Talking Points: Grading the Seahawks draft

Published:

 

What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

1

For many, grading the Seattle Seahawks 2013 NFL draft didn't come down to who they picked, but rather who they had acquired in a trade for their first-round pick — wide receiver Percy Harvin.

Here's a rundown ...

• Grade of B by ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr.: "I don't know that Seattle added a starter among their picks, but they certainly added one in Percy Harvin."

• Grade of B-minus by SI.com: "The Seahawks had a roster built to roll the dice a bit in the draft, and that's just what they did with their first three picks."

• Grade of B by Yahoo Sports: "A lot of this grade depends on how people perceive WR Percy Harvin."

• Grade of A by Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com: "I'm done questioning (general manager) John Schneider. Until he proves us otherwise, he gets an A."

• Grade of C by Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "The Seahawks gave up their first-round pick for Percy Harvin, who should count in their draft grade."

• The fans get a say as well. Leading the way on Sunday at ESPN.com's PollCenter, 35 percent of 9,500 voters gave the Seahawks a C grade, while 34 percent voted B.

2

No more "Legends."

And no more "Leaders."

The Big Ten is giving them the boot and following a more conventional route for its division names.

The conference is going with "East" and "West" instead and switching to a nine-game scheduling format after presidents and chancellors approved the moves on Sunday.

The new division alignments will begin in 2014 when Rutgers and Maryland join the conference, meaning "Legends" and "Leaders" will be a thing of the past.

That will probably come as good news for fans who have criticized those names ever since the league unveiled them in 2010. To many, they were confusing and did not help identify where teams play.

For more Talking Points, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/talkpoints360