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Morning links: Michael an example of picking value vs. need

Dave Boling of The News Tribune questions the sanity of Seahawks general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll after the team selects running back Christine Michael with the Seattle’s first pick in this year’s draft.

Boling understands Michael is talented, but wonders why add another running back, when other more obvious holes still need to be addressed.

Boling: “So, the Seahawks take a furlough for a day and a half and then finally draft a redundant running back?

What’s next, wasting a pick on the shortest quarterback in the draft? Or taking a 6-foot-3 cornerback with a fifth-round pick, thinking he can become a dominant force?

Maybe draft a 240-pound strong safety, or pick a defensive tackle and move him to guard.

Wait, what? General manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll already have done those things the past couple years? And they worked out?

OK, so, they’ve earned some latitude even when their second-round pick is accompanied by a few red flags, such as when they used their first pick of the 2013 draft (62nd overall) on Christine Michael, a running back from Texas A&M.”

Here’s my wrap-up story of Day 2 of this year’s draft for the Seahawks, including more on the reasons Seattle chose Michael.

Jayson Jenks of The Seattle Times notes that Schneider has made six draft day trades during his tenure in Seattle, and all of them have been down.

Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times writes that Schneider and Carroll should be given some leeway because of their success with curious draft choices in the past.

Danny O’Neil 710 ESPN Seattle says Seattle’s two picks on Friday representing the two competing agendas for an NFL front office, balancing need on the roster with bringing in the most talented players available.

ESPN’s Mike Sando reports the Schneider said seeing St. Louis move up to select Tavon Austin at No. 8 overall validated his team’s trade for Percy Harvin.

Check out Carroll and Schneider’s press conference from Friday in this video link.

Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network provides a list of best available players, which includes USC quarterback Matt Barkley and Texas defensive end Alex Okafor.

Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic writes that the Cardinals will move third round pick Tyrann Mathieu to free safety. Somers writes that cornerback Patrick Peterson, good friends with former LSU teammate Mathieu, helped sell the team on the Honey Badger.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports gives Seattle a B+ grade for the selections of Michael and Penn State defensive tackle Jordan Hill.

On Michael: “I love this pick. Yes, he has some off-field issues, but he is a heck of a runner. Does it fill a need? No. But I like it.”

On Hill: “his is a vintage Seahawks pick. They get it. This is a productive inside player on a team that faced a lot of adversity.”