Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, April 6:
In a chat at ESPN.com, NFC West blogger Mike Sando addresses a report that the Seahawks might draft Alabama safety Mark Barron and move Pro Bowl strong safety Kam Chancellor to linebacker: “I think it sounds unlikely. Chancellor is a Pro Bowl safety. He probably has more value there than he would have at linebacker, unless the coaching staff felt strongly about developing a specific hybrid role for him. In that case, I would be intrigued, but still a little skeptical. Why mess with a good thing? I do think it’s easier, in theory, to go from defensive back to linebacker than the other way around, as the Michael Boulware experiment seemed to demonstrate years ago.” Couldn’t agree more with Sando’s assessment.
Alex Marvez at FoxSports.com lists the Seahawks’ preseason opener against the Titans at No. 7 in his best-of-the-preseason Top 10, and for the obvious reason: “Although teams dislike having to travel long distances for preseason games, Titans quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker won’t complain. A Seahawks starter for a decade (2001-10), Hasselbeck will get his first opportunity to play in Seattle since joining the Titans as a free agent in 2011. An inspired effort will help Hasselbeck in his quest to keep his starting job ahead of Locker, a University of Washington standout before being chosen by Tennessee with the No. 8 overall pick in 2011. For Seattle, free-agent acquisition Matt Flynn will make his Seahawks debut as he jostles with Tarvaris Jackson to start at quarterback.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we’ve got the word on the team hosting a group of 21 local draft-eligible players on Thursday. Included in the group was Washington State running back Logwone Mitz, the son of former Seahawks defensive lineman Alonzo Mitz. Said the younger Mitz: “I had a great time and this is a great deal. Not everybody has an opportunity to come out and have this local tryout for those that may have been overlooked or that they want to get another look at. And I think that’s a great program to have. We were treated great and they have a great staff here. I would definitely love to be here on a daily basis, and that’s how they make you feel – they make you want to be here. It’s not like that everywhere.”
Speaking of the draft, former NFL wide receiver and Seahawks scout Bucky Brooks offers his riskiest prospects in this year’s draft class, which includes USC defensive end Nick Perry: “The proliferation of the passing game has prompted teams to search high and low for defensive ends with rush skills. Perry is squarely on the radar based on his solid production during his final season at USC and an impressive showing at the combine. But scouts are still struggling with his final grade due to the extended lulls in his play and a lack of pizzazz as a pass rusher. While Perry certainly flashes potential to wreak havoc off the edge, he isn’t a lock to come off the board in the first round.”
The signings and agreements have slowed to a trickle as we reach the end of the fourth week of free agency, but Jason La Canfora at NFL.com continues to track the activity.