By Kip Earlywine
One of my favorite things about the offseason is leaks like Chris Steuber's. We don't know if Steuber was fed these details to drum up hype or act as information warfare, or if Steuber legitimately uncovered it because the Hawks org was careless, or unaware, or unabashed. Either way, it definitely puts both Clausen and Davis officially on the radar.
I think by now everyone knows about Pete Carroll and Steve Sarkisian trying to recruit Jimmy Clausen when he came out of high school. USC also plays ND every year, so Carroll got to face Clausen first hand numerous times. Then of course you have the WCO pro-style offense. Whether you like Clausen or not, his appeal to Carroll is completely obvious. So when Steuber leaked Clausen's name, this shouldn't have shocked anyone.
With Davis, that was a little more surprising. For one, Davis is much better utilized in man scheme, and secondly, Alex Gibbs teams have only rarely drafted a 1st round tackle and when his teams have, they've never done it as high as #14 (nevermind 6th). So why did Davis' name come up?
If you think about it, it could still be a smokescreen. There may not be a better way to pass false information than to pair it with true information (Clausen). Adding to that is the fact that the Seahawks need a tackle and tackles are frequently top 10 picks who due to the value of the position are less likely to kill you with their rookie contracts. Pairing his name with Clausen's makes it seem very legitimate.
Davis may not fit zone, but he could still play the position for us. Last year, our two best OL (Sims, Spencer) were both guys with man-scheme talents. Davis is definitely a talented guy (albeit much, much more so in man).
In the end, the Seahawks sent out a pretty good smokescreen with Davis. They are either telling the truth, or its a pretty clever trick.