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Tuesday cyber surfing: Wilson’s about more then just height

Good morning, and Happy May Day. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for May 1:

Mike Sando at ESPN.com says you have to use more than height to measure Russell Wilson, the quarterback the Seahawks selected in the third round of the NFL Draft: “His height, measured by NFL scouting combine officials at 5-foot-10 and five-eighths of an inch, doesn’t measure up to long-established league standards. That is why the Seahawks were able to draft the Wisconsin quarterback with only the 75th overall choice even though Wilson appears dynamic by other measures, including his arm, athleticism and leadership.”

Jerry Brewer at the Seattle Times deciphers what the Seahawks just accomplished in the draft: “There is a method to the Seahawks’ whimsical behavior, however. When you examine them closely, you realize they’ve made the right move more times than not. And so far, even their mistakes haven’t been of the franchise-killing variety. Despite all the confusion and debate they inspire, this has been a trustworthy front office. True to form, (coach Pete) Carroll and (GM John) Schneider are testing that theory again. In the aftermath of the NFL draft, you’re left to wonder what the heck they were thinking after they made a surprise pick in the first round, selected a 5-foot-11 quarterback in the third round and spent the weekend shocking the arrogance out of draftniks. …The Seahawks don’t employ the classic approach. But because they’re so thorough and believe so fully in themselves, it’s wise to couch skepticism or at least delay unleashing it until you see the plan in action. They’re eccentric, not stupid. Recognize the difference.”

Art Thiel at sportspress northwest digs a little deeper in the meandering journey that led first-round draft choice Bruce Irvin to the Seahawks: “The riskiest part of the selection of Irvin is that there is no way to measure how he will handle success, which is notorious for devastating pro athletes who’ve never known it. Irvin has had plenty of football success, but he’s barely known two days in a row that weren’t full of travail and headache. Just three years ago, he was living in a two-bedroom, one-bath rental home with another eight or nine players from the Mt. Sac football team, all Samoans. ‘They didn’t know me, but they were good-hearted people,’ he said. ‘They accepted me. But you better find a nice spot before everyone else went to sleep. In that situation, it’s every man for himself.’ ”

Pat Kirwan at CBSSports.com takes a look at the possible gems in those undrafted players who signed with teams as free agents, including kicker Carson Wiggs, who has agreed to terms with the Seahawks: “Wiggs is a big kicker that also kicks off. He has field goals of 59, 53, 53 and 52. I liked him at the Senior Bowl.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we take a look at the start of Phase 2 of the offseason program, which looked a lot like Phase 1 until you took a closer look: “At first glance, Phase 2 of the Seahawks’ offseason program looked an awful lot like Phase 1. The players ran through drills in the indoor practice facility at Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Monday and then shifted to the weight room – just as they had the past two weeks. But the sly grin that washed across Kam Chancellor’s face suggests that a closer look was needed. ‘It was very different,’ the Seahawks’ Pro Bowl strong safety said. ‘The tempo was up and it was more competitive.’ That’s because, unlike the eight sessions that comprised Phase 1, the coaches are allowed to work with the players during the three-week Phase 2 portion of the offseason program. ‘This is Phase 2 right here,’ Chancellor said. ’It’s building blocks, and we’re building up.’ ”

We also heat up some draft leftovers in a rare offseason “Monday metatarsal musings,” including: “Why didn’t the Seahawks take a wide receiver in one of the rounds, with one of those 10 picks? – General manager John Schneider was pretty blunt when asked this question on Saturday. ‘Quite honestly, I thought it was a pretty average group compared to the last couple years,’ he said. ‘It was just a little frayed all the way through.’ So average, that Schneider said wide-outs Doug Baldwin and Ricardo Lockette – who led the team in receptions and averaged 52.5 yards on two receptions last season, respectively, after being signed as free agents following the draft – would have been rated at the top of the fifth round this year. Also, there are three wide receivers among the 10 rookie free agents the club got agreements with right after the draft – Washington’s Jermaine Kearse, Oregon’s Lavasier and Ohio University’s Phil Bates.”

Peter King at SI.com revisits the Seahawks’ selection of Irvin in the first round of the NFL Draft in his “Monday Morning Quarterback” (which had not been posted when we went surfing yesterday): “The Bruce Irvin pick at 15 in the first round wasn’t that odd – at least not to two GMs I spoke with. ‘He was going in the first round, guaranteed,’ one said. ‘He’s got rare pass-rush skills.’ Now, Russell Wilson at 75? Well, believe me or don’t, but one coach within 20 picks of the Seahawks said to me Sunday he’d have pushed hard for Wilson with that pick in the third round. Clearly, though, the second-guessing with Seattle was hot and heavy through the weekend. ‘They just value players differently than almost every other team,’ one personnel director told me. ‘They get a feeling on a guy and it doesn’t matter if they’re the lone wolves – they’re going to take the guy no matter what anyone else thinks.’ ”

So much for the 2012 NFL Draft, Bucky Brooks at NFL.com already has his list of the Top 30 prospects for the 2013 draft, which is topped a quarterback that Pete Carroll knows a little about: “After bypassing an opportunity to enter the draft as a likely top-10 pick a season ago, (USC’s Matt) Barkley is listed atop most draft boards as the No. 1 senior prospect. He has shown the ability to masterfully orchestrate a pro-style offense that puts a lot of responsibility on the quarterback at the line, but he needs to continue honing his throwing mechanics and arm strength to solidify his status as the potential No.1 pick.”


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