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Morning links: Hawks eye deep RB draft class

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he likes the running back tandem of Julius Jones and Justin Forsett, but is looking to add a third back to the mix. In my story today, Carroll emphasized creating a physical running game as an important element to the success of the team, and likes the talent available in this year’s class.

Carroll:

“You’re always looking for guys that can do things and playmaking ability,” Carroll said. “There are some wonderful speed guys in this draft, extraordinary speed guys. And guys with catching ability that can add more dimensions to the running back spot.

“And I’ve had enough experience with our running backs over the years that I know they come in different shapes and sizes, and it’s what they bring that is unique, and that makes them special. And we’ll fit it together when we see what we come up with.”

Ryan Asdourian, who works as the Seahawks mascot Blitz, recently learned he has Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and is doing a fundraiser to raise awareness about the disease, a walk around the Seattle community on April 11. To learn more about how you can get involved, click here.

Former Seahawks receiver Courtney Taylor also was recently diagnosed with MS, but says he’s still working to get back in the league and also wants to raise awareness about the disease. Taylor still lives in Seattle, and is hoping to get a tryout in Philadelphia or Cleveland.

Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com takes a look at Rob Rang’s latest mock draft. Rang has Seattle selecting Tennessee safety Eric Berry at No. 6, and athletic defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul out of South Florida with the No. 14 overall pick.

Michael Lombardi of the National Football Post believes Pierre-Paul could be the next DeMarcus Ware. In that case, perhaps the Seahawks are wise to take a long look at this raw but talented prospect.

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com profiles USC Safety and Seattle native Taylor Mays.

Mays is apparently putting on a show at the combine, running an “unofficial time” of 4.24 in the 40-yard-dash at 231 pounds.

Pro Football Weekly’s Dan Arkush assesses the draft needs of the NFC West, including Seattle.

The NFL is considering changing the overtime rules, apparently because they feel the team that wins the coin toss has an unfair advantage because all they have to do is make a couple first downs and get into field goal position to win the game. According to Brian Burke at AdvancedNFLstats.com, 60 percent of the teams that win the coin toss go on to win the game. And 30 percent of those teams score on a field goal on the first possession.

I don’t like the new proposal. You’ve got a 50-50 chance to win the coin toss. And if you don’t win it, guess what? Go play defense and get the ball back. I like the overtime the way it is now because I think the play on the field still for the most part determines the winner, and you don’t change the way the game is played in overtime by adding funky rules to make it seem more fair. Life is not fair. Shouldn’t football mirror life?

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