Wednesday Seahawks links: Wilson on the cover of SI, Aaron Curry retires

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is one of four young quarterbacks on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week (guessing you can guess the other three). Meanwhile former Seahawk linebacker Aaron Curry, who was recently released by the Giants, says on Twitter that he has decided to retire.

So what do those have to do with each other? Well besides the fact that both are/were Seahawks, that the two both happened this week is just another reminder of what an inexact science the draft can be. Curry is four years removed from being the No. 4 overall pick, and now he’s out of football. Wilson, meanwhile, was seen as too short to succeed as an NFL quarterback, and as a result he slipped to the third round, where the Seahawks got him with pick No. 75. And yes, we’re talking about two different front offices making those picks, one that has a great track record in the draft, and one that, well, didn’t. Even so, let’s not forget that Curry was talked about as the safest, most NFL-ready pick in that draft. It wasn’t just the Seahawks who were wrong about him that year, nearly everyone was. And even though Pete Carroll and John Schneider clearly liked Wilson, if they had known just how good he was going to be, or if any team had for that matter, there’s no way they wait until the third round to take him.

Anyway, moving on to the links.

In today’s Herald, we look at the Seahawks unlikely visitor, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, and what he had to say that can help Seattle.

Richard Sherman, who is an occasional guest columnist for TheMMQB.com, writes about the preseason and why he thinks players need to be paid for those games (currently their salaries are divided up over 17 weeks of the regular season).

Grantland.com looks at the 2011 draft and says it could end up being one of the best ever in terms of defensive talent. Two players mentioned in the story are Sherman and K.J. Wright.

NFL.com’s Adam Schein writes about the NFC West being the best division in the NFL. That’s not necessarily a new topic after last year’s big seasons by Seattle and San Francisco, but as Schein notes, whole division is stronger with the Rams looking like a playoff-caliber team this year, and Arizona likely being much improved as well. Schein even says that the Rams would win the always-hyped NFC East, “probably by two games.” Can’t say I disagree.

More good Xs and Os stuff from Fieldgulls.com, this looking at the defense’s play against Green Bay.

Eric Williams of the TNT catches up with Antoine Winfield, the Seahawks’ elder statesman. And the Seattle Times’ Jayson Jenks writes about Bruce Irvin, who is preparing for his final preseason action before serving a four-game suspension.

CBSSports.com’s NFL Experts make their playoff picks, and not surprisingly, there’s plenty of love for the Seahawks.

At SI.com, Doug Farrar says Seattle and SF have the league’s best defenses, and breaks them down nicely.

And just for fun, the folks over at Madden, who already made this gem with Marshawn Lynch, have put together another pretty funny commercial involving a Seahawk:

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