Every weekday morning, we'll round up local and national Seattle Seahawks-related links.
Kelly's nasty. Nick Saban speaks as highly about the young man as any offensive line prospect in recent years. If you watch Seattle struggle with the Panthers in the playoffs, it's no secret that offensive line is an area of need. The unit wasn't the same without Max Unger. Here's a strong, smart addition.
Larry Stone of The Seattle Times wonders whether the Seahawks can again have success in the middle and late rounds:
Thus, when I ponder the Seahawks’ upcoming maneuvering, I’m not going to obsess about whether or not they pick an offensive lineman with the first-round pick. Because there might not be a first-round pick.
Rather, I’m wondering if they can beckon the kind of middle- to late-round magic that has gone a long way toward building the reputation of Schneider and Carroll as shrewd drafters. You can’t do much better than K.J. Wright and Walter Thurmond III in the fourth round, Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman in the fifth, Byron Maxwell in the sixth round, and Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith and J.R. Sweezy in the seventh round.
Browner had plenty of reasons to want to come back to Seattle, including the opportunities to reunite with his Seahawks teammates and to return to the defense in which he’s had his most success. Consider too what all the Seahawks did for Browner during his first stint with the team. They gave him his shot to return to the NFL back in 2011 after four years in Canada and then they stuck by him, first through his early struggles and also when he was suspended in 2012. The Seahawks voluntarily gave Browner a raise before the 2013 season then gave him a Super Bowl ring even though he was suspended again for the postseason, nice gestures that the team was not obligated to make. The good will that Seattle engendered with Browner presumably played a role in his desire to return.