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Morning links: Sherman calls NFL draft a sham

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman went through the “Car Wash” at the NFL Network on Friday.

As usual, Sherman did not disappoint, providing some honest, frank comments about the NFL draft process, the Rooney Rule and who he believes are the top cornerbacks in the league.

Sherman, who did not make the Pro Bowl, but was selected to the All-Pro this year, still laments his fifth round draft status, and said the draft process is a sham during a podcast with Dan Hanzus and Mark Sessler of the NFL Network, which you can check out here.

“That's all it is, is a sham,” Sherman said. “The players that are going to be hyped, are going to be hyped. That’s why you have half the first round as busts every year. You can go from now until the end of time. Guys have somehow maneuvered their way into the first round, maneuvered their way into the spotlight.”

Asked to pick the best cornerbacks in the league – excluding himself – Sherman named the Jets Darrelle Revis (if healthy), along with Jets teammate Antonio Cromartie, Chicago’s Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman, and Pittsburgh’s Keenan Lewis in this video link.

Sherman talks about never letting go of the chip on his shoulder here.

And Sherman expresses his frustration with the Rooney Rule here.

Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Green Bay Packers have released veteran defensive back Charles Woodson.

Sherman said Woodson would be a good fit in Seattle via Twitter.

Rob Rang of says there’s plenty of “Star” power at the defensive tackle position heading to next week’s NFL Scouting Combine. Good read.

Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Vikings GM Rick Spielman said that disgruntled receiver Percy Harvin will not be traded.

Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star reports that the Colts have notified defensive end Dwight Freeney that he will not be re-signed to the team. Freeney becomes a free agent on March 12.

Mike Mayock of the NFL Network provides his top five prospects in this year’s draft at each position.

Gil Brandt of the NFL Network ranks the top 5 quarterbacks in this year’s draft class based on a time-tested formula that he used during his scouting days. Geno Smith of West Virginia comes out as the top prospect, followed by Florida State’s E.J. Manuel. It’s an interesting look at the position. Brandt is not a fan of North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon.

Tim Graham of the Buffalo News writes that the Buffalo Bills re-signed Tarvaris Jackson, and he will get a chance to compete for the starting job with Ryan Fitzpatrick.