Peter King believes the Seahawks would draft Ryan Tannehill if available. King: “Teams around the league know how much Seattle loves Tannehill. And you can write this down: If Tannehill were to be there at 12, Seattle would take him, even though the Seahawks just paid medium dollar for Matt Flynn in free agency. That’s how much Seattle loves him. “At Tannehill’s workout,” one source told me, “[coach] Pete Carroll was giggling like a schoolgirl watching him throw. His attitude was like, ‘What are we even doing here? He’ll never be there for us.’ ”
It’s only fair to mention that King also mocked Jimmy Clausen to Seattle in 2010, noting, “(the) Hawks think he’s a top-5 player in draft.” I have it on good authority Clausen wasn’t even on Seattle’s draft board. Evidently, several teams clearly felt the same way.
Sigmund Bloom runs through some of the options facing the Seahawks in the draft – with a cameo from myself and Danny from Field Gulls. Bloom: “The team endured a lot of injuries last year, so with some luck and a good first-round pick, they could challenge the 49ers for NFC West supremacy. The 12th pick represents many intersections of value and need, so handicapping the odds of how they’ll use their pick is one of the bigger challenges of the first round.”
Charlie Casserly looks at how teams use mock drafts on the internet at this stage in the process. Casserly: “In my time with the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans, I never paid any attention to mock drafts … until a week before the NFL draft. This is when I found them to be the most reliable. Consequently, this is when I would begin to study them.”
Mike Mayock isn’t a fan of Quinton Coples. In fact, he would consider passing on the UNC lineman in round two.
Tony Pauline believes the New York Jets would like to trade up to draft Melvin Ingram. Pauline: “This may come as no surprise but the chatter is getting louder from league insiders that the primary strategy for the New York Jets in round one would be trading up for Melvin Ingram of South Carolina. Who are potential trade partners? The Jacksonville Jaguars for starters, though we hear there will be competition for that selection if it comes into play.”
Aaron Wilson reports that Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner has a visit to Seattle on his schedule. Wilson: “The four-year starter, two-time captain and three-time All-Western Athletic Conference selection has several upcoming visits, a total of 15 meetings with NFL teams. Wagner was voted the Most Outstanding Player on the North squad during the Senior Bowl with seven tackles, one for a loss and an interception and is graded as a solid second-round draft prospect.”
Pat Kirwan says teams hoping to get a pass rusher better take one early. Kirwan: “One defensive coordinator said to me that, ‘There’s a couple of guys, very few that can come in and rush an NFL QB in this draft and the problem is everyone knows who they are so you better take one early.'”
Kevin Wiedl has high praise for Doug Martin. Wiedl: “Martin is clearly the second-best back in the 2012 class, behind only Alabama’s Trent Richardson, and has the ability to come in and be a starter. He’s solidly in the early part of the second round, and it wouldn’t shock me to see a team scoop him up late in the first.”
If you missed our earlier blog post and like the Jon Gruden QB camp videos on ESPN, check it out. We have each of the episodes in full.
I’ve got a lot of tape to publish over the next few days… some more Kirk Cousins, Brock Osweiler, Zach Brown, BJ Coleman and Ryan Lindley. Let’s start today with Russell Wilson: