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When the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Kenny Easley had cleared the barrier that distinguishes the immortal players from those who were consistently competent, a former Seahawks teammate took the news personally.

“I was so giddy,” said Paul Johns, “I felt like I was going into the Hall, too.”

Easley and Johns began their NFL careers together in 1981. The similarities essentially end there.

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Kenny Easley will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 5.
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Easley graduated from UCLA among the most decorated athletes of a school where Jackie Robinson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Arthur Ashe made history before making more history. A safety drafted fourth overall by the Seahawks – and a 10th-round selection of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls – Easley brought a seriously impressive résumé to Seattle.

Johns was an obscure wide receiver from the University of Tulsa, hoping to parlay his training-camp audition into a roster spot.

“Kenny was a phenomenally gifted talent, and I didn’t even get drafted,” said Johns, who for the past 16 years has served as director of the Seahawks youth football and alumni programs. “He could have had this big-time attitude around a guy like me, yet he always treated me as an equal. I’ve never forgotten that.”

Johns landed a roster spot as a backup receiver, and excelled as a punt returner before suffering a career-ending neck injury four games into the 1984 season. Next man up, any volunteers?

10 interceptions for Kenny Easley in 1984. That led the league, and helped earn him the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award.
“And Kenny volunteered,” recalled Johns. “Here was the Defensive Player of the Year putting his health at risk by returning punts, but he didn’t look at the role in terms of what kind of negative consequences it might have for an All-Pro like him. He looked at it as, ‘what can I do to help my team win?’ ”

Chuck Knox’s 1984 Seahawks finished 12-4, advancing to the second round of the playoffs. Despite losing star running back Curt Warner to a season-ending knee injury, Seattle thrived with a defense that feasted on turnovers. Easley led the league with 10 interceptions, while averaging 12.1 yards per punt return.

Such versatility surprised nobody familiar with the records he set as a dual-threat, high-school quarterback in Chesapeake, Virginia, where he became the state’s first player to both pass and rush for 1,000 yards in a season.

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Blitzing UCLA safety Kenny Easley blocks a punt attempt by Washington’s Aaron Wilson in the play some say broke the Huskies’ back in September 9, 1978. When UCLA pounced on the ball for a touchdown they would lead Washington by 10 points on a miserable rainy day at Husky Stadium.
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“UCLA went all the way to Virginia to get him, so that tells you what kind of athlete Kenny was,” said former Pro Bowl guard Reggie McKenzie, who spent the last two of his 13 NFL seasons with the 1983-84 Seahawks. “My first year in Seattle, early in the preseason, I realized the young man was amazing. He had the speed and quickness to play cornerback and, for that matter, any other sport. But he chose football, and was very knowledgeable about it.

“Most of all, he had the confidence of somebody who could walk it and talk it,” continued McKenzie, owner of a building supply company in the Detroit area. “Confidence is so important, because pro athletes – even the greatest of them – are at the top of their game for just a short period of time.”

Houston Oilers running back Earl Campbell, a 245-pound load of unstoppable ferocity, was at the top of his game before a game against the Seahawks. Easley, at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, was renowned as a sure tackler capable of matching up against anybody.

UCLA WENT ALL THE WAY TO VIRGINIA TO GET HIM, SO THAT TELLS YOU WHAT KIND OF ATHLETE KENNY WAS.

Former Pro Bowl guard Reggie McKenzie.

But given the tale of the tape – advantage Campbell, by 40 pounds – Easley figured to be looking at a long and not particularly pleasant Sunday afternoon.

Easley relished the challenge.

“He was all business, focused and intense,” said Johns. “It was like he couldn’t wait to barrel into Earl Campbell, who in those days was punishing anybody in his way. Kenny promised me, ‘there’s gonna be some flesh flying and bones cracking.’ ”

As a member of the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 1980s, Easley’s enshrinement credentials are undeniable. But his election also addressed a need for a more balanced Hall of Fame that has long disregarded the safety, a hybrid job requiring the footwork and speed to shadow receivers, along with the strength and grit to initiate those full-tilt collisions cornerbacks typically avoid.

