Monday, 16 March 2009

Monday links

Ed Thompson from reports that the Seahawks worked out Cincinnati pass rusher Connor Barwin. Projected as a 4-3 defensive end or a 3-4 OLB, Barwin started out as a tight end before being moved to a new defensive role. He recorded 10 sacks in 2008 and considering his background, compares well to Mike Vrabel.

Chris Steuber (also from holds a Q&A with USC linebacker Rey Maualuga. "At 6-foot-2, 249 pounds, Maualuga is a tremendous physical specimen who has great athleticism and explosion. He has a quick burst and great sideline-to-sideline speed. He's a sure tackler that positions himself well against the run." - Steuber

Kyle Rota from College Talent Scout has published reports on Iowa duo Shonn Greene (RB) and Mitch King (DT). Rota believes Greene offers good value in short yardage situations, is a capable blocker but offers little in the passing game. King is described as not being the most athletic prospect but has good hand use to beat physically superior guards.

Mike Mayock reports from the LSU pro day for the NFL Network. Amongst the agenda, defensive end Tyson Jackson and offensive lineman Herman Johnson. The Tigers have had at least one first round draft pick in the last five years. I also think this is the third time I've heard someone mention Johnson was/is 'the biggest baby in Louisiana history'. I'm beginning to wonder if they'll mention it after they call his name on the podium.

Aaron Weinburg at Next Season Sports has kicked off a new interblog mock draft. The Detroit Lions took Aaron Curry first overall, a move which may be less likely now having traded for Julian Peterson. With Jason Smith and Eugene Monroe going to St Louis and Kansas City respectively, the Seahawks take Michael Crabtree with the fourth overall pick.

Evander 'Ziggy' Hood speaks to the NFL Network. The Missouri defensive tackle revealed that he was drilled by Tim Ruskell, Jim Mora and a selection of Seattle representatives at the Senior Bowl. The subsequent moves for Colin Cole and Cory Redding will likely restrict the likelihood of Hood being drafted by the Seahawks.

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