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Morning links: On Dilfer and QB evaluation

Doug Farrar of SportsPress Northwest takes former Seahawks quarterback Trent Dilfer to task for his evaluation of some of the top quarterbacks in the draft the past two seasons. Specifically, Farrar points out that Dilfer whiffed on his evaluation of Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen last year, and questions the former quarterback’s evaluation of Andy Dalton as a first-round talent in this year’s draft. It’s definitely worth a read.


“I want to make it very clear that I have a great deal of respect for Dilfer as a player and a person. He is a tough guy on and off the field who was drafted sixth overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1994, but really didn’t live up to that grade. More than anything, Dilfer had to be a student of the game, a total grinder, and a mentor to younger quarterbacks to make it through 13 years in the league.

“He was the ‘winning quarterback’ on the Baltimore Ravens’ only Super Bowl run in 2000, but that had much more to do with Ray Lewis probably having the greatest single season for a linebacker. In a nutshell, Dilfer is a good guy who loves football and used his toughness and intelligence to go beyond his innate physical abilities. It’s only natural that he would see that in others and lean that way when picking his favorite draft-eligible quarterbacks, but there’s such a thing as taking that bias too far.”

Dan Arkush of Pro Football Weekly reports that according to a team source, Matt Hasselbeck remains in play for Seattle.

Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network has Kevin Kolb going to Seattle, Mark Bulger to Arizona, Alex Smith back in San Francisco, Donovan McNabb in Minnesota and Matt Hasselbeck in Miami in his early handicapping of the free agency period, whenever that begins.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports ranks center Chris Spencer seventh among the pool of potential free agents if the league reverts back to the 2010 CBA.

Chad Reuter of ranks the 2012 offensive draft class by position.

Clark Judge of CBS Sports questions why Seattle waited until the fourth round to select a defensive player after the Seahawks’ defense allowed opponents to score 33 or more points in nine of their past 12 starts. Judge also believes Seattle reached for Carpenter at No. 25.

Bill Billick of Fox Sports discusses the free agent quarterback Market and how Seattle fits into it in the video below.