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Seattle Seahawks safety Kenny Easley (45) drops back in coverage against the Denver Broncos.
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Including Easley, only eight players exclusively identified as safeties have been extended pro football’s ultimate honor. The most recent safety to make the cut for Canton was the Vikings’ Paul Krause, who retired in 1979. Voters needed only 19 years to determine the league’s career interception leader was worthy.

“There have not been enough safeties selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and I don’t know why,” Easley said during a conference call last month, before taking a stab at an explanation. “When people look at defense, they look at the defensive linemen, the linebackers and the corners – particularly the corners, because a lot of them play man-to-man, and sometimes you get nice matchups between the cornerback and the wide receiver.

“Most of the time, the strong safety and free safety don’t match up with anyone. We provide help to the corners and the linebackers. Only about two or three percent of the time do we match up singularly against the tight end. Because of that, the strong safeties and free safeties have been underappreciated when it comes to selecting the Hall of Famers.”

Easley, 58, will be happy to open the door for the likes of Brian Dawkins, Ed Reed, Troy Polamalu and John Lynch, as well as such active safeties as Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.

4 players to spend their entire careers with the Seahawks and be inducted into the hall of fame. Easley joins Steve Largent, Walter Jones and Cortez Kennedy to accomplish the feat.
“You’ve got a host of very good safeties coming down the pike,” Easley said, “and you’re going to have to give due respect to them, because they had long and very prosperous careers.”

Easley’s career was prosperous but not very long: First-round draft pick in 1981, Defensive Player of the Year in 1984 and, finally, Hard Luck Story of the Year in 1988, when he failed a physical exam after the Seahawks traded him to the Phoenix Cardinals.

His kidneys were damaged beyond repair. With football permanently out of the picture, Easley devoted his focus to the somewhat more pressing issue of staying alive. He survived on dialysis treatment for several months while awaiting a kidney-replacement match.

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FILE – In this Jan. 8, 1984, file photo, Los Angeles Raiders running back Frank Hawkins (27) pushes his way across the goal line for his second touchdown of the day despite the defensive efforts of Seattle Seahawks’ Kenny Easley during an NFL football game in Los Angeles.
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Easley traced his kidney ailment to ibuprofen tablets, liberally distributed by Seahawks trainers, after he sustained an ankle injury. He sued the organization and reached a settlement out of court, but when you’re awaiting an organ transplant, any monetary compensation is minimal.

Easley suspended communication with the Seahawks for 15 years, a stalemate that still might remain unresolved had Paul Allen not bought the embattled franchise from Ken Behring in 1996.

YOU’VE GOT A HOST OF VERY GOOD SAFETIES COMING DOWN THE PIKE AND YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO GIVE DUE RESPECT TO THEM, BECAUSE THEY HAD LONG AND VERY PROSPEROUS CAREERS.

Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Kenny Easley

Upon assuming control, Allen identified appeasement with Easley as a top priority. A Ring of Honor ceremony was in order, Easley was told, and he considered the request the way any father of grown children would.

The kids knew Easley had played pro football, but he wasn’t the type to flaunt trophies on bookcases designed to hold books.

“I’m glad my children got to be a part of it,” Easley said of his 2002 Ring of Honor induction. “They learned about their father and what he had done, and how successful he had done it.”

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Kenny Easley raises the 12th Man flag before the Divisional Playoff game against the Panthers at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015.
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Throughout a childhood during which he competed on football, basketball and baseball teams coached by his tough-loving dad – a retired Marine, the antithesis of “Little League Father” – Easley wore No. 5. The exception was the season he lined up at left offensive guard in middle school and transformed into No. 55.

At UCLA, same thing: He was a ferocious Five.

Because of the NFL’s draconian policies regarding every aspect of apparel – uniform numbers must be, well, uniform, consistent with positions – Easley, as a defensive back, was prohibited from wearing No. 5 with the Seahawks. He ended up No. 45, keeping the five alive.

