Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, Feb. 26 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Carroll To Get Honorary Degree From USC
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll will receive an honorary degree from the University of Southern California at the school's May 15 graduation ceremony.
The university announced Carroll will be one of six recipients this spring at the school's Los Angeles campus, where Carroll coached from 2001-09 before moving on to coach the Seahawks in 2010.
In his nine years with the Trojans, Carroll led the team to seven straight Pac-10 titles (2002-08), two national championships (2003-04), and a 97-19 overall record. He reached a bowl game in each of his seasons as head coach and won seven of them. With the Seahawks' 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, Carroll became one of three coaches (Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer) to win a college football national title and a Super Bowl in their career.
Carroll also founded A Better LA and A Better Seattle, organizations that work to prevent gang-violence and empower inner-city youth. He'll be inducted into USC's athletic hall of fame on May 16, the day after graduation.
Carroll/Schneider Among NFL's Top Coach/General Manager Duos
NFL.com's Adam Schein has his latest "Schein Nine" column ranking the top-nine head coach/general manager duos in the NFL.
At the top of the list are Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim, who signed contracts with the club earlier this week to remain in Arizona through the 2018 season. The Baltimore Ravens' combo of coach John Harbaugh and GM Ozzie Newsome comes in at No. 2, but the Seahawks' Carroll and Executive VP/General Manager John Schneider are next in line at No. 3.
Schein writes, "I don't feel good about putting Seattle's duo at No. 3. To me, the top three are pretty interchangeable -- maybe I should call them 1A, 1B and 1C. Schneider pounded the table for the Seahawks to draft Russell Wilson. That's a résumé builder. Schneider's a brilliant talent evaluator and a tireless worker. Seattle has deftly crafted contracts for sustained success."
Mock Draft Central
Eric Edholm at Yahoo! Sports has a two-round post-combine mock draft that has the Seahawks selecting Florida offensive lineman D.J. Humphries (No. 31 overall) in round one and Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perriman (No. 63 overall) in round two.
On the O-lineman Humphries, Edholm writes, "Left tackle Russell Okung is entering his contract year at age 27 (and could outprice himself for the Seahawks), and Justin Britt was up and down at right tackle as a rookie starter. Humphries' nasty demeanor and athleticism show up on tape and fit the kind of player the Seahawks seem to seek every year."
On the wideout Perriman, Edholm says, "A group of undrafted receivers could use a little help, especially with Paul Richardson likely to miss the early part of the season. Perriman's intriguing skills could fit Seattle's needs nicely."
Dan Kadar at SB Nation sees the Seahawks adding depth to their secondary in round one with LSU cornerback Jalen Collins, "There's a buzz building around Collins. He's a little raw coming out of LSU, but his length and man skills are obvious. Byron Maxwell has a chance to cash in via free agency and Jeremy Lane may miss the start of the season after word came out that he tore his ACL. Collins is a perfect fit for Seattle's scheme."
WalterFootball.com has the Seahawks going wide receiver in the first round, using pick No. 31 on Arizona State's Jaelen Strong, "The Seahawks need play-makers in their receiving corps. They love athletic players, so I have to believe that they'd consider Combine standout Jaelen Strong, who has loads of potential, at the end of the first round."
Nate Davis at USA Today sees the Seahawks going with a wideout at No. 31 overall - Dorial Green-Beckham, "His character questions present a roll of the dice, but the Seahawks rarely come up snake eyes (Percy Harvin notwithstanding) in such scenarios and could really use a game-breaking outside threat to help QB Russell Wilson."
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from the Empire State Building in New York City, which happens to be lit up in Seahawks colors in honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
More From Around The Web
Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas has details of his recent shoulder surgery on his personal blog.
Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman will be honored as NFC Defensive Player of the Year at the 45th annual NFL 101 Awards this Saturday in Kansas City, Mo.
Gil Brandt at NFL.com targets eight players who should have productive careers at the pro level even after underwhelming at the 2015 NFL Combine.
Rob Rang at CBSSports.com ranks the draft's top 64 players, Bucky Brooks at NFL.com ranks the draft's top 32 players, and D0ug Farrar and Chris Burke at SI.com each rank the draft's top 40 players following the NFL Combine.
And TheMMQB.com's Peter King, Jenny Vrentas, and Robert Klemko pass along a post-combine discussion of their takeaways from this past week's event at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.
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