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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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Seahawks Draft Show #6: National mock drafts have intriguing names pegged to Seattle
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. 
Seahawks Draft Show #5: Focusing on the top prospects who visited Seattle
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
Field Gulls #6: Russell Wilson is the Seattle Seahawks quarterback through 2023
Russell Wilson is now under contract through the 2023 season after agreeing to a $140 million four-year extension. Wilson was the first to announce the deal from his bed in the middle of the night after setting the deadline for negotiations at midnight of April 15th. Brandan Schulze and Adam Emmert break down at how the timing of the deal benefits the Seahawks, especially with it being a four-year extension.With a deal now done, it makes it enjoyable to go back and listen to some of the nonsense that fans had to endure leading up to the deadline. The show explores the comments from Jack Del Rio that he wouldn't be surprised if Wilson was playing somewhere else in 2019, commentary about how the Seahawks 2019 quarterback would come from this year's draft, and (maybe the most fun) about how Andy Benoit would rather see a team pay $18 million to Jacoby Brissett than by $25 million to Russell Wilson. There was also a lot of commentary leading to the deadline surrounding the idea that Russell Wilson wanted out of Seattle and how his new salary had the potential to be a percentage of the salary cap. Neither of those story lines ultimately played out and Russell Wilson's new no trade clause seems to negate the idea that Wilson desperately wanted out of Seattle. 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 #4: SB Nation NFL Writers' Mock, Pick 21
With the Seattle Seahawks only having four picks entering the draft on April 25th, the most likely course will be to see Seattle trade down from the 21st pick overall. However, John Schneider said recently he "could see a very good player being there for us at 21." With that in mind, Michael STUFR Edwards joins Brandan Schulze on the podcast to reveal who the Seahawks should pick with the 21st overall selection in the draft.Leading up to the Seahawks pick, we go over the first 20 picks of the SB Nation NFL Writers' Mock Draft. Michael talks about the potential players who would be a great fit in Seattle that the team would want to stay put for if they fall in the draft, and profile Notre Dame defensive lineman Jerry Tillery as a player he thinks John Schneider would like to go ahead and take in that spot.Rob Staton from Seahawks Draft Blog then joins the show in the second segment to offer his thoughts on Tillery and some different directions the team could go in after a scenario where they likely trade down from their current spot. Based on some of the players they've brought in to the VMAC for a visit and players they've spoken to at the combine, wide receiver and defensive back appear to be a couple of the other likely areas they could choose. 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.comVenmo: @hawkraCash App   Seahawks Draft Show Music by Donell Mase
Seahawks Draft Show #3: Options with Frank Clark and impacts on the 2019 Draft
Dallas Cowboys pass rusher Demarcus Lawrence recently signed a contract worth upwards of $100 million. With Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark on the franchise tag, he is in position for a similar type of contract. What does that mean for the Seahawks going into the draft? Brandan Schulze and Rob Staton discuss the range of options the team has over the next couple weeks. From paying Clark now, making a trade ahead of the draft, or allowing him to play 2019 under the franchise tag before making a decision next season, there are benefits and challenges with any of the scenarios under consideration.With Russell Wilson wanting a contract signed by April 15th, it does take away the ability for the Seahawks front office to see if one of the top quarterbacks in the draft could fall to them in the first round. Is that a strategic move by Wilson's team, or something that shouldn't even be a concern considering just how few picks Seattle has at the moment? Regardless, Rob believes the Seahawks may end up calling Wilson's bluff on the mid-April deadline and we won't see a deal until later on. If negotiations continue through the month, drafting a quarterback late in the first round or early in the second round would be one way to have some insurance at that spot.Yesterday we explored a three-round mock draft and seven possible picks for the Seahawks in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft. In this show we explore some of the draft prospects who also have upside on special teams. With Tyler Lockett going into his fifth season and among the top returners in Seahawks history for punt and kickoff returns, Seattle could be considering some other options. We discuss four players coming up in the draft as well as a second-year player who had tremendous potential as a returner coming out of college last year.Support the show with a recurring monthly donation:GetInTheFlock.com One-time donations:PayPal: donate@getintheflock.comVenmo: @hawkraCash App Seahawks Draft Show Music by Donell Mase
Seahawks Draft Show #2: Mock Draft Monday
With less than three weeks to go until the 2019 NFL Draft, Brandan Schulze and Rob Staton will be exploring different Seattle Seahawks mock draft scenarios every Monday.  With only three Mondays leading up to April 25, this week's show kicks off with the likely scenario of trading back to acquire additional picks. Rob's seven-round mock draft for the Seahawks also covers the first 103 picks so we can see which players the Seahawks could be missing out on based on who they select.The first trade with Kansas City gives Seattle an additional third- and sixth-round pick, and a trade back with the Cardinals gives the Seahawks an additional selection in the fourth. Those moves would give Seattle seven picks to work with and a full day to make a decision on the first pick of the second round. The first pick goes to Arizona State wide receiver N’Keal Harry, who is reported to be coming to the Seahawks facility for an official visit.Tune is as Rob goes into depth on the reasoning behind the first three picks, including defensive end Charles Omenihu of Texas and safety Marvell Tell of USC. Defensive tackle Armon Watts of Arkansas, tight end Kaden Smith of Stanford, defensive tackle Greg Gaines of Washington and cornerback Derreck Thomas of Baylor round out the list of picks.Support the show with a recurring monthly donation:GetInTheFlock.com One-time donations:PayPal: donate@getintheflock.comVenmo: @hawkraCash App Seahawks Draft Show Music by Donell Mase
