Sunday cyber surfing: Spotlight on the Combine

INDIANAPOLIS – Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Feb. 26:

It continues to be all about the NFL Scouting Combine. The media interview sessions with the players will be completed today, but the on-field workouts continue through Tuesday.

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times checks in with Kellen Moore, the Boise State QB who won more games than any passer in NCAA history but is no lock to continue that success in the NFL because of his height: “It’s tempting to feel sorry for the little guy. It just doesn’t seem fair that given all the statistics Kellen Moore piled up at Boise State, the number people can’t seem to get over at the league’s annual scouting combine is his height. Those 50 games he won as a starter were the most of any quarterback in college history, and his 142 touchdown passes rank No. 2, but any evaluation about his pro potential is couched on the fact that Moore is only six inches taller than that famous 5-foot-6 Notre Dame walk-on, Rudy. Which makes him what, a 6-foot-nothing? But Moore is OK with that. Really. So save your pity and spare him your questions about frustration because he’s not standing up at the scouting combine and wondering why someone might be overlooking him.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune takes a look at Chris Polk, the running back from the University of Washington who has trimmed down for the combine: “Humbled and motivated, University of Washington running back Chris Polk arrived at the NFL Scouting Combine nearly 10 pounds lighter and ready to impress. But that wasn’t the case a month ago at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Polk, who still had a year left of eligibility for the Huskies, received a late-invite to the game and showed up a bloated 224 pounds on his 5-foot-11 frame. ‘I didn’t like the way my body looked,’ Polk said. ‘I was flexing and not too many muscles were showing, and I would definitely say that the Senior Bowl weigh-in was definitely a wake-up call. Because I’m walking down the middle and I’m seeing no one’s turning their heads. So I’m like ‘Yeah, something’s wrong here.’ I just wanted to lose weight for me as a personal thing to show these GM’s and coaches that I am dedicated and I do care.’ ”

Here at Seahawks.com, we have coach Pete Carroll talking about his desire to get a running back with a style closer to that of Marshawn Lynch: “Marshawn is an effective player. He brings attitude and he brings personality to it, to our style that we like,” Carroll said Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “It would be nice to have that when he leaves the field, as well. We’ll take it in any shape or form that it will add to the football team.”

We’ve also got Carroll’s take on the unique contributions supplied by Red Bryant: “Most of the attention for the Seahawks who are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents next month has centered on leading rusher Marshawn Lynch. And rightfully so, after the numbers the “Beast Mode” back produced last season. But during his interview session at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday, coach Pete Carroll offered some don’t-forget-about praise for the unique contributions provided by defensive end Red Bryant in his first full season as a starter. ‘He’s certainly not underrated in our locker room,’ Carroll said when asked about the 6-foot-4, 335-pound Bryant being underrated on a national level.’“He’s been a big factor for us. It was really an exciting emergence to see Red.’ ”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com looks at Devon Still, the Penn State defensive tackle who has been projected as the Seahawks’ first-round pick in some mock drafts: “Devon Still played multiple spots on the defensive line at Penn State. A first-round prospect in the 2012 NFL draft, Still’s versatility could make him appealing for the Seahawks in particular. Their success in converting Red Bryant from traditional defensive tackle to five-technique end could focus their attention on players with Still’s versatility.”

NFL.com is tracking the players’ on-field efforts, and you can join in here.

Don Banks’ “Snap Judgments” at SI.com have become a must-read, and here are his latest offerings from the combine: “So, if everyone sticks to their announced plans, the top three quarterbacks aren’t throwing on Sunday (Andrew Luck, RG3, and Ryan Tannehill). The top running back isn’t running (Trent Richardson). And the top receiver isn’t running (Justin Blackmon). Should be a fascinating Sunday at the combine. For almost everyone outside of the draft’s top five.”


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