My story today focuses on the beginning of the Seattle Seahawks rookie minicamp, which opens this afternoon at 1:30 p.m.
Of course, we’ll be there and I will file a report this afternoon. All eyes will be on rookies like defensive end Bruce Irvin and quarterback Russell Wilson.
But of particular interest will be Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner, who’s already been penciled in to replace David Hawthorne at middle linebacker.
At 6-0 and 241 pounds, Wagner is an upgrade from Hawthorne athletically. During Wagner’s pro day, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds, had a vertical jump of 39.5 inches and an 11-0 broad jump.
On the field, Wagner led Utah State in tackles three straight seasons, earned all-conference first-team honors three times, and was a four-year starter. He was also named the North team’s most outstanding player at the 2012 Senior Bowl
“He brings a unique skill set in terms of his ball sensibility and versatility,” said Eric Stokes, Seahawks assistant director of college scouting. “He’s played both inside and outside linebacker while at Utah State. He can pass rush, he can drop – the kid can run like the wind.
“We’re really excited about him.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that Wagner fall into a long line of Seattle linebacker selected in the second round to start at linebacker, including Lofa Tatupu.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post tells rookies heading into this weekend’s minicamp to make sure they’ve studied the playbook before taking the field.
Tom Layman of the Boston Herald writes that former Seahawk Robert Gallery is looking for a fresh start in New England.
Brian McIntyre provides a breakdown of Bruce Irvin’s four year deal. There’s not much difference between Irvin and Mike Pouncey’s deal, the No. 15 overall pick in last year’s draft by Miami.
More McIntyre: He reports that undrafted rookie free agent receiver Lavasier Tuinei received a 15,000 signing bonus, while UW's Jermaine Kearse received an 8,500 signing bonus.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has Seattle ranked 20th in his latest power rankings.
More Prisco: Richard Sherman makes his list of potential beakout players in 2012.
Tony Ventralla of Seahawks.com talks to Richard Sherman in this video link.
Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated names Jermaine Kearse and California (Pa.) offensive guard Rishaw Johnson as undrafted rookie free agent who could make some noise in Seattle’s training camp come July.