Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, May 4 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Jarran Reed "Should Be Viewed As One Of The Steals Of The Draft"
Kevin Patra at NFL.com names six 2016 NFL Draft picks most likely to impact their franchise's "playoff hopes" and "Super Bowl aspirations," and defensive tackle Jarran Reed, who Seattle traded up to pick in the second round (No. 49 overall), makes Patra's list.
On Reed, Patra writes, "Based on his talent, his selection in the second round and team need, Reed should be viewed as one of the steals of the draft. The Seattle Seahawks' secondary receives plenty of due credit, but their front four is just as devastating, with Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril leading the charge. However, the Seahawks needed to add power in the middle with Brandon Mebane's exit to San Diego in free agency. Reed fills that role and should see plenty of playing time early on for the NFC West powerhouse. It would be a surprise if the 6-foot-3, 307-pound ox didn't start Week 1. Reed is not an interior pass rusher and the Seahawks likely will go to sub-packages on third downs anyway. What the rookie does bring is elite run defending up the gut -- a handy trait against the Todd Gurleys, Adrian Petersons, Eddie Lacys and David Johnsons of the world -- and power to eat up blockers on the inside. The Seahawks' interior defense was the weakest part of their unit. Reed will immediately improve the group. The addition of Reed assures there will be no fall for the NFL's top-ranked rush defense."
Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com agrees, ranking Reed as Seattle's draft pick most likely to make an immediate impact, writing, "The plan here is pretty clear. Reed is expected to win the starting nose tackle job and replace Brandon Mebane. The Seahawks traded up for Reed in the second round, and general manager John Schneider called him the best run-defending defensive lineman in the draft. It'd be a surprise if Reed didn't line up next to Ahtyba Rubin at defensive tackle in Week 1."
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from coach Pete Carroll, who congratulates the Seahawks' former director of team video Thom Fermstad, who was with the team for its first 36 seasons, on being inducted into the Sports Film and Video Hall of Fame.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle notes the club signed former Skyline High School quarterback Jake Heaps and passes along the uniform numbers doled out to each of the Seahawks' 2016 draft picks.
Here's 24 questions and answers to help you get to know Seahawks wide receiver Kenny Lawler, the No. 243 overall pick in the draft.
Here's a look at how the rest of the NFC West graded out in the 2016 draft.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll wants your opinion on whether or not he should switch up his shoe game.
Lance Zierlein at NFL.com ranks the Seahawks' 2016 class as the ninth-best draft class in the League.
Chase Goodbread at NFL.com lists Seahawks defensive tackle Jarran Reed and running back Alex Collins as two of the five best bargain picks in the NFC West.
A couple current Seahawks show up in this photo essay from NFL.com on notable undrafted free agents in the League.
Danny O'Neil at 710Sports.com says drafting three running backs was the next step in the Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch succession plan.
And Eric Mandel at 710Sports.com recaps a recent radio conversation with offensive lineman Rees Odhiambo, who the Seahawks took in the third round of the 2016 draft at No. 97 overall.
To celebrate this now annual occasion, we merge the galaxies of Star Wars with our newest stars, the 2016 #SeahawksDraft class. And as you'll discover, the parallels between our two universes go far far beyond simple name-play. Happy Star Wars Day and #MayThe4thBeWithYou always!