Here are a few programming notes to set the table for our draft coverage the following two weeks.
On Monday at 11 a.m., we’ll hold a live chat with Brian McIntyre. McIntyre does a nice job covering the day-to-day happenings in the NFL at Mac’s Football Blog. Brian also is responsible for the weekly detailed personnel reports that you’ve seen here, and has an intimate knowledge of Seahawk players’ contract status. So bring your questions for Brian on Monday.
We’ll have our second annual, first-round mock draft live chat on Saturday, April 23 at 11 a.m. Basically we let you play general manager for a team with an opportunity to select a player for them in the first round. If you’re interested in participating hit me up via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll begin our positional analysis of this year’s draft with an idea of whom Seattle may select with Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com providing the breakdowns starting Saturday, April 23.
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Rob also is kind enough to host a live chat on Monday, April 25 at 5 p.m., so have your Seahawks draft questions ready.
On Wednesday, April 27, I’ll post our third annual Seahawks mock draft. This is where you try and pick who the Seahawks will select in each round with their eight picks.
The Seahawks preseason schedule has been finalized. Seattle will travel to San Diego to take on the Chargers on Aug. 11 in a nationally televised game on ESPN, host Minnesota on Saturday, Aug. 20, travel to Denver to take on the Broncos on Saturday, Aug. 27 and finally host Oakland on Friday, Sept. 2.
Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe catches up with Matt Hasselbeck, and the veteran quarterback has some interesting comments about his current status as a free agent. Hasselbeck says he remains confident that he will wind up back in Seattle. Hasselbeck believes that the Seahawks’ interest in him is genuine, and also says he wouldn’t mind sticking around late in his career to be a mentor to a young quarterback if Seattle selects a quarterback of the future early in the draft.
“I think it’s genuine, I think it’s sincere that they want me back, it’s just a matter of how badly,’’ Hasselbeck said. “I know that I would like to be there, I think I can help them keep going on what we’re building there, it’s just a matter if it fits into the new agreement and how they want to do things and whatever else they look at.’’
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that it’s highly unlikely the labor dispute will be settled before the draft, which means that Philadelphia will have to wait until after the draft to move quarterback Kevin Kolb, which means accepting 2012 picks back in a trade.
Dan Pompei of the National Football Post writes that 40 speed and off-the-field issues are not the main concern with Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallet, it’s his ability to avoid pressure, reset his feet and make plays down the field.
ESPN’s Mike Sando takes a look at every quarterback that has been selected by an NFC West team in the last 15 years.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated offers these 10 players on Wes Welker list – unheralded players who could have a productive NFL career.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com is reporting that teams are red-flagging Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor’s feet, putting his first-round draft status in jeopardy.