Every weekday morning, we'll round up local and national Seattle Seahawks-related links.
Greg A. Bedard of Sports Illustrated re-grades the 2013 draft, and he has the Seahawks last in the NFL with an F-minus:
This draft class just reeks from the top (Christine Michael) to the bottom (seventh-round OT Michael Bowie, who actually has some potential after being claimed by the Browns) with only starting DT Jordan Hill and [Luke] Willson to show for it. It becomes extra terrible when you consider this was the Percy Harvin draft: The Seahawks shipped a first-, third- and a seventh-round pick to Minnesota for the disgruntled receiver who flopped in Seattle. Yeesh.
Center is the single most unsettled position on Seattle's roster. Drew Nowak won the starting job in training camp last season, but he was waived this week, the second time in a year Seattle has let him go. Patrick Lewis was a significant improvement when he entered the starting lineup in the middle of last season, and he's back as a restricted free agent. At 6 feet 1 and 299 pounds, Hunt is undersized by anyone's measure and the Seahawks have gotten markedly bigger along their offensive line this offseason. Yet there was one comment general manager John Schneider made after the draft that pointed to how badly offensive-line coach Tom Cable wanted the team to take Hunt. "I don't know if Pete and I would be able to leave the building if we didn't come away with Joey," Schneider said.
Elliot Harrison of NFL.com has the Seahawks seventh in his power rankings:
Second-round choice Jarran Reed can start at DT this year. My colleague Daniel Jeremiah had him as his 13th-best prospect in the entire draft. Meanwhile, Quinton Jefferson, another defensive tackle, could be a rotational guy for Pete Carroll. Point is, the Seahawks addressed a major area of need by drafting these guys. It will be interesting to see how third-rounder C.J. Prosise fits in at running back. Thomas Rawls was awfully productive before a season-ending ankle injury last December, but he may or may not be a full-time starter in the making. Not disparaging Rawls, but bear in mind he was an undrafted free-agent signee.