Thursday Round-Up: Richard Sherman Remembers His 2011 Draft-Day Experience

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Good afternoon, 12s, and welcome to day one of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, April 30 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Richard Sherman Reflects

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman reminisces about his draft-day experience in an article on his personal website - RichardSherman25.com.

Sherman recalls his draft slot from four years ago - 2011, fifth round, 25th cornerback selected, No. 154 overall - numbers that he says fueled his play during his rookie season in Seattle.

"I told myself that I was going to prove to everyone, to all the doubters, that they were wrong," Sherman writes.

After cracking the starting lineup for the final 10 games of his rookie season following injuries to Marcus Trufant and Walter Thurmond, Sherman has gone on to become one of the best players at his position. He's a two-time Pro Bowler, three-time first-team All-Pro selection, and Super Bowl XLVIII champion. He's been featured on the cover of the Madden NFL video game and his 24 interceptions since 2011 are the most in the League.

Despite all he's achieved, Sherman said he still thinks about those numbers from four years prior - 2011, fifth round, 25th cornerback selected, No. 154 overall.

"And today, even after all that I've been able to accomplish, with this team, with my brothers, these are still the numbers I have in my head. They aren't going away," he writes.

Here's another interesting snippet from Sherman's post, which you can read in its entirety right here.

I still remember my draft experience like it was yesterday. It was a long couple days to say the least. I had maybe 60-70 family members sitting around. Watching it, pick after pick, the minutes feel like hours. The hours feel like days. With every pick that goes by, you lose a little bit of yourself. You lose a little bit of confidence, little bit of swagger, little bit of joy. End of the 2nd day and you start second guessing yourself. Is it ever going to happen? Hoping somebody recognized all the hard work and dedication you put in. Maybe all the doubters were right.

*By the 3rd day, 60 people turned to 7. Not as much energy in the room. The names keep getting called. After the 4th round it felt like I lost 10 years from my life. You stop watching. Start gazing off. Wondering if it's ever going to happen. Maybe it's not made for you. *

Then it happens. The phone rings. Everyone gets excited when the phone rings. You're hoping this isn't some random person just calling you. On draft day. You only want the phone to ring if it is a team. That's the worst feeling in the world. When somebody just calls you.

*I pick up and it's the Seattle Seahawks. I'm in. I told Schneider and Pete that this is the best decision they could have made. I'll make you look very intelligent for it, I told them. *

#SeahawksDraft Live

Seahawks.com will carry live streaming video coverage during all three days of this year's draft. You can catch all the action, including a constant feed of the team's draft room, at Seahawks.com/live starting at 5 p.m. PT today.

Here's a look at the team website's programming schedule:

Round 1: Thursday, April 30, 5 p.m., Seahawks.com/live

Rounds 2-3: Friday, May 1, 4 p.m., Seahawks.com/live

Rounds 4-7: Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m., Seahawks.com/live

A look back at all of the Seahawks 1st round draft picks for Throwback Thursday.

Mock Draft Central

ProFootballFocus.com extended its first-ever mock draft into the second round, tabbing the Seahawks to select Clemson cornerback Garry Peters with the No. 63 overall pick, writing,

"Another cornerback who dominated his level of competition but has the dreaded 'how would he fare against better players' asterisk next to his name. Roberts allowed an NFL QB rating of just 67.1 into his coverage and only half the balls thrown into his coverage to be complete."*

The Wall Street Journal calls Duke offensive guard Laken Tomlinson an "obvious pick" for the Seahawks, writing, "We know by now how they win: big, tall cornerbacks and a great quarterback. But they have focused on the trenches in the draft. They rank near the top in offensive and defensive linemen selected since 2012."

Rob Rang at SeahawkFootball.com has put together a 'Seahawks Value Board' outlining potential players Seattle could take in each round of this year's draft.

And NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock released his one and only mock draft for the first round of this year's event. Of course, the Seahawks aren't mentioned after dealing the No. 31 overall choice to the New Orleans Saints as part of the trade for tight end Jimmy Graham. But here's nine things we learned from Mayock's exercise.

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Blitz The Seahawk, who's in Chicago, Ill. for the 2015 draft along with members of the Sea Gals.

More From Around The Web

Here at Seahawks.com, we take a look at the year-by-year draft history under Seattle GM John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll.

Brady Henderson at 710Sports.com examines Hobart offensive lineman Ali Marpet as a potential second-round pick for the Seahawks and offers three predictions on Seattle's approach to the 2015 draft.

Danny Kelly at FieldGulls.com has a closer look at Washington State defensive tackle Xavier Cooper, whose hand-fighting technique along the line of scrimmage closely resembles what former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn taught to Seattle's D-line.

Team mascot Blitz answered three questions ahead of yesterday's Play60 event at 'Draft Town' in Chicago, Ill.

And in news around the NFC West, San Francisco linebacker NaVorro Bowman returned to the practice field yesterday for the first time since suffering an ACL injury in the 49ers' 2013 NFC Championship loss to the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.

D*id I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter *

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