Saturday cyber surfing: 2013 NFL Draft 2nd & 3rd round roundup

Good morning, Seahawks fans, and welcome to day three of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Yesterday, the Seahawks took Texas A&M running back Christine Michael with the 62nd overall pick in round two and added Penn State defensive lineman Jordan Hill with the 87th overall pick in round three.

Heading into today, the Seahawks hold 10 draft picks – No. 123 (4th round), No. 138 (5th round), No. 158 (5th round), No. 165 (5th round), No. 194 (6th round), No. 199 (6th round), No. 220 (7th round), No. 231 (7th round), No. 241 (7th round) and No. 242 (7th round).

We’ll get started with all of that beginning at 9 a.m. PT, but in the meantime here’s a look at what’s “out there” about the Seahawks after day one and two of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times has a look at the Seahawks’ unconventional approach to draft day.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune details the Seahawks’ selection of Michael in round two.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald recaps day two of the Seahawks’ draft.

Danny O’Neil of 710Sports.com rehashes the Seahawks’ selections of Michael and Hill in the draft’s second and third rounds.

ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando has his story on the Seahawks’ moves from day two of the draft at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

Bucky Brooks of NFL.com has his list of the 10 best remaining players in the 2013 draft.

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com’s Around the League has his take on winners and losers from day two of the draft.

NFL.com has an updated look at every pick made so far in the 2013 draft.

Once again, we’ll be streaming live coverage of rounds 4-7 with Seahawks Insider Tony Ventrella here at Seahawks.com, which is where you can also find Clare Farnsworth’s recap of what transpired on day two of the draft for Seattle.

You can stay connected and up to date with all of the Seahawks’ draft picks by tuning in to our Draft Central page.

And like yesterday’s cyber surfing post, we leave you with several reactions from Seahawks players and coaches as they watched the day’s picks pour in.

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NFC West day two draft rewind: San Francisco 49ers

Cornellius Carradine

With day two of the 2013 NFL Draft in the books, we take a look back at the moves made around the NFC West, continuing with the San Francisco 49ers.

Vance McDonaldThe Niners started by adding depth to their rotation along the defensive line with the selection of Cornellius “Tank” Carradine, the draft’s 40th overall selection, listed as a defensive end out of Florida State University.

Carradine, who measures 6-foot-4, 273-pounds, started 12 games for the Seminoles in 2012, recording 80 total tackles and 11.0 sacks. But he tore his ACL late in the season, an injury that caused him to miss much of the pre-draft process.

San Francisco let defensive linemen Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky Jean-Francois go in free agency, so the pick fills a need for the club.

To arrive at the edge-rusher Carradine, the 49ers dealt pick No. 34 to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for picks No. 40 (Carradine) and No. 216 (seventh-round), as well as a 2014 third-rounder.

Corey LemonierWith the 55th pick in the draft, the 49ers targeted tight end Vance McDonald out of Rice University. The 6-4, 268-pound McDonald fills another need for the Niners after tight end Delanie Walker signed with the Tennessee Titans in free agency this offseason.  McDonald was primarily used as a receiver out of the slot position while at Rice and seems to be an obvious replacement for the versatile Walker. The Niners traded up with the Green Bay Packers to select McDonald, so the tight end was clearly on the club’s radar.

The Niners closed the draft’s second day by adding Corey Lemonier out of Auburn. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds, Lemonier will likely play outside linebacker in San Francisco’s defensive scheme, even though his draft profile has him listed as a defensive lineman.


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NFC West day two draft rewind: Arizona Cardinals

Kevin Minter

With day two of the 2013 NFL Draft in the books, we take a look back at the moves made around the NFC West, starting with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Cardinals kicked off day two by trading down. They dealt the No. 38 overall pick to the San Diego Chargers in exchange for picks No. 40 (second-round) and No. 110 (fourth-round).

At No. 40, the Cardinals grabbed 6-foot, 246-pound linebacker Kevin Minter out of LSU. Minter earned All-SEC honors in 2012 and was named the team’s most valuable player, starting 13 games and recording 130 total tackles to go with 4.0 sacks.

