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Monday Round-Up: ESPN Ranks Seahawks' Linebacker Group As Best In The NFL

The group is led by a pair of star veterans and some exciting young talent.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Monday, Aug. 10 – for your Seattle Seahawks.

The best linebacker room in football?

Late last week, ESPN's Mike Clay released his rankings for every position group in the NFL this season. He looked at each position and ranked teams first through 32nd. In the off-the-ball linebacker group, Clay had your Seahawks at No. 1.

Here's what he had to say about the unit:

"The Seattle defense is led by Bobby Wagner, who has managed at least 100 tackles (134.1 average) each of the past eight seasons," Clay wrote. "Wagner is now 30, and his counterpart K.J. Wright is 31, but Seattle cemented its strong LB room when it spent a first-round pick on Jordyn Brooks in April's draft. Add 2019 midround picks Cody Barton and Ben Burr-Kirven to the mix, and you have both quality and depth."

When you lay it out, it's hard to argue any linebacker group is better than Seattle's. Wagner has made the Pro Bowl in six straight seasons and has been named First-Team All-Pro for the last four seasons. He led the NFL with 159 combined tackles last season.

Wright has been a mainstay for Seattle his entire career, playing 13 or more games in eight of his nine seasons. Now 31, Wright is only getting better with age. In 2019, he had a career-high 132 combined tackles and three interceptions.

Outside of the two star veterans, the unit is supported by promising youngsters Cody Barton, Ben Burr-Kirven and Jordyn Brooks. Barton and Burr-Kirven each played 16 games as rookies in 2019, albeit in limited time. Barton, a third-rounder, and Burr-Kirven, a fifth-rounder, will likely be expected to step up this season with Mychal Kendricks gone.

Brooks, the No. 27 overall pick in April's draft, enters his rookie season with a lot of hype. His coach at Texas Tech, Matt Wells, also coached Wagner at Utah State. Around the time of the draft, Wells called Brooks “the next Bobby Wagner.” Now, Brooks gets to learn from the man himself.

This unit has all the tools to rule the NFL now and in the future. And on Sunday, the Seahawks posted an awesome edit of the old guard with the new age.

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This linebacker group is looking 🔥

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Blitz virtually attends Portland Trail Blazers game

The NBA season is back in full swing in Orlando, Fla. On Saturday, Blitz the Seahawk was invited to be a virtual fan for the Portland Trail Blazers game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Regardless of whether or not you're a Trail Blazers fan, it was a hilarious visual to see a mascot on the board next to random fans. Blitz won't be able to virtually attend NBA games much longer though, as the NFL season is now just one month away.

Social Post Of The Day

Seahawks Legend Kam Chancellor did some reminiscing this weekend on social media. Chancellor was one of the most feared players in the nation back in college at Virginia Tech and it's easy to see why.

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