Here's my story from Tuesday's press conference with Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll.
Sean Leahy of USA Today reports that NFL players have filed their response to U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson regarding the league’s request for a stay on the lifting of the lockout. The court filing includes a request to compel the league to post a $1 billion bond if she grants the NFL's request to stay the invalidation of the lockout.
The owners now have to the end of the business day to respond to the players filing, which means Judge Nelson likely will not make her decision until tomorrow.
Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports writes that momentum is on the player’s side now that the lockout has been lifted.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that although Schneider and Carroll ideally would like to trade up, a more realistic scenario would be them picking at No. 25.
Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports writes that general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll are more tuned in the second time around for this year’s draft.
Peter Schrager of Fox Sports offers this seven-round mock draft, with Seattle selecting quarterback Ryan Mallet in the first round and Texas quarterback Curtis Brown in the second round.
Michael Rosenberg of SI.com delves into the Ryan Mallett debate, saying that although he’s rough around the edges, the talent is too much to pass up. There’s also a video included in the article where former NFL Phil Simms says that Mallettt could be the next Aaron Rodgers.
According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 of 24 personnel men told him that they would not take Jimmy Smith in the first two rounds because of character. McGinn also provides more detail on those off-the-field issues that have been mentioned. McGinn also reports that Pete Carroll chose not to recruit Smith while at USC out of the rough L.A. neighborhood Smith grew up in. It’s definitely worth a read, and will shed more light on why teams have a tough call to make on Smith.