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Seattle Seahawks could make a move to trade Frank Clark before NFL Draft

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Seattle Seahawks could make a move to trade Frank Clark before NFL Draft

With the 2019 NFL Draft right around the corner, rumors around the league are heating up and the Seattle Seahawks are right in the mix.

Considering Seahawks general manager John Schneider’s willingness to field trade offers for defensive end Frank Clark, it’s worth considering a drastic possibility on the table: the Seahawks could trade Clark before Thursday’s draft.

Clark, who was taken 63rd overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, has been a part of trade rumors since the pass-rusher vowed not to sign his $17.128 million franchise tag until a long-term deal is done.

The Seahawks are said to want at least a first-round pick as part of a package deal for Clark, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets have emerged as suitors for Clark, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

When asked Monday if it would be viable to keep Clark, as well as linebacker Bobby Wagner and defensive tackle Jarran Reed, who are heading into the final seasons of their contracts, Schneider seemed reluctant.

“Feasible, very challenging,” Schneider responded when asked about the trio.

Clark is coming off his best season in a Seahawks uniform. The 25-year-old pass-rusher has 13 sacks in 2018, starting all 16 regular season games. He added 41 tackles, three forced fumbles, two fumble recovers and 10 tackles for loss last year.

He has emerged as a rising star for Seattle over the past few years, but with a plethora of defensive ends in this year’s draft, the Seahawks could very well select a talented pass-rusher who can be groomed to fit Seattle’s needs. 

The Seahawks currently hold four picks in the 2019 draft, which begins Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee. They have the No. 21 overall pick on Thursday and no picks in the second round. 

What They’re Saying: Russell Wilson get his payday

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What They’re Saying: Russell Wilson get his payday

It was a message heard across the NFL.

 “Hey Seattle, we got a deal.”

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his agent Mark Rodgers worked around the clock on a deal that would keep Wilson in the Emerald City until 2023, and on Tuesday morning, the five-time Pro Bowler and the quarterback of the only Super Bowl-winning team in Seahawks history got paid. 

Wilson and the Seahawks agreed to a four-year, $140 million contract extension with a record-breaking $65 million signing bonus, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The new deal now makes Wilson the highest paid player in the NFL.

Here’s a look at what they’re saying about Wilson’s big payday.

Good Morning Football’s Pete Schraeger says it wasn’t a surprise to see Wilson’s hefty contract, as elite quarterbacks have been getting paid over the last few years.

“This is no joke. This is about 15 percent of their salary cap. Bobby Wagner’s probably a future Hall of Famer if he keeps it up at this rate, gotta pay him as well. There will be sacrifices made."

Colin Cowherd of The Herd on FOX Sports said Wilson is deserving of a big dollars. 

"You owed him one, but this has been Russell Wilson's franchise for several years. This morning, finally, it's official. He's always deserved more credit than he's received."

Gregg Bell of The News Tribune says that with Wilson’s new contract deal complete, the priority now becomes Frank Clark.

“The Seahawks have a real, NFL deadline of July 15 to get an extension done with him. After that date, he can only play in 2019 for Seattle on the one-year franchise tag and can’t sign a multiyear deal until after this year ends, per the league’s CBA.”

While Wilson’s monster deal ranks first in the NFL, according to ESPN Stats & Info, his contract extensions ranks sixth in the NBA behind Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, LeBron James and Andrew Wiggins.

And of course, we have to talk about how and where Wilson announced his deal in Seattle. The Seahawks star posted a video to his Twitter account while cuddling in bed with wife Ciara.

Dillion Mitchell is meeting with NFL teams and ready to make the world 'eat their words'

Dillion Mitchell is meeting with NFL teams and ready to make the world 'eat their words'

Dillon Mitchell, the highly recruited four-star WR prospect out of Memphis, Tennessee, has been pegged as a “sleeper” in a loaded receiver class but has found a unique niche. The Pac-12 2018 receiving yards leader is eager to make a team and prove he belongs in the NFL, where his goal is to win a Super Bowl.

Mitchell has visited the Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft, according to the former Oregon star. 

Coming off of one of the best seasons a Duck has ever had that resulted in an NFL Combine invitation, Mitchell also had formal meetings at the Combine with the Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys.

“It has been great to be invited in and get to be around the place I would be working,” said the Redbox Bowl MVP. “Only surprising aspect would be that as I viewed the NFL facilities, I look back at the Oregon facility as something like Mount Olympus now. Nothing compares to the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex. Nothing.”

