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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.


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:


NFL Network to begin unveiling Top 100 players for 2013

When we get to the end of the three-day NFL Draft on Saturday and you still haven’t had enough football, the NFL Network will be there.

The network will begin unveiling its Top 100 players of 2013, beginning Saturday at 5 p.m. PT with those ranked 91-100. At least one Seahawk will be included in the opening look at the Top 100, but the network isn’t saying who.

But the Seahawks have several players worthy of consideration at some point during the 11-week countdown: the All-Pro quartet of running back Marshawn Lynch, center Max Unger, cornerback Richard Sherman and free safety Earl Thomas; left guard Russell Okung and quarterback Russell Wilson, who joined Lynch, Unger and Thomas at the Pro Bowl; and perhaps even strong safety Kam Chancellor, nose tackle Brandon Mebane and recently acquired receiver/runner/returner Percy Harvin.

Additional information is available here.


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The “spine of the Seahawks” built in three drafts under John Schneider & Pete Carroll

Russell Okung, Earl Thomas

NFL.com Around the League editor Gregg Rosenthal recently ranked what he considers to be the five NFL teams that are the best when it comes to finding talent in the NFL Draft.

Rosenthal stresses that his list is in no particular order, but the Seahawks, under the direction of general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll, are conveniently  Rosenthal’s first mention.

The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, NFC West rival San Fracisco 49ers, New England Patriots, and New York Giants round out Rosenthal’s top five.

On the Seahawks, Rosenthal writes:

“GM John Schneider and Pete Carroll have only been together three years, but their track record is outstanding. They see players differently than other teams. Last year’s three-pack of Bruce Irvin,

Bobby Wagner and Russell Wilson were all controversial picks that didn’t fit the traditional mold. They were all outstanding.

2011 was a shakier draft, but they found an All-Pro cornerback in Richard Sherman in the fifth round. That’s also the round they found Kam Chancellor in their first draft in 2010. That crop included Earl Thomas and Russell Okung. The spine of the Seahawks were built in three drafts.”

Twenty-two of Schneider and Carroll’s 28 total picks from the last three years remain on the Seahawks’ current roster. Four of their picks have been named to the Pro Bowl (Okung, Thomas, Chancellor, Wilson). Three have been named first-team All-Pro (Okung, Thomas, Sherman). And 10 of their 28 picks were listed as starters on the Seahawks’ depth chart heading into last year’s divisional playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Below is a pick-by-pick rundown of the Seahawks’ drafts guided by Schneider and Carroll.

2010:

Round Pick No. Name Height Weight Position College
1 6 Russell Okung 6-5 310 T Oklahoma State
1 14 Earl Thomas 5-10 202 S Texas
2 60 Golden Tate 5-10 202 WR Notre Dame
4 111 Walter Thurmond 5-11 190 CB Oregon
4 127 E.J. Wilson 6-3 289 DE North Carolina
5 133 Kam Chancellor 6-3 232 S Virginia Tech
6 185 Anthony McCoy 6-5 259 TE USC
7 236 Dexter Davis 6-1 244 DE Arizona St.
7 245 Jameson Konz 6-3 234 WR Kent. St.

2011:

Round Pick No. Name Height Weight Position College
1 25 James Carpenter 6-5 321 T Alabama
3 75 John Moffitt 6-4 319 G Wisconsin
4 99 K.J. Wright 6-4 246 LB Mississippi St.
4 107 Kris Durham 6-6 216 WR Georgia
5 154 Richard Sherman 6-3 195 CB Stanford
5 156 Mark LeGree 6-0 211 S Appalachian St.
6 173 Byon Maxwell 6-1 207 CB Clemson
7 205 Pep Levingston 6-4 292 DE LSU
7 242 Malcolm Smith 6-0 226 LB USC

2012:

Round Pick No. Name Height Weight Position College
1 15 Bruce Irvin 6-3 248 DE West Virginia
2 47 Bobby Wagner 6-0 241 LB Utah State
3 75 Russell Wilson 5-11 206 QB Wisconsin
4 106 Robert Turbin 5-10 222 RB Utah State
4 114 Jaye Howard 6-3 301 DE Florida
5 154 Korey Toomer 6-2 234 LB Idaho
6 172 Jeremy Lane 6-0 190 CB NW Louisiana
6 181 Winston Guy 6-1 218 S Kentucky
7 225 JR Sweezy 6-5 298 G North Carolina St.
7 232 Greg Scruggs 6-3 284 DE Louisville

Secondary thoughts from Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett

In the interview for Tuesday’s story on defensive lineman Michael Bennett, the once-Seahawk and now once-again Seahawk offered another reason for wanting to re-sign with the team in free agency last month.

In a word, it’s the secondary. In 10 words or less, it’s Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Brandon Browner. Two were voted All-Pro last season – Thomas, the free safety; and Sherman, the left cornerback. Three have played in the Pro Bowl in at least one of the past two seasons – Thomas (twice); Chancellor, the strong safety; and Browner, the right cornerback.

“I’ve never played with a secondary with this caliber of talent,” Bennett said. “That’s one of the unique things about this defense and this team. I’ve played with some OK secondaries since I’ve been in the league, but this is my first time playing with a secondary like this.”

And make no mistake, the Seahawks were Bennett’s destination team even before he hit free agency last month.

“I turned down money to come here, and came here on just a one-year contract,” he said. “This is where I wanted to be. I love this place.”


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The Fresh Files: Doug Baldwin’s Life Lessons

One day after Monday’s press conference announcing the four-year contract extension for strong safety Kam Chancellor, wide receiver Doug Baldwin caught up with the hard-hitting, fourth-year pro while he was sitting in his locker at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

“To be in a different tax bracket, it feels great,” Chancellor joked to Baldwin on Baldwin’s latest episode of The Fresh Files. “Everybody else is going to be blessed one day. Everybody gets their turn – mine was yesterday. I want to thank the Seahawks organization, I want to thank the 12s, Paul Allen, everybody – my teammates and everybody supporting me. It feels good, man.”

That feeling was reciprocated by Chancellor’s teammates and throughout the organization yesterday, as they watched one of the team’s core players get rewarded for their tireless effort.

“Everybody was excited for the man,” Baldwin said of Chancellor’s extension. “The reason why is because he’s a good dude. You want to see good guys be rewarded for all their hard work.”


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Seahawks react to Kam Chancellor’s contract extension

Kam Chancellor

“Just signed my Extension. Thanks to the Whole Seahawks organization for making me an example of loyalty and commitment!!!” – Strong Safety Kam Chancellor, via Instagram

The deal has been in the works for awhile, but today it became official – strong safety Kam Chancellor has signed a four-year extension with the Seahawks.

In a press conference announcing the extension today, general manager John Schneider said it was the team’s “absolute number one priority” this offseason to lock up Chancellor for years to come. Remember, that’s an offseason that has included the signings of several high-profile players like wide receiver Percy Harvin, defensive ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, as well as cornerback Antoine Winfield. Yet it’s Chancellor that headlines the offseason for Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll.

You can check out the full press conference with comments from Schneider, Carroll and Chancellor here, and we leave you with the reaction from several Seahawks players as they caught wind of their teammate’s big news.


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Kam Chancellor signed to contract extension

Kam Chancellor

With Kam Chancellor entering the final season of the four-year contract he received after being a fifth-round draft choice in 2010, the Seahawks today signed their Pro Bowl-caliber strong safety to a four-year extension.

The 6-foot-3, 232-pound Chancellor has been a starter the past two seasons and become a big part of – literally – what is arguably the NFL’s best secondary, one that also includes All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas, All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman and Pro Bowl-caliber corner Brandon Browner.

Chancellor, who just turned 25, had 91 tackles for the league’s No. 4-ranked defense to finish third on the team last season, when he was a second alternate to the Pro Bowl. Chancellor was second on the team in tackles (94) and also had career-highs in interceptions (four) and passes defensed (13) in 2011, when he played in the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement after being a first alternate in balloting for the NFL’s all-star game.

Earlier today, Chancellor tweeted a response to signing his extension: “It’s a Great Day today.”


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Weighing in on the NFC West

Mike Sando, the NFC West blogger at ESPN.com, has turned Matt Williamson’s positional rankings for the division’s four teams into a series of informational and entertaining “conversations” with the website’s resident scout.

Williamson ranks the Seahawks as the second-best team in the NFC West behind the conference champion 49ers, but the Seahawks come out No. 1 at quarterback, running back, defensive line, cornerback and safety. They are No. 2 at wide receiver, offensive line, linebackers and head coach, and No. 3 at tight end.

