Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Tuesday, April 19 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Seahawks Draft Needs
With less than 10 days until the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft kicks off in Chicago, former NFL defensive back and scout turned NFL.com media analyst Bucky Brooks is taking a division-by-division look at the biggest draft needs for every team in the League.
Brooks recently touched on the NFC West, a division that holds the draft's No. 1 overall pick after the Los Angeles Rams traded for the top choice last week. Seattle, meanwhile, holds nine picks in this year's selection process, including the No. 26 overall pick in round one. With longtime starters like left tackle Russell Okung, defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, and linebacker Bruce Irvin departing in free agency this offseason, Brooks identifies offensive tackle, defensive tackle, and defensive end as the team's top needs.
Here's what Brooks had to say about potential focus areas for the Seahawks in next week's draft:
Finding a blind-side protector for Russell Wilson is a top priority following Russell Okung's departure in free agency. The Seahawks are unlikely to land one of the draft's premier offensive tackles on Day 1, but Indiana's Jason Spriggs, Texas A&M's Germain Ifedi and Texas Tech's Le'Raven Clark could be possibilities as front-line starters. On defense, the Seahawks could turn their attention to fortifying the D-line with a few athletic disruptors on the interior. Mississippi's Robert Nkemdiche, Penn State's Austin Johnson, Mississippi State's Chris Jones, Notre Dame's Sheldon Day and Ohio State's Adolphus Washington could add some sizzle to the lineup. At defensive end, Eastern Kentucky's Noah Spence, Florida's Jonathan Bullard or Oklahoma's Charles Tapper could fill a role as a designated rusher off the edge.
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who celebrated the first day of the team's voluntary offseason workout program by cracking a bottle of sparkling apple juice.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle catches up with newly re-signed cornerback Brandon Browner, who says he hopes to prove himself "all over again" in his second stint with the Seahawks. Boyle also recaps Monday's roster moves, including the re-signing of offensive lineman Patrick Lewis, who started nine games at center for Seattle last year.
Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas got married in magnificent fashion this past weekend and you can find photos and videos from his big day right here.
Dave Boling at the Tacoma News Tribune comments on the Seahawks' recent additions of cornerback Brandon Browner and defensive end Chris Clemons.
Brady Henderson at 710Sports.com shares three thoughts on the Seahawks bringing back cornerback Brandon Browner.
And Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com explains why the Seahawks could look to trade out of the first round of next week's draft.
The Seahawks are back in Seattle for the first day of the team's official offseason voluntary workout program held at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center, where players went through testing and measurements with athletic trainers and attended a team meeting.