Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Tuesday, April 7 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Jon Ryan Live-Tweets #NCAAChampionship
Seahawks punter Jon Ryan took over The Players' Tribune's Twitter account last night to live-tweet the NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship Game between the No. 1-seeded Wisconsin Badgers and No. 1-seeded Duke Blue Devils. Ryan - along with a few other Seahawks - was rooting for Wisconsin.
The game featured 13 lead changes in the first half alone and the matchup was locked at 31 after the first 20 minutes. Wisconsin jumped out to a nine-point lead to open the second half, but Duke rallied behind clutch performances from freshman guards Tyus Jones and Grayson Allen to secure a 68-63 victory. The win gave the Blue Devils their fifth national title under head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
While Ryan rarely tweeted about the action on the court at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium, his in-game commentary was hilarious. Each of Ryan's tweets from Monday night's game are laid out for you below.
Seahawks Are NFL's Best Drafters Since 2002
Sharon Katz at ESPN.com has an Insider feature breaking down the NFL's best-drafting teams.
Katz used Pro Football Reference's Approximate Value (AV) metric to analyze every draft pick since the League's expansion in 2002. AV assigns a single number to each player's season based on a formula you can learn about right here.
ESPN compared a player's AV over their first four seasons to the expected AV of a player selected in his draft slot. The exercise provides an idea as to which players over- and under-performed compared to expectations. First-round picks are expected to perform well, so that means the best picks are the late-round players that out-perform their draft slot.
With the amount of talent the Seahawks have managed to pluck from the back-half of the draft in recent seasons, it's not too surprising to see the team's name at the top of Katz's list.
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.
Seattle's AV of "plus-33.9 added per draft" is No. 1 in the League. The team's best value picks since 2002 have been cornerback Richard Sherman (No. 154 overall), quarterback Russell Wilson (No. 75 overall), and linebacker Lofa Tatupu (No. 45 overall).
"The Seahawks have been to back-to-back Super Bowls because of a roster built primarily through the draft. Fourteen of Seattle's 22 starters in this year's Super Bowl were drafted by the Seahawks, including six players drafted in the fourth round or later. They picked up another three undrafted free agents that went on to start. With the exception of C Max Unger, all of those players came in Pete Carroll's tenure (since 2010).
"The Seahawks' 2010 to 2012 drafts were unrivaled in terms of value. Richard Sherman, Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas, Bobby Wagner and Kam Chancellor are just a few of the slam-dunk picks made by Carroll and GM John Schneider in those drafts. Not only did all of those players produce on the field (all Pro Bowlers), but they allowed Seattle to sign other marquee pieces because of their inexpensive rookie contracts. Many of those players have since cashed in, but Seattle has not slowed down its successful draft strategy of compiling picks and finding value in the later rounds."
Rounding out the NFL's five best-drafting teams are the Indianapolis Colts (No. 2), Philadelphia Eagles (No. 3), Green Bay Packers (No. 4), and Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 5).
Tweet Of The Day
For the second consecutive day our featured tweet comes from Ryan, because as the Seahawks punter notes, it's just too good not to share.
Ahead of the Seattle Mariners' Opening Day, Ryan shared a photo of himself sporting long red locks, a handlebar mustache, and a retro Mariners hat and t-shirt. Printed on his t-shirt are the highly-recognizable facial characteristics of former Mariners pitcher Randy Johnson, which Ryan's facial features at the time closely resembled.
More From Around The Web
Terry Blount at ESPN.com names three players the Seahawks could target with the first of their three fourth-round picks in the 2015 NFL Draft. Blount also eyes three defensive players Seattle could take with the second of its three fourth-round selections.
Brady Henderson at 710Sports.com passes along audio tidbits from a conversation ESPN's John Clayton had with Seahawks Executive VP/General Manager John Schneider at University of Washington's Pro Day last week.
And Bob Condotta at The Seattle Times has another round of reader mailbag question and answers surrounding the Seahawks.
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