Today marks the beginning of our NFL draft coverage in The News Tribune and here at Seahawks Insider.
Here’s my story outlining what positions the Seattle Seahawks need to address as they make final preparations for this year’s draft, which begins on Thursday.
With 12 of the team’s projected 22 starters for the upcoming season unearthed in the past three drafts, the Seahawks are staring at the opening of a three- to five-year window to compete for a Super Bowl title after finishing 30 seconds away from the NFC Championship Game last season.
Only three players drafted before general manager John Schneider took over in 2010 remain on the roster – defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (2007, third round), defensive end Red Bryant (2008, fourth round) and center Max Unger (2009, second round).
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SEAHAWKS 5-YEAR DRAFT BREAKDOWN
Here’s my story on potential receivers the Seahawks could consider in this year’s draft.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune takes a look at the greatest hits and greatest misses by John Schneider during his tenure so far in Seattle.
Check out my story on local NFL hopefuls, including Tacoma natives and Eastern Washington products WRs Nicholas Edwards and Greg Herd.
Check out the latest Real Mike Robinson report in the video below, as he provides footage from Russell Wilson’s offseason workout with the receivers down in Los Angeles.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper gives Seattle Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short and San Diego State tight end Gavin Escobar in his three-round mock draft. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this. Kiper: “My first-round pick went to Minnesota for Harvin, but I can hit a couple of needs by taking advantage of where the draft is pretty deep. First, I get a borderline first-round talent well down the board with Short. I can see him going higher next week, but for this exercise he landed here. Next, I get the tight end with maybe the best hands in the draft outside of Tyler Eifert. Escobar didn't run particularly well in Indy, but the tape shows a guy who can really snatch the ball well away from his body. He's a big target for quarterback Russell Wilson, who is just going to get better and better at identifying good matchups and where defenses are soft.”
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports puts Seattle at Indianapolis and Seattle at Atlanta among his top games on in the 2013 regular season.
Khalil Garriott and Alex Gelar of NFL.com list the Seahawks best and worst draft picks. Walter Jones, Cortez Kennedy and Shaun Alexander are among the best, while Dan McGwire, Aaron Curry and Koren Robinson top the worst list. I wouldn’t put Robinson in my top five worst.
Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post writes that the Seahawks open up as 3.5 point favorites at Carolina for the season opener on Sept. 8.
ESPN’s Mike Sando says the recently released NFL schedule could favor the 49ers over the Seahawks, noting kickoff times and schedule strength by venue work against Seattle.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald notes that the Seahawks have been rewarded for their willingness to take risks in the draft.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times delves into the possibility of another Russell Wilson in this year’s draft.
Dan Pompei, writing for the National Football Post, talks to multiple general managers who estimate that 60 to 70 percent of the players smoke weed. “Marijuana use is a lot more prevalent today,” Lions GM Martin Mayhew said. “You have to be aware of. It is a major concern when you talk about adding a guy to your team and your community. You have to have an awareness of every aspect of that player’s marijuana use.”
Check out this video from Seahawks.com showing footage from the team’s celebrity waiter even to raise awareness and money for autism.
KJR’s Dave Mahler talks with Marcus Trufant about his plans for the 2013 season in this audio link.