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The official home for audio programming from Field Gulls, SB Nation's community for fans of the Seattle Seahawks.
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The Seahawks mini camp wrapped up this past week and Russell Wilson took to the podium on Wednesday to talk about his plans to continue to work with receivers in the upcoming weeks and how he feels about D.K. Metcalf. Wilson says Metcalf has been "looking really, really special" and was among the group Wilson pointed to for guys to step up with the departure of Doug Baldwin. He also talks about rookie Gary Jennings and how he coached his YMCA basketball team "back in the day." Russ also talks about the offensive line and from the way he lists off the five starters, it sounds as though the line has already solidified, which is something we haven't seen from the Seahawks in a while.
The third week of OTAs has concluded and this week cornerback Shaquille Griffin took to the podium to talk about about how his mindset and his diet have changed since the end of last year.  He also talks about some of the changes his twin brother Shaquem has made in the offseason after his rookie year and his potential new role with the team mirroring what he did in college as a pass rusher.  With Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor all having moved on from the team, Griffin sees himself as the player to pass along a lot of the knowledge he picked up from his former teammates. Especially with Bradley McDougald out with a knee injury, he sees a leadership role for himself along the group of young defensive backs. Griffin has also had the opportunity to go up against rookie D.K. Metcalf in 7-on-7 drills during OTAs. Shaquille talks about some of the growth that he's seen from Metcalf in just the first few weeks of working together.
The second week of OTAs is coming to a close and on the afternoon of May 29th, linebacker K.J. Wright took to the podium to offer his thoughts about being back in Seattle for his 9th season with Seattle, what it's like being the longest tenured Seahawks player and how he feels about being among only three players left from the 2013 squad that won the Super Bowl. Because he ended up hitting the free agent market, Wright talked about how he didn't expect to come back for 2019 and thought he'd be wearing a different color uniform. Now that Russell Wilson is under contract, the main focus of the offseason appears to be how Bobby Wagner is due for a new deal now that he's going into the final year of his contract. K.J. was asked whether he has any advice for Wagner going into his negotiations, as well as how Wagner's participation in OTAs is viewed by other players in the locker room. Ultimately, Wright feels as though Bobby will certainly get a deal done this offseason.The Seahawks picked up two new linebackers through the draft and Wright offers his perspective on just how well they're picking up on the transition from college to the pros. He also talks about some of his offseason plans for humanitarian work in Africa as well as a new podcast he's doing with former Seahawks linebacker Mike Morgan.
With the Seahawks in need of a veteran pass rushing presence after the departure of Frank Clark, the Seahawks turn to one of their favorite places the last couple seasons - the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Ziggy Ansah was the fifth pick overall that season and is coming off a year where he was franchise tagged by the Detroit Lions. Unfortunately injuries sidelined him for much of the season, and as Jeremy Reisman of Pride of Detroit explains, it was a common theme for Ansah over the past three seasons. But if Ansah can return to his Pro Bowl form in 2015, it could remind Seahawks fans of another outstanding pass rusher that they were able to pull away from the Lions ahead of Seattle's Super Bowl season.
The Seattle Seahawks 2019 Draft class has been finalized and the team comes away with 11 draft picks after having only four selections a week ago. John Schneider made a record number of trades and even traded up on a couple occasions including a move up into the second round to pick up a wide receiver who was initially expected to be one of the first off the board in the entire draft.Rob Staton and Brandan Schulze run through the selections from the Seahawks draft and talk about what will be one of the biggest criticisms of the draft and how the team may have a plan for addressing additional needs along the defensive line. Rob talks about how Seattle could even consider going after Jadeveon Clowney, with the rumors that the Houston Texans may have been looking to get into a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.A report came out during the draft that Doug Baldwin may have played his last snap in the NFL and is considering retirement. Rob talks about how that could have played a role in the Seahawks grabbing two receivers with their first five picks. The slide down the draft board for D.K. Metcalf was a long one and when the Seahawks selected him at the end of round two, the emotion came out in his phone call with Schneider and Pete Carroll. Tune in to hear discussions around each one of the Seahawks selections: L.J. Collier, Marquise Blair, D.K. Metcalf, Cody Barton, Gary Jennings, Phil Haynes, Ugo Amadi, Ben Burr-Kirven, Travis Homer, Memarcus Christmas and (announced live as we were recording the podcast) John Ursua.
