Russell Wilson and the Seahawks players continuing what has now become an offseason tradition with a player-organized optional "camp". Sunday morning many players met at VMAC before heading off to Hawaii.
Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, April 16 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
From The Hawaiian Islands
We recapped a good amount of Seahawks players' social media posts from this week's Hawaii-based player-driven workouts in Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday's Round-Ups, but as expected, fresh social scenes continue to pour in.
Here's a look at some more on-the-field and off-the-field updates from the Hawaiian Islands, where quarterback Russell Wilson, tight ends Jimmy Graham, Luke Willson, Cooper Helfet, and RaShaun Allen, wide receivers Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Kevin Norwood, Chris Matthews, and Ricardo Lockette, running back Demitrius Bronson, fullback Derrick Coleman, cornerbacks Richard Sherman, Cary Williams, Eric Pinkins, and Will Blackmon, linebackers Bruce Irvin, Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, and Mike Morgan, and safeties Kam Chancellor and Dion Bailey have gathered for an unofficial offseason program, and a little fun in the sun.
Mel Kiper Makes Seahawks Picks
In his latest ESPN Insider feature, NFL draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. isn't projecting picks like he does with his highly-publicized mock drafts. Instead, he's making picks based on what's best for each team at each slot.
Kiper made picks for each club for rounds 1-3 and laid out three ground rules for the exercise:
"1. At each slot, I make a pick in the best interest of only the team with the pick. I won't pass on a player at No. 4 just because I like the team better at No. 5.
2. No trades unless they're already done. I note team needs, and I try to address them, but like the draft, value can supersede need.
3. Again: I'm not projecting. It's more a look at where I see value up and down the board."
He sees Seattle as having needs at wide receiver, cornerback, center/guard, and defensive end. The Seahawks are without a pick in the first round after sending it to the New Orleans Saints as part of the deal to acquire tight end Jimmy Graham, but Kiper addresses two of those three "needs" with the team's picks in Round 2 (No. 63) overall and Round 3 (No. 96 overall).
Here's Kiper's picks for the Seahawks coupled with his reasoning behind each selection:
"Round 2 (63) CB Ronald Darby, Florida St.
Round 3 (96)C Hroniss Grasu, Oregon
Analysis:I still consider wide receiver a need, particularly with Paul Richardson out to start the season, but we did add a pass-catching weapon with the addition of Jimmy Graham in the trade of the offseason. Graham has 89, 85, 86 and 85 receptions over the past four seasons, respectively. This isn't Mark Bavaro -- Graham is face of the new-school, size-plus-speed matchup threat who should not only be a constant target, but open up the passing game elsewhere. So while I still want to target a wide receiver later on, I'm jumping at a talent like Darby in Round 2. We finished the Super Bowl with virtually every player in the Legion of Boom either playing hurt or out, and I want to add some depth to the strength of our team and, with Pete Carroll in mind, the strength of our coaching staff. Darby is raw, but the tape shows QBs were extremely wary of targeting him. He could be a steal. There's an obvious need on the interior of the offensive line, and I think Grasu has a chance to start at center early on. With Graham and these two in hand through three rounds, I feel pretty good."
More From Around The Web
Wide receiver Ricardo Lockette has re-signed with the Seahawks for the 2015 season.
With the 2015 NFL Draft just two weeks away, John Boyle at the Everett Herald looks back at the best and worst Seahawks picks of the John Schneider-Pete Carroll era.
Terry Blount at ESPN.com doesn't think Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will play professional baseball.
And Brady Henderson at 710Sports.com shares key takeaways from a recent conversation with Seattle Executive VP/General Manager John Schneider.
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