Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Wednesday links - USC Pro-day

Gil Brandt confirms reports that the Seahawks had a strong presence at today's USC pro-day. Five representatives from Seattle were spotted, checking on prospects such as Mark Sanchez, Rey Maualuga, Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews Jr.

Fran Charles talks to Sanchez after the event. Maybe it's just me, but the clips of Sanchez throwing the football show a marginally higher release. This is something he perhaps needed to work on and considering he threw well today - it's a good sign.

Mike Mayock and Charles Davis break down the quarter back's work out. Mayock says it was a better work out than Matt Stafford's. He adds later that he could be the 'safest' bet compared to Stafford and the other potential first round QB Josh Freeman.

Also from Mayock & Davis a run through on how the three talented Trojan linebackers performed. Clay Matthews Jr. put on perhaps the most impressive showing. His rise to an almost certain lock for the first round is quite dramatic, considering he's a former walk on.

Rob Rang reports on how the prospects performed in front of the many scouts, coaches and media watching on. Rey Maualuga was clocked running a 4.65 in the 40 yard dash. That's an improvement on his combine time of 4.88. Mark Sanchez threw 50 passes, five incomplete but only two or three inaccurate.

Eric Williams discusses the draft with Rang, who gives a run down on the prospects who may potentially fall to the Seahawks with the fourth overall pick. Rang also published an updated mock draft today with some minor changes. He still has the Seahawks taking Aaron Curry fourth overall.

Elizabeth Merrill takes a closer look at the Wake Forest linebacker. "The season before Curry arrived, Wake Forest was 5-7. He led the Demon Deacons to a school-record three straight bowl games. Some of his highlight tapes left even Curry speechless. The seven tackles and two interceptions against North Carolina his junior year; the 82 yards he ran one of the picks back for a touchdown. Not one receiver could catch him." - Merrill

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