Mitchell chose to strike while the iron was hot and declare for the 2019 NFL Draft after shattering expectations in 2018, which he describes as a tough decision. Oregon coach Mario Cristobal’s advice was if he decided to take his talents to the NFL, go in with a whole heart and don’t let an opportunity slip by… Guidance that Mitchell has taken to heart.

“The whole world is going to eat their words.” Mitchell tweeted on April 12.

UO’s single-season leader in receiving yards said he was referencing his hunger and determination to be one of the best receivers in the NFL. He wants to quiet critics, who list his ball-tracking as a main concern. Mitchell says his agent has told him to prepare for his draft range to be anywhere from first round to undrafted, come April 25-27.

I watched Mitchell show off his electric athleticism by making contested catches away from his frame and at tough angles at Oregon. The chip on his shoulder reminds me of former Ducks basketball star Dillon Brooks; it powers their ability instead of limits it. In my opinion, there is too much for an NFL team to fall in love with for Mitchell to go undrafted.   

Yes, the 2019 receivers group is full of incredible, large athletes who excel in contested catches. The pool of slot players and short-target threats is smaller. Mitchell fits the bill for a variety of team needs, but has been seriously linked to the Cardinals (where he could be catching passes from quarterback prospect and rumored overall No. 1 draft pick Kyler Murray).

If it was up to Mitchell’s father, Dillon would be in silver and black next season with the Oakland Radiers. He called his dad is a “top-tier Raiders fan” with a decadent man cave who is considering moving to Las Vegas. Can you imagine Mitchell alongside Antonio Brown in Oakland?

His ability as a ball carrier, excellent route running, efficient footwork and yards after catch potential make him an enticing weapon for NFL offenses. At 6-foot-1, 200-pounds, Mitchell checks the box for his frame. His explosive junior season caught a lot of attention, recording 75 catches for 1,184 yards and ten touchdowns.

The pre-draft visits are a huge opportunity for Mitchell to feature his large route tree and how quickly he can process different game scenarios. Naturally soft spoken, Mitchell's interviews could give him the opportunity set himself apart from the other mid-round wide receivers. 

His biggest strength is his versatility: he could play outside, in the slot, or both. His downfield speed serves as both a scorcher on offense and as a potential force in the return game. Mitchell periodically handled return duties, with a long return of 45 yards on a punt return during his rookie season.

The Draft Network said Mitchell is, "sudden as smoke when releasing off the line of scrimmage or attacking would-be tacklers on screens and other quick-hitting plays." Mitchell lands at No. 124 (round four) on the best available prospects list, which would be the Seattle Seahawks' selection.

A strong combine and Oregon pro day performance added buzz and likely raised his draft stock. Mitchell proved his extremely quick ability to accelerate and stretch the field in the 40-yard dash, timing in at 4.46 seconds, the 14th fastest out of 47 receivers who ran. At Oregon’s pro day he recorded a 6.93 second three-cone drill, which would be sixth among 29 wide receivers who ran at the combine.

With his whole heart in it, Mitchell can’t wait to hear his name called.

“I think it will be a different type of feeling that I’ve never felt before,” Mitchell said. "I’ve been holding onto this dream for so long, since I was a kid. And for something to finally happen… I’m not sure what the emotions will be but I’m going to have tears of joy most definitely.”

Underrated Ugo Amadi is stealing NFL teams’ attention

Underrated Ugo Amadi is stealing NFL teams’ attention

Oregon star Ugo Amadi has pre-draft visits with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft, according to the former Oregon star. 

The best fit for the 2018 Lombardi Award winner may be the Bears, as safety Adrian Amos’ departure is the biggest gap currently on the Chicago roster. Amadi’s versatility would be a huge asset for Chicago, who also lost slot corner Bryce Callahan. Amadi shined in the quasi-nickel role at Oregon, making him a very attractive pick for the Bears.

Also, the New York Giants have a need for young and versatile safeties and Amadi fits the bill.

"It's going to be a huge blessing to able to just get an opportunity to play at the next level," Amadi said. "It's something I worked my whole life to get to. Next step will be to work even harder to gain the trust and respect from my teammates to be that guy and come in and dominate early."

At Oregon, he was the Duck to do it all; playing cornerback, safety and returning punts. His success is tangible; As a senior he became the first FBS player since 2015 and first Pac-12 player since 2007 with two pick-6s and a punt return for a touchdown in the same season.

Amadi's not afraid of undercutting breaking routes to make big plays and he's showed he’s a threat to take it the distance. Over his final two seasons, the ball hawk amassed six interceptions, highlighted by three pick-6s, and forced four fumbles.

Amadi’s special teams success makes him an even more appealing day three pick.

