Good afternoon, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, April 27 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Doug Baldwin: General Manager?
In an interview set to air Thursday on 710 ESPN Seattle's 'Justin and Gee' show, Doug Baldwin was asked what he would do with Seattle's first pick (No. 26 overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft if he was the team's general manager. In his answer, the sixth-year wideout sounded a lot like the Seahawks' actual head of personnel, John Schneider.
"In the GM-world terms, we call it the shelves of talent," Baldwin said, via 710Sports.com. "There's not a big drop-off of talent in those first three rounds. So you can actually go back – if somebody's willing to trade up – you can (go) back and get a few more picks and still be in that top shelf of talent…"
In the same segment, Baldwin was asked about his own draft-day experience in 2011, one the Stanford product said led to a "devastating" time in his life after he went unselected through the three-day process.
"There was a lot of emotion because football has been my thing since I was 6 years old," Baldwin said. "I didn't know what was going to happen. And we were in the lockout year, so after the draft was over, none of the teams could talk to us.
"I'm sitting there, undrafted, no interest because no teams had called me because they couldn't, and I'm about to graduate and I don't have a job," he added. "So I was worried, man. I started applying to different jobs in the area. My best friend at Stanford, he helped me get an interview with Dropbox at the time. I was searching. I didn't know what was going to happen. I was lost."
Days before the start of training camp in late July, the lockout ended. Baldwin signed with the Seahawks and went on to lead the team in catches (51), receiving yards (788), and touchdowns (4) that season, becoming the first undrafted rookie to lead his team in receptions and yards since Bill Groman of the Houston Oilers in 1960. Today, he's the team's No. 1 wideout, and he recorded career-highs in catches (78), yards (1,069), and touchdowns (14, tying the NFL lead) this past year.
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Michael Gervais, a sports psychologist who works closely with the Seahawks, who shares a 45-minute podcast featuring Pete Carroll, with the primary focus on Carroll's approach to coaching.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle recaps five things we learned from GM John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll's pre-draft press conference and continues his draft preview series with a look at the safety position.
Pete Carroll promised a "big year" for his #SeahawksDraftClues, the head coach's annual social media exercise during the draft.
Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times rates the Seahawks' top positional needs as the draft nears.
Dave Boling at the Tacoma News Tribune comments on the covert operations taking place this week at Seahawks headquarters and says the team's 2015 draft class was more productive than expected.
And Art Thiel at SportsPressNW.com predicts the Seahawks to use their first-round draft pick on filling the void left by last year's starting nose tackle Brandon Mebane, who signed with the San Diego Chargers in free agency.
Take a look at NFL Media Analyst Mike Mayock's Top 5 interior defensive linemen in the 2016 NFL Draft.