T-minus-four to the draft. Time for a few links. …
— We’ll start today with this explainer of exactly what the salary cap is and how it works from Jayson Jenks.
— Jenks also wrote this on the Seahawks wanting players with the same inner fire as Earl Thomas.
— And here’s our daily look at a position, the Seahawks’ situation and what might be available heading into the draft — today, the defensive line.
— I was on QItUpSports last night to talk about the draft with Aaron Levine.
— NFL.com with the best of Richard Sherman from 2013.
— Peter King of SI.com makes his case for why the Seahawks may want to trade out of the first round:
“Think about the advantages of picking, saying, 35th instead of 32nd if you’re the Seahawks. Every dime is going to count going forward because of pricey vets like Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman who must be re-signed. Last year, the difference between the 32nd pick (safety Matt Elam) and 35th pick (tight end Zach Ertz) was $350,000 per year. Not a huge sum, but when you add a $1.4 million total difference between 32 and 35 to the fact that the Seahawks might be able to get a low-fourth-round pick for moving down three slots—and you remember how good Seattle’s been in the later rounds of drafts—you start to think John Schneider has to be thinking about this too. That’s if Cleveland would do a deal low in round one. But it’s intriguing. All Seattle would lose is the ability to add a fifth-year option by keeping its first-round pick. I think the advantages of saving $1.4 million and adding a mid-round prospect outweigh the edge of the fifth-year option.”
— Voters in an ESPN poll want the Seahawks to take an offensive lineman, same as our poll a few weeks ago.
— The latest mock draft of Peter Schrager of Fox has Seattle concentrating on defense, taking Missouri DE Kony Ealy and Rice cornerback Phillip Gaines.
— NJ.com has Seattle taking OL Joel Bitonio of Nevada.
— ESPN says drafting a QB later in the draft may not be all it’s cracked up to be.
— USA Today spotlights the sports agency Athletes First, which represents Thomas, among others.
— Warren Moon with some thoughts on Johnny Manziel.
— ESPN and the NFL Network have agreed not to reveal picks ahead of time on Twitter during the draft.