Minter’s final season at LSU was his lone season as a full-time starter, but he should compete for a starting job in Arizona, where current starting linebacker Daryl Washington will open up 2013 by serving a four-game suspension.Tyrann Mathieu

After Minter, Arizona wasn’t finished nabbing the defensive talent out of LSU. With their third-round pick (No. 69 overall) they selected Tyrann Mathieu, the 5-foot-9, 186-pound “Honey Badger” of a cornerback. Mathieu earned the nickname at LSU for his small stature and tenacious play out of the defensive backfield.

Mathieu was dismissed from the Tigers back in August of 2012 for violations of team rules and did not play football in 2012. Now, he’ll have the opportunity to compete in the Cardinals’ secondary alongside former LSU product turned Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson.


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Jordan Hill adds relentless play style to defensive line depth

Jordan Hill

Defensive tackle Jordan Hill says the Seahawks were very interested in him at the NFL Combine. Today, the club followed through on that interest when they took Hill with the No. 87 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

“It’s an emotional feeling,” Hill said in a conference call with reporters shortly after he heard his name called on national television at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. “I’ve been waiting for a phone call and I’m really excited it’s going to be Seattle.”

Hill played in 45 games for the Nittany Lions from 2009-12, totaling 171 tackles, 9.5 sacks, an interception, and two forced fumbles. He started 11 of 12 games his junior year and all 12 games his senior season.

“I’m a versatile player,” said Hill. “I’m a guy that can pass rush, but then also a guy that can stop the run. I’m a guy that plays with a high motor and I just love playing football.

“I just love to compete.”

Hill will do just that when he brings his relentless attitude and play style to the Seahawks in 2013 – a play style he says he models after fellow Penn State alums Jared Odrick, now a defensive end with the Miami Dolphins, and Devon Still, a defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals.

“It’s really everything to my game,” Hill said of that relentless play style. “Just the way I out-work the guy in front of me. How much work I put into it studying film and stuff like that.

“Whenever you work that hard at something you’re bound to succeed.”

Another notable Penn Stater, Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson, was one of the first to welcome Hill to the club via Twitter:


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Penn State defensive tackle Jordan Hill drafted in third round

With their second pick in the second day of the NFL Draft, the Seahawks addressed a need this evening by selecting Penn State defensive tackle Jordan Hill.

Jordan Hill

The Seahawks needed depth at the position because Alan Branch and Jason Jones, the starter at the three-technique spot in the base and nickel defenses last season, left in free agency this offseason. Although a bit light, Hill has good lateral quickness and quick feet.

It was last year that the Seahawks found quarterback Russell Wilson in the third round, and in previous drafts the third round has yielded nose tackle Brandon Mebane (2007), linebacker Leroy Hill (2005), wide receiver Darrell Jackson (2000), Pro Bowl linebacker Fredd Young (1984) and linebacker Michael Jackson (1979).


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Christine Michael felt strong attraction to the Seattle Seahawks

Christine Michael raved about his pre-draft visit with the Seattle Seahawks. But what was it that he found so attractive when it comes to the Emerald City and their professional football team?

“The whole city, man,” Michael said in a conference call with reporters shortly after the Seahawks made him their first pick of the 2013 NFL Draft. “Pete Carroll, the GM, the players, the coaches, Earl Thomas – who’s from Orange, Texas, a 409-kid like me. Everybody seemed so legit, so loyal, so down to earth. It just felt like a great place to be. ”

And now Michael is a part of that atmosphere. The 5-10, 221-pound back out of Texas A&M who says he would compare his own game to that of new-teammate Marshawn Lynch was a marvel at the NFL Combine. He ran a 4.54-second 40-yard dash and recorded the highest vertical jump (43 inches) and longest broad jump (125 inches) among all running backs at the pre-draft workout.

“I finally get to live my dream,” Michael said. “Playing pro ball has been my dream since day one. I couldn’t wait to get to the League and do it for my family, and for my daughter.”

Eleven days ago, after his visit with the Seahawks, Michael tweeted:


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Seahawks draft Texas A&M running back Christine Michael

Christine Michael

The Seahawks finally joined the NFL’s annual selection process this afternoon as they drafted Texas A&M running back Christine Michael with the final pick in the second round – the 62nd pick overall.

The team did not have a selection in Thursday night’s first round, after trading the 25th selection overall to the Vikings last month in the three-pick deal to acquire receiver/runner/returner Percy Harvin. The Seahawks then traded the 56th pick overall in today’s second round to the Ravens – who selected Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown. That’s how they ended up with the 62nd pick that had belonged to the Ravens.

