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Morning links: Hawks still No. 1 in ESPN power rankings

Yes, I understand it’s the offseason. And really we’re talking about how draft selections have affected teams on paper, without seeing how individual players will be used and mesh with teams.

Still, it’s interesting to note that ESPN’s panel of experts once again voted the Seattle Seahawks as the best team in the league after the results of this year’s draft.

Also of note, the NFC West was the highest rated division, with Seattle (No. 1), San Francisco (2) and St. Louis (15) all in the top 15.

Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle tells us what we learned about the Seahawks from this year’s draft.

Dave Wyman of 710 ESPN Seattle says draft pundits are leery of slamming Seattle’s draft after missing badly last season.

Brock Huard and Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle talks with Seahawks general manager John Schneider about this year’s draft in this audio link. Schneider says that Seattle has no interested in recently released QB Tim Tebow.

ESPN’s Mike Sando wonders if the Seahawks wanted Rice Tight end Vance McDonald in the second round. NFC West division rival San Francisco traded up from No. 61 to a pick ahead of Seattle at No.55 with Green Bay to select McDonald. Seattle move back to No. 62 and took running back Christine Michael. Seattle got a tight end in the fifth round, McDonald’s teammate at Rice, Luke Willson.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports gives Seattle a solid B for the team’s efforts in the draft. Prisco: “Without the first-round pick, the Seahawks still did a nice job of adding quality players. They also added some players with some character concerns, which doesn't seem to bother this team.”

Rob Rang of also hands out a B grade for Seattle in this year’s draft. Rang: “They were criticized a year ago for taking a pass-rushing specialist in Bruce Irvin with the No. 15 overall pick. This year, they traded down before nabbing another surprise in (Christine) Michael. The former Aggie offers more natural talent than Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch. But to warrant this selection, he'll need to show improved dedication and durability. Defensive tackle Jordan Hill is a high-motor plugger who'll provide some pass rush from the interior on passing downs.”

Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports also gives Seattle a B for this year’s draft. Cole: “As with Tampa Bay and Darrelle Revis, a lot of this grade depends on how people perceive WR Percy Harvin, who Seattle got in a trade that included its first-round pick. Harvin is a serious talent who can also be a serious malcontent. If the Seahawks get three good years out of Harvin, it will be a great trade. Even two good years might be enough. As for the rest, GM John Schneider did his usual work of finding good value along the way, particularly with guys like Michael, who has a nice blend of speed and power, and (Jesse) Williams, who was predicted to go much higher by some.

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated gives the Seahawks’ draft a B-minus. Burke: “Seattle used its Round 1 pick to acquire Percy Harvin, so it had to wait until pick 62 to get working. Actually, the Seahawks’ best decisions came at 137 (DT Jesse Williams) and 138 (CB Tharold Simon). The Seahawks had a roster built to roll the dice a bit in the draft, and that’s just what they did with their first three picks.”

Curtis Crabtree writing for Pro Football Talk reviews Seattle’s efforts in the draft.

Tony Drovetto of provides a breakdown of Seattle’s offseaon program, which has entered Phase II – this may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.

Darren Heitner of the Sports Agent Blog has an interesting read, with agent Peter Schaffer retelling how he dealt with client, new Seattle Seahawks Tharold Simon’s incident in his hometown of Eunice, La.

Bucky Brooks of provides a list of the top 30 players to watch in college football this fall in preparation for the 2014 draft.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland takes a close look at three names that fell to Days 2 and 3 of the draft, Tyrann Mathieu, Matt Barkley and Tyler Bray. Some interesting perspective here on how the Honey Badger’s skill set will translate in the pro game.

Maybe this report helps shed some light on Tom Cable’s incident with Randy Hansen down in Oakland where he allegedly broke his jaw in an altercation. According to the report, Hansen was found guilty of felony battery, and the former Oakland Raiders football coach faces up to four years in state prison for striking another man in the face with a beer bottle at a bar in the Bay Area.