Morning folks. I’ll be back at the VMAC reporting on the second and third rounds this afternoon, so stop by and check us out.
Here’s my story from Thursday night on the Seattle Seahawks selecting Alabama offensive tackle James Carpenter.
Click here to check out a photo gallery from Day 1 of the draft from the VMAC here.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes about Washington quarterback Jake Locker going No. 8 to Tennessee.
Joe Sunnen of the Bellingham Herald checks in from Locker’s press conference at Ferndale High.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that the Seahawks got their man in Carpenter.
ESPN’s Mike Sando quotes draft analyst Mel Kiper saying that the Seahawks could have gotten Carpenter in the second round, but Sando also says (rightly I believe) that the Seahawks could have lost out on Carpenter had they traded down too far.
Here’s some video of Carpenter in action below.
Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com writes that Seattle made the unsexy but necessary choice of drafting an offensive linemen.
Doug Farrar of SportsPressNW.com writes that not since the days of Steve Hutchinson have the Seahawks made such an obvious commitment to the offensive line.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports gives Seattle a B for selecting Carpenter.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com had Carpenter ranked No. 36 on his big board.
Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post wonders what the Seahawks were thinking by selecting Carpenter that high, calling the pick the biggest leap of faith in the first round.
Kerry Bryne of Sports Illustrated calls the Carpenter pick a little bit of a reach, but likes his upside.
Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Jay Richardson says that offensive line coach Tom Cable reached out to teammate offensive linemen Chris White, and is calling players and letting them know that they will start meetings next week.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated explains why the trade between Chicago and Baltimore didn't happen, and also offers his thoughts on all 32 picks. He thinks Marshawn Lynch will be smiling this morning.
Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle weighs in on why he believes the Seahawks selected Carpenter.
Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Weekly sees Carpenter as a raw-but-talented prospect that projects as a right tackle.