On the night before Easley learned of his election into the Hall of Fame, this past February, he woke up from a dream so vivid it induced a cold sweat. He’d envisioned his jersey hanging in the Seahawks Ring of Honor at CenturyLink Field, alongside the franchise’s four other retired numbers: No. 12, for the fans; No. 80, for wide receiver Steve Largent; No. 71, for offensive tackle Walter Jones, and No. 96, for defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy.

Largent, Jones and Kennedy are enshrined in Ohio. Easley interpreted the dream as nature’s way of telling him he was destined to join them. When Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker knocked on Easley’s hotel door a few hours later, “it was almost a formality,” he said. “Almost like it was meant to be.”

Almost like it was meant to be? For the five-time Pro Bowl participant, of course it was meant to be.

The induction ceremony is Aug. 5.

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The Seahawks held their final open-to-the-public practice of training camp Wednesday, entertaining a crowd of 2,447 two days before they will host the Minnesota Vikings in their second preseason game.
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1. Tyler Lockett looks like Tyler Lockett.
Since returning to practice from the physically unable to perform list, receiver Tyler Lockett has been eased back into things, and he was held out of last weekend’s preseason opener. But on Wednesday, perhaps more than at any other time in camp, Lockett looked like the electric playmaker he was over the past two seasons before a broken leg ended his 2016 campaign.
During one-on-one drills, Lockett shook Jeremy Lane with some very impressive route running, leading to a long catch down the left sideline. Later, when the team was working in the red zone, he used his speed to get open, catching a touchdown from Russell Wilson, one of several receptions he had in the practice.
Back in June when he was still rehabbing his injury, Lockett made fun of himself for running a 4.8-second 40-yard dash. It was very evident Wednesday that those days of being a couple steps slow are behind Lockett.

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2. A new face in the secondary.
An already deep group of cornerbacks added even more talent, with veteran Tramaine Brock signing Wednesday. Brock was on the field on his first day of a Seahawk, including some special teams drills, but was limited in his first practice with his new team. Brock noted that one reason for signing with Seattle was the way the Seahawks stayed in contact throughout his free agency process, and the former 49er is also very familiar with the secondary he will be joining.
“I mean, it’s the Legion of Boom, I would love to be a part of it,” he said. “It’s a great team, great coaches. I’m just trying to come out here and make plays and make the team.”

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3. Alex Collins had a good day.
A lot has been made of the competition at running back during camp, and for good reason—it’s a very deep and talented position group, one Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said might be the best he has had in Seattle. And while Thomas Rawls, Eddie Lacy and C.J. Prosise have been the top three in that group during camp, the depth behind them has impressed as well, and on Wednesday it was Alex Collins’ turn to stand out.
Collins had a couple of nice runs, but what stood out most was a catch that would have been spectacular even if a receiver had made it. During seven-on-seven drills, linebacker Bobby Wagner leapt to get a hand on a Trevone Boykin pass, slightly redirecting the ball. Collins adjusted to the ball and somehow still got his hands on it, then held on despite contact from safety Earl Thomas as he was securing the pass.

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4. Dewey McDonald is getting his chance to shine.
Dewey McDonald has made a name for himself on special teams since coming to Seattle in a trade last September—he was second on the team in special teams tackles last season with eight—but with K.J. Wright currently sidelined, McDonald is currently getting a chance to show what he can do at linebacker.
McDonald has spent time with the No. 1 defense at weakside linebacker—Wright’s usual position—over the past two days, and looked comfortable playing with the starters. Depending on how long Wright is out, McDonald could get a chance to start in Friday’s game.

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5. “Now that’s awesome.”
The Seahawks had some special visitors at camp Wednesday, visitors from the U.S. Army’s 1st Special Forces Group, Airborne. The JBLM-based group was visiting in partnership with USAA, and in addition to the servicemen and women on the field during practice, there was also a post-practice flyover by a Chinook helicopter.
That flyover was impressive enough that offensive line coach Tom Cable’s press conference paused for about two minutes as he and reporters watched the Chinook hover over Lake Washington.
“Now that’s awesome,” Cable said. “That’s probably more interesting than who’s playing right guard.”

