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Saturday in Hawkville: Chris Harper catching the ball ‘beautifully’

Chris Harper

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for May 11 during the second day of the Seahawks’ three-day rookie minicamp:

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Chris Harper. When it comes to a show of hands, the Seahawks’ fourth-round draft choice is showing great hands.

It was after Friday’s first practice that coach Pete Carroll offered, “Chris caught to ball beautifully. He really has great hands.”

Harper felt he played even better in the second practice.

“It went way better today than yesterday,” he said. “Yesterday, you just kind of didn’t know what to expect and just didn’t get into the flow and the pace because this is a lot different pace than what you’re used to in college.”

Better yet, receivers coach Kippy Brown agreed with the assessments made by Carroll and Harper.

“Chris has really strong hands and for a big guy he’s very athletic,” Brown said. “It’s just a matter of him learning. We’ve thrown a lot at these guys in two days’ time. I’m sure their heads are swimming. My head was swimming when I first got here.

“But he’s studying hard and he’s getting it. As he gets more comfortable with it, he’ll play faster and that’s what we’re looking for.”

For Harper, it continues to be an exercise in working on his transition game. He was, after all, originally a quarterback at the University of Oregon before switching positions and schools (to Kansas State).

“I’ve still got a long ways to go,” he said. “I’ve only been playing wide receiver for almost three years now, so I can learn from everybody.”

If today’s practice was any indication, things are progressing nicely. The highlight of Harper’s day was his over-the-shoulder catch of a pass from Jerrod Johnson after he had gotten behind cornerback O’Hara Fluellen. But Harper also worked himself free to make other catches, and when he wasn’t open he used his 234-pound body to make himself open.

“The fact that he’s 230-something pounds is what we liked,” Carroll said.

Asked about his bulk, Harper offered, “It helps me a lot, because DBs aren’t used to seeing guys that are like 230 playing receiver. So it gives me an advantage, as far as at the point of attack when the ball is in the air. When they want to get into pushing matches, I’ll usually come out on top of those.”

TRYING TO CATCH ON

Justin Veltung. The receiver/returner from the University of Idaho and Puyallup High School is one of the three dozen players at this camp on a tryout basis. And Veltung is making the most of the opportunity.

He was one of the players the Seahawks had in for a pre-draft visit. Veltung showed enough that they invited him back for this camp.

“He’s a smart guy and he knows what to do,” Brown said. “He doesn’t make very many mistakes and so far he’s been real reliable catching the football. So we’ll see.”

Veltung began his second practice by making a nice falling catching of a pass that looked to be beyond his reach. But before it was over he also had worked his way around a defender to catch a pass on the sideline; caught another pass in traffic over the middle; and reached back while in full stride to grab yet another.

As Veltung was making that last catch, The Heavy’s “How You Like Me Now?” was blaring from the speakers along the sideline. Talk about right on cue.

CALLING PETER NGUYEN

Peter Nguyen, a 5-foot-7, 179-pound running back from Bellevue High School and the University of Montana, was added to the list of tryout players today.

Another back was needed because Darrell Scott, another tryout player, injured himself in the first drill on Friday.

THE SKINNY ON SCRUGGS

Second-year defensive lineman Greg Scruggs had surgery Thursday to repair a torn ligament in his right knee. A seventh-round draft choice last year, Scruggs was injured during a workout in the veterans’ offseason program.

“He stumbled coming out of a bag drill … tried to catch himself and hyperextended his knee,” Carroll said. “It was just a drill by himself and it’s unfortunate that he hit just exactly wrong.”

Scruggs had two sacks among his six tackles as a rookie, when he played in 11 games.

“He’ll come back quickly from this, but it’s still a long haul for him,” Carroll said.

GIANTS ADD SOME CURRY TO THE MIX

Aaron Curry has found a new NFL home. Another new NFL home.

The former Seahawks’ linebacker and fourth pick overall in the 2009 NFL Draft has signed with the Giants, and ESPNNewYork.com has the details.

Curry started 12 games as a rookie and 16 in 2010 for the Seahawks. But he lost the starting job on the strong side to K.J. Wright in 2011 and was traded to the Raiders for a seventh-round draft choice in 2012 and a fifth-round pick in 2013 – which the Seahawks used to select guard J.R. Sweezy (last year) cornerback Tharold Simon (this year).

Curry played in 11 games for the Raiders in 2011 and two games last season before being waived in November.

“We think we have a good opportunity for him to see if he can re-invent himself a little bit and bring something to our linebacking corps,” Giants GM Jerry Reese said. “If he didn’t work out well for us, we wouldn’t be fooling around with this.

“He’s the fourth pick in the draft a few years ago. Obviously, we think he has some talent. We had him graded high back then. We will see what happens.”

MT. RUSHMORE UPDATE

This camp is all about the present, and hopefully future, for the rookies in attendance. But let’s take a moment to revisit the past.

Last week, we asked you to vote on who should be the fourth “head” on a Seahawks Mt. Rushmore, joining Steve Largent, Cortez Kennedy and Walter Jones. So far, Matt Hasselbeck is leading with 28 percent of the votes, followed by Shaun Alexander (20.9), Kenny Easley (20), Mike Holmgren (15.9), Jacob Green (8.7) and Chuck Knox (6.6).

It’s not too late to cast your vote.

UP NEXT

The rookie minicamp will conclude Sunday with a morning practice. Monday, the veterans return to begin the final week in Phase 2 of their offseason program.

YOU DON’T SAY

“It’s pretty similar, minus the music. I don’t think coach (Nick) Saban would like that.” – defensive tackle Jesse Williams, when asked about the pace of these practices compared to those at Alabama


On this date: From Chuck Knox, to Rick Mirer, to Mike Holmgren, to Aaron Curry

Aaron Curry

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on April 25:

1991: Chuck Knox signs a two-year contract extension through 1993, but the ’91 season would be his ninth and final with the Seahawks as the extension includes a buyout clause. Knox would return to the Rams from 1992-94, after coaching the team from 1973-77.

1993: Rick Mirer is selected with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft. Following a productive rookie season when he started all 16 games and passed for 2,833 yards, Mirer would start 35 games over the next three seasons before being traded to the Bears in 1997.

1997: The Washington State Legislature passes the stadium-funding plan – Referendum 48 – for what would become Seahawks Stadium and is now CenturyLink Field. It is the next step necessary for Paul Allen to complete his purchase of the franchise from Ken Behring.

2008: Mike Holmgren wins the Horrigan Award, which is presented annually to the NFL executive who helps the media do its job. Having not won the award had become a running joke with the team’s coach and reporters who covered the Seahawks.

2009: Aaron Curry is selected with the fourth pick overall in the NFL Draft. Hailed as the “safest pick” in that year’s draft class, Curry would start 30 games at linebacker before being traded to the Raiders during the 2012 season.


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Seahawks draft choices set, for now

John Schneider

Seahawks general manager John Schneider operates in the club’s “War Room” during the 2012 NFL Draft

The league has released the order of picks for next month’s NFL Draft after the compensatory selections were awarded this week.

The Seahawks still have 10 draft choices, just not the same 10 they had a few weeks ago. Here’s a look at the team’s selections:

First round (no pick) – traded the 25th selection overall to the Vikings in last week’s deal to acquire receiver/returner/runner Percy Harvin.

Second round – 26th pick in the round, 56th overall

Third round – 25th pick in the round, 87th overall

Fourth round – 26th pick in the round, 123rd overall

Fifth round (two picks) – fifth pick in the round, 138th overall, which was acquired from the Raiders in the 2011 trade of linebacker Aaron Curry; 25th pick in the round, 158th overall.

Sixth round – 26th pick in the round, 194th overall

Seventh round (four picks) – 14th pick in the round, 220th overall, which was acquired from the Saints in last year’s trade of linebacker Barrett Ruud; 25th pick in the round, 231st overall; 35th and 36th picks in the round, 241st and 242nd overall, which are compensatory picks. The Seahawks had the eighth pick in the round, 214th overall, from the Bills in last year’s trade of quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, but they sent it to the Vikings as part of the trade for Harvin.


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Thursday cyber surfing: Seahawks hold keys to Seattle’s next sports superstar?

Good morning, here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 12.

At the Seattle Times, Jerry Brewer tells us Seattle is in dire need of a new sports superstar. Brewer points to years 1990-2010 as a time when Seattle experienced an unforgettable – and remarkable – run of sports superstars: Ken Griffey Jr., Ichiro, Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Steve Emtman, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, Walter Jones, Lou Piniella, George Karl and Mike Holmgren. As Seattle continues to search for it’s new sports identity, Brewer offered that the Seahawks have the potential to shape that mold, “With quality talent evaluators such as Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik and Seahawks GM John Schneider in town, you can already see the potential for a new generation of superstars. Seahawks safety Earl Thomas has a chance to be, at least, the best safety in the NFL. If [Marshawn] Lynch goes off, there’s a possibility he could be elite. [Felix] Hernandez is just 26, and with some help, it’s easy to see him taking that final step to becoming a superstar. Matt Flynn, who is expected to be the Seahawks’ starting quarterback this season, could become a star, but if rookie Russell Wilson eventually wins the job and performs at a star level, a small, 5-foot-11 quarterback would have a better chance of captivating a national audience.”

Also at the Seattle Times, Danny O’Neil continues to take a close look at the Seahawks wide receiver position, this time turning his attention to fourth-year pro Deon Butler. O’Neil admits that he has questioned whether or not Butler would land on the team’s 53-man rosters the past two seasons, as he notes Butler’s small stature in a system that favors bigger wide receivers, and points to a leg injury that landed Butler on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list to start the 2011 season . In 2012, O’Neil still finds himself questioning Butler’s status among the wide receiver group, but if history is any indication for Butler, O’Neil gives him a good shot at making the squad, “Go ahead, crunch the numbers, but come Sept. 1, I think it would be very hard for Seattle to pick its 53 best players for the roster and not have Butler among that group. That’s not to say it’s impossible. He’s not a special-teams mainstay like veteran Ben Obomanu has been, and he hasn’t shown that uncanny knack as a slot receiver like [Doug] Baldwin did. He doesn’t have the height of [Sidney] Rice, [Kris] Durham or Mike Williams — all of whom stand 6-4 or taller. But Butler is in the conversation for the fastest receiver on the roster, and he has shown a professionalism and ability to bounce back from both adversity and injury. And the past two years have shown that for all the questions of whether he’ll be back, the guy listed as the smallest player on Seattle’s roster has some staying power”

Here at Seahawks.com Clare Farnsworth continues with his 2012 positional breakdown, as he takes a look at the Seahawks linebacking corps heading into the new season. Farnsworth speaks to the group’s healthy mix of youth and experience, “On a team that has been in a constant change since coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider took over 30 months ago, the linebacking crew has undergone one of the most major transformations under [Seahawks linebackers coach Ken] Norton. The last linebacker standing from the team’s glory days of winning the NFC Championship in 2005 is [Leroy] Hill, who continues to be the starter on the weakside. David Hawthorne took over in the middle for Lofa Tatupu in 2010, but with the team’s leading tackler the past three seasons now with the New Orleans Saints, Hawthorne will be replaced by either the youthful enthusiasm of [Bobby] Wagner or the productive experience of [Barrett] Ruud. On the strong side, [K.J.] Wright played so well as a rookie last season that the club traded former first-round draft choice Aaron Curry to the Oakland Raiders. … This seemingly mismatched collection of linebackers creates an interesting blend of skills and talents that should allow Carroll and coordinator Gus Bradley to play the way they want to, and need to – fast, physical, aggressive and smart – in matching the efforts of the Pro Bowl-laced secondary and line.”


On this date: Mirer drafted

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on April 25:

1991: Chuck Knox signs a two-year contract extension through 1993, but the ’91 season would be his ninth and final with the Seahawks as the extension includes a buyout clause.

1993: Rick Mirer is selected with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft. Following a productive rookie season when he started all 16 games and passed for 2,833 yards, Mirer would start 35 games over the next three seasons before being traded to the Bears in 1997.

1997: The Washington State Legislature passes the stadium-funding plan for Seahawks Stadium – Referendum 48. It is the next step necessary for Paul Allen to complete his purchase of the franchise from Ken Behring.

2008: Mike Holmgren wins the Horrigan Award, which is presented annually to the NFL executive who helps the media do its job. Not having won the award had become a running joke with the team’s coach and reporters who covered the Seahawks.

2009: Aaron Curry is selected with the fourth pick overall in the NFL Draft. Hailed as the “safest pick” in that year’s draft class, Curry would start 30 games at linebacker before being traded to the Raiders during the 2011 season.


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Friday cyber surfing: Hill returns, once again

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, April 13:

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times looks at the significance of Leroy Hill agreeing to re-sign with the team on Thursday: “Leroy Hill is back with the Seahawks. Then again, he has never actually left, which is nothing short of shocking considering all that has happened the past four years. He has been injured, he has been arrested and he has entered the open market as an unrestricted free agent in three of the previous four offseasons and returned to the Seahawks every time.”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com says even with Hill and Matt McCoy agreeing to one-year contracts on Thursday, the Seahawks still need to address linebacker in the NFL Draft: “Veteran Barrett Ruud, signed from Tennessee in free agency last week, provides insurance at middle linebacker after starter David Hawthorne left for New Orleans. It’s an upset, however, if the Seahawks do not seek a starting linebacker at some point in the draft.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune and John Boyle at the Everett Herald also weigh-in on Hill’s return.

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at how Hill’s continuing presence on the roster is somewhat of a surprise to him: “For Leroy Hill, the 2010 NFL season was a mix of second chances and double takes.The Seahawks’ veteran linebacker did not re-sign with the team that selected him in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft until July 29 and he then watched in amazement – and amusement – as middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu was released two days later and fellow outside linebacker Aaron Curry was traded in October. ‘It’s crazy. It’s unreal,’ Hill said at the time, with a smile and then a laugh, as he tried to figure out how he was still around while Tatupu and Curry were gone. ‘But it is what it is. It’s a crazy business – and I think me still being here and Lofa being gone proves it.’ ”

Also at Seahawks.com, we continue our draft series with a look at the quarterbacks, through the eyes of Jon Gruden: “Gruden is now in his fourth year as an analyst for ESPN, and doing his “Gruden’s QB Camp” where he sits down annually with the top passers in the draft class. So, who better to discuss the position as teams prepare for the April 26-28 NFL Draft? And that’s exactly what Gruden did during a conference-call interview on Wednesday. ‘There are criteria, I think, that most general managers, most head coaches, most quarterback coaches have always looked for,’ Gruden said. ‘Winning is No. 1. At No. 2, you look at durability. No. 3 is playing experience. Those are very important things to study, and you want a quarterback that has won, that’s been durable and productive. Those are the things everybody is looking for. … This class of quarterbacks, every one of these young men has unique traits.”

There’s also a closer look at the position, as well as a Q&A with Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson.

One thing the Seahawks have not addressed in free agency is coach Pete Carroll’s desire for a pass-rusher. Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com has his risers and fallers in the draft class at CBSSports.com and lists USC defensive end Nick Perry among the risers: “After Quinton Coples and Melvin Ingram, the next pass rusher off the board is anyone’s guess, but a name to keep an eye on in the top-20 is Southern Cal’s Nick Perry. His wasn’t a name usually found in most first round mock drafts after he declared early for the 2012 NFL Draft, but he has been rising in draft circles since the Combine. In Indianapolis Perry turned heads with 4.58 40-yard dash, 38.5″ vertical, 10’4″ broad jump and 35 reps of 225-pounds. He is a tad tightly wound, but has an excellent blend of speed and strength to beat blockers and disrupt the pocket off the edge. Perry, who led the Pac-12 in sacks last season with 9.5, was recruited to play for the Trojans by Pete Carroll and it wouldn’t be a shock to see the Seahawks take him as high as the 12th overall selection.”

The do-over draft series at NFL.com has reached 2010, and Bucky Brooks gives the Seahawks center Maurkice Pouncey with the No. 6 pick rather than tackle Russell Okung: “Interior blockers are not traditionally selected within the top 10, but Pouncey has emerged as a top talent at the position (with the Steelers). He is a unique athlete with exceptional strength, quickness and movement skills, and his ability to control the middle sets the tone for the offense. While the Seahawks would love to have a premier blocker on the edge, Pete Carroll would embrace an elite talent at the pivot.”

Also at NFL.com, Jason La Canfora continues to track the activity in free agency.

Joe Vitt, an assistant coach with the Seahawks from 1982-91, will take over for suspended Saints coach Sean Payton. The Associated Press has the story: “ ‘It is important that we keep Sean Payton’s philosophy front and center during this season,’ Saints GM Mickey Loomis said Thursday. ‘Sean has been the driving force behind the tremendous success our team has enjoyed during the past six years, his leadership will be missed. But we need to set a course of action that gives us the best chance to win this season without our head coach. … We considered a number of great options to handle Payton’s duties both internally and externally, but believe this will provide the most seamless transition for our players and our coaching staff, allowing our offensive and defensive staffs to remain intact with the fewest changes.’ ” Loomis worked in the Seahawks’ front office before going to the Saints.


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Thursday cyber surfing: Two weeks until the NFL Draft

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, April 12:

Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com offers his draft needs for the Seahawks, in the website’s on-going examination of all 32 teams: “When league scouts talk about the Seahawks, they all say the same thing: Loads of young talent, but what about the quarterback? Under coach Pete Carroll, the Seahawks have tried Charlie Whitehurst (failed) and Tarvaris Jackson (grade incomplete) as quarterbacks they acquired to fill a glaring need. Now comes Matt Flynn. The Seahawks signed Flynn as a free agent from the Green Bay Packers. Flynn started two games in four years with the Packers, so his signing is risky. Carroll said that Flynn and Jackson will compete for the job, but it’s probably Flynn’s to lose. If Flynn can prove to be more than just a manage-the-game passer, Seattle will push for the NFC West title. If not, they might be looking again next spring.”

Todd McShay goes deep in his fifth mock draft at ESPN.com, offering multiple options for teams. It’s an Insider feature, so requires registration and a fee. But here’s what he has to say about the Seahawks: “Scenario 1: Take (Luke) Kuechly and bring some stability to a linebacker corps that has seen the likes of Julian Peterson, Aaron Curry, David Hawthorne and others come and go in recent years. Scenario 2: With Kuechly gone, (Quinton) Coples becomes a value pick at this point and will add a versatile presence who can both pressure the quarterback and hold up against the run when his motor is running high. Scenario 3: Look to need areas elsewhere on offense with (David) DeCastro or (Michael) Floyd.”

Also at ESPN.com, former Colts GM Bill Polian, now an NFL Insider for the website, examines some possible trades in the draft: “In the weeks leading up to the draft, general managers and personnel directors around the NFL will turn their attention to a process called draft management – NFL insider speak for predicting how the draft will unfold. It’s through this process that a team anticipates where its draft targets may come off the board and ensures the selection of one of its top choices. While teams are never 100 percent accurate with these predictions, they have been able to project the first round with a high degree of certainty in recent years. That said, every draft has certain pivot points, spots where the draft veers from its anticipated path and proceeds in a new, unexpected direction. Sometimes the impetus for these moments is an off-the-radar selection, but more often it’s a trade. There are several reasons to believe the first big pivot point of the 2012 draft could come with a potential trade of the No. 3 overall pick from the Vikings to the Dolphins.”

Don Banks at SI.com has his fifth mock draft, but his selection for the Seahawks sounds familiar: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina. “There’s a lot to love about the young defense the Seahawks are assembling, but they’ve got to create more pressure on opposing passers. Coples could drop well into the teens, but he’s got double-digit sack talent if Pete Carroll and Co. can figure out how to keep his intensity and effort level high at all times.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we begin our series of articles previewing the NFL Draft with a look at the team’s situation, through the eyes of general manager John Schneider: “ ‘There are tons of mock drafts, and I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t look at them,’ Schneider said. ‘But it’s not that easy. We build our (draft) board based on our team and what we have currently. So we compare these players to our current roster, and that’s how we build our board. We don’t build our board for the league, per say.’ And definitely not to appease those who compile mock drafts. ‘So while people in a mock draft might feel like we need a certain position or a specific player, it’s just really who has the highest grade – and if it fills a specific need, that’s great,’ Schneider said. ‘But it’s a grade comparable to what our team is and how we see our own players at each position. That’s why it’s so important to know your team and evaluate your team first and foremost.’ ”

The do-over draft series at NFL.com has reached 2009, when the Seahawks made Aaron Curry the fourth pick overall. In the do-over, Jason Smith gives them Clay Matthews: “All you need to know here is that after just two seasons the Seahawks shipped Curry to the Raiders for a seventh-round pick and a conditional selection. (And this guy was actually in the mix to be No. 1 overall for a little while!) How much more teeth would there be in that Seahawks defense with Matthews? A Pro Bowler all three years in the league and he was first-team All Pro in 2010. And that hair, my gosh, I would’ve re-done the pick if I was just getting that part of him. I know, why not Foster? Well, Seattle thought they had their RB situation under control after having just added Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett. And now they have the Skittles Beast, so they’re all set there.”

Also at NFL.com, Chad Reuter looks at the players in this year’s draft class that could spark interest from teams looking to trade up in the first round to get them: “Due to the lack of suspense surrounding the landing points of (Andrew) Luck and (Robert) Griffin, a lot of attention has been placed on the new home of the draft’s third-rated passer, Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins are the odds-on favorites to select the athletic and strong-armed, if inexperienced (19 collegiate starts at QB after playing receiver his first two-plus seasons on campus), passer because of their extreme need at the position. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that Miami’s new offensive coordinator, Mike Sherman, was Tannehill’s head coach at A&M.”

Former Seahawks right tackle Sean Locklear has signed with the Giants, and Aaron Wilson at Scout.com has the report: “The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder played last season for the Washington Redskins and played in eight games with four starts after spending the previous seven years with the Seattle Seahawks. Locklear has played in 105 regular-season games with 82 starts.”


Thursday cyber surfing: Clock ticking toward NFL Draft

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, April 5:

The countdown to the NFL Draft is underway – literally, with ESPN.com featuring a clock to tick off the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the start of the first round on April 26. And Mel Kiper has his mock draft 4.0. It’s an Insider feature, so you must register and pay a fee. But he has the Seahawks selecting what has become a familiar name at No. 12: “North Carolina DE Quinton Coples. Even if (Boston College middle linebacker Luke) Kuechly is still on the board, it would be tough for Seattle to pass on perhaps the safest 4-3 DE option available. Coples has prototypical size, can play every down as a pass-rusher and has a solid arsenal of moves to get to opposing quarterbacks, but with the size and discipline to be a force against the run. Seattle can’t go wrong here with either the top LB or DE available. This defense is close to being considered among the NFL’s finest.”

But in this mock, Kiper goes two-rounds deep, and at No. 43 has the Seahawks selecting Oklahoma linebacker Ronnell Lewis: “His production dipped some in 2011, but Lewis could start as a situational pass-rusher and become more.”

Also at ESPN.com, Mike Sando provides his take on Kiper’s picks for each of the NFC West team, including the Seahawks: “The word ‘safest’ isn’t particularly comforting for Seahawks fans. Aaron Curry was considered the safest pick in the 2009 draft. Coples was my choice for Seattle in the recent NFL Blog Network mock. Then, Kuechly was not available. Kiper previously had Seattle taking Ryan Tannehill in this spot, but Tannehill was off the board this time and the Seahawks weren’t in the QB market, anyway, after signing Matt Flynn. Some have criticized Coples for inconsistent effort. Pete Carroll constantly emphasizes competition, but the Seahawks have shown they can get good results from defensive players with varied résumés and reputations. Red Bryant, Chris Clemons and Alan Branch come to mind. The draft plot thickens considerably for Seattle if Kuechly does slip past the top 11 choices. The word ‘safe’ has applied to Kuechly as well. The Seahawks have obvious needs for a pass-rusher and a linebacker, so Coples and Kuechly make sense as projected picks.”

Sando also looks at the NFC West preseason matchups after the league announced the August slate yesterday, including these notes on the Seahawks: “Matt Hasselbeck and the Tennessee Titans face the Seahawks in Seattle (in the opener), Hasselbeck’s first game against his former team. That means Matt Flynn makes his Seattle debut against Hasselbeck; Seattle travels to Denver for what will be (Peyton) Manning’s first home game with the Broncos; all four NFC West teams are home in the fourth week of preseason. That’s a bonus heading into the regular season. Every AFC West team finishes the preseason on the road, with three of those games against NFC West teams.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune provides a replay of his chat with Rob Rang, senior analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, which includes this assessment of James Carpenter, last year’s first-round pick who ended the season in injured reserve with a severe knee injury: “James Carpenter showed everything I was hoping for as a rookie right tackle until the injury. It’s such a shame, as he was really progressing over the final few games. It all depends on how and when he’s able to return to the field. I’d be surprised if the Seahawks are counting on him providing much this year.”

Don Banks at SI.com also has his fourth mock draft, and also has the Seahawks selecting Coples: “Seattle needs to generate more heat on opposing quarterbacks, and Coples has natural ability in the pass rush department. His effort level has been inconsistent, and he could drop into the teens because of it. But his upside makes him a decent gamble at No. 12 for the Seahawks.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at what being the first player to wear No. 31 in the team’s new uniforms means to Pro Bowl strong safety Kam Chancellor, who modeled the new-look duds at the unveiling event in New York on Tuesday: “ ‘I can always say I was the first one to wear No. 31 in a Nike jersey for the Seahawks,’ Chancellor said. ‘And that is a special feeling. It feels good.’ ”

We’ve also got a timeline of the Seahawks’ uniforms in a photoblog. One question: Who is that guy with a mustache wearing No. 83?

Just-acquired free-agent linebacker David Hawthorne, the Seahawks leading tackler the past three seasons, did a Q&A with Saints.com. It gave Hawthorne one more opportunity to explain how he got his “Heater” nickname: “I’ve had a nickname at every level I’ve been at. When I came to Seattle, I was an undrafted free agent who had to work hard both on defense and special teams and bring it every day. After I made some hard hits, I came to the sidelines and Lofa Tatupu gave it to me.”


Cyber surfing: Monday

Good morning. Here’s what was “out there” about the Seahawks during their long bye weekend and for today, Oct. 17:

Dave Boling at the New Tribune profiles Anthony Hargrove, who traveled a hard road to reach the NFL and now the Seahawks. Says defensive linemate Brandon Mebane: “I had seen his story, but then meeting him, I was like, ‘Whoa, is this that guy?’ You see that stuff and you make judgments. But who are we to judge? Then you get to know the man, and I’ll tell you this: I think he’s a world-class man to know.’ ”

Here at Seahawks.com, Hargrove sits down with Tony Ventrella for his bye-week edition of “Seahawks Insider.” We also catch up with Edwin Bailey, the former Seahawks guard.

Dave Wyman, a former linebacker for the Seahawks and now radio analyst, shares his thoughts on the trade of Aaron Curry last week. Says Wyman: “There are three parts to a football play in my mind. First you need to get properly aligned, second you must fulfill your responsibilities within the scheme of the defense, and third you just go make a play. Number three is what defines you as a player and much of it cannot be coached. It’s pure instinct. It’s instantaneous, split-second reaction. By the end of the 2010 season, it was obvious to me that Curry lacked those instincts.”

For recaps of what happened in the league during Week 6, there’s Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com, John Clayton’s “Last Call” at ESPN.com and Clark Judge’s “Judgements” at CBSSports.com.


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General Manager John Schneider on trade of Aaron Curry

RENTON, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks have traded linebacker Aaron Curry to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a 2012 draft choice and a 2013 draft choice.

Statement from Seahawks GM John Schneider on the trade of LB Aaron Curry

“On behalf of Mr. Allen, Coach Carroll, and the entire Seahawks family, we want to thank Aaron for his contributions to the Seahawks and wish him all the best with his fresh start in Oakland.”


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