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Thursday, April 5, 2012
Talking points aplenty for 1 p.m. ET chat

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Good morning, NFC West.

We've had some great discussions in the comments sections of various entries. I checked in around 3 a.m. ET -- hey, it's earlier here on the West Coast -- and joined a conversation about what the Seattle Seahawks might be thinking in the first round of the upcoming draft.

Some were discussing Tony Pauline's contention that Seattle could draft safety Mark Barron, then move Kam Chancellor to outside linebacker. That seems like unnecessarily messing with a good thing.

SEAFENCEmwa said he wanted Seattle to draft defensive end Courtney Upshaw to help the pass rush. Ian 202128 noted that some have questioned whether Upshaw would fit in the Seahawks' defense.

My take: Seattle has done a good job adapting scheme to players, specifically with Red Bryant. Pete Carroll likes guys with unique or unusual traits. Chancellor is huge for a safety. Earl Thomas is blazingly fast for a safety. K.J. Wright is on the tall side for a linebacker. Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner are huge for corners. Bryant is monstrous for a defensive end. Etc.

We'll continue these sorts of conversations for all the NFC West teams when the next NFC West chat gets going Thursday at 1 p.m. ET.

See you there.