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The Seahawks were as active in the 2017 NFL draft as any team. They tied the Vikings and Bengals for the most picks with 11, including seven in the first 111 selections. And though none is assured of walking straight into starting jobs, several could start, and several others figure to be at least rotational players. With training camp set to begin Sunday, here’s a look at each draft pick: DL Malik McDowell: Seattle’s first pick at No. 35 overall in the second round, McDowell is expected to be used at defensive tackle and end in a role similar to that of Michael Bennett. Given the veterans ahead of him, McDowell isn’t likely to earn an official starting designation. But the team is counting on him to be a significant part of the rotation with a chance to play 40-60 percent of the snaps. Featured Video Mariners manager Scott Servais discusses his team’s 6-5 win over the Yankees. (4:20) Most Read Stories Foreign buyers drop off as Seattle housing market hits hottest tempo since 2006 bubble What drivers can and cannot do under Washington state’s new distracted-driving law ‘A painful and frustrating experience’: Horizon Air scheduling havoc will continue into the fall 3 teens killed in Alderwood Mall Parkway crash from Mill Creek high school ‘Security concerns’ shutter Seattle’s Movie Night at Magnuson Park Unlimited Digital Access. $1 for 4 weeks. OL Ethan Pocic: Seattle’s second pick in the second round will be tried at right guard and tackle, and his best shot could come at tackle where he will compete with last year’s first-round pick, Germain Ifedi. Pocic’s ability to also play center means that at the worst he figures to be one of the active linemen on game day, able to back up just about everywhere. CB Shaquill Griffin: Griffin might have the best shot of any rookie to earn a starting role, as he will compete for the right-cornerback spot opposite Richard Sherman. Jeremy Lane is the leader for that job and his experience might make him hard to dislodge. Neiko Thorpe also is a factor in that competition. Lane, though, still could be the team’s nickelback, meaning Griffin and Thorpe could be competing to be the right cornerback when the team is in nickel, an alignment it could use roughly two-thirds of the time this season. SS Delano Hill: A third-rounder out of Michigan, he projects for this season as a backup to Kam Chancellor and a special-teams contributor, and he could get on the field in some sub packages. DL Nazair Jones: The third of the team’s four third-round picks, Jones will compete for time at tackle behind Jarran Reed and Ahtyba Rubin, specifically filling in at the three-technique spot. WR Amara Darboh: The fourth third-round pick, Darboh will compete for a spot in the receiving rotation, likely more for the outside roles. A spot on the 53-man roster seems to be a given. S Tedric Thompson: The last of the team’s seven picks in the top 111, Thompson figures to start out at free safety where he would back up Earl Thomas (veteran free agent Bradley McDougald can back up at both safety spots). But it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Seahawks put Thompson at corner to judge his ability to play there. He could emerge as a player who is similar to DeShawn Shead in his early years, able to back up at several spots. CB Mike Tyson: Primarily a safety in college, Tyson is being tried as a cornerback by the Seahawks, primarily as a nickel. There’s enough uncertainty at cornerback that it’s not out of the realm for Tyson to earn a roster spot and see time this season. OL Justin Senior: A sixth-round pick, Senior is competing at left tackle behind George Fant, Luke Joeckel and Rees Odhiambo. But when he was drafted the Seahawks essentially said they view Senior as a project — in part due to a need to lose some weight — and he seems ticketed for the practice squad. But given the nature of Seattle’s offensive line, you never know. WR David Moore: Moore will compete for a spot on the back end of the 53-man roster with Tanner McEvoy, Kasen Williams and Kenny Lawler. The big question could be if those four are competing for one spot or two — or who knows, three? — depending on how they play and how the roster shakes out elsewhere. RB Chris Carson: The Seahawks seem fairly loaded at tailback with Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise locks to make it and second-year player Alex Collins and former 49er Mike Davis also competing for a roster spot. But Carson is a favorite of coach Pete Carroll, who said “I really love this guy’’ after the Seahawks picked him. Carson was sidelined for most of the offseason program, so it’s hard to tell if he can claim a roster spot. But given Carroll’s endorsement he figures to get a long look.

