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Morning links: The grades are in

Whether you are a fan or not, one thing you have to give ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. credit for is an impressive ability to churn out cohesive information in a short amount of time.

The opinionated Kiper always does his homework.

Check out Kiper’s grades for every team in the NFL here. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this. After practically failing Seattle’s draft last year, Kiper is much more kind, giving Seattle an overall B grade.

Kiper: “We can't forget one very important point: The first-round pick of the Seahawks is named Percy Harvin, and he's going to have a major impact on this offense in 2013. I (perhaps unfairly) remain concerned about Harvin's ability to stay healthy, but the stats show he's been durable. The selection of Christine Michael was a little bit of a luxury pick for me, but they lack that type of explosive back on the roster, so he offers a different look. They needed to add some rotation depth at defensive tackle and accomplished that with Jordan Hill and Jesse Williams, though I know a number of teams are concerned that Williams will have durability problems. Michael Bowie could stick as depth at tackle, as could Ty Powell at linebacker. I don't know that Seattle added a starter among their picks, but they certainly added one in Harvin.”

Here’s my story wrapping up the final day of picks for Seattle. Rookie minicamp is scheduled for May 10-12.

Dave Boling of The News Tribune profiles interesting and heavily tattooed new defensive lineman Jesse Williams, who will try to replace Alan Branch at defensive tackle for Seattle.

Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times says Jesse Williams, nicknamed “Tha Monstar”, could be “The Steal” for the Seahawks.

Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle says it was business as usual for Seattle, with another selection of odd picks.

John Boyle of The Everett Herald writes that the Seahawks were willing to take calculated risks in this year’s draft.

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated rates Williams as one of the steals in this year’s draft.

ESPN’s Mike Sando ranks Seattle selecting running back Christine Michael as biggest surprise in his NFC West draft analysis.

Arizona quarterback Matt Scott surprisingly went undrafted, and landed with Jacksonville as an undrafted rookie free agent.

Will Brinson and Pete Prisco of CBS Sports debate the merits of NFC West drafts, and if Russell Wilson can sustain the success he had in 2012 for another season. Check it out in the video below. Prisco provides more fire Wilson can use as motivation.