The 5-foot-10, 221-pound Michael joins a group of former second-round draft choices by the Seahawks that includes middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, who led the team in tackles as a rookie last season; wide receiver Golden Tate (2010); All-Pro center Max Unger (2009); tight end John Carlson (2008), who led the team in receiving as a rookie and is now with the Vikings; middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu (2005), the only player in franchise history to lead the team in tackles four consecutive seasons; safety Ken Hamlin (2003); center Kevin Mawae (1994); linebacker Terry Wooden and strong safety Robert Blackmon (1990); wide receiver Brian Blades (1988), the second-leading receiver in franchise history; linebacker Keith Butler (1978), who is second in club history in career tackles; linebacker Terry Beeson, who led the team in tackles three consecutive seasons; and Sherman Smith (1976), the Seahawks’ original running back who now coaches the position for the team.


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Friday cyber surfing: 2013 NFL Draft first-round roundup

Good morning, Seahawks fans, and welcome to day two of the 2013 NFL Draft. After not selecting in yesterday’s first round, the Seahawks hold two picks today (Round 2, No. 56 overall and Round 3, No. 87 overall). The action revs back up at 3:30 p.m. PT.

In the meantime, here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks and around the League for Friday, April 26.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks trading their first-round draft pick to acquire wide receiver Percy Harvin was the right move.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune recaps the Seahawks’ quiet first day and offers up some second-round targets for Seattle.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald details the moves made around the active NFC West on the draft’s first day.

ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando was hard at work while the rest of us in the Seahawks media room were spectating yesterday’s first round (kidding, kind of), and he shares his thoughts on the Rams, 49ers, and Cardinals first-round selections.

Grantland.com’s Bill Barnwell tries to make sense of the draft’s first day, noting surprises, trade winners and losers, and what to watch for on day two.

Former University of Washington Husky standout cornerback Desmond Trufant – the younger brother of longtime Seahawk Marcus Trufant – went to the Atlanta Falcons, who traded up with the Rams to grab him at No. 22.

A 49-year-old NFL Draft streak was snapped yesterday when a running back was not taken in the first round for the first time since 1963.

NFL.com has a round-by-round look at the 2013 NFL Draft order after last night’s picks and draft-day trades.

NFL.com Around the League editor Gregg Rosenthal breaks down what he believes to be the draft’s top 20 remaining players.

Seahawks.com’s live coverage of the draft will continue later this afternoon, but you can read Clare Farnsworth’s recap of day one here.

Stay plugged in to our draft central for all the latest news surrounding your Seahawks and the rest of today’s draft.

We leave you with the reactions from several Seahawks players via Twitter as they followed last night’s first round:


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Rams add linebacker depth with Alec Ogletree at No. 30

Alec Ogletree

Alec Ogletree, the 6-2, 244-pound athletic linebacker out of the University of Georgia is the newest member of the NFC West rival St. Louis Rams.

Ogletree adds needed depth at the position for the Rams, who have just five linebackers on their active roster. He spent his freshman year at Georgia at the safety position before the coaching staff moved him to linebacker, where he produced 111 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss, and three sacks in his final season with the Bulldogs.

The Rams had the 22nd overall selection in the first round, but in their second draft-day trade they dealt the pick along with a 2015 seventh rounder to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for the 30th overall pick (Ogletree) and Atlanta’s 2013 third and sxith rounders (No. 92 and No. 198).


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Desmond Trufant goes to the Falcons at No. 22

Desmond Trufant

It had been rumored that the Falcons were looking to move up in the first round of the NFL Draft. They did it, and selected University of Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant tonight.

By moving from No. 30 to No. 22, the Falcons made sure they got one of the top corners in this draft class – with Alabama’s Dee Milliner going to the Jets at No. 9 and Houston’s D.J. Hayden going to the Raiders at No. 12.

Trufant is the younger brother of Marcus, who was the Seahawks’ first-round draft choice in 2003 (the 11th pick overall); and Isaiah, who now plays for the Jets.

Trufant’s parents, Lloyd and Constance, held a draft-day party in Tacoma, where their sons grew up and attended Wilson High School before going to Washington State (Marcus), Eastern Washington University (Isaiah) and Washington (Desmond).


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