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NFL training camp gets going in three weeks, and that means the NFL regular season is only two months away. I imagine most of us will be focusing on our San Francisco 49ers during training camp, but it will help to know a little bit about the rest of the league. SB Nation’s 32 NFL sites are putting together basic rundowns of what their team has been up to this offseason.

Each explainer includes free agent additions and departures, trades, draft picks expected to contribute as rookies, biggest offseason addition, biggest storyline, underrated storyline, and notable injuries. The idea is to give you a quick but thorough background on each team. We’ll use these to look at 49ers opponents, but if we have time, I want to try and use all 32 to give us a nice look around the league.

Today, we move on to the Seattle Seahawks, courtesy of our friends at Field Gulls. The 49ers travel to face their division rival in Week 2, and host them in Week 12.

The 49ers have lost seven straight to the Seahawks, and have not won in Seattle since 2011. It was an intense rivalry at times, but it has become decidedly one-sided. The 49ers hung close in their home game last year, but came up short.

The Seahawks remain the standard-bearer in the NFC West. They are heavy favorites to win the NFC West, but the bigger question is how much longer their window is open to win another Super Bowl. Most important right now is that they have put some work into beginning the overhaul of their secondary. They drafted a cornerback and two safeties, and it will be interesting to see how soon they begin the transition away from some of their notable names.

On offense, they signed Austin Davis over Colin Kaepernick to compete for a backup role to Russell Wilson. It was a bit of an up-and-down season for Wilson last year as he was banged up at different points. If he gets hurt, they’re in trouble.

Notable free agent additions: RB Eddie Lacy, OT/OG Luke Joeckel, OG Oday Aboushi, LB Michael Wilhoite, LB Arthur Brown, S/CB Bradley McDougald, QB Austin Davis, LB Terence Garvin, DE Dion Jordan, K Blair Walsh

Notable free agent departures: OT Bradley Sowell, K Steven Hauschka, OT Garry Gilliam, TE Brandon Williams, RB Troymaine Pope, FB Will Tukuafu, DT Tony McDaniel, LB Brock Coyle, DE Damontre Moore

Trades: RB Marshawn Lynch to Raiders

Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies:

DT/5-Tech Malik McDowell – The Seahawks traded down twice and eventually selected McDowell out of Michigan State to be their answer to a lack of an inside pass rush. As a rookie, I expect him to be a regular rotation player on the inside with run-stopper Jarran Reed, their second round pick in 2016. Fans and experts will keep a close eye on McDowell’s effort and commitment early on.

C/G/T Ethan Pocic – Seattle needed to address their league-worst offensive line at some point, and they did so with Pocic at pick 58. He was an All-American center at LSU but is competing at tackle and guard for the Seahawks. If he doesn’t win a starting job it would be mildly surprising, but at worst he’ll be the next man up as a super-sub.

CB Shaquill Griffin – The Seahawks needed someone to play either outside or nickel cornerback following the ACL tear to DeShawn Shead last season and the struggles of Jeremy Lane. Griffin has drawn immediate praise from defensive coordinator Kris Richard as one of the smartest players they’ve had at the position (third round is the earliest Pete Carroll has drafted a corner in his eight seasons with the team) and he’ll probably be the first man up for the slot when Seattle is in nickel. That pretty much makes him a starter as Lane played 71% of snaps last season while playing in the slot. Griffin could also potentially start on the outside opposite of Sherman.

S Delano Hill and S Tedric Thompson – The Seahawks clearly needed depth at safety after they struggled mightily following the broken leg to Earl Thomas last season and the constant bang-ups to Kam Chancellor. Depth is markedly improved but Hill and Thompson may play sparingly as rookies.

DT Naz Jones – Another third round pick (Seattle had four), Jones probably sits and learns for a bit, but Carroll will give him the opportunity to compete for a spot in the rotation.