It’s worth checking out the rankings and the dialogue on each:

Quarterback

Williamson: “If I were starting a team, (Colin) Kaepernick and (Russell) Wilson would rank among my top five picks. The upside for Kaepernick is so great. I don’t expect him to take a step back. I just don’t think he is as far along as Wilson in the fundamentals of quarterback play. Wilson coming into the league was ahead of Kaepernick in terms of being a pocket passer, reading defenses, not relying on his physical gifts so much and just in the mental side of things.”

Running back

Williamson: “Seattle has the best back in the division in Marshawn Lynch, and Robert Turbin is a heckuva backup. It’s not a knock on (Frank) Gore. I like LaMichael James and like Kendall Hunter, too. So, the 49ers have three guys to talk about instead of two for Seattle.”

Wide receivers

Williamson: “I’ll take (Percy) Harvin every day over (Michael) Crabtree and that is not a knock on Crabtree. Harvin is more dynamic, more versatile. He frightens defenses way more. You can do so much more with him. He has big-play ability and is just a better football player. When I rank the wide receivers in this division, it goes Larry (Fitzgerald), Harvin and Crabtree, but Harvin is closer to Fitz than Crabtree is to Harvin.”

Tight ends

Sando: “The Cardinals were the only NFL team without a touchdown reception from a tight end last season. Bad quarterback play had quite a bit to do with that, of course.”

Offensive line

Williamson: “Breno (Giacomini) has been serviceable. Marshawn Lynch has room to run. I think they have two good players (Max Unger and Russell Okung) and then a bunch of guys. I do think the whole is greater than sum of the parts. There is some truth to that in Seattle, which goes to coaching (by Tom Cable).”

Defensive line

Williamson: “They have a wide skill set, which I like, too. (Bruce) Irvin and (Red) Bryant are totally different players at defensive end. Irvin, (Chris) Clemons, (Cliff) Avril and Bryant give you versatility. For the Rams, (William) Hayes is an important part of that equation. He had seven sacks last year. (Robert) Quinn and (Chris) Long are questionable against the run. Hayes can be a base run defensive end. Plus, he moves inside and can be a quality rusher there.”

Linebackers

Sando: “The Seahawks found one starter in the second round (Bobby Wagner) and another in the fourth (K.J. Wright). They plan to use Cliff Avril at strong-side linebacker in some situations. But with Leroy Hill apparently having run his course in Seattle, the team figures to draft a weak-side linebacker to compete with Malcolm Smith.”

Safeties

Sando: “Seattle is really the only team in the division appearing set at safety for now. I could still see the Seahawks drafting one for insurance in case they have a hard time re-signing Kam Chancellor. In the meantime, Earl Thomas might be the best safety in the league. At least I’m assuming you’d agree in saying he’s moved past Troy Polamalu and Ed Reed, who were long considered the standards.”

Cornerbacks

Williamson: “Seattle to me has the best set of corners in the league, clearly (in Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner). And then (Antoine) Winfield might be the best slot corner in the league. It’s almost unfair.”

Head coach

Williamson: “(The Rams’ Jeff) Fisher is a heckuva coach, but he is behind two of the top five in the league (Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll) when it comes to ranking head coaches in the NFC West.”


Cornerback Antoine Winfield signs with Seahawks

Antoine Winfield

The Seahawks’ young, but oh-so-talented, secondary just got a lot more experienced.

Former Pro Bowl cornerback Antoine Winfield was signed today, the team announced. Winfield, who will turn 36 in June and has been in the NFL for 13 seasons, is expected to compete for the nickel back spot in a secondary that already includes two All-Pro players – free safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman; and Pro Bowl-caliber players at strong safety and the other corner in Kam Chancellor and Brandon Browner.

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Winfield was released last month by the Vikings in a salary-cap move, despite coming off a 2012 season when he had 101 tackles, three interceptions and 12 passes defensed. The passes defensed were a career high, while the tackle and interception totals were his second-highest totals.

Winfield played his first five seasons with the Bills, who selected him in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft after a senior season at Ohio State when he was named All-America and voted the Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation’s top defensive back. He signed with the Vikings in free agency in 2004 and was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

For his career, Winfield has 1,170 tackles and 27 interceptions. He also has started 16 games six times, the last coming in 2010.


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