Thursday Round-Up: Seahawks roster "still king" in NFC West

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Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, April 9 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Roster Reset: NFC West

NFL.com's *Around the League *staff has been rolling out its annual "Roster Reset" series breaking down the offseason acquisitions of each of the League's 32 teams.

Dan Hanzus analyzed the NFC West yesterday, calling the Seahawks the "class of the division" and owners of the NFL's "most loaded roster" after the blockbuster trade that brought tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle from the New Orleans Saints.

Hanzus ranks the Seahawks' roster No. 1 in the division. Here's what he had to say about Seattle:

"Why Seattle is still king: Because deft personnel work -- including an untouchable draft pedigree -- keeps the Seahawks ahead of the game. There was no panic after February's crushing Super Bowl loss. Instead, the Seahawks kept all their major players in the building and imported Graham to fill one of the team's most glaring needs -- a red-zone difference-maker.*

That doesn't mean there aren't challenges for general manager John Schneider. The team is without a first-round pick (ceded to the Saints to land Graham) and have seen their depth chipped away as other teams look to capture Seattle's magic. Schneider's job is to use the 11 picks at his disposal -- including five in rounds two through five -- to patch the weak spots and send the Seahawks out on another title journey."*

A look at the projected Seattle Seahawks roster for the 2015 season including new faces from free agency and trade. This gallery is updated with every offseason transaction.

So what's next? With Max Unger moving to the Saints as part of the Graham trade and James Carpenter signing with the New York Jets in free agency, Hanzus sees offensive line as an obvious area where help is needed. He also calls out wide receiver as a position where the club could use some "fresh talent," but does note Chris Matthews' breakout performance in Super Bowl XLIX could be a sign of things to come.

Behind the Seahawks, Hanzus has the Arizona Cardinals' roster ranked at No. 2, the St. Louis Rams at No. 3, and the San Francisco 49ers at No. 4.

New Beast Mode Gear

On his personal website - www.beastmodeonline.com - running back Marshawn Lynch is selling t-shirts featuring the phrase he made famous during the build-up to Super Bowl XLIX: "I'm Just Here So I Won't Get Fined"

The shirts are available in black, heather grey, and white at $34 each.

Tweet Of The Day

https://twitter.com/RSherman_25/status/586154477390061568

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who shares a blooper reel from the #MamasBoy commercial shoot he did with Campbell's Chunky Soup.

More From Around The Web

If you're a Seahawks fan living in Cleveland Browns territory, you'll want to check out to the second annual Joe Haden & Friends Softball Game this June. The game will feature "Legion of Boom" members Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman, and Earl Thomas.

Terry Blount at ESPN.com highlights three players the Seahawks could select with their first pick in round five of the 2015 NFL Draft.

NFL.com draft guru Mike Mayock has updated his position-by-position rankings for this year's draft.

And NFL draft analysts see Washington's Shaq Thompson as one of the hardest prospects to evaluate heading into this year's draft.

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

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