB shortly before our first skill competition. He was wearing a dark beanie and sleeveless shirt. I watched his highlights the week before, and analysts raved about his toughness and unique ability to break tackles. Most players were quiet and kept to themselves, so it was surprising when he came over and introduced himself. "What's up bro?" he said. "I'm Marshawn Lynch."
From Day 1, Peterson and Lynch got the bulk of the attention from scouts. All eyes were on them as our group proceeded through each session. I have to admit watching them cycle through position drills was astounding. They could cut, jump, run, and catch like well-oiled machines who seemingly had done this all before. It was undeniable they were clearly on another level. I laugh to myself that their nicknames "A.D." (short for All Day because he could run all day) for Peterson and "Beast Mode" for Lynch suited them perfectly, even back then.
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from us - @Seahawks, as we offer a look back at the faces of current Seahawks running the 40-yard dash at their respective combine workouts.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle highlights five things we learned from head coach Pete Carroll's media availability at the NFL Combine, including encouraging health updates on running back Thomas Rawls and tight end Jimmy Graham. Boyle also reiterates the team's focus on strengthening the offensive line this offseason.
Former Oregon and Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams, who stands 5-foot-11, says he's embracing comparisons to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
The Seahawks join a Maryland community in remembering the lives of two Harford County deputies killed in the line of duty earlier this month, one of which was a big Seahawks fan.
Jayson Jenks at the Seattle Times recounts a competitive NFL Combine story about Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas.
Brady Henderson at 710Sports.com reviews the free-agent situation surrounding Seahawks starting right guard J.R. Sweezy.
And Art Thiel at SportsPressNW.com feels that cornerback is the Seahawks' top need this offseason.
Seahawks coaches, scouts and front office staff are out in Indianapolis to watch draft-class talent preform at Lucas Oil Stadium for the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine.