Happy Easter. Hope you're staying dry on this wet Sunday morning.
I had a sit down with defensive end Lawrence Jackson on the last day of minicamp. You can find the story here.
Jackson had some interesting things to say, and was honest in evaluating his rookie season, saying he did not live up to his expectations. He made no excuses for his performance, and believes he'll be better this season.
Jackson suffered a right foot injury early in the season but played through the pain. He also played defensive end and defensive tackle on passing downs, but now is focused on learning the defensive end position.
He said the new coaching staff's attention to detail and clearing up any gray areas in scheme has helped him play faster on the field. Jackson also said that new assistant head coach/defensive line coach Dan Quinn has been a positive influence so far in camp.
Here's an excerpt:
"It's been good," Jackson said. "He's definitely a teacher, and as a student of the game, that's what you want. You want somebody to feed you knowledge and information and continue to challenge you mentally to go out there, work on your technique and be efficient. Be dead-on, and be exacting in the way that you do things.
"It's a blessing to have him. I experienced a similar coaching style in college with Jethro. And as a football player that's what you want, a coach to be continually dedicated to getting you better. You know I'm not saying it wasn't like that before, but that's Coach Quinn's style. He's a teacher."
The NFL Network provides a look-in as Seahawks team president and general manager discusses the team's early take on the draft.
A tour around mock drafts nationally shows there's some consensus building for Seattle selecting OT Eugene Monroe at No. 4.
NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang and CBS Sports Pete Prisco has Seattle taking USC QB Mark Sanchez, while CBS Sports' Clark Judge has the Seahawks selecting WR Michael Crabtree. NFLDraftScout.com's Chad Reuter has Seattle selecting Aaron Curry.
The Dallas Morning News' Rick Gosselin, generally one of the most accurate among the NFL draft experts, has Seattle selecting Crabtree in his first mock draft.
Charles Davis of the NFL Network has Seattle selecting Monroe in the first round.
Mike Mayock of the NFL Netwook has the Seahawks taking Curry.
Chris Steuber of Scout.com has Seattle selecting OT Jason Smith.