Archive for April, 2011

Links regarding Day 1 of NFL Draft

Here’s some links in regarding the Seahawks and their first-round selection in which they used on OL James Carpenter of the University of Alabama:

-NFL Draft Countdown’s Scouting Report on James Carpenter- http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/OT/James-Carpenter.php

-NFL Draft Scout’s Scouting Report on Carpenter: http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=89525&draftyear=2011&genpos=OT

-University of Alabama’s Player Bio on Carpenter: http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/carpenter_james00.html

-ESPNs James Carpenter’s Scouting Profile: http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft/player/_/id/27044/james-carpenter

-Seahawks Draft Blog’s article in regarding Carpenter’s pick: http://seahawksdraftblog.com/seahawks-take-james-carpenter-25th-overall

-NFL.com’s Player Profile regarding Carpenter: http://www.nfl.com/draft/2011/profiles/james-carpenter?id=2495134

-Jerry Brewer’s story discussing Carpenter’s pick: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/jerrybrewer/2014904438_brewer29.html

 

Hope you all enjoy the links and expect more after the Day 2. Seattle picks 57th tonight in the 2nd-round. They currently don’t have a 3rd-round pick after trading that to San Diego for Charlie Whitehurst.

The Draft starts at 6PM Eastern Time, Friday and can be seen on ESPN.

Carpenter a smart handy-man selection

James Carpenter has blocked for the past two-years in front of a Heisman Trophy winner.

Now he will be blocking for the Seahawks and their Beastmode.

With an NFL Draft that had several surprises- Christian Ponder going 12th overall to the Minnesota Vikings, Mark Ingram falling to No. 28 and the Baltimore Ravens missing their pick. On top of those surprises you had Carpenter’s selection at No. 25 to Seattle.

Carpenter was a projected second-round selection, but the Seahawks must have been high enough on him to take him in the first-round.

The selection wasn’t a Mona Lisa picture, but it was the safest pick. Seattle had tried to trade their pick, but never found a trade worthy of completing and instead took an offensive lineman with the pick.

Offensive linemen are a proven safe pick compared to other positions. In 2010 Seattle started 10-different offensive line formations and was close to the bottom in rushing yards on the season. So they could afford improving the position.

RT Sean Locklear and C Chris Spencer are both free agents and may not fit into Tom Cable’s plans in the future so Seattle needed Offensive Line help and depth.

Carpenter brings that.

He’s started 27-consecutive games at the left tackle position, but with second-year Russell Okung at left tackle, Carpenter could switch over to the right side or possibly even guard.

If Carpenter fits in nicely at right tackle or even guard the Seahawks will have three linemen that could blossom together over time under first-year offensive line coach Tom Cable making for a scary up-front. Okung and Max Unger both have a combined three-years in the NFL (Okung appeared in only one-game in 2010 before a season-ending injury).

The nicest thing about Carpenter’s pick is he’s now able to work with Cable who’s a highly regarded offensive line coach. Learning from him will only make him a better lineman as well as Okung and Unger.

ESPNs Todd McShay says “his best football should still be ahead of him.”

CBS’s Draft Analyst Rob Rang called Carpenter an underrated lineman saying he had him going at No. 31 (first-round) and thought of him as tough and more physical.

According to NFL Draft Countdown’s scouting report on Carpenter:

-Ideal height and bulk with a large frame.

-Above average athleticism, agility and quickness.

-Has nimble feet to slide laterally and mirror.

-Can work in space and get to the second level.

-Understands body positioning and angles.

-Versatile and could project to multiple positions.

-Durable and fared well versus elite competition.

They also say his best fight might be a zone-blocking scheme which appears to be the scheme Cable will run in Seattle.

Hopefully that is the case and who knows maybe he could turn out to be that right tackle the Seahawks hoped Sean Locklear would be. If that turns out to be the case, well then Seattle’s 25th selection might turn out to be a winner.

 

NFL releases statement

The NFL has released a statement saying that beginning at 8 a.m. ET, Friday:

-Players will be permitted to use club facilities for physical examinations, rehabilitation and medical treatment.

-Clubs will be allowed to distributed playbooks, game film and other similar materials to the players.
-Coaches may meet with players for the purpose of discussing offseason workout program, its schedule of mini-camps, OTAs and other similar matters.

-Voluntary off-season workout programs including OTAs and classroom instruction may begin subject to the rules in Article XXXV of the 2006 CBA and Appendix L. Participating players will be paid $130/day, provided the player fulfills the club’s reasonable off-season workout requirements. Those will count toward the requirements of any off-season workout bonus in the player’s contract.

-On days in which no official off-season workout or OTAs players that show up to the club may not be prevented from permitting any player to use the club facility to work out on his own terms in a voluntary, unpaid basis during normal business hours or such other hours as may be set up the club. They players will also not be allowed to participate under the supervision of any coach, trainer or other club personnel during the non-official meeting.

 

Those are just a majority of the important things touched on in the statement. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that free agency could start Monday.

Trades will be allowed during the first-round draft, but only for picks. Players will not be involved in any trades, but it’s possible the NFL may lift that tomorrow- no confirmation to that speculation.

The NFL Draft kicks-off tonight at 8 p.m., on ESPN. Seattle has the 25th pick and could be a candidate to trade their pick if someone’s not on their board.

