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End of Season Podcast with Softy

Named Best Podcast in Western Washington by King5!

The Falcons beat the Seahawks convincingly. What now? Softy and I discuss that and debate what would be a reasonable penalty for the Richard Sherman injury report fiasco.



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  1. Brian, Wish you would write out what you feel are the most salient points of your broadcasts with Softy. I understand, though, if that would be too time consuming.

  2. Seahawks 2017 Mock Draft
    2nd round pick included as it is not confirmed the forefited # 5 pick has been upgraded to a #2. Please give your comments on my content.

    Round 1 Pick # 26 Garrett Bolles Utah OT 6’5″ 307 LBS
    CBS Ranking #33 Overall
    Left Offensive Tackle in my opinion is the Hawks greatest need. Bolles is one of three elite left tackle prospects in this draft, the others being Alabama’s Cam Robinson and Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramcyzk, both I believe will be off the board when the Hawks select at #26.
    Bolles is an excellent athlete with agility, size and a refined technique. He uses long arms and great balance and foot work to control rushers and may be the best pass protector in this class. Bolles was a team captain and plays with tenacity and a mean streak as well as a burning desire to succeed, his speed allows him to get a great burst when run blocking and is very difficult to shed once he starts driving the defender at the 2nd and 3rd level.
    Bolles held UCLA’s Takkarist Mckiney perhaps the best edge rusher in the PAC 12 without a QB hurry when the Ute’s played the Bruin’s showing he is not over matched by elite edge rushers and that he can control rushers who possess both speed and power.

    Round 2 Pick # 58 Chris Wormley Michigan DT 6’5” 302 LBS
    CBS Ranking # 58 Overall
    Wormley has surprising speed and is deceptively quick for a man his size, he played both on the edge and inside the Wolverines ¾ defensive scheme, but would look to fill the spot of 32 yr old Tony McDaniel should the Hawks be unable to re-sign the UFA in the off season. The Hawks interior pass rush has suffered since losing DT Clinton McDonald and there is little depth at the position after being forced to release the often injured Jordon Hill. Wormley is specifically known for his tackles for loss, as his ability to penetrate the offensive line and bring down runners before they hit the line of scrimmage. The Seahawks must continue to be dominant vs the run as our defense is predicated on shutting down the opponents running game and forcing them to beat the LOB, which has been a signature strength of the defensive program under Pete Carrol.

    Round 3 Pick # 90 Kevin King Washington CB 6’3″ 202 LBS
    CBS Ranking #103 Overall
    The Seahawks in 2016 suffered what many teams in league have been plagued with year after year, a lack of talented depth players in the secondary, a phenomenon that the Hawks had avoided until this season, and had been able to overcome with the next man up theory. Every off season it seems Seattle trained depth DB’s bolt for starting positions and bigger paychecks elsewhere, and the LOB is left looking to the draft to recover its depth. 2017 will be no different, in fact the Hawks should be looking for an outside corner so DeShawn Shead could be moved to the slot or nickle position where he seems more suited and Jeremy Lane who struggled there could be the Dime guy.
    King is one of the fastest rising defensive backs in a very strong cornerback class, due to his combination of size and athletic ability. And no I have not included him over a more suitable prospect because he’s a Dawg.
    King is exactly what John and Pete covet in there corners, tough and physical at the line with smooth and quick transition recovery to man coverage after the press. Strong open field tackler with the capability to adapt to different scheme coverage’s and the size and length to challenge todays tall receivers in the air for 50/50 balls.

    Round 4 # 122 Traded to New England

    Round 5 # 154 Forfeited

    Round 6 Pick # 185 Vince Biegel Wisconsin OLB 6’4” 245 LBS
    Draftek Ranking 184 Overall
    The Hawks will be looking for help at the strong side linebacker position where several players have had some limited success since Bruce Irvin left in free agency. In the Hawks defense this position is very diverse in that the player must be strong vs the run and able to set the edge, able to drop back in coverage and rush the passer in blitz situation. Finding athletic linebackers able to play this position is not and has not been easy.
    Biegel was an edge rusher with 9 sacks in 2016 for Wisconsin and was routinely asked to drop back in coverage in the Badgers 3/4 defensive scheme, his quickness reading the offense and adapting his positioning makes him an interesting prospect. Biegel has the size and power to set the edge on the run and the speed to string his outside pursuit to the sideline, these traits helped Biegel amass 17 tackles for loss vs the run. Biegel may have the exact skill set to one day start as the Hawks strong side linebacker.

    Round 7 Pick # 200 Kareem Are OG FSU 6’5” 334 LBS
    CBS Ranking 208 Overall
    The Hawks need a true pile moving Offensive Guard who has the power and size to continually move the defense backwards, you see them on the line of every great rushing team. Germain Ifedi seems to hold his own but Matt Glowinski struggles containing his blocks in pass protection and gaining forward movement while blocking for the rush, he may improve but if it hasn’t happened yet it is doubtful it will.
    Kareem Are was a highly recruited high school player who struggled with a few injuries in his first 2 seasons causing him to miss valuable reps and coaching with the Seminoles, Concussion like symptom’s in 2014 and a knee injury in 2015 are behind him now and he showed how physically dominating a run blocker he can be often leading the way for FSU star RB Dalvin Cook up field. Are is a raw but immensely gifted power rusher with a lot of athletic ability, brute force and elite strength, a perfect piece of clay for offensive line coach Tom Cable to mold into a Trai Turner. And a great value in the seventh round.
    Round 7 Pick # 216 James Connor RB/FB Pittsburg 6’2” 250 LBS
    Draftek Ranking 214 Overall
    The Seahawk’s have always ran better with a fullback leading the way, and really haven’t had a consistent presence at the position since Michael Robinson moved on, adding a big pounding fullback not only softens a defense’s front seven and helps to were them down, they also absorb a lot of the punishment your running back sustains at the line as well as providing a bigger blocking body on play action pass play’s.
    Conner at Pitt was more of a pounding rusher, in 2015 he suffered a torn MCL and was also diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, the 6-foot-2, 250-pounder roared back to heal up his knee, beat cancer and play in all 12 of Pitt’s games during the 2016 campaign. In that space, he rushed for 1,060 yards (5.1 YPC) and 16 touchdowns. Conner is another one of those players Carrol seeks out, ones with a love of the game.
    Conner is described as by his coach as the hardest working player he has ever coached. With your last pick it is hard to think you could find a more character player at a position of need than Connor.

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