Just a week ago, the Seattle Seahawks only had four picks going into the 2019 NFL Draft. With the trade of Frank Clark to Kansas City and two trades down from the 21st pick overall and the 30th pick in the first round, Seattle now has a total of nine picks and their first round selection was TCU defensive end L.J. Collier. Collier is a player who had been previously discussed on the show, particularly because the Seahawks seemed to show so much interest in the pass rusher for the Horned Frogs. They had scouts at the Senior Bowl, they met with Collier at the combine, Seattle was on hand for the TCU Pro Day and the team invited him to the VMAC for a Top 30 visit.On the show, Rob Staton and Brandan Schulze go over the moves Seattle made in the first round and talk about the type of player they are getting with Collier. Rob says, "Be happy about this pick! L.J. Collier: great prospect, well worth a late first round pick, great choice by the Seahawks."He compares Collier's pressure percentage stats in 2018 to a couple picks who went ahead of him like Brian Burns and Montez Sweat, but says Collier comes without some of the main concerns that allowed those two players two drop out of the top 10.Brian Baldinger recently broke down some of Collier's tape on Twitter. "You ain't doing your homework on Collier, you're lazy. You're looking at stupid, underwear stats in Indianapolis. This guy's a football player.Where do the Seahawks go next? The guys look at some of the options at the top of the second round and look ahead to the fourth round at some of the positions they could now consider as the team holds four picks in the fourth round and two more picks in the fifth round.
The Kansas City Chiefs trade for the Seattle Seahawks former 2015 second-round draft pick Frank Clark, sending the 29th overall pick to Seattle along with a second round selection in 2020. In addition, the Seahawks swap picks with the Chiefs in the third round this year.  Clark gets a big contract as part of the deal. Adam Emmert and Brandan Schulze react to the deal that gives Clark more than $63 million guaranteed and $105 million over 5 years.Considering the amount of money that Clark received from Kansas City and the compensation the Seahawks get, it's tough to be upset about the move. It makes a lot of sense for Seattle considering they were set to go into Thursday's draft with just four picks, plus they have Bobby Wagner and Jarran Reed on deck for contracts. Clark also had some interesting comments on the way out the door that he shared with ESPN's Josina Anderson. Adam and Brandan talk about how money equates respect in the NFL and how Clark appears to feel disrespected that the Seahawks weren't willing to pay him this amount to stay in Seattle.
SB Nation pulled all of its top NFL bloggers together to help create a mock draft and predict what might happen at the 2019 NFL Draft. Listen to hear where college football’s top stars could end up!
It's Mock Draft Monday for the Seahawks Draft Show, and this week Brandan Schulze and Rob Staton take a look at a few of the mock drafts from some of the national draft experts and sports networks. The first one looks at NFL Network's third mock draft by Daniel Jeremiah who has Seattle staying put with the 21st overall pick and selecting Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons. Rob and Brandan talk about the philosophy behind taking a player who will likely be sitting out all of 2019, but how it allows them to get long-term value for a player who would have otherwise gone in the first 10 picks.Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. recently went back and forth with picks in their mock draft, and McShay had Russell Wilson's new contract in mind with his selection of Oklahoma offensive lineman Cody Ford to Seattle. Rob believes Ford may be the top offensive linemen in the draft and has the mentality that Seattle looks for at that spot.Neither of those two mock drafts has the Seahawks trading down, which Brandan and Rob both agree is the most likely outcome for Seattle considering how the team currently only has four picks over the three days.  R.J. White of CBS Sports recognized this and has Seattle set to make trades with the Chiefs, Ravens and Jets on draft day to turn their four picks into seven. This particular draft also recognizes the team's needs, by taking a defensive back, defensive lineman and wide receiver with the Seahawks first three picks. 
Each NFL team is allowed 30 official visits from players outside the local area. Historically, some of these players have ultimately become members of the Seahawks. But they may also provide us with an idea of where the team is at least focusing in the draft. Brandan Schulze and Rob Staton take a look at 16 of the players reported to have visited the VMAC leading up to to the NFL Draft, which will be held April 25-27.One thing that jumps out is the number of defensive backs who have made official visits. Could Pete Carroll be looking to replace Earl Thomas or is there another motive for Seattle for looking at this particular group of defensive backs? Rob also talks about what the Seahawks look for in their first overall pick. Superior athleticism has something that is generally focused on, but there are traits that made a lot of these picks stand out to the team.On offense, the players discussed are:Parris Campbell, WR — Ohio StateN’Keal Harry, WR — Arizona StateJace Sternberger, TE — Texas A&MDarwin Thompson, RB — Utah StateOn defense:Corrion Ballard, S — UtahSean Bunting, CB - Central MichiganChancey Gardner-Johnson, FS — FloridaDarnell Savage, S — MarylandDerrek Thomas, CB — BaylorJuan Thornhill, S — VirginiaKaden Elliss, LB — Idaho Dre Greenlaw, LB — ArkansasLJ Collier, DE — TCURashan Gary, DE — MichiganJeffery Simmons, DL — Mississippi StateD’Andre Walker, EDGE — GeorgiaGet the full list of player visits tracked, from pro day visits, combine meetings and local workouts on Field Gulls.Subscribe to the Field Gulls Podcast via: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify |Overcast | Pocket Casts | Stitcher | Castbox | Subscribe on Android | PlayerFM | RSS Support the show with a recurring monthly donation: GetInTheFlock.com One-time donations: PayPal: donate@getintheflock.com Venmo: @hawkra Cash App Seahawks Draft Show Music by Donell Mase
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