Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, Jan. 20 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Mel Kiper Re-Grades Each Team's NFL Draft
With the 2015 regular season in the books, ESPN.com NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. takes his annual look back at how his grades of each team's 2015 draft class turned out (Insider), updating each team's mark based on how the class performed this past year.
Kiper cautions his new grades are just a "fun exercise" based on "how each class appears to be shaping up" and he based his 2015 re-grades on a few parameters: First-year impact based on relative value, "contributing to a winner is worth more than piling up reps for a bad team"; Undrafted rookies signed after the draft count as part of each team's class, "That's part of the process, really."; And on whether or not players who contributed could do the same on most teams.
Kiper gave the Seahawks an 'A-minus' grade (Insider) for their 2015 class last May and upped that mark to a solid 'A' in his 2015 re-grades. Here's what he had to say about the Seahawks:
Throw me a bone here. I wrote after the draft: "The pick of Tyler Lockett (they moved up for him) is one of my favorites in the entire draft. The guy is just always open, and anybody who watched the Super Bowl knows how much the Seahawks need pass-catchers who can create some separation." Lockett has been everything they hoped for, and will be a big part of things in years to come. Steal. And if you don't like the Jimmy Graham trade now, just remember that Thomas Rawls is part of this class (undrafted pickup) and might have beaten Gurley for the rookie rushing title had he stayed healthy. Frank Clark showed flashes of major potential this season, and figures to be a big part of the defensive front next year. It's relatively quiet after that, but again: major contributions to a winning team. Draft still looks good.
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" is actually an Instagram post from Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas, who explains why he won't be participating in this year's Pro Bowl:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the players, coaches, and most importantly, all of the fans who voted me into this year's Pro Bowl. I have always considered being selected as one of the highest honors bestowed on any player in the league. While I value the significance of being named to the Pro Bowl, I unfortunately will not be able to participate in this year's upcoming game. It is without question that I will miss taking the trip out to Hawaii and enjoying the festivities with my fellow NFL brothers and all the fans, but I look forward to getting my body fully healthy and working to bring another Super Bowl home to Seattle!
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle checks in on running back Thomas Rawls' plans and approach to this offseason and also breaks down the snap counts from Sunday's season-ending loss to the Panthers.
Ade Lewis, the Seahawks fan in South Carolina whose story went viral last week, was a special guest of Seattle head coach Pete Carroll on the field at this past Sunday's game against the Panthers.
Larry Stone at the Seattle Times says the Seahawks need to make the offensive line a priority this offseason.
Danny O'Neil at 710Sports.com shares highlights from his latest 'Hawk Talk' chat about the Seahawks' offseason.
Gregg Bell at the Tacoma News Tribune catches up with potential free-agent-to-be Bruce Irvin, who says he "can't even imagine" playing with anybody else.
And former sports agent Joel Corry at CBSSports.com looks at what lies ahead for the Seahawks heading into this offseason.
Team photographer Rod Mar shot what turned out to be his final photo essay of the 2015 season, as the Seahawks traveled to North Carolina and fell to the Panthers in the NFC Divisional round of the NFL Playoffs.