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Morning Links: Yankey says Stanford taught him to be tough, smart

Good morning.

David Yankey was calm, large and polite at the combine in Indianapolis, handling most questions with a smile. After measuring 6-foot-5 ½ and 315 pounds, the guard will have plenty to smile about after being drafted May 8.

Yankey is among the record number of underclassmen who have entered the draft early this year. He’ll be graduating this spring, which will get that priority out of the way.

“The thing that made it easy to make my decision is I wasn’t focused on what other guys were doing,” Yankey said of all the other underclassmen declaring. “It was about me and where Iwas as a person. It was something I talked about with my family a little bit. We felt it was right for me to come out.”

Yankey said he received a second-to-third-round grade. He also said he’s able to play everything except center, the kind of versatility we saw the Seahawks use and covet last season when other linemen were injured.

I asked him his comfort with zone blocking.

“That’s something we’ve tried to increase the last couple of years, and I think we’ve gotten a lot better at it,” Yankey said. “I think it’s something I know I’ve gotten a lot better at since coach Bloomgren came in my sophomore year.

Yankey’s answer for the toughest defender he faced was an interesting choice. He chose Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt, because he said Tuitt was solid all around.

He also feels Stanford prepares players for the NFL in multiple ways.

And then also you have the intellectual side where we’re going to have a really complex playbook and we’re going to expect you to understand it and be able to switch from week to week with our game plan and understand our adjustments and our kills.”

He's another consideration for the Seahawks.

Links:

> The New York Times writes about Ben Malcolmson, who runs Pete Carroll's Twitter account and websites. The most interesting part is how the relationship between the two started.

> Richard Sherman is not in favor of having officials handle issues with the "N-word" during play.

> The Seahawks Super Bowl win has been great for a Mill Creek business.

> NFL.com says Colin Kaepernick is seeking to be paid more than Jay Cutler, who received $18.2 million annually. Ed Werder of ESPN also reports the 49ers are closing in on a deal with Anquan Boldin.

UPDATE:> The NFL Network's Bucky Brooks favorably compares Austin Seferian-Jenkins to Rob Gronkowski.

> The Washington Redskins have placed the franchise tag on Brian Orakpo.

> Peyton Manning has passed his physical and is expected to be ready to go for next season.

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