Monday cyber surfing: Looking at, and for, pass-rushers

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, Feb. 27:

The players’ interview sessions with the media at the NFL Scouting Combine ended Sunday, but the on-field workouts continue today and Tuesday.

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times takes a look at the pass-rushers in this year’s draft class that could fulfill one of the Seahawks needs: “If the Seahawks, who draft No. 12, want to pick a pass rusher to provide an immediate boost, they better do it quickly in the draft because players capable of registering double-digit sacks as rookies don’t tend to last. In the past 10 seasons, there have been 12 rookies who had 10 or more sacks. Eleven of those 12 players were drafted in the first round, which tells you that pass rushers capable of making an immediate impact are like snowmen in Seattle: They don’t tend to last more than a day. ‘They’re rare birds,’ said Ruston Webster, Tennessee’s general manager.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at coach Pete Carroll’s desire to improve a pass rush that generated 33 sacks last season: “ ‘We need to address the issue about our pass rush, and it’s a big factor for us,’ the team’s third-year coach said during the NFL Scouting Combine. ‘We would love to see if we can make some movement there.’ Because there wasn’t enough forced movement of opposing quarterbacks last season. The Seahawks generated 33 sacks. Only 10 teams in the league had fewer, but even that underwhelming fact tells only part of the story. Chris Clemons, the Seahawks’ “Leo” end, produced a third of the Seahawks’ sacks (11), but even that doesn’t get to the bottom of Carroll’s frustration. The rest of the Seahawks’ linemen combined for 10 sacks. ‘So it’s a big issue for us,’ Carroll said. ‘And it’s not just an outside pass rusher, it’s inside as well. But that’s something that’s real important to us and it is one of the considerations.’ ”

Sticking with the defense, we’ve also got Carroll’s thoughts on linebacker K.J. Wright becoming more involved in the nickel defense in his second season: “K.J. is a very good coverage guy, and not just what you would typically think of him in man-to-man type of coverage,” Carroll said. “He’s a very good zone (coverage) player. He has great feel for it and sense. It didn’t matter whether we were playing at the (middle) linebacker spot or we played him outside. He just has a feel for things. So that all carries over to nickel. He’s also a good one-on-one guy. As long as he is (6 feet 4), most guys would think that that would be difficult for him. But he has a great sense of it, and we think that’s an area that we will certainly experiment. We really expect him to be a big part of the middle package this year.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune takes a look at Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore: “While top-rated quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill and Brock Osweiler did not participate in most of the throwing drills Sunday, Moore took every rep available, showing touch and accuracy while working through a variety of routes with receivers at the NFL scouting combine. Moore’s warts haven’t disappeared. He doesn’t have a ‘wow’ arm by NFL standards. He’s smallish and thin for a quarterback – 6-foot and 197 pounds – and Moore said he’s been the same height since ninth grade. Not surprisingly, Moore didn’t wow scouts with his physical prowess. He ran 4.94 seconds in the 40-yard dash, posted a 27-inch vertical jump and leaped 8 feet, 3 inches in the broad jump.”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com offers his impressions after going “inside” the combine on Sunday, including this one: “Quiet in here. Players are accustomed to performing before raucous crowds. The atmosphere in Lucas Oil Stadium would have let them hold a putting competition. We could hear the passes hitting players’ hands.”

In his “Monday Morning Quarterback,” Peter King at SI.com discusses how the workout of Baylor QB Robert Griffin III only increases the value of the Rams’ No. 2 pick in the draft: “There hasn’t been a second pick in the draft this compelling since 1998. Throw away the draft trade value chart. It’s meaningless when there’s a player creating the buzz of Griffin. Same thing with Ryan Leaf 14 years ago. Forget what Leaf became; he and Peyton Manning, at one point after the college football season, were 1 and 1a on draft boards for any quarterback-needy teams. San Diego was picking third that year and Arizona second. The Cards put the pick up for auction. To move one spot, San Diego sent two first-round picks, a second- and three-time Pro Bowl running back/returner Eric Metcalf. The Rams will drive a hard bargain. Cleveland (fourth overall pick), Washington (sixth) and Miami (eighth) will be in the derby to move up; Seattle (12) and a couple of mystery teams could be too. Add the fact that the money involved (four years, about $22 million) is likely to be less than the money paid to the top (current) free agent Matt Flynn, and the market for Griffin will be hopping.”

The NFL Network continues to track the workouts, and you can follow them here. Also at NFL.com, analyst Mike Mayock offers some “quick hit” thoughts on players, including what teams might be willing to part with to get a shot at RG3: “I don’t know what the right value is today, but I’ll tell you this: If you look at last year’s draft, and Christian Ponder goes at (No. 12) and Jake Locker goes at (No. 8), what I would tell you is that I would be stunned if these two kids (Andrew Luck and Griffin) didn’t go 1 and 2, and then I think Ryan Tannahill, even though he can’t work out, as long as he takes care through the process, shows people he can throw, what an athlete he is, Tannehill might go in the top 10.”


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