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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.



February 23, 2012 at 7:59 AM

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Scouting combine: Pack to the future

INDIANAPOLIS -- Start with a ball room that includes a couple hundred credentialied members of the "working press" (which may or may not be an oxymoron along the lines of jumbo shrimp).

Next, add the head coaches and executives from just about every one of the league's 32 teams who will be available for interviews in the media room. Then, throw in more than 300 of the top draft prospects invited to show their wares and you get a sense of the kind of manufactured media feeding frenzy that occurs at the NFL's scouting combine.

Let the record show that Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz was the first to be interviewed in the media room. Chicago coach Lovie Smith not only stood at the podium, but he entertained questions from what can only be described as a mob of reporters for a good half hour in the hallway of the Lucas Oil Stadium.

San Francisco GM Trent Baalke was interviewed, and it appeared he may have had some sort of bet on how many times he could use the word "good" in one answer while providing minimal specifics even when asked specifically about the offensive line.

"I think the offensive line group is good," he said. "I think there's depth at the high end. I think there's depth through the middle of it, and there's depth at the low end. I think it's a good group top to bottom. The film is pretty good."

The players hae not begun to trickle through yet, but offensive linemen are on the schedule today, which means that Washington's Senio Kelemete will be coming through as well as Stanford's David DeCastro.

As for Seahawks brass, general manager John Schneider is scheduled for a media-room interview at 2:45 p.m. Eastern.


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