Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, April 11:
Mike Sando at ESPN.com checks in with the folks at Scouts Inc. for their offseason analysis of the four teams in the NFC West, including the Seahawks and their ideal scenario in the first round of the NFL Draft on April 26: “They have to be looking at Luke Kuechly. He would be a leader of your defense and a great fit. They have to consider the rush end from USC, Nick Perry, if Pete Carroll likes him. He could be the next Chris Clemons and line up opposite him on passing downs for now. Carroll would know. You add Jason Jones with a hand on the ground at defensive tackle and Brandon Mebane or whoever next to him, and suddenly the front four can get after people. The draft will probably work out well for Seattle. Someone better than Perry will fall to them, whether it’s David DeCastro, Kuechly, Michael Floyd or even Ryan Tannehill. I think they would jump on Ryan Tannehill if he is there at No. 12 and maybe even consider moving up to seven to get him. To me, he is a franchise quarterback and they do not have one on their roster, even though they got better at the position.’ ”
Here at Seahawks.com, we check in with the ridiculously fast Ricardo Lockette – and his former college track coach. But in his second season, Lockette wants to become a complete receiver, not just one who has more speed than most: “The dude isn’t just football fast; Lockette is only-a-blur-as-he-blows-past-you fast. Check this resume: NCAA Division II national champion in the 200 meters at Fort Valley State in 2008 with a time of 20.6 seconds; a PR (personal record) in the event of 20.3 seconds; Georgia state sprint champion at Monroe High School in Albany; tied for third-fastest time in the 40-yard dash at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine (4.37 seconds); a PR in that event of 4.26 seconds. And he could have been even faster. Says who? Tyree Price, Lockette’s track coach at Fort Valley State who now holds the same position at South Carolina State, Price’s alma mater. ‘Ricardo was a very good track runner – very good,’ Price said Tuesday. ‘As soon as got here, you could see the potential. If he had stuck with track, he would have been at the (U.S. Olympic) Trials this year.’ ”
Chris Burke at SI.com offers his draft needs for each NFC team, including the Seahawks: “1. Defensive end: Keeping Red Bryant was monumental for Seattle’s run-stopping ability, but he doesn’t help the Seahawks get to the QB. They need someone other than Chris Clemons capable of doing that. 2. Outside linebacker: David Hawthorne signed with New Orleans and Leroy Hill remains a free agent. Seattle did add Barrett Ruud to play the middle, but he’s currently flanked by K.J. Wright and Adrian Moten. Seattle needs better personnel out wide. 3. Cornerback: Richard Sherman had a strong rookie campaign, and Marcus Trufant’s re-signing gives Seattle viable competition between him and Brandon Browner. You can never have too much CB depth, though, especially with Trufant getting up there in years.”
At NFL.com, their series of do-over drafts is at 2008. They don’t, however, go all the way to No. 28 where the Seahawks selected defensive end Lawrence Jackson. But their video-only, beat-writer draft includes Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times selecting USC defensive end Nick Perry for the Seahawks.