Friday cyber surfing: Combine prompts QB questions

INDIANAPOLIS – Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Feb. 24:

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times wonders if the Seahawks will select a quarterback in this year’s NFL Draft: “The Seahawks are looking for a quarterback in the draft every year, said general manager John Schneider. One year they might even get around to picking one. It hasn’t happened since Schneider and coach Pete Carroll took over in 2010, and entering the third season of their regime, quarterback remains Seattle’s long-term question mark. So will this be the year, then? In a draft class headlined by quarterbacks Andrew Luck of Stanford and Robert Griffin III of Baylor, is Seattle going to pony up the king’s ransom it would take to vault toward the top of the draft? Or will the Seahawks instead opt for one of the next tier of prospects at that position, someone like Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill, Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins or Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler?”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune also looks at the prospects of the Seahawks’ quest to upgrade the QB position: “Through the draft, free agency or trade, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider understands he has some options available to improve the talent level at quarterback. Or he could just stand pat, bringing back starter Tarvaris Jackson and backups Charlie Whitehurst and Josh Portis for another season, in the hope that all three continue to show improvement.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we’ve got a recap of Schneider’s session with reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday: “The NFL Scouting Combine is all about evaluating the pool of talent that will be available in April’s NFL Draft. But that doesn’t mean it’s the only thing on John Schneider’s mind this week. Far from it. The Seahawks’ third-year general manager also continues to work on signing players who are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents next month. The list of what Schneider called “a pretty cool group of unrestricted free agents” is topped by leading rusher Marshawn Lynch, but also includes kick-blocking and disruptive defensive end Red Bryant, middle linebacker and leading tackler David Hawthorne, Pro Bowl fullback Michael Robinson, veteran linebacker Leroy Hill and tight end John Carlson, among others. ‘We’re getting to the point now where we feel strongly about some of our own guys; we’d like to take care of those guys first,’ Schneider said Thursday when asked about free agency during a two-part, 45-minute Q&A session at Lucas Oil Stadium – which started at a podium in the interview room and then moved to the side after his allotted time had expired. ‘We’re trying to knock those guys out.’ ”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com offers some NFC West “closing thoughts” from Thursday, including these for the Seahawks: “GM John Schneider expressed strong appreciation for what defensive end Red Bryant adds in the locker room. He pointed to Bryant as a core player. Bryant could still consider opportunities elsewhere, but the fit is perfect in Seattle. Bryant should have more value to the Seahawks than to other teams, in my view. Schneider also said the franchise tag is an option for running back Marshawn Lynch in the absence of a long-term agreement. I considered that a given and arguably more appealing to the team than committing longer-term money at a position where durability can be fleeting.”

Bucky Brooks at NFL.com takes a look at what fans of all 32 teams should be looking for at the Combine, including this one for the Seahawks: “Pete Carroll has built his offense around the versatile talents of Marshawn Lynch, but the Seahawks’ feature back is a free agent and could depart to greener pastures. To guard against his defection, the Seahawks’ personnel staff will focus their attention on Miami RB Lamar Miller and Virginia Tech RB David Wilson. If the Seahawks look to address one of their defensive needs at pick No. 12, the evaluations of USC DE Nick Perry and North Carolina LB Zach Brown could become major parts of a draft-day discussion.”

Don Banks at SI.com has some “Snap Judgments” from Thursday, including: “USC offensive left tackle Matt Kalil seems to know his place in life. He has a father who was an NFL guard (Frank Kalil) and an older brother who’s the highest-paid center in league history (Carolina’s Ryan Kalil, a 2007 second-round pick). So, what else could he have possibly been in life besides an NFL offensive lineman? ‘For my dad, ‘Let’s play football’ means let’s go do kick steps and let’s work O-line drills,’ said Matt Kalil, who could go as high as No. 2 to the Rams. ‘My first time going to Servite (his Orange County, Calif., high school) I tried to play tight end as a freshman and my dad went on the field and said, ‘No, he’s playing left tackle.’ That pretty much ended that dream. I would have been a sweet tight end. Maybe like Anthony Munoz catching touchdowns.’ ”


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