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Morning links: Scouting combine primer

I’m headed to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine, which beings today, with interviews with the players taking place Thursday through Sunday. So check back here daily throughout the week for reports on what is happening with the Seattle Seahawks in Indianapolis.

My story from today provides a general overview of Seattle’s draft needs heading into this week.

Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for, provides his top 32 players heading into this week.

It appears that Auburn quarterback Cam Newton will be the Tim Tebow of this year’s draft. He already stated he will fully participate in all of the combine workouts, including the throwing session that top quarterbacks sometimes want to avoid because of the lack of chemistry with new receivers.

However, Newton continues to make noise off the field with some of his comments. According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Newton told him that he considers himself not only a football player, but an entertainer and an icon.

Newton also provided this quote to Yahoo Sports columnist Dan Wetzel: “not to sound arrogant but what I did in 1 year others couldn't do in their entire collegiate careers.”

Newton is going to have to tone down his remarks and just let his physical tools do the talking if he wants a general manager to take a shot at him in the top five.

Still, longtime NFL draft analyst Gil Brandt said he would be shocked if Newton does not go first overall.

Jack Bechta of the National Football Post provides some interesting tidbits on what will be going on behind the scenes from an agents’ perspective in Indianapolis.

Doug Farrar of provides five players that the Seahawks could be taking a look at this week.

More Farrar: He reviews Seattle’s defensive line.

Clare Farnsworth of provides an update on Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant, who says his knee is doing fine.