The Nashville native's favorite team growing up was of course, the Tennessee Titans. To play for the Titans and be once again teammates with former Duck Marcus Mariota is the hope for Amadi. He models his game after Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu, who is known for being versatile and tough, with a lot of playmaking ability. 

Amadi began to open NFL executives’ eyes at the Combine. There are few positions where the 40-yard dash is as important as in the secondary, and Amadi recorded a solid 4.52 dash time. The 5-foot-10, 197-pound safety's quickness is a huge strength to prove he can stay stride for stride on vertical routes.

His wingspan measured 77-1/8-inches, which impressed considering his height. His bench press also was a highlight, Amadi finished with 18 reps, tying for seventh out of 21 safeties and eighth out of 51 players including corners and all other defensive backs to lift at the Combine.

Amadi's draft value ranges; some say he will be a mid-round pick, while others believe that he could go undrafted.

I firmly believe Amadi will not go undrafted. Despite his less than ideal size, the senior was one of the best defensive players in the Pac-12 Conference last season, playing in all 51 games throughout his four-year career at Oregon. He also has strong leadership abilities that will shine in interviews.

The 2019 NFL Draft is April 25-27.

[EXCLUSIVE] Dillon Mitchell gets real: His decision to go pro, which NFL teams he met with at the Combine and chemistry with Justin Herbert

[EXCLUSIVE] Dillon Mitchell gets real: His decision to go pro, which NFL teams he met with at the Combine and chemistry with Justin Herbert

After Oregon's victory in the Redbox Bowl, Ducks star wide receiver Dillon Mitchell told the media he was undecided on whether he would stay for his senior season or declare for the 2019 NFL Draft. Mitchell felt fans didn't get the full story and wanted to clear up why he made his decision. In an exclusive one-on-one with Dillon Mitchell and NBC Sports NW's Oregon Duck Insider, Bri Amaranthus, he dives into how his decision played out. 

Which teams did Mitchell meet with at the NFL Combine? Also, apparently Mitchell's family are quite the Oakland Raiders fans, man cave and all!

As Oregon's single-season receiving yards record holder, Mitchell looks back on his chemistry he had with quarterback Justin Herbert. Also, no surprise his favorite memory from last season was beating rival Washington.

Which NFL player does Mitchell model his game after?

Stay tuned for more updates on Mitchell. The NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 25. 

READ: 

NFL combine performances may raise Ducks' draft stocks

It's do-or-die: Ducks leave it all on the field at Oregon Pro Day

Which team is going to fall in love with Dillon Mitchell?

Jalen Jelks: Splash or slip at the NFL Combine

Jalen Jelks: Splash or slip at the NFL Combine

Jalen Jelks is flying into the NFL Scouting Combine relatively under the radar. A versatile chess piece that lined up all over Oregon’s defensive front, Jelks’ NFL draft projection was higher after his junior season when he recorded 15.5 sacks. As an EDGE prospect unlike the rest of his draft class, Jelks is a prime candidate to watch his draft stock rise with a good performance.

[READ: Oregon expected to hire Andy Avalos as defensive coordinator]

His chance to make a splash at the NFL Draft combine begins on February 28. Here is a peek into what the week looks like for the EDGE defender and what the NFL’s top executives are saying about him.

Jelks is one of four Oregon Ducks (Dillon Mitchell, Justin Hollins, Ugo Amadi) and 38 Pac-12 Conference football athletes that join more than 300 of the best college football players in the NFL Scouting Combine held in Indianapolis, Indiana inside Lucas Oil Stadium from February 26 to March 4, 2019.

Jalen Jelks: Group 7, 8 or 9

Feb 28- March 2: Hospital pre-exam, x-rays, interviews, measurements, medical examinations, psychological testing, media, bench press

March 3: On-field workout (timing, stations and skill drills)

Projected Draft status: Jelks’ draft projection ranges from second round to fifth round

An average Senior Bowl performance caused Jelks’ draft projection to slip to the fourth or fifth round. The Pac-12 All-Conference first team selection impressed with a few highlights at Senior Bowl practices, and he finished the game with one tackle and two quarterback hits. Despite his exciting blend of power and quickness, Jelks’ general senior bowl evaluation tabbed him as a “raw prospect."

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound former Duck reportedly met with the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots during the Senior Bowl.

The Seahawks and Patriots weren’t the only teams who showed interest in Jelks. The same report says he also met with the Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texas, and the Tennessee Titans.

The Draft Network called Jelks “wicked quick.” The profile added that Jelks “uses length well in both run and pass game and has the upper body power to stiff-arm and bench offensive linemen.”

Where he must shine: Speed/agility drills and measurements

Jelks has the length and pass rush ability many GMs dream about, however he weighs under 250 pounds- too small to play inside and undersized for an outside linebacker. Some teams will struggle with where he fits from a position standpoint. Good speed and agility times will show off his quickness and athleticism, which he uses to his advantage exploding out of his stance to beat offensive linemen along the interior. 

If Jelks weighs in at more than 250 pounds, it’ll show that he can add strength and mass. His abnormally long limbs are also a gift in pursuit of quarterback and disrupting the run.

The senior Duck was a nightmare for Pac-12 offenses, leading all Pac-12 defensive linemen in 2018 with 57 tackles. The Phoenix, Ariz. native finished his career with 29.5 tackles for loss and 15 sacks.

Through his five seasons with Oregon, he experienced a Rose Bowl victory, a National Championship run, a 4-8 losing season, three different head coaches and three different defensive coordinators.

Jelks’ experience, speed, athleticism and length make him an intriguing 3-4 outside linebacker prospect for the passing-driven NFL. A strong Combine performance would swing major positive momentum towards his draft stock.

 

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Dillon Mitchell, a sleeper in a loaded receiver group: 2019 NFL Draft

Ugo Amadi, a possible steal in the 2019 NFL Draft

Dillon Mitchell, a sleeper in a loaded receiver group: 2019 NFL Draft

Dillon Mitchell, a sleeper in a loaded receiver group: 2019 NFL Draft

NFL Scouting Combine updates:

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Coming off of one of the best seasons a Duck has ever had, Dillon Mitchell chose to forgo his senior season take his talents to the NFL. His junior year shattered expectations but will that translate to hearing his name called in the 2019 NFL Draft? He could be one of the best values in his draft class. He's been named a sleeper in a loaded receiver group, yet, he's also been projected to go undrafted.

[READ: Quarterback Justin Herbert is on the hunt for Oregon football’s next leading receiver] 

His chance to turn heads begins at the NFL Draft combine begins on February 27. Here is a peek into what the week looks like for the wide receiver and what the NFL’s top executives are saying about him.

Mitchell is one of four Oregon Ducks (Jalen Jelks, Justin Hollins, Ugo Amadi) and 38 Pac-12 Conference football athletes that join more than 300 of the best college football players in the NFL Scouting Combine held in Indianapolis, Indiana inside Lucas Oil Stadium from February 26 to March 4, 2019.

Dillon Mitchell: Group 5 or 6

Feb 27- March 1: Hospital pre-exam, x-rays, interviews, measurements, medical examinations, psychological testing, media, bench press

March 2: On-field workout (timing, stations and skill drills)

Projected Draft status: Mitchell’s draft projection ranges from third round to undrafted.

Mitchell’s NFL future is highly dependent on his combine performance. There is not a ton of NFL buzz around Mitchell, partly because before his junior season he only showed flashes of his talent, limiting his film evaluation. As the 2018 Pac-12 receiving yards leader, the junior put consistent evidence on film.

The Draft Network said Mitchell is, “sudden as smoke when releasing off the line of scrimmage or attacking would-be tacklers on screens and other quick-hitting plays.”

Where he must shine: Interviews and speed testing

Mitchell must show off his extremely quick ability to accelerate to his top speed. NFL scouts, general managers and head coaches will be looking to see how his speed measures up to stretch the field, create separation and if his agility and quickness will be a weapon on short and intermediate routes.

Evaluators will look into any work ethic concerns revolving around Mitchell. The interview process is an opportunity for the former Duck to feature his large route tree and how quickly he can process different game scenarios. Naturally soft spoken, Mitchell’s interviews could give him the opportunity set himself apart from the other mid-round wide receivers.

Strengths

At 6-foot-1, 200-pounds, Mitchell checks the box for size.  

Improvement in Mitchell’s route running was apparent in 2018. He is precise and tricky, which led him to 18 consecutive games with a reception.

He is efficient with his footwork and can make people miss with his agility to pile on the yards after the catch.

As a versatile NFL future threat; he could play outside, in the slot, or both.

The highly recruited four-star prospect out of Memphis, Tennessee has showed his electric athleticism by making contested catches away from his frame and at tough angles. However, his consistency at the catch point is a major weakness and at times, he is late getting his hands to locate the ball, leading to dropped passes.

The Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys have both been linked to Mitchell as a potential option late in the third round.

His parting moment came after setting a new program single-season receiving record with 1,184 yards (breaking Josh Huff’s 1,140 record set in 2013) and catching the game-winning touchdown pass in Oregon’s Redbox Bowl victory over Michigan State. He was awarded the offensive MVP honor on stage during the trophy presentation… Which he then gave to his dad in the stands.

