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Wednesday Round-Up: Seattle Seahawks Defensive End Cliff Avril Among NFL's Top 10 Pass Rushers

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Good afternoon, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, Dec. 16 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Ranking The NFL's Best Pass Rushers

In an Insider feature at, former NFL safety and current staff writer Matt Bowen put together a list of the Top 10 pass rushers in the League, identifying players who "consistently impact protection schemes and put the quarterback on the ground."

Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril comes in at No. 10 on Bowen's list, behind the Houston Texans' J.J. Watt (No. 1), Denver Broncos' Von Miller (No. 2), Oakland Raiders' Khalil Mack (No. 3), Kansas City Chiefs' Justin Houston (No. 4), St. Louis Rams' Aaron Donald (No. 5), New York Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson (No. 6), Cincinnati Bengals' Geno Atkins (No. 7), New Orleans Saints' Cameron Jordan (No. 8), and Detroit Lions' Ezekiel Ansah (No. 9).

Here's what Bowen had to say about Avril, whose 7.5 sacks rank second to Michael Bennett's 8.5 on Seattle's defense, which as a whole ranks No. 2 in the NFL, allowing 307.8 yards per game.

Avril must have one of the best 10-yard splits in the league based on his get-off. Like Miller, Avril can often blow past offensive tackles before they really even get into a pass set. At 6-foot-3, 260 pounds, Avril has the frame and athletic ability of a prototypical 4-3 rush end with the violent hands on contact to slap down and create a positive angle. That's why we see him attack the edge of blockers so often. Plus, he is a perfect fit for Seattle's defense, which wins with speed. You want to shut down Avril? Find an offensive tackle who can get back off the ball and a running back who isn't afraid to chip on the edge.

Signature Move: The speed rush. Blockers know it's coming. And they still can't stop it.

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Sports Illustrated, which teases a Q&A session with Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett that's set to appear in the magazine's Dec. 21 issue.

More From Around The Web

Here at, digital media reporter John Boyle discusses quarterback Russell Wilson's MVP chances in his latest Twitter Q&A with 12s, recaps a series of Tuesday roster moves that included the club officially placing running back Thomas Rawls on injured reserve, and details a statistic that head coach Pete Carroll is particularly proud of.

Here's a look at how the Seahawks' NFC West rivals fared in Week 14, when the Arizona Cardinals (11-2) clinched a playoff berth.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and wide receiver Tyler Lockett are up for weekly honors at after their performances against the Baltimore Ravens this past Sunday.

Eighteen different Seahawks helped spread the holiday spirit at two local hospitals last week.

Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times takes a look at how the Seahawks' 2015 statistics compare to previous years.

Gregg Bell at the Tacoma News Tribune catches up with Tacoma native, Wilson High graduate, and former Washington State Cougars standout defensive lineman Xavier Cooper, who will face his hometown team this Sunday as a member of the Cleveland Browns.

Danny O'Neil at shares three things we learned and three things we're still trying to figure out from Sunday's Seahawks win at Baltimore.

Eric Mandel at recaps a recent radio conversation with Seahawks veteran running back Fred Jackson, who says he's ready for an increased workload with Thomas Rawls out for the year and Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) still on the mend.

Steve Rudman at says Seattle's Russell Wilson is playing quarterback about as well as it can be played.

ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando ranks the League's Top 10 defenses, and the Seahawks come in at No. 4.

Sheil Kapadia at identifies five numbers that help explain Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's historic stretch and labels defensive back DeShawn Shead as the team's best athlete.

Week 14 proved to be another successful business trip for the Seahawks and team photographer Rod Mar shares some of his favorite moments from the weekend, including Coach Carroll's viral photo atop of the team lockers postgame. 

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