We still need a couple more volunteers to serve as general managers for teams in the first round of our mock draft live chat, which we will host at noon on Saturday, April 21. So if you’re interested hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will provide the teams and details for everyone involved later today.
According to Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch once again finished as one of the most elusive runners in the league.
Lynch finished in the top five in broken tackles in 2011, a subjective statistic that Schatz defines as “one of two events: either the ball carrier escapes from the grasp of the defender, or the defender is in good position for a tackle but the ballcarrier jukes him out of his shoes.”
Lynch finished with 34 broken tackles on 285 carries and 28 receptions. Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy led the league, followed by Atlanta’s Michael Turner, Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew and Chicago’s Matt Forte.
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Lynch finished seventh in 2010.
Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reports that former Seahawks WR Brandon Stokley will visit the Broncos and is close to reuniting with Peyton Manning.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a closer look at the running back position, which has been devalued because teams believe they can find talented runners later in the draft.
Charley Casserly of the NFL Network has Seattle selecting Quinton Coples at No. 12 and cornerback Janoris Jenkins in the second round.
Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network gives Seattle Maurkice Pouncey instead of Russell Okung in a 2010 draft redo.
More Brooks: He gives Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman that How Did He Go There award for the 2011 draft with Seattle selecting the Stanford product in the fifth round.
Jeff Diamond of Sports Illustrated writes how teams must go through the decision-making process to figure out players with character issues like cornerback Janoris Jenkins.