Field Gulls #5: Russell Wilson's April 15 contract date is likely a goal and not a deadline
On Tuesday, the news broke that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has set a deadline of April 15th to complete contract negotiations. But can it really be considered a deadline? If Wilson isn't planning to sit out offseason workouts or hold out into training camp, then the mid-April date should be considered more of a goal than an actual deadline. Adam Emmert and Brandan Schulze are optimistic about the idea that it is a true deadline and a deal gets done, but will it do anything to stop continued speculation about all the other teams Russ would rather play for?Left tackle Duane Brown says he would like to see Wilson and the Seahawks throw the ball more in 2019. If the Seahawks wanted a more balanced offense, then they would need to shift back toward the pass after going run heavy in 2018. With so much talk about if it's better to pass or run, we settle on the simple fact that it's better to win than to lose. Apart from the final game of the season, the run heavy approach led to more winning than losing.Doug Baldwin has another surgery set for April, but despite a relatively productive season for a receiver over 30 years old, there is a question about whether Wilson's favorite target could be back in 2019. We discuss a receiver from the Mike Holmgren coaching era who played into his mid-30s who has a similar type of game. Max Unger has decided to retire, so maybe now is a good time to dig into which team really won the trade between the Seahawks and Saints.In the "Do Better" segment, the guys discuss the site of the NFL Draft as well as the Alliance of American Football and how many players we can expect to see in the NFL next season. Better at Life honors go to an AAF legend and to our rival Arizona Cardinals for the entertainment value their franchise provides as they are seemingly unable to manage the situation they find themselves in going into the draft.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.comVenmo: @hawkraCash App 
Seahawks Draft Show #1: Trading down leads Seattle to the strength of the 2019 Draft
With the 2019 NFL Draft less than four weeks away, Brandan Schulze and Rob Staton will regularly be looking at the draft from the Seahawks perspective over the next few weeks. On this week's show we're talking about the tiers of players for the first three rounds and how the strength of the draft favors the Seahawks trading back for more picks in the second and third rounds. During the NFL owner's meetings at the end of March, Pete Carroll mentioned that the team looks at pressure percentages when considering pass rush ability. Rob offers up some of the top players entering the draft this year who Seattle could be considering. The player who ranked highest in that statistic was Josh Allen, a player the Seahawks met with at the combine. Allen will likely be long gone by the time Seattle is on the clock.Considering the Seahawks have met with Allen as well as Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary and Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, Rob and Brandan explore a few of the reasons why the Seahawks are meeting with players who are likely to go in the top half of the first round. It's easy to jump to the conclusion that Seattle could be open to trading a player like Frank Clark, but there are more likely options to consider.Rob points to the fact that so many of the top players from the 2013 draft have come through Seattle in recent years, it could be that John Schneider has discovered they didn't do enough to scout those top players at the time. Brandan mentions a recent interview with former Seahawks quarterback Jake Heaps and how the team likes to act as if it has a top pick in the event they find themselves with a top 10 pick in the future.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:Venmo @hawkraPayPalCash App 
Field Gulls #4: 2019 Free Agency, Seahawks address needs at linebacker, guard and kicker
Just a few days into free agency and the Seahawks have addressed two major areas of need with the offensive line and their kicker. Seattle has signed D.J. Fluker to a two year deal and brought in former Cardinals and 49ers guard Mike Iupati to fill in behind J.R. Sweezy who left for Arizona. Adam Emmert and Brandan Schulze discuss how losing Sweezy means Seattle misses an opportunity to maintain continuity on the line, but the team philosophy remains in place to have an offensive line particularly skilled at run blocking.  On special teams, they bring back Jason Myers, who lost out on the job in the 2018 preseason. Now he's signed to a four-year deal with the Seahawks. What is the need Seattle should focus on now that the initial wave of free agents have been signed. The Seahawks could still use another pass rusher whether they look to fill that spot through free agency or the draft. Their top player at that position went have sounding satisfied to play under the franchise tag a week ago, to a player who reportedly will hold out if a new contract isn't in place by training camp.With the departure of Earl Thomas, there have now been a few Pro Bowl caliber players to leave the team with very little to show for it. Should it bother Seahawks fans that these players are leaving at the end of their contracts rather than being traded the season before so they can get more immediate value in the draft rather than waiting for potential compensatory picks? Looking around the division, one team particularly active in free agency is the San Francisco 49ers. The guys take a look at some of their biggest moves and talk about where they might have some concerns in terms of cap space as they look down the road. The final segment of the show looks at what Area 29 meant to the Seahawks and even though his final moments in uniform will go down in infamy, it's still possible fans will see that number up in the rafters at CenturyLink in the future.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:Venmo @hawkraPayPalCash App 
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