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Morning links: No Locker, please

A reminder that we will host a live chat with draft analyst Rob Rang this afternoon at 5 p.m., so have your draft questions ready.

Art Thiel of states his case for the Seattle Seahawks taking a pass on local product quarterback Jake Locker if he’s still on the board when the team selects at No. 25.

Thiel wishes Locker much success at the next level, but believes he will be better served plying his skills away from the intense scrutiny he would experience here in Seattle, having cut his teeth at the University of Washington.


“Whether Locker is the right guy to succeed Matt Hasselbeck is far secondary to the fact that the Seahawks are the one franchise where the most difficult position in sports will be a tad more so for him.

“The game is tough enough with a snarly 320-pounder in your grill. No need for a large primate lolling on your back.”

Greg Gabriel of the National Football Post offers an interesting evaluation of Locker, saying he lacks the natural instincts and accuracy to be a productive quarterback in the league, and that he would not take him in the first round. He also thinks this year’s quarterback class is being “vastly overrated,” and the only one he would take in the first round is Cam Newton.

ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that the Seahawks showed the proper restraint on passing on receiver Brandon Marshall and going instead with Mike Williams after Marshall’s latest incident.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald takes a closer look at the offensive line prospects available in this year’s draft and how they fit into Seattle’s plans moving forward.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated says one reason this year’s draft might not have a record-setting number of quarterbacks in the first round is teams like Minnesota, Arizona and Seattle may be patient enough to wait in order to get their quarterback in free agency.

Stephen J. Dubner writing for discusses the risky nature of drafting a quarterback in the first round.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post breaks down Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder using similar route concepts that he will use in the pros.

Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports gets an unvarnished look at this year’s draft class from former NFL scout Dave Razzano.

Mike Florio of reports of the 25 players who accepted invitation to attend this year’s draft in New York, only two are quarterbacks – Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert.