On this date: First round of draft delivers Walter Jones and Shawn Springs

Walter Jones, Shawn Springs

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on April 19:

1997: After selecting cornerback Shawn Springs with the third overall pick in the NFL Draft, the Seahawks traded into the sixth spot to take tackle Walter Jones. The incomparable Jones would be voted to a club-record nine Pro Bowls and have his No. 71 retired after he called it a Hall of Fame career following the 2009 season. Springs also was voted to the Pro Bowl in 1998 and started 88 games in seven seasons with the team.

2002: Brock Huard is traded to the Colts for a fifth-round draft choice the Seahawks would use to select defensive tackle Rocky Bernard. Huard, who also played at the University of Washington and Puyallup High School, had been the Seahawks’ third-round draft in 1999 and would return to the team for the 2004 season.


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Monday cyber surfing: Wilson makes his mark

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, May 14:

The Seahawks wrapped up their three-day rookie minicamp on Sunday and coach Pete Carroll said that Russell Wilson had played himself into the competition for the starting quarterback job with Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn.

Former Seahawks QB Brock Huard, now a host on 710 ESPN, offers his take on Wilson at mynorthwest.com: “Flynn and Jackson will soon learn that a 5-foot-11 Rose Bowl quarterback is a lot closer in this race than (Brock) Osweiler, Nick Foles, Kirk Cousins and (Brandon) Weeden would be if they were in Seattle. The kid oozes with the ‘it factor,’ and has an arm and command that clearly puts him smack dab in this quarterback competition. Seahawks fans will sit on the berm in August and I am sure will ‘ooh and ah’ the same way many in the media did over the weekend. Carroll and his staff will have to figure out a way to dish out enough quality reps and work to fully evaluate the quarterback move that lies ahead. Sitting in the pole is Flynn; this is his job to lose. Jackson has the starts and experience under his belt, and Josh Portis has raw athleticism and talent. Yet lurking is Wilson, the constant over-achiever, the want-to-be quarterback anomaly at 5-feet-11 that is out to prove the NFL wrong. Carroll wants competition. Well, he’s got it now at the most critical position in sports. Get ready, Seahawks fans, the quarterback conversation is just beginning.”

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times looks at what Carroll’s decision means as the team moves deeper into its offseason program: “Carroll offered no specifics on how the competition would be structured and no estimate on a timetable for a decision, but suggested some patience. ‘It’s going to take us a long time to do this,’ Carroll said. ‘It’s going to be frustrating for you guys. You’re going to keep asking and want to know. I’m just going to be more patient than you can imagine as we go through this process, and we’ll just figure it out when we do.’ ”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune has the word on Wilson, and also profiles two of the campers from the South Sound area – Karvario Middleton and Renard Williams: “Seahawks coach Pete Carroll recognized the long odds for players such as Middleton and Williams making a Week 1 roster. ‘This is a first step for a lot of those guys, and for some of these guys it’ll be their only step,’ he said. ‘So we try and treat these days with them with a lot of respect for where their hearts are and all that.’ ”

 
Here at Seahawks.com, we’ve also got the word on Carroll’s assessment of Wilson that shouldn’t have come as a surprise: “Carroll did not step to the podium after practice and declare that Wilson was going to compete with Jackson and Flynn. In fact, his comments came in response to a question about whether Wilson was a developmental player. ‘Here’s what I’m going to say about it, he’s going to be in the competition,’ Carroll offered before the question had even been completed. ‘He’s showed us enough, he’s in the competition.’ And that is saying a lot. Wilson played one season at Wisconsin after transferring from North Carolina State. Jackson has been in the league for six seasons and started 34 games, including 14 for the Seahawks last season after he was signed in free agency. Flynn was the most sought after QB in this year’s free-agent class, despite having started only two games for the Green Bay Packers the past four seasons. But Wilson showed enough in three minicamp practices that “we need to see where he fits in with these guys,” as Carroll put it.”

We’ve also got a recap of the three-day rookie camp in Hawkville: “ ‘For these guys to have that chance to get out here and be in the NFL for a weekend and show what they can do, they’ll never forget it,’ coach Pete Carroll said. ‘And I think it means a ton to them.’ You could tell it meant just that, as the players sought out coaches at the conclusion of practice to shake hands and say thanks. The team’s 10 draft choices and seven of the 10 free agents signed after the draft will join the veterans in the offseason program on Monday, and it was those players who drew most of the attention in the minicamp practices – from first-round draft choice Bruce Irvin; to third-rounder Russell Wilson, who used the minicamp to throw himself into the competition for the starting job; to seventh-rounder J.R. Sweezy, a defensive tackle in college who spent the weekend learning to play offensive guard; to wide receiver Phil Bates, one of those free-agent additions who caught pass after pass after pass.”

If you’d rather watch than read, there’s Tony Ventrella’s video recap, as well as Carroll’s post-practice Q&A session.

For a look around the league, there’s Peter King’s “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com, but he also includes his take on the Wilson situation: “Is it dumb? No, it’s not dumb. As GM John Schneider told me after the draft, Wilson was the third-best player he studied in all of college football last year, and Schneider doesn’t care what anybody on any other team or on TV thinks of his draft-weekend decisions. Against a big-time schedule with Wisconsin last year, Wilson put up some phenomenal numbers – 73 percent passing, 10.3 yards per attempt, 33 touchdowns and four interceptions – and his leadership is similar to Drew Brees’.”


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On this date: Jones, Springs drafted

1997: After selecting cornerback Shawn Springs with the third overall pick in the NFL Draft, the Seahawks trade into the sixth spot to take tackle Walter Jones. The incomparable Jones would be voted to a club-record nine Pro Bowls and have his No. 71 retired after he called it a Hall of Fame career following the 2009 season. Spring also was voted to the Pro Bowl in 1998 and started 88 games in seven seasons with the team.

2002: Brock Huard is traded to the Colts for a fifth-round draft choice the Seahawks would use to select defensive tackle Rocky Bernard. Huard, who also played at the University of Washington and Puyallup High School, had been the Seahawks’ third-round draft in 1999 and would return to the team for the 2004 season.


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Tuesday cyber surfing: Talking quarterbacks

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Feb. 28:

Mike Sando at ESPN.com takes an in-depth – and must-read – look at where the Seahawks might find their next quarterback, with the help of ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay: “Coach Pete Carroll and the Seahawks came to the NFL scouting combine in search of their next quarterback. That was two years ago. And last year. And this year. Call it the longest-running unsolved mystery in the NFC West, the division’s most compelling draft drama. ‘We’re looking for a great competitor,’ Carroll said.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look back at the impressive Combine efforts of Robert Griffin III – on and off the field: “Robert Griffin III flaunted his Ninja Turtle socks for the media as he stepped to the podium at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday. Sunday, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Baylor blew everyone’s socks off during his workout in Indianapolis. RG3 arrived at the Combine in the considerable shadow of Andrew Luck, the Stanford QB who is expected to be the first pick overall by the Indianapolis Colts in April’s NFL Draft. And everywhere Griffin went there was a huge banner of Peyton Manning, the Colts’ iconic QB, hovering above him on the façade of Lucas Oil Stadium. Not surprisingly, RG3 refused to be overshadowed or upstaged.”

Speaking of RG3, the boys at NFL.com debate which team should move up to the No. 2 spot in the draft to select the Baylor QB. While most say the Redskins, Adam Rank says this about the Browns: “Here are some of the quarterbacks who have called Cleveland home during the Browns 2.0 reboot: Tim Couch, Kelly Holcomb, Jeff Garcia, Trent Dilfer, Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn. If the Browns don’t use their resources to get RG3, the team should be handed over to Art Modell so he can move it to Biloxi. All right, that’s a little harsh. But the time has come for the Browns to get their quarterback of the future. The great fans of Cleveland have been waiting a long time for a replacement to Bernie Kosar, and it seems like the Browns have the best resources to get it done. Cleveland holds two first round picks, including the No. 4 selection, which should allow St. Louis to grab highly coveted WR Justin Blackmon.”

The Associated Press caught up with RG3 in Waco, Texas, on Monday, and the Baylor QB said he was pleased with the way his time in Indy went: “I think I was able to go out there and affirm to the scouts how athletic I am, or impress them even more. I was able to show people that I am as advertised. I’m a good guy, I like to make people laugh. I can’t remember a meeting I didn’t go in and we weren’t laughing. You go there and do what you’re supposed to do, create a buzz for yourself.”

Brock Huard at 710 ESPN suggests another QB the Seahawks should consider drafting in a later round – Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson. You can watch Huard’s video report here.

The Combine concludes today with the defensive backs working out and you can follow the performances at NFL.com.


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Tuesday cyber surfing: Weighing options for Seahawks QB, Tatupu

Former Seahawks QB Brock Huard of 710 ESPN weighs in on the team’s quarterback options in this video report at mynorthwest.com: “The Seahawks are one of several NFL teams that figure to be looking to upgrade at quarterback via the draft or free agency this offseason. What if all their options land elsewhere? Brock Huard proposed that scenario in Monday’s Wrap Up video, saying that the possibility of losing out on Matt Flynn could leave Peyton Manning as the Seahawks’ best and most feasible option.”

Lofa Tatupu visited the Saints on Monday, Jason La Canfora of NFL.com is reporting. Tatupu sat out the 2011 season after being released by the Seahawks: “Tatupu was a Pro Bowl selection his first three seasons in the NFL, and he was first-team All-Pro in 2007 when he had 83 tackles, four interceptions and three forced fumbles.”

As for the give-us-this-day-our-daily-Peyton-Manning item, the boys at NFL.com have some fun by turning the question of where the Colts’ iconic QB will end up into a “Wheel of Peyton” game. And you’ll be surprised by what Brian Baldinger has to say if you-know-who ends up you-know-where.


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