Wednesday Round-Up: Ranking The NFL's Best Front Sevens

NFL.com ranked the best front sevens across the NFL heading into the 2017 season.

Good afternoon, 12s. 

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today — Wednesday, May 24 — about your Seattle Seahawks: 

Ranking The NFL's Best Front Sevens  

NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal ranked the best front sevens across the NFL heading into the 2017 season. 

The Seahawks finished near the top of Rosenthal's list at No. 2, just behind the Houston Texans. Seattle's front seven included Michael Bennett, Bobby Wagner, Cliff Avril, K.J. Wright, Frank Clark, Malik McDowell and Ahtyba Rubin. Here's why Rosenthal placed them that high: 

*The foursome of Bennett, Wagner, Avril and Wright remains a force, incredible for its longevity in an era built to break up teams, especially great ones. Bennett's ageless versatility and strength is the key, although Wagner and Wright have steadily grown better each season. Clark is a worthy third-wheel pass rusher, allowing Bennett to move inside on passing downs. McDowell landed on the perfect team to maximize his raw talent. *

*While there is a risk that the Seahawks' stew grows stale, the team's defensive decline was overstated last season. Seattle finished third in points allowed, first in yards-per-carry allowed and fifth in defensive DVOA in a down season. The team's front seven, not the secondary, now leads the way. *

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from CenturyLink Field, who shared this moment last night honoring Cortez Kennedy, who passed away Tuesday. 

More From Around The Web 

Former Seahawks.com writer Clare Farnsworth pieced together a wonderful tribute to Kennedy. 

Here is a recap of social media reaction following yesterday's tragic news. 

Larry Stone of The Seattle Times describes the giant impact Kennedy had on and off the football field.  

Longtime NFL reporter John Clayton of 710 ESPN Seattle shares the relationship he built with Kennedy. 

Finally, Peter King of The MMQB reflects on Kennedy's football legacy. 

A look back at some of the best photos of Seahawks Legend Cortez Kennedy.

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