Seattle Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell, head coach Jim Mora and vice president of player personnel Ruston Webster answered questions about the draft for a little over a half hour.
There were no new revelations in terms of what the Seahawks will do with the draft pick. Ruskell again said they've have their top four players in place, but what they do still will depend on what happens in front of them. And with all the speculation going on, Ruskell said that's a hard thing for the team to predict.
"As you know there's a lot of lying going on," Ruskell said. "And I can call them right now and they'll tell me something they want me to believe. It's a difficult draft that way. … There aren't people that every team has a consensus that says these are franchise guys who are going to be in the Hall of Fame. You just don't have that. And then the people underneath, because you have a lot of underclassmen, you put them in that band of grade scale where the third may not be that much different that the 13th guy.
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"So I think everybody feels the same, at least the guys I talk to. So it could change dramatically from all the mocks you're seeing, so it's a unique year that way. So to answer your question, no I don't have a great feel of how that's going to go, even with the first pick."
Ruskell said Seattle has had a little more interest in the possibly someone trading up for the team's No. 4 overall pick. However, according to Ruskell Seatle has had more interest in the team's second round pick at 37.
Webster said he believes the deepest positions in the draft are wide receiver and guard/center. He believe the talent runs through the first, four rounds at receiver.
Webster also said he likes the value the team will get with the team's pick at 37, and believes it's an advantage to be picking at the top of each round.
"I think there's good value in 37," Webster said. "And we've got a chance to get a heck of a player at 37. People talk about four and being excited about four, but sometimes from a personnel-man's point of view you kind of know those guys up top are pretty good players and everybody knows that. But it's getting the value picks. And 37 is a value pick. The one positive about picking high in every round is that you're going to get your first shot at the best players in the round."
Webster went on to say when you pick later on in the rounds as Seattle has been, you're at the mercy of teams picking before you, and you always want to get the players that are going at the top of the round.
Webster also offered his opinion on USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree, and Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry, considered to be the three favorites that Seattle might draft at No. 4.
Webster's thoughts on Sanchez: "I see a good decision maker. An accurate thrower. Excellent feet. Ability to move in the pocket. Throws with good timing and doesn't hold the ball. Not scared to make a tough throw if he has to. I saw a competitor."
Webster's thoughts on Michael Crabtree: "Crabtree is a competitive, physical wide receiver with good quickness and hands. He's kind of one of those guys who's angry after the catch, you know, he doesn't go down, he goes for more. A talented guy."
And Webster's thoughts on Aaron Curry: "I think Aaron Curry can do a lot of things well. He has some ability to blitz. Jim (Mora) talked about early the differences between a rusher and a blitzer. He has the ability and he has a feel in coverage. He's a smart player, big, fast – all of those good things."
Ruskell was asked if Seattle financially can afford to sit a quarterback like Sanchez for two years, and this was his response: "Sure. We wouldn't be the first ones to do that."
Ruskell also was asked if he felt the No. 4 pick in this year's draft will determine his legacy here in Seattle, and had this to say: "It doesn't matter. I don't think that way. I don't worry about my legacy. I absolutely do not. It's absolutely not important. What we want to do is bring in the best football player we can to help this football team right way. That's all that matters."
Mora said that the most important thing in terms of the players the team draft is getting someone that meshes well with the other players on the team and the culture already created in the organization.
"I know they're going to be a good player. I know they're going to be a talented athlete and a guy who can help us on the football field. But I want to make sure they're guys who can fit into our locker room and add to what we're trying to become as an organization and a football team."
Mora went on to say the caliber of character in the players involved in the draft is a higher quality than years ago, and has improved over the years. Mora said he believes today's players are more grounded than in year's past.