Good morning. T-minus-one to finally end the longest wait for an NFL Draft ever.
When the draft does begin, so will a fascinating game-within-the-game, as detailed in this story today by Jayson Jenks.
Also in our paper today is this column from Jerry Brewer, who says the draft is another chance for GM John Schneider to shine; my Seahawk notebook; and this look at Seattle’s draft and the offensive line.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— ProFootballFocus with a good look at the draft needs of teams in the NFC West. Here’s some of what they say about the Seahawks:
“Outside the offensive line you are genuinely struggling to find weaknesses or areas where even the back-ups don’t look better than many teams’ starters. Sure their guards are poor and need to be addressed, but who’s to say they won’t do that in, say, the fifth round. If you are looking to pick holes I guess Cliff Avril only has one year left on his contract and Percy Harvin is an injury risk, but that’s pedantry. They can pretty much do what they want, but I for one would like to see just how good they could be with two good guards.”
— ProFootballFocus also says Marshawn Lynch was the third-hardest runner to take down on first contact last season. I was sort of surprised at the names of the first two.
— Here’s a link to some of what Scheider had to say yesterday during an appearance on Schein on Sports.
— A day late, but in case you missed it, here’s the Seahawks.com report on the team beginning Phase Two of its off-season program.
— Jordan Hill has his own blog.
— Former sports agent Joel Corry on some of his memories of past drafts.
— Friend-of-the-blog Jason Fitzgerald of OvertheCap.com with a good breakdown of the draft and the salary cap.
— Could Montana’s Jordan Tripp be the latest non-BCS player targeted by the Seahawks?
— SI.com’s look at defensive sleepers.
— Andrew Brandt with an entertaining look inside an NFL Draft War Room.
— A later draft means a tighter window for rookies to get ready for the season.
— Percy Harvin’s catch against Minnesota is No. 88 on the NFL Network’s countdown of the Top 100 plays of 2013:
Top 100 Plays of 2013: #88. The Harvin One-Hander WATCH: http://t.co/iX9LP8dN1t
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) May 7, 2014
— Finally, Kirk Herbstreit speaking for almost everybody:
I'm excited for the Draft this week-but more excited for the insane 5 mo pre Draft analysis to be OVER!! Enough, just pick a guy & move on!!
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) May 7, 2014