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Friday, April 23, 2010
Late night NFC West first-round thoughts

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

The Seahawks were convinced Philadelphia had leaped over them in the first round to draft safety Earl Thomas, the player Seattle wound up drafting at No. 14.The Eagles drafted linebacker Brandon Graham instead. Seattle wanted Thomas because the Seahawks saw him as a play-making safety with the ability to match up against wide receivers in coverage. Coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider couldn't immediately think of a similar player in the NFL when I asked for a comparison. Schneider finally said he thought Nick Collins had similar abilities that way.