Getting some Monday morning links up Sunday night. …
— And we’ll start with my Q-and-A story for the Monday paper reviewing the draft and looking ahead a little bit.
— Next is this from NFL.com that the Seahawks wanted to take Dominique Easley at No. 32 before the Patriots grabbed him at No. 29, causing Seattle to then trade down. Seahawks brass has basically denied this, with John Schneider and Pete Carroll saying there were no real upsets in what they planned to do, and that they had a name ready to go at 32 — which they said was Paul Richardson. But it happens all that time that teams hope someone falls to them and then he doesn’t, and Easley makes sense for the reasons listed in the story — namely, that he’d been coached at Florida by Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. If nothing else, it’ll make it interesting to follow and compare the careers of Easley and Richardson.
— SI.com’s Doug Farrar has two Seahawks on his list of the best undrafted free agents — Jackson Jeffcoat and Dion Bailey. One thing to keep in mind when considering Seattle’s safety position, though, is that DeShawn Shead may move back there on more of a regular basis now after playing a lot of cornerback last season. Seattle has a bevy of corners now, picking up another one in the draft. Will be interesting to watch during off-season workouts and camp where everyone lines up in the secondary. Lots of interesting potential battles there.
— NFL.com also lists Jeffcoat as one of the top UDFAs and notes that Carroll recruited him heavily to USC before he signed instead with Texas.
— Washington State PK Andrew Furney Tweeted he will attend Seattle’s rookie mini-camp this weekend. Remember that lots of players attend that camp who are not signed by the team but are trying out and could get signed later. That’s how Benson Mayowa made the team last year. Players such as Jeffcoat and Bailey are on the roster since they are signed undrafted free agents.
— More on fifth-round pick Jimmy Staten’s big day.
— Hometown paper report on Eric Pinkins’ draft day.
— This story notes UDFA signee Garry Gilliam of Penn State was a tight end until last year.
— A breakdown of which schools had the most players drafted (nothing but big names).
— Good stuff from SI.com reviewing the TV coverage of the draft.
— Interesting look here at the 49eres’ draft and whether it accomplished their goals of keeping up with Seattle’s speed.
— FootballPerspective examines the value NFL teams placed on each position in the draft.
— Finally, you may not want it, but CBSSports.com has it for you — a 2015 first round mock draft (though seems like taking another receiver is not quite what you’d expect Seattle to do right now).