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Thursday Round-Up: Michael Bennett, Doug Baldwin Included In's Position Power Rankings For Undrafted Players

Seahawks players Michael Bennett and Doug Baldwin ranked high in's top-10 list of undrafted players.

Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today —Thursday, October 27 — about your Seattle Seahawks:

Bennett, Baldwin Among Top-10 Undrafted Players

After the surprising retirement of Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster, Around the NFL writer Chris Wesseling compiled a list of the 10 best undrafted players in today's NFL. Foster, 30, finished his career as one of the most productive undrafted players, totaling 6,472 yards and retiring as the Houston Texans' all-time leading rusher.

Two Seahawks players made the list: defensive end Michael Bennett (No. 1) and wide receiver Doug Baldwin (No. 4).

Here's why Wesseling gave Bennett the top spot:

1) Michael Bennett, Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman:The famed Legion of Boom was already in place, but the Seahawks didn't start making Super Bowl appearances until they signed Bennett and Cliff Avril as bargain-basement pass rushers in 2013. Outside of the nonpareil J.J. Watt, Bennett has been pro football's most versatile defensive lineman over the past half-decade, toggling between end and tackle depending on the down and distance. If not for Malcolm Butler's game-ending interception in Super Bowl XLIX, he would have a Super Bowl MVP trophy on his mantle.

Over the past two weeks, it's easy to see why every NFL team wants its own version of Bennett as a tackle-end hybrid. Atlanta's three-touchdown outbreak in the third quarter of Week 6 coincided with Bennett's exit after he harassed Matt Ryan to the tune of five QB hits in just over two quarters. He was nearly as disruptive in last Sunday's 6-6 tie with Arizona, exposing Earl Watford and D.J. Humphries as liabilities on the right side of the Cardinals' offensive line. For all of the star power on Seattle's historically great defense, Bennett might just be the most valuable player of the bunch.

And here's why he selected Baldwin fourth:

*4) Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver:You don't see drafted players earning three NFL contracts by their sixth season in the league. Baldwin's four-year, $46 million offseason deal recognized his status as a team leader and unheralded star for a franchise in the middle of a dynastic run. A crafty route runner with strong run-after-the-catch ability and no fear in the middle of the field, Baldwin has emerged as Russell Wilson's go-to target in high-leverage situations. He was the most efficient receiver in the league last season, responsible for an NFL-best 139.9 passer rating on targeted passes. *

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Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Seahawks Promotions, who are giving fans an opportunity for an All-Access experience presented by American Family Insurance. Enter for a chance to stand on the platform when the 12 Flag is raised before the Seahawks' final regular season home game on December 24th. 

The winner and three friends will watch pregame warm-ups from the sideline, attend the postgame press conference and meet cornerback Richard Sherman at practice the day before the game.

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