Talking Points: Too early to be talking about NFL draft?

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There's only three months remaining until the 2013 National Football League draft on April 25-27, so it's not a bit too early to start fretting over who the Seahawks will get with the No. 25 pick in the first round.

Checks of four mock drafts on the blogosphere came up with these four players going to Seattle:

• Offensive tackle D.J. Fluker of Alabama. He's a mammoth run blocker and looks like he should have a 10-year NFL career. Breno Giacomini, Seattle current right tackle, is considered the weak link in the offensive line.

• Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson of Missouri. Richardson can play both inside and outside and coach Pete Carroll is anticipated to really like his explosiveness.

• Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson of Tennessee. Seattle's Sidney Rice is viewed as injury prone and Golden Tate as inconsistent, although improving. Patterson is the most physically talented receiver in the draft, although he did not have elite stats. Analysts feel he's the kind of player who fits Carroll's mentality.n Wide receiver Terrance Williams of Baylor. No. 25 may be a bit high for Williams, but he has good size and straight-line speed.

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The Mariners re-acqusition of Mike Morse from the Washington Nationals is not getting particularly good reviews in the baseball press. Most writers feel Seattle is compiling a somewhat illogical roster with weakness at positions and overstock elsewhere, particularly in the outfield.

Morse will give the team some needed pop at the plate, but he does not have a real position and may end up as DH. At $6.75 million, he needs to produce, but it is the final year of his contract.

Morse as DH puts Jesus Montero behind the plate daily and there are serious questions if Montero is an everyday catcher in the major leagues.

However, the fantasy league bloggers have Kendrys Morales seeing time at DH and Morse at first base. Morse lost first base eligibility last year, so playing first base at least helps his fantasy value.

It seems no one is expecting incumbent first baseman Justin Smoak to last much beyond spring training.