Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Wednesday's links

Danny O'Neil from the Seattle Times looks at the possibility of the Seahawks taking a left tackle with the fourth overall pick. He reviews GM Tim Ruskell's policy on drafting offensive linemen and posts an interview with Michael Lewis, author of 'The Blind Side'.

Also from O'Neil, a comprehensive research into Tim Ruskell's draft history. Amongst the results, a tendency to draft defensive prospects and favourably amongst Florida colleges. The study charts Ruskell's years working for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Atlanta Falcons and the Seahawks.

Matt Barrows from the Sacramento Bee took a conference call with Mel Kiper today. He has some interesting thoughts, notably that Everette Brown (DE, Florida State) may be working at a 225 lbs weight. He'll need to bulk up to play in a 4-3. Kiper also says Eben Britton (OT, Arizona) is starting to rise up draft boards. I currently have him going to Washington 13th overall in my mock draft. He's the consensus 5th best linemen in a deep class, but has shown an ability to perform at both left and right tackle.

Marc Morehouse from the Iowa Gazette thinks the weight issues of Shonn Greene (RB, Iowa) could determine how highly he is drafted. Greene won the Doak Walker Award in 2008 and was listed at 235lbs by the team. Morehouse reports his weight may have topped 300lbs at one stage.

Evan Silva at Rotoworld ranks the quarter back class of 2009 with one big surprise. Matt Stafford doesn't rank amongst the top two, with Mark Sanchez and Josh Freeman both rated higher. Silva argues his tendency to throw off the back foot and decision making skills hurt his grade.

For a collection of mock drafts, click here.

Walter Cherepinsky thinks the Seahawks will use the fourth overall pick on Eugene Monroe (OT, Virginia). Seattle take D.J. Moore (CB, Vanderbilt) in round two, Juaquin Iglesias (WR, Oklahoma) in round three and David Bruton (S, Notre Dame) in round four.

Aaron Weinburg at Next Season Sports continues his Interblog mock draft. The first round almost complete, with Philadelphia making the 28th overall pick.

Q.I. Sports predict Aaron Curry will go second overall to the Rams. This hasn't appeared very often amongst the mocks we regularly report on, but could be viable with defensive guru Steve Spagnuolo now head coach in St. Louis. The Seahawks take Michael Crabtree (WR, Texas Tech).

NFL Draft Blitz thinks Seattle themselves will select Aaron Curry (LB, Wake Forest) to replace free agent Leroy Hill. The first three picks are Matt Stafford, Andre Smith and Michael Crabtree.

More mocks from fans of other franchises: Inside the Eagles, Cowboys Pride, Jaguars Football Talk.

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