Friday, April 10, 2009

Friday Reading

by: Mike Parker

There's a lot of buzz floating around out there today -- mock drafts, interviews, rumors, and bold predictions.

CBS Sports' Rob Rang has updated his mock draft once again, with the Seahawks taking this week's "drinking the Kool-Aid" pick of USC QB Mark Sanchez. As Steffes pointed out in the previous post, I'm not buying Sanchez getting taken so high, much less being taken by the Hawks. Interestingly though, Rang has Aaron Curry falling to Cleveland at No. 5 overall. If Curry is still available at No. 4, how do the Hawks possibly talk themselves out of taking him?

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News-Tribune checks in from the wrap-up of the Seahawks' first off-season minicamps, where Lofa Tatupu says he can "feel the difference" in practice already:

“A little hard work never hurt anybody," he said. "Not to say we weren’t working hard before, but I feel the difference in the practices. And I tell you one thing, we’ll be one of the best conditioned teams in the league. So it won’t be for a lack of effort if we suffer any losses."
Is Lofa already in a 16-0 mindset in April? Realism aside, I like where his head's at.

Williams also has a sit-down with new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who's all about attitude and aggression.

Finally, former Broncos GM Ted Sundquist sizes up the draft needs of each NFC West team at Sundquist says the Hawks' primary need is at defensive end, which I can see the reasoning for, but still have to disagree with. He lists possible first round selections of Brian Orakpo, Everette Brown, Aaron Curry or Larry English. Offensive playmaker, anyone? -END-