A strong Combine performance from Mitchell will add buzz, drive him up draft boards and push his critics to his junior season tape. Whether it is his 40-yard dash time or interview session, Mitchell has an opportunity to show how well he handles high-pressure situations.

 

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Super Bowl halftime show: We could’ve used more Spongebob

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Super Bowl halftime show: We could’ve used more Spongebob

Grade: C

That grade may even be generous. We got a fever and the only prescription is more Spongebob. In the not-so-anticipated Super Bowl half time performance of Maroon 5 (before Travis Scott and Big Boi were announced as supporting performers), Adam Levine delivered the performance that you would imagine he would give (and even took his shirt off).

But the moment that fans were waiting for was Spongebob Squarepants. Yes, that yellow sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea that took over the 90’s into 2000’s kids television is STILL funny today. What was rumored to maybe be part of the show was just a glimpse of the ever-famous band geek scene. 

However, it was still quite the moment as it introduced Travis Scott who then appeared on stage, forged in fire. Like literal fire. It was straight fire, quite literally. 

Then a drumline and choir joined the stage to join Maroon 5 sining “Girls Like You” which was pretty cool. 

Big Boi literally drove a car within the crowd, on the field, to the stage. His look was fresh to say the least as they performed “I Like The Way You Move”. 

Overall, could have been better. And Twitter definitely took note of the lack of Spongebob:

 

Three seasons, three different teams. Brandin Cooks has found his home with the Rams

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Three seasons, three different teams. Brandin Cooks has found his home with the Rams

Three seasons, three different teams.

What connects the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, and the Los Angeles Rams altogether? Brandin Cooks. 

The fifth-year player out of Oregon State has ties to each of these teams. On Sunday, Jan. 20, Cooks and the Rams took down the team that originally drafted him in 2014 (New Orleans) 26-23 in overtime to claim the NFC Championship. Next up, Cooks will get the chance to dethrone his former team, the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII.

The underlying message here? Cooks has balled out with each of these teams recording 1,000 yard seasons for each of them.

The former first-rounder (pick No. 20) in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Oregon State started his career in New Orleans for three seasons before being traded to New England in 2017. During his Super Bowl run with the Patriots last season, Cooks was unfortunately knocked out of the game after taking a big hit from Philadelphia Eagles DB Malcolm Jenkins in the second quarter. The Eagles went on to win the Super Bowl and Cooks was traded to the Los Angeles Rams.

His rookie year was the only season that Cooks did not record a 1,000+ yard season for his team. So why trade Cooks away? The numbers speak for themselves. Well, the Patriots may have been skeptical following the hit Cooks took in Super Bowl LII. Cooks joins an elite party of three along with Larry Fitzgerald and Antonio Brown as the only receivers to record 1,000+ yards and five-plus receiving touchdowns in each of the last three seasons.

Super Bowl LIII isn’t just another game for Cooks. It is his chance to prove that he is one of the best and shoudn't be up for trade. 

Rams head coach Sean McVay sees a bright future with Cooks in L.A and has no intention of dealing him away.

In an interview on Tuesday, McVay says, "Everybody that's been around Brandin you can't talk enough about the production. This is a special human being. The way he goes about his business. Guys like him are why you love coaching. ... I could go on and on about what he's done for this football team. He's been instrumental in us getting here. Love that guy and you can't say enough good things about Brandin Cooks. I can promise you this: We're not trading him."

This season with the Rams, Cooks recorded 80 catches for 1,204 yards and five touchdowns. 

Super Bowl LIII will kickoff at 3:30 PM (PT) on Sunday, Feb. 3rd at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

Brandin Cooks is taking ankles and making dreams come true

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Brandin Cooks is taking ankles and making dreams come true

The #Ramily (Rams Family) is truly that: a family and wide receiver Brandin Cooks makes that very clear in his recent act of kindness within the Rams organization. To honor all the hard work team custodian Alfonso Garcia puts in day in and day out, Cooks is sending Garcia and his son to Super Bowl LIII.

“I just felt like it would be special for him to see that he is a part of this success,” says Cooks. 

Cooks has been with the Rams for just one season and is already making an impact for the organization both on and off the field.

The 5’10” five-year player out of Oregon State has been a nightmare matchup for any opposing defensive back throughout his career. Now, he will get to display his skills live in front of Garcia, his son and 71,000 other fans at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The Rams take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII at 3:30 PM (PT) on Sunday, February 3rd.