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Morning Links: Second-round reboot, plus Kaepernick responds

Good morning.

We'll take a look at second-round picks of the John Schneider era today. Let's get to it:


Golden Tate (60th overall)

Overview: Tate continually improved into last season when he was the team's leading receiver and a Pro Bowl alternate as a punt returner. He left for the Detroit Lions as a free agent.

To move down, the Seahawks traded the 40th overall pick in 2010 and a 2011 third-round pick to San Diego for Charlie Whitehurst. San Diego went on to draft cornerback Shareece Wright with the 40th pick. Wright, who played for Pete Carroll at USC, did little for the Chargers until last season when he started 13 games and made 56 tackles.



Bobby Wagner, 47th overall.

Overview: Another big pick for the Seahawks. Wagner should be their middle linebacker for years to come. They need to figure out how he fits under the cap. He can become an unrestriced free agent in 2016.

This was also another instance where the Seahawks moved down, but still hit. Seattle traded the 43rd overall pick to the New York Jets in exchange for the 47th, a fifth-rounder (No. 154 which became Korey Toomer) and a seventh-rounder (No. 232 which became Greg Scruggs). If Toomer and Scruggs contribute in 2014, that means the Seahawks will have picked Wagner, Toomer and Scruggs in a deal that the Jets ended up with wide receiver Stephen Hill. Hill has 45 career catches.


Christine Michael (62nd overall)

Overview: Michael appears to have the potential to be a dynamic runner. The issue for him is he's behind Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. Turbin is a very good blocking back, something Michael is not. That is a massive issue in the NFL. He's not an option to return kicks and is not an option to play special teams (though, this myth he "refused" to play special teams is not accurate. It's not his first choice, but he certainly never "refused" to do it. At least according to Eric Williams, when I asked him about it, and what I have seen and been told since I took over the beat). There are also maturity questions there.


Second-round pick: 64th overall.


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