Wednesday cyber surfing: On Lynch, and the Combine

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Feb. 22:

Mike Sando at ESPN.com weighs in on Marshawn Lynch’s contract situation in his “Leading Questions” in the NFC West: “Yes, the Seahawks want to bring back Lynch. His physical running style gives them an edge Seattle cannot realistically get from another back in 2012. There have been no hard reasons to get a deal done quickly, however. Seattle can name Lynch its franchise player, an appealing alternative for teams wary of how long running backs will hold up physically. Lynch has until March 13 before becoming a free agent for the first time in his career. His next long-term deal could be his final one. He’ll want to get more than what Seattle would pay him in guaranteed money as a franchise player over the next couple seasons.”

Also at ESPN.com, Gary Horton of Scouts Inc. weighs in on the top three needs for each team in the NFC.  It’s an “Insiders” feature, which requires registration and a fee. But here’s what he lists as No. 1 for the Seahawks and, no, it’s not a QB: “Defensive end: Chris Clemons had another solid season as a pass-rusher with 11 sacks, but the Seahawks will look to find a dynamic pass-rushing end to complement him. They have taken three defensive ends in the first five rounds over the past five seasons with mixed results.”

With all NFL roads leading to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine, Bruce Feldman at CBSSports.com has a list of which players might put on the most-freakish shows for the assembled masses. At No. 1? RG3: “The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner (also known as Baylor QB Robert Griffin III) proved over the past year he’s a lot more than just a guy who happens to have World Class speed as a hurdler. RG3’s exploits as a college QB are now well-documented. Griffin not only blossomed as a quarterback, often doing his damage as a pocket passer but he also has filled out quite a bit since coming to Waco and is a solid 6-2, 220. However, he still has wheels like few others at any position. QBs, especially ones with arms like Griffin has, almost never run sub-4.6s in Indy, RG3 should blow that away. Earlier this week RG3 told Dan Patrick there’s a possibility he will go sub-4.4. Given his track credentials, it’ll be surprising if he doesn’t.”

The Combine also prompted another mock draft by NFLDraftScout.com’s Rob Rang at CBSSports.com, but he sticks with a familiar pick for the Seahawks – Penn State DT Devon Still: Many expect the Seahawks to consider a quarterback to compete with incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson with this selection but in beating the New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens last year, and matching up well with division champion San Francisco, the club may not be willing to reach to fill a perceived need. Don’t be surprised if Seattle instead turns its attention to a bounty of talented defensive linemen likely to be selected in the top 15. Still, a 6-4, 310-pound defensive tackle, showed his talent and despite all of the distractions in Happy Valley last year, was the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year. Still could help inside at defensive tackle as well as provide the Seahawks with some flexibility at the five technique defensive end position should incumbent starter Red Bryant be heavily pursued in free agency.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we take a look at Pete Carroll’s desire to get faster on defense and also improve the pass rush: “When you look at it, we really like our guys, but we need to get faster on defense,” Carroll said when asked about the unit that ranked No. 9 in the league last season. “As big as we are, we need to get faster. So I’d like to see us add more speed in the linebacker corps.”


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