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Morning links: Judge Nelson orders mediation talks

Adam Schefter and John Clayton of ESPN report that U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson will force NFL owners and players to hold mediation talks in order to settle the labor dispute over a new CBA.

People around the league have been hopeful for Nelson to make this time of move when the case went to federal court last week. However, still to be determined is where those talks will take place -- in Nelson’s federal court in St. Paul, Minn., or at the federal mediation center in Washington, D.C. under the direction of George Cohen, who oversaw mediation talks between the two sides for 17 days before the players filed for decertification.

This report does seem like a step in the right direction, but there appears to be some more road to travel before the two sides have a deal.

However, Peter King of Sports Illustrated believes the two sides are closer to an agreement than you think.

Brian Billick of Fox Sports reviews the Seahwks draft needs in this video.

Evan Silva of runs through the team needs of the Seahawks.

Chad Reuter of dives into the murky waters of where this year’s quarterbacks will go and what round, talking to several personnel men around the league about this year’s class. The verdict? There’s really no consensus, and teams likely will take guys early based on need.

Stefan Stevenson of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram interviews Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll during his Win Forever tour at TCU. Carroll has praise for TCU quarterback Andy Dalton.

Greg Lamm of Microsoft’s blog Tech Flash offers this short Q & A with Seahawks and Sounders president Peter McLoughlin.

Rob Rang of reports that according to a source Washington quarterback Jake Locker had an excellent workout for the Seahawks last week.

Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 Twin Cities says don’t be surprised if the Vikings take Jake Locker at No.12, and talks to an NFL executive that compares him to Brett Favre.

Pat Kirwan of the NFL Network believes teams would be wise to wait to the second round to draft a quarterback.

Florida offensive lineman Mike Pouncey believes the Dallas Cowboys will select him with the ninth overall pick in this year’s draft. Pouncey has been a popular pick for Seattle in several mock drafts at No. 25, so No. 9 to Dallas seems a bit of a reach.

Greg Gabriel of the National Football Post breaks down Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi, and says he could be an eventual starter that you can win with.