Gregg Bell of the Associated Press takes on an interesting question in his report from the Seattle Seahawks' veterans camp. With Julian Peterson traded to the Detroit Lions, Leroy Hill not around and D.D. Lewis injured, the Seahawks first unit includes Lofa Tatupu and unproven, young linebackers Lance Laury and Will Herring on the outside.
Bell says it's one of the reasons the Seahawks are taking a long look at Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry.
Here's an excerpt:
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The 6-foot-2, 254-pound Curry made offensive linemen look like turnstiles on his way to poor college quarterbacks. At the league's scouting combine in February, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds. That was tied for the second-fastest among 130 outside linebackers tested, .02 seconds behind Wisconsin's Jonathan Casillas. His 37-inch vertical leap was second-highest among the top linebackers. He is regarded as easily the best at his position in this crapshoot draft, which has no consensus top picks.
Perhaps no rookie could impact the Seahawks as immediately as a dynamic pass rusher and playmaker. Seattle finished last in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game and 30th in total defense while sinking to 4-12 in 2008.
Curry doesn't exactly sound bashful about making an immediate splash in the NFL.
"I can come in instantly and make an impact on anybody's defense," Curry told reporters at the combine in Indianapolis. "And (with) my versatility as a linebacker to be able to play in the 3-4, inside or outside, or 4-3, inside or outside, you just can't go wrong."
Walter Jones is still working on his rehabilitation from microfracture knee surgery, but expects to be ready for training camp.
Our own Dave Boling discusses the early impact head coach Jim Mora has had on and off the field.
Boling also talked with KJR's Elise Woodward about what's going on with the Hawks in this audio link.
Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com catches up with former Western Washington linebacker Shane Simmons, on the Hawks roster as a tryout player this week.
Our own Don Ruiz reports that former Hawks coach Mike Holmgren watched the Washington Huskies practice on Thursday. Holmgren's son-in-law Matt Peterson is the recruiting coordinator for the Huskies football team.
Hawks Safety Deon Grant joins KJR's Gros and Gas to talk about the changes in Seattle's defense in this audio link. Grant says the Hawks are going to more of an umbrella coverage to eliminate big plays.
Seattle defensive end Darryl Tapp talked with KJR's Gas Man about this week's camp in this audio link.