Good afternoon, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" today — Tuesday, February 27 — about your Seattle Seahawks:
NFL Combine Preview
With the NFL Combine getting underway this week in Indianapolis, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com previewed the positions he believes the Seahawks could target at this year's event.
Here's who Henderson believes Seattle should focus on as they have a few needs on both sides of the ball heading into the combine and are always looking to add depth across the board:
Harold Landry, OLB/DE, Boston College: Landry led the nation in sacks with 16.5 to go along with 22 tackles for loss as a junior in 2016, but his numbers dipped last season (five sacks, 8.5 TFL), as he was limited to eight games because of an ankle injury. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. rates Landry as the No. 1 outside linebacker in this year's NFL draft and the 25th-best prospect overall. He notes that at 6-foot-3 and 257 pounds, Landry also could play defensive end in a 4-3 front. That versatility could appeal to a team like the Seahawks, who run a 4-3 and have needs at both positions. When he was with Seattle, Bruce Irvin played strongside linebacker on early downs and then put his hand in the dirt and rushed off the edge in passing situations. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com lists Irvin as an NFL comparison for Landry. Kiper doesn't have Landry going in the first round in his latest mock draft.
Geron Christian, OT, Louisville:The Seahawks could and arguably should move Ifedi back to guard, where he started as a rookie. That would open up the right tackle spot. Christian (6-foot-6, 315 pounds) played both left and right tackle while starting 39 games over his three seasons at Louisville. Kiper says that Christian, a stud basketball player in high school, is "going to be a riser after he shows his athleticism in drills" at the combine. Kiper rates Christian as the fifth-best tackle prospect but has him as the third tackle off the board in his latest mock draft, projecting him to go to the Minnesota Vikings at No. 30. So it seems conceivable that Christian could be available to the Seahawks, even if they trade back from No. 18.
Durham Smythe, TE, Notre Dame: Smythe's receiving totals won't impress you. In fact, his 24 catches for 356 yards and five touchdowns in his two seasons as a starter are pretty underwhelming. But Smythe (Kiper's No. 9-ranked tight end) is known as a strong blocker, something the Seahawks could use as they try to reverse the two-year decline in a running game that once was the strength of their offense. It's not something they had with Graham, even though he improved in that regard over his three seasons in Seattle. Zierlein writes that Smythe "plays like an offensive lineman" and that his "particular talent as a run-blocker should create an opportunity to become a solid starter for years to come."
Social Post Of The Day
Today's "Social Post of the Day" comes from Seahawks owner Paul Allen's Upstream Music Festival, which added more artists to this year's event:
More From Around The Web
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson talked about how attending spring training with the New York Yankees will help him as a football player.
Danny Kelly of The Ringer has the Seahawks taking a pass-rusher in his NFL mock draft.
Finally, Marc Sessler of NFL.com looked at 10 topics to follow during the NFL Combine this week.
Spend a day operating behind-the-scenes with Seahawks general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll at the 2017 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana, where professional football's top prospects worked out and interviewed for the League's 32 teams.