WR Amara Darboh – The Seahawks drafted Darboh with their last pick in the third round, which is high enough to consider Darboh a player to watch this season. He’s been compared to Jermaine Kearse, a player that a lot of fans want to see replaced immediately as a starter. Darboh, and fellow rookies David Moore (seventh round) and Cyril Grayson (signed before the draft, a track star who never played football at LSU) are all drawing praise in offseason workouts.

Biggest offseason addition:

There are a number of players to seriously consider here, including Joeckel, Lacy, McDowell, and Pocic, but I’ll go with Shaq Griffin. The Seahawks have had the best secondary in the NFL for most of the last five years, but that started to crumble last season. Griffin could become a staple of the next iteration of the Legion of Boom and they may need him immediately. He has the ball skills and athleticism to excel in Carroll’s system, and Carroll is arguably the best defensive backs coach in NFL history. I’ll go with Griffin, followed by Lacy. Seattle needs to get their run game back on track too.

Biggest storyline heading into training camp:

The offensive line’s ability to protect Russell Wilson this year. The o-line was the biggest story for all the wrong reasons in 2016, but the additions of Joeckel, Aboushi, and Pocic, plus the hopeful maturation of Germain Ifedi and George Fant, could push it to at least getting out of the cellar. Wilson doesn’t need much to work with to stay on his feet, as he’s one of the most athletic QBs in the league, but he needs more than they gave him last year when he suffered three notable injuries. As Wilson goes, so do the Seahawks. Plus it wouldn’t hurt to open up more lanes for Lacy, Thomas Rawls, and secret superstar C.J. Prosise.

Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp:

I would keep an eye on the role that newly-signed safety Bradley McDougald plays. The coaches seem very excited about him and the role he’ll play in 2017, so I think there’s reason for optimism that he could become a key player and a fan favorite almost immediately. McDougald flew under the radar during his three-and-change seasons with the Buccaneers and signed a one-year deal in Seattle, but he could be just the type of guy who was bottled up and needs the right system to truly fly. If he does, there’s a good chance the Seahawks won’t be able to keep him and he’ll be one-and-done.

Notable injuries heading into training camp:

Seattle fans have kept close tabs on the broken legs of Earl Thomas and Tyler Lockett. Both seem on track for Week 1. DeShawn Shead (ACL) will probably start the season on PUP but could be a huge boost for the second half of the season. C.J. Prosise, Thomas Rawls, and Eddie Lacy are slated to be the running backs; none are dealing with specific injuries right now that should keep them out for Week 1, but all have extensive injury histories and that’s a concern that fans hope doesn’t pop up this season with much regularity.

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The Seattle Seahawks were active on day two of the draft, making six selections between 35 and 106. All six are almost certain to make the final roster, though they’ll be competing for various levels of important roles in 2017. At least two of them — second rounder Ethan Pocic and third rounder Shaq Griffin — may in fact be regular starters right away. Others could be basically right on that next cusp between starter and regular role player.

Here’s some of what the second and third round rookies have been up to in the two months or so since the draft, including tweets, film breakdowns, news articles, and more.

Malik McDowell, 35th overall, DT, Michigan State

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As far as Malik’s film at Michigan State and his potential future with the Seahawks, there’s an in-depth RSP Film Room breakdown with Matt Waldman and Doug Farrar:
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Carroll said Malik McDowell “has really come on already.” Said he’ll be able to play 5-tech spot for them.
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Ethan Pocic, 58th overall, C/G, LSU
Pocic was an All-American center at LSU, but he’s been competing at tackle for Seattle. If he wins that job on the right side, it could keep Germain Ifedi at right guard, which may or may not be a good thing. Pete Carroll, to no one’s surprise, had good things to say about Pocic so far:

“He’s already studied his tail off to get here, you can tell,’’ he said. “He’s a bright football player, really tuned in, just all of the right signals in the first day and a half he’s been here as far as being ready to apply himself. He had a great experience at LSU. He’s played a ton of football, and it shows.”
Carroll added that they know what Pocic can do at center so there’s no reason to keep working him there. (Plus, Justin Britt exists and the Seahawks need help on the offensive line right now.)

