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Morning links: Hasselbeck still an elite QB?

A few links to check out on this beautiful Friday morning.

Charles Davis and Jamie Dukes of the NFL Network debate whether Matt Hasselbeck still is an elite quarterback in this video link.

Mike Florio of discusses how the three new coaches in the league, including Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, will be measured in their first season.

Clare Farnsworth of continues his look at the team’s coaching staff with a profile on running backs coach Sherman Smith.

ESPN’s Mike Sando ranks Seattle tops among the NFC West at free safety because of the potential of Earl Thomas.

Brian McIntyre of writes that the New York Jets signing second-round pick Vladimir Ducasse to a four-year, $3.25 million dollar contract on Wednesday, picked 61st overall, sets the floor for Seattle second-round selection Golden Tate, picked No. 60 overall.

John Lopez of Sports Illustrated explains his rule for predicting if a quarterback will have a successful NFL career. He explains that if a prospect scores at least a 26 on the Wonderlic test, starts at least 27 games in his college career and completes at least 60 percent of his passes, chances are that person will succeed at the NFL level

Sam Bradford, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers pass the test. JaMarcus Russell, David Carr and rookies ookies Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, Jimmy Clausen do not. Charlie Whitehurst meets the criteria if you round up is completion percentage (40 career starts, 59.7 completion percentage, 33 wonderlic).

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post discusses the evolution of the tight end position to create mismatches against the defense.