Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, April 17:
The best-ever No. 6 pick in the first round of the NFL Draft? It was Walter Jones, who came to the Seahawks with that selection on 1997. Says who? Elliott Harrison, in this photo essay at NFL.com: “The sixth spot in the order has produced some guys who imposed their will on games … James Lofton (1978), John Riggins (1971) and Floyd Little (1967) were all picked just outside of their respective draft’s top five. But none of them — or any sixth pick — dominated the way Jones did. The former Seahawks left tackle was a nine-time Pro Bowler and at one time was the very best in the game.”
The Seahawks receive a B for their free-agency activity from Alex Marvez at FoxSports.com: “The Seahawks did a far better job than Miami in courting Green Bay quarterback Matt Flynn, who will now compete with Tarvaris Jackson for a starting spot. The re-signing of running back Marshawn Lynch and defensive end Red Bryant insured Seattle will keep two of their best players. … The Seahawks must hope they’ve made a better talent evaluation with Flynn than Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst. Both were backups from other teams that failed to cement themselves as starters when given the chance in Seattle.”
With the NFL to announce the 2012 schedule today, Mike Sando at ESPN.com has some simple requests for the Seahawks, including: “Fewer earliest possible kickoffs, please. Seattle played five games at 10 a.m. PT last season. The Seahawks actually won two of them, but teams traveling West to East have long complained about the challenges associated with playing so early. They would much rather play later no matter how well certain Western teams have fared in these games at various times.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we look at the start of the team’s offseason program, which began with a series of screening tests: “The Seahawks’ offseason program began Monday, but not with the pop of shoulder pads or even a tweet from coach Pete Carroll’s whistle. What the players did on their first day back after an extended break – complements of the new CBA which ended the 136-day lockout that erased the offseason last year – was complete a series of screening tests that will allow head strength and conditioning coach Chris Carlisle and his staff to personalize the weight training that will be Tuesday. ‘They say it helps them know what your body can and can’t do, and give them ways they can help improve you,” said Lemuel Jeanpierre, who started the final four games at right guard and another at center last season. ‘Different people have different needs, like maybe with your flexibility. So you go in there and try to give them your best, because we know what’s coming up this offseason.’ ”
Tony Ventrella also takes a look at the activity in this video report.
Jason Cole at YahooSports.com takes a look at the offseason to this point, including the winners and losers in free agency and the best free agents still available: “In an offseason dominated by a Hall of Fame quarterback and a Pro Bowl defensive player changing teams, not to mention a raging controversy about bounties, important issues still linger going into next week’s NFL draft. One is a premier quarterback negotiating what will likely be the biggest contract in league history. Another is a top all-around running back working out a new deal under the threat of sitting out the season.”