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Carroll said both Luke Joeckel and Ethan Pocic showing ability at guard and tackle. #Seahawks
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You can also go back and re-visit Sam Gold’s film room breakdown of Pocic.

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Shaquill Griffin, 90th overall, CB, UCF

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The News Tribune’s Gregg Bell recently wrote that Griffin is very much in the mix for a starting job and defensive coordinator Kris Richard is excited about Griffin’s future:

“He’s got probably one of the best corner minds that we’ve had for a young guy around here,” Richard, the team’s previous defensive backs coach, said. “That’s just in regards to leverage, positioning, the understanding of our coverages and where we need him to be.”

“We’re going to be really excited to see him strap it up and get out there and actually be able to compete for the football while it’s in the air. That’s going to be the next phase,” Richard said. “But his technique has been improving day after day, and he has real strength. He has strength in his hands, you can tell he’s a powerful guy, and obviously his speed is there.”
Carroll chimed in too:

“He’s really diligent. He’s real fast. Technique-wise, it’s not hard for him to make it look right. Camp will be huge for him. None of the DBs were able to compete at the ball throughout this whole offseason, so we don’t see any of that. We have no evaluation of those guys. They can’t make a play on the ball unless it’s thrown right to them. So they have a lot to show still when they come back. The one-on-one work when they get back. The seven on seven against our best guys and all of that will show us a lot more. So it’s hard to make a full evaluation.”
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Delano Hill, 95th overall, S, Michigan
Hill’s safety teammate Jabrill Peppers was a Heisman candidate and a first round pick, but Erik Turner of cover1.net had plenty of praise for the former.

But if you want a true safety, then you don’t have to look far. When you turn on the Michigan film, you will see his teammate, safety Delano Hill, consistently making plays. He may not have the ceiling or elite athleticism that Peppers does, but he is a safer pick. He is an NFL safety, a guy whose film is very good, a leader on and off the field. You know what you are getting with him, and that is consistency.
Hill may specialize against tight ends.

This play also exemplifies what Hill was asked to do at Michigan. Much like this play, in the NFL Hill will be matched up with tight ends frequently. Brown was so confident in Hill’s abilities that he often matched Hill up versus opposing tight ends and receivers in the box and in the slot. Hill is really good at pressing, disrupting and getting into the hip pocket of offensive players.
Carroll likes players who know how to tackle, and that is a strength of Hill’s.

Hill worked from a lot of single high and two high sets, often rotating down late, post-snap. When he recognizes run, he gets downhill and makes form tackles on play after play. Hill finished the 2016 season with 27 tackles versus the run and 11 stops. Overall, tackling ability definitely goes to Hill. He finished as the 5th highest (14.5) in combined tackling efficiency. When he gets ahold of the offensive player, he doesn’t let go. That is a trait that you want your safety to possess, as he is the team’s last line of defense.

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Carroll noted recently that Jones “hasn’t missed a beat” in camp, but didn’t go in much detail beyond that.

Amara Darboh, 106th overall, WR, Michigan
Doug Baldwin is known for being boastful, but not just about himself, also his teammates often. In this case, he was like a proud papa talking about Seattle’s rookie receivers Darboh, David Moore, and Cyril Grayson.

“What (Darboh) has shown us out here on the practice field , also in the meeting rooms, is that he is going to compete at the highest level,” Baldwin said. “That’s all we ask for is a guy to come in and be willing to work as hard as everybody else in the room.”
Baldwin added that Moore has great hands and that Grayson isn’t showing the rust of a guy who didn’t play football in college at LSU.

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RENTON, Wash. — Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said Wednesday he did not request a trade this offseason and that he has a “fantastic” relationship with Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson.

“It’s just a conversation they have every year,” Sherman said. “I guess this year, more people knew about it. It’s a conversation they have every year — everybody’s open, everybody’s available. They just made sure I knew, and you guys found out. Pretty open about it. It was never a situation where anybody asked for it. It was just a conversation.”

