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Morning links (afternoon version): Draft reaction

Sorry folks. I had computer problems this morning or I would have posted this earlier.

Most of the reaction to the Seattle Seahawks selection in the first round has been positive, as the Seattle Seahawks filled two, major needs with the selection of Oklahoma State offensive tackle Russell Okung with the No. 6 overall pick and Texas safety Earl Thomas at No. 14.

Rob Rang of discusses the Seahawks’ picks in the first round with me in the video above.

My story today provides an overview of the first round for Seattle and sets the table for today.

Our own Dave Boling provides more details on the humble beginnings of Okung, while TNT reporter Doug Pacey notes on the over 400 family and friends who joined Thomas at his grandfather’s church in Orange, Texas, a small town on the Texas-Louisiana border.

Art Thiel of says that the Seahawks’ brass went for smart over splashy in making their first-round decisions.

Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports says Schneider and Carroll appeared in sync and at ease speaking together after Day 1 of the draft.

ESPN’s Mike Sando notes that veteran safety Lawyer Milloy is expected to be back with the Seahawks, and could be a good mentor for Thomas.

ESPN’s John Clayton says Seattle was one of the winners in the first day of the draft.

Ross Tucker of Sports Illustrated evaluates every pick from the first round.

Pro Football Weekly does the same thing here.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post lists Kansas City drafting Eric Berry among the five picks he likes.

Gil Brandt of the NFL Network reviews the best players available heading into round 2, with Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen topping the list. has Seattle selecting Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer at No. 60.

Pat Kirwan of the NFL Network has Seattle selecting Dwyer as well in his mock draft.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated has the Seahawks taking USC receiver Damian Williams at No. 60.