Good morning. I’m heading to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine today. And we’ll be providing wall-to-wall coverage here on the blog for the next four days, starting on Thursday. So check in throughout the day.
Among the storylines I’ll be following this week include the Seattle Seahawks quest to upgrade the quarterback position, specifically how strong of players they will be in the Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn sweepstakes
We’ll track Seattle’s effort to sign its own free agents, including Marshawn Lynch, Red Bryant and David Hawthorne. And we’ll keep an eye on local prospects like Washington running back Chris Polk and receiver Jermaine Kearse. Peter Schrager of Fox Sports provides a nice overview of the combine, and writes that the Seattle Seahawks will be one of five teams to watch in this year’s draft, noting they could have a big decision to make on Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill if he’s still on the board when they pick.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune wonders how much weight team executives will place on player performances at the NFC Scouting combine this week with diamonds in the rough like Doug Baldwin not even being invited to Indianapolis, while combine All-Stars like linebacker Aaron Curry fail to live up to lofty expectations.
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Of course, Boling notes that the Seattle Seahawks will find out during a coin flip at the combine between Kansas City whether the team has the No. 11 and No. 12 overall pick.
But other than that and medical evaluations, Boling believes Seattle would be wise not to place too much stock in what they see on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium.
ESPN’s Mike Sando takes a look at who the Seahawks drafted rather than taking a quarterback in the last two draft, noting the team made the right decision most of the time. However, the James Carpenter vs. Andy Dalton debate will live on.
Gary Horton of Scouts Inc writes that defensive end, quarterback and linebacker are Seattle’s top needs. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.
Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports gives us his top 10 bets to put on an athletic freak show during the workouts at the combine. Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III and North Carolina linebacker Zach Brown top the list.
Former NFL scout Greg Gabriel of the National Football Post breaks down Alabama running back Trent Richardson and linebacker Dont’a Hightower. Sports Illustrated media writer Richard Deitsch gives us his media power list. Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden’s at the top spot. Peter King of Sports Illustrated writes that Friday’s coin flip between Seattle and Kansas City to determine who selected No. 11 and No. 12 might seem minor, but could select either team’s ability to get up or down in this year’s draft.
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports has Seattle selecting USC defensive end Nick Perry.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has the Seahawks selecting Alabama running back Trent Richardson.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports former Seahawks running backs coach Stump Mitchell has been interviewed for the same job for the Rams.
Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post continues his series breaking down the tiff between Peyton Manning and the Colts’ organization. As always, an interesting read.