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Morning links: Hawks No. 6 in NFL.com power rankings

They’re back.

With the beginning of the NFL offseason, I KNOW some of you here were waiting with baited breath for the first NFL power rankings.

Well, wait no more. Elliott Harrison of NFL.com has the Seahawks at No. 6 in his first 2013 power rankings. This year’s Super Bowl champions – The Baltimore Ravens – tops his list.

Here’s what Harrison has to say about the Seahawks.

“There are multiple question marks entering every offseason for every team, but in Seattle, the biggest has to be how this club will fare without defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who left for the head job in Jacksonville. We can talk free agents, or Russell Wilson's development. Still, much of 2013's success will boil down to how Dan Quinn does in his new role as Bradley's replacement. Luckily for the 12th Man, Quinn was in charge of the defensive line under Pete Carroll in 2010. He knows the personnel, and, more importantly, the drop-off should be nil. Should be.”

Not to be outdone by Harrison, Pete Prisco of CBS Sports also has his power rankings out. Prisco has Seattle at No. 7.

I talked with Bob Stelton and David Grosby of 710 ESPN Seattle about the Seahawks top five issues that should be addressed this offseason in this audio link.

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a closer look at Russell Wilson’s record-setting, rookie performance.

Peter Schrager of Fox Sports writes that the evolution of the quarterback position with players like Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick is one of the five storylines to watch this offseason.

Jack Bechta of the National Football Post gives you the low down of February means for agents, players, coaches and general managers in the industry of the NFL.

Former Indianapolis head personnel man Bill Polian has an excellent breakdown for ESPN of the top free agent prospects on both sides of the ball, categorizing them as A, B and C players. It’s the best breakdown I’ve seen on free agency, but you also must be an ESPN Insider to view this. He ranks tight end Cameron Morrah and defensive end Jason Jones as “B” players. Defensive tackle Alan Branch doesn’t make the list.

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