Throughout the offseason, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider said publicly on multiple occasions that Sherman was available, but they never made a deal.
Richard Sherman downplayed the idea of a rift with Russell Wilson but said quarterbacks get treated differently on every team. AP Photo/Elaine Thompson
At one point, Schneider said the reasoning for such a trade would be to free up salary-cap space and get younger on defense.

Sherman was asked why he thought the team considered moving him.

“Because they are always open to possibilities, to hear what people have to say,” Sherman said. “If somebody comes with two first-rounders, I wouldn’t blame them in the least, you know? I wouldn’t blame them at all. It’d be another crazy trade. Who was it that got traded like that? Herschel Walker or something like that?

“But it’s just conversation. I think we have a fantastic relationship and always have. And it’s always been transparent to have those communications and not have them in a rude or discourteous way, but just professionally.”

A recent ESPN The Magazine article detailed division in the Seahawks’ locker room and a rift between Sherman and Wilson.

Sherman was asked about his relationship with the quarterback.

“It’s fantastic,” Sherman said. “We’re teammates. It’s like a family. It’s like everyone else in a family. We fight for one another, just like I’m fighting for the other 52 guys out there; I’m fighting for him, and he’s fighting for us. We have a great appreciation for how tough our quarterback is and what he has played through. Last year, he played through a number of injuries, and he’s not doing that just because, ‘Ah man, I’ve got to go out there and it’s a job.’ He’s doing that for the guys next to him, and we appreciate that, and we think he is a great quarterback.”

Sherman did not deny that Wilson gets treated differently by the coaching staff but downplayed the idea, saying quarterbacks get treated differently on every team.

Last season, Sherman got into shouting matches with coaches on the sideline on two different occasions. In March, Carroll said that many of the issues Sherman had last year were “self-inflicted.”

Sherman was asked what he thought Carroll meant and for the first time voiced some regret for the altercations.

“He means I hold myself to a high standard, and I’m a heart-on-the-sleeve kind of player,” Sherman said. “So I’m competitive as all get out. That’s what he means. He means I’m competitive as anybody out there and at all times I’m competing. At all times I’m trying to win. At all times I’m trying to push the envelope and push the limits. And it has always been the case — publicly, privately and elsewhere. So that’s what he means.

“It’s never changed, it’s never wavered. At times it might have gotten kind of overblown, I might have gone over the top. But he understood where it was coming from, and so did my teammates. So like I said before, it’s just the competitiveness — it’s just a competitive team. And that’s why my teammates still ride with me. They’re still ride or die. Just like any other family. You’re going to have good times and bad times, but you show your true colors through the good and the bad. And they ride with me through the good and the bad, and I ride with them through the good and the bad, because we’ve been there. We’re battle-tested.”

During a game in December, Sherman openly questioned Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell for calling a pass play from the Los Angeles Rams’ 1-yard line.

Asked at the time about the incident, Sherman pointed to the Seahawks’ Super Bowl XLIX loss to the New England Patriots and a similar situation that resulted in a Wilson interception at game’s end.
But on Wednesday, Sherman said the Super Bowl defeat no longer hangs over the team.

“For it to linger, most of these guys would have to be here, and the guys that are here have moved past it,” Sherman said. “I mean, we’ve had Pro Bowl, All-Pro seasons since then, and we’re battling. Sometimes you run into injuries like we did last year and the year before and you get derailed. Or you run into a better opponent like we did Carolina that year and it doesn’t work out. I don’t think that has anything to do with a Super Bowl hangover or anything. It’s just football. A hundred percent injury rate.

“You need some luck to get there. And unfortunately, we didn’t have the luck we needed, and we didn’t make the plays that we need to move forward. But I don’t think it has anything to do with a Super Bowl hangover. I think we still have the tools and we still have everything we need. We win it this year and I think the questions are still the same. I think it’s just, ‘Oh, they got one. Is the window closing?’ Because you always need a story.”