Live and in living color

In the quarterbacks meeting room-turned-TV studio, Coach Pete Carroll sits down for a live interview with ESPN this morning. [Photo by Rod Mar,]

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Seahawks select USC tight end

And with the 185th pick overall in the NFL draft, Pete Carroll finally dipped into the talent pool at USC to select tight end Anthony McCoy in the sixth round.

Carroll, who coached the Trojans the past nine seasons, had passed on other USC players in the first five rounds.

McCoy was rated a second- or third-round prospect, but had academic and off-field issues. On the field, the 6-foot-4, 259-pound McCoy is a solid blocker and good intermediate-range receiver.  He caught 22 passes for 457 yards in 10 games last season.

He joins a group that already includes incumbent starter John Carlson, free-agent addition Chris Baker and Cameron Morrah, a seventh-round draft choice last year.

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Roll call

Coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider hit the phones in the Seahawks draft room during the sixth round of the NFL Draft this morning. [Photo by Rod Mar,]

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Hook, line and Seahawk

Leon Washington will spend his first day as a Seahawk fishing with former and now current teammate Chris Baker.

Say what? Washington, a running back and kick returner who played the past four seasons with the New York Jets, was traded to the Seahawks this morning. But he already had a fishing trip off the coast of Long Island scheduled with Baker, a former tight end for the Jets who signed with the Seahawks in free agency last month.

“Chris is a good friend of mine,” Washington said during a conference-call interview. “He’s actually a buddy who I’m fishing with right now.

“I was like, ‘Dude, we’re teammates now.”

Or, again.

And the Baker-supplied scouting report on life with the Seahawks and new coach Pete Carroll has Washington taking the bait.

“Chris told me that I would be very pleased about Seattle,” Washington said. “Everybody out there is great, and it’s a great organization. They’re looking to get back on track and return to a winning tradition. I’m just happy I have a chance to be a part of that.”

Washington then paused before adding, “It’s kind of weird. We’re teammates now, and we’re fishing together.”

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Part deux

(Clockwise from top) Assistant coaches Kris Richard, Dan Quinn, Brian Schneider, Mike Phair, Jeff Ulbrich and Ken Norton Jr. gather in Coach Pete Carroll’s office — redubbed “War Room II” this week — to watch the NFL Draft on three flat-screen TVs this morning. [Photo by Rod Mar,]

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Cover boy

E.J. Wilson has a goal in life, and it has nothing to do with getting his face on the cover of Sports Illustrated or even ESPN the Magazine.

No, the defensive end from North Carolina and the Seahawks’ second pick in the fourth round of the NFL draft, has other aspirations: The cover of Forbes.

“I also want to branch out into the business world and have success there,” Wilson said this morning during a conference-call interview. “I feel like that would be a real accomplishment, because a lot of people can say they are on the cover of Sports Illustrated or ESPN the Magazine. But there are not too many people that can say they are on the cover of Forbes.

“So that has always been a dream of mine growing up as a kid. As a kid, I was a big academics kid – kind of a nerd. I used to read the encyclopedia for fun.”

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Board game

Scouting assistant Tyler Ramsey climbs a ladder to move tags on the Seahawks draft board during the fifth round of today’s NFL Draft. [Photo by Rod Mar,]

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Big returns

Seconds after the Seahawks traded for Jets tailback Leon Washington, Coach Pete Carroll stormed out of the draft room to celebrate with his assistant coaches for a few moments.

“Are we rocking and rolling or what?” Carroll screamed out as he walked around the Seahawks’ football offices.

The results continue to benefit and please the Seahawks as the NFL Draft rolls on.

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Seahawks trade, again

When it came time to make the 139th pick in the NFL draft, the Seahawks didn’t. They traded their second pick in the fifth round to the New York Jets for running back Leon Washington and a seventh-round pick (No. 237 overall).

Washington, 27, was the Jets’ fourth-round draft choice in 2006 and he had his most productive season as a rookie with 151 carries for 650 yards. He scored a career-high six touchdowns in 2008. But last year, Washington got a compound fracture of his fibula in Week 7 and missed the rest of the season.

The 5-foot-8, 195-pound Washington had 331 yards on 72 carries before the injury.

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Seahawks select strong safety

With the second pick in the fifth round of the NFL draft, the Seahawks selected Virginia Tech strong safety Kam Chancellor.

Chancellor brings a big body (6-2, 232) to an area where the roster remained light, even after the selection of free safety Earl Thomas in the first round on Thursday night.

Chancellor was recruited to Virginia Tech as a quarterback, but moved to cornerback as a freshman, played “rover” in 2007 and switched to free safety in 2008. He had 52 tackles in ’08 and 68 last season.

Not surprisingly, some teams considered him a ’tweener, because he looks like a linebacker but was able to play safety because of his range. That’s why some teams ranked him a third- to fourth-round prospect, but he was available with the 133rd pick overall.

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