 

Seahawks still locked out

NFL doors are opened and players are allowed into team facilities, but are unable to do any conditioning or weight-lifting- except two NFL teams.

The Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills remain locking their players out of their buildings.

Seahawks RB Justin Forsett tweeted: “Just tried getting in the facility #Fail“.

Seahawks LB Anthony Heygood also tweeted: “Well us #Seahawks arent allowed back in the building either. So lifted? I dont think so. #imissvmac

WR Deon Butler and CB Roy Lewis also were not allowed past the parking lot in Seattle.

Currently the NFL is appealing the ruling of Judge Nelson’s in regards of lifting the lockout which came, Monday.

The NFL Draft kicks-off 8 p.m., Thursday, April 28 on ESPN and NFL Network.

Judge Rules Against Owners

Judge Nelson ruled today that the NFL Owners need to lift the Lockout and allow business to continue. This is a big win for Players and fans in the short term. The NFL will likely appeal the ruling.

If it holds up it gives the players a bit of power in the new CBA negotiations. This could be bad for both players and fans long term. How can it be bad for players to make more money you ask?

If the new CBA creates an economic atmosphere that fails to produce adequate profit margins for the owners they will invest their money elsewhere. Yes, they make a lot of money. But it’s important to remember how much money they have tied up in these franchises and the financial risks involved with having nearly 1 Billion Dollars invested in a single endeavor. There are a few owners like Jerry Jones for whom football is everything, but for the most part these are business men who have made billions making smart investments. If they are unable to make enough profit to make it viable as an honest investment, many will simply sell their franchise.

New ownership groups will be hard to find because even though players like to say they are the product, and they are irreplaceable, imagine how hard it will be to find people willing to invest a large fortune in an organization where they can’t turn a meaningful profit. What you will end up with will be the equivalent of slum lords who buy teams at a wholesale price and run them into the ground. New facility construction will halt, and overall conditions will decline. With that revenue will decrease, and ultimately that will lead to the players getting a larger percentage of a much smaller pie.

‘Hawks travel to San Deigo

The first week of pre-season football will host a nationally televised game for the defending NFC West Division Champions, Seattle Seahawks.

The Seahawks will travel to San Diego where they meet-up with the Chargers on Thursday, Aug. 11th.

With the lockout still being resolved there very well may not be a pre-season, but if there it is it could be a match-up of Charlie Whiterhust taking on the team that traded him to Seattle.

Matt Hasselbeck is currently a free agent as well as 3rd-string quarterback JP Losman. Nate Davis was signed back in January, but shortly was released. With those moves currently Whitehurst is the only quarterback on the Seahawks roster.

Remaining of the Seahawks Pre-Season Schedule:

Thurs. Aug. 11- at San Diego Chargers (ESPN)

Sat. Aug. 20- vs. Minnesota Vikings (a team that could be interested in Hasselbeck once free agency starts)

Sat. Aug. 27- at Denver Broncos

Thurs. Sept. 1- vs. Oakland Raiders (Tom Cable returns to Oakland since being fired after the 2010 season)

The regular season schedule most likely will be released the week of the NFL Draft.

The Minor League Baseball Season Kicks Off Tomorrow

The Mariners farm system had a terrific year last year, and it was actually the best year by the Mariners minor league affiliates in Franchise history. Only one affiliate did not make it to the postseason and two of the affiliates, the Tacoma Rainiers (AAA) and the Everett Aqua Sox (Short Season), each won their league’s title. This year’s minor league teams have some big shoes to fill but there is still a lot of great talent remaining and even more has been added to the system.

The reigning Pacific Coast League Champions kick of their season on the road against the Sacramento River Cats. Luke French will be pitching for the Rainiers tomorrow. The Rainiers don’t make their home opener until Friday, the 15th in the brand new Cheney Stadium. The biggest name to watch for on this team is Dustin Ackley who shouldn’t stick around at AAA for long. Once June comes around, Mr. Ackley should be manning second base on the big league roster.

The Jackson Generals, formerly the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx, will be kicking off the season with a brand new name, logo, and everything else that comes with. Anthony Vasquez will be on the mound for the Generals as they start the season on the road against the Mississippi Braves. The Generals will be going up against one of the top pitching prospects in the league in Randall Delgado. Their first home game is on Wednesday, the 13th.

As we head down to the desert, the High A Desert Mavericks kick their season off on the road against the Lancaster Jethawks. The opening day starter has yet to be announced but I’m making a guess and saying that it will be right-hander Yoervis Medina. This league is known for its huge offensive numbers and we often see a lot of players really break out while playing here. Watch for the toolsy outfielder James Jones to really take off this year.  The Mavericks first home game is Thursday, the 14th.

The Clinton Lumberkings won the Midwest League West division title, but they fell short of bringing home the MWL Championship Title as they lost in the final series to the Lake County Captains. Forrest Snow will be on the mound for the Lumberkings as they kick off the season at home against Burlington Bees. I did an interview with Snow this offseason and he is a great guy. http://www.swinginginseattle.com/2011/01/interview-with-forrest-snow.html

He spent last year as a reliever in which he was very dominant but he has been stretched out and will now be working as a starter. This is a talented group of players and they should compete again for the division and league championship.

Make sure you follow me on twitter @Mike­_Schwartze for updates on all of the Mariners Minor League Affiliates throughout the season.