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2009 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 4 Aaron Curry OLB Wake Forest #1 OLB Round 1
2 49 Max Unger OC Oregon #3 OC Round 3

Senior Bowl practice comment

Unger did well against Raji early, but this was before Raji was called out by Mike Mayock and started to dominate.

ONE ON ONE BLOCKING DRILLS SCORED BY JAY GOLDBERG

5 - 9 Raji 2-1   King 0-2   Brace 1-4   McGee 2-2
3 91 Deon Butler WR Penn State #21 WR Round 5

East West Shrine Game

Butler, another undersized receiver, showed he could get open and make catches.  One catch he made was one of the best grabs in the game.  He didn't look good during one punt return.
6 178 Mike Teel QB Rutgers NR 7th/FA
7 245 Courtney Greene SS Rutgers #4 SS Round 3

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Coming into 2008, Greene was a player NFL teams were keeping close tabs on.  However, he regressed in 2008, in part due to a new scheme.  Greene is a head-hunting hitting machine, who has the speed to be decent in coverage but will need development in that area.  He will also need to concentrate on making the tackle as well as delivering the big blow.  Still, I can't help feeling that a NFL coaching staff will get hold of this kid and turn him into a special player.
7 247 Nick Reed DE Oregon #20 DE Round 5

East West Shrine Game

Reed was one of the few players to get any pressure on the passer.  He also made a couple of plays against the run.
7 248 Cameron Morrah TE California #10 DE Round 4
FA ---- Michael Bennett DE Hampton NR Late Round Value
FA ---- Devon Moore RB Wyoming #17 Round 5

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Moore is a small back with good third down and return ability.  Moore is fast (4.35 forty), strong (28 bench presses) and an explosive athlete (10'9" broad jump).  He could be a very useful player as a team's number three running back.
FA ---- Dave Philistin ILB Maryland NR Late Round Value

 

B+

2009 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

I was torn between a B and a B+, however, getting my top pick in the draft and signing a rookie free agent who could grow into a big-play contributor on offense swayed me to the B+.

DRAFT PICKS

Curry was my top rated player in the draft and he will be part of one of the top linebacker crews in the NFL.  Curry and Hill can both play WILL and SAM very effectively.  Curry may not be flashy, but he will make things tough on opposing offenses.

Unger is a reliable player who is a plus starter at any position on the offensive line except left tackle.  Look for him to backup initially and then become a starting guard down the line.

The Seahawks had the speedy Butler rated more highly than I did.  As a speed receiver at this spot I like Johnny Knox more.  Knox is just as fast, has top quickness and makes sharp cuts; Butler is a little more straight-line.

Teel has some skills, but is not the developmental quarterback I would have targeted in the draft.  Personally, I would have drafted running back Bernard Scott here.  With Jones, Duckett and Forsett, the Seahawks were in the ideal position to take a chance on this highly-talented, but high-risk running back (off field issues).  Then I would have made signing Nathan Brown or Brian Hoyer or Jason Boltus as a college street free agent.  I had all three rated higher than Teel.

Greene could be a steal for the Seahawks in round seven.  He was a high-profile prospect entering his senior year, when he didn't adjust well to a new defensive scheme.  However, he can hit and he can run.  Neither of the Seahawks starting safeties have great speed, and neither are feared hitters.   Greene will be a top special teams player and I wouldn't be surprised if he pushes Russell to the bench (with Grant moving to free safety) later this season.

Reed was another excellent seventh round pick.  He has good speed and exceptional quickness and will be a good special teams player and nickel rusher.

With all the name pass-catching tight ends in the draft, Morrah got overlooked.  However, he has good speed, makes sharp cuts and is strong enough to develop into a serviceable blocker.  Morrah provides insurance for Carlson and could work in two tight end sets.

COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Bennett has decent size for a 4-3 end who has not lived up to his potential.  A year on the practice squad will either make the Seahawks excited as they develop him, or he will remain inconsistent and be cut.

Moore is a player I expect to make Seattle's roster.  He is a very good return man and will develop into a Leon-Washington-type of change-of-pace back.  While short, this kid is strong and fast.  Have fun watching him in preseason games.

Philistin will push for a backup linebacker spot in camp because his combination of strength, speed and athleticism will make him a top special teams player.

For chart below: red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
ARM-HAND relative to position, for ranges see ranking pages for 2009 draft

LAST NAME
at Combine
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HGT WGT ARM-
HAND
BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Curry Aaron Wake Forest 6'1.6" 254 L-M 25 4.52 1.53 2.58 4.54 11.35 6.84 37" 10'4"
Unger Max Oregon 6'4.5" 309 S-M 22 5.27 1.78 2.96 4.50 - 7.39 24.5" 7'9"
Butler Deon Penn State 5'10.3" 182 S-L 12 4.26 1.47 2.50 4.23 11.32 7.01 34.5" 9'10"
Teel Mike Rutgers 6'3" 225 - - 5.13 1.78 2.89 4.59 - 7.65 28.5" 8'8"
Greene Courtney Rutgers 6'0.2" 212 L-M 21 4.47 1.56 2.59 4.16 - 7.35 34.5" 9'11"
Reed Nick Oregon 6'1.3" 247 - 24 4.71 1.59 2.72 4.28 - 6.96 31.5" 9'0"
Morrah Cameron California 6'3.3" 244 L-L 24 4.59 1.59 2.60 4.36 - 6.99 32.5" 9'7"
Bennett Michael Texas A&M 6'3.4" 274 M-L - 4.86 1.62 2.76 - - - 36.5" 9'2"
Moore Devin Wyoming 5'9.5" 190 - 28 4.35 1.49 2.53 - - 6.92 35" 10'9"
Philistin Dave Maryland 6'1.3" 237 - 25 4.59 1.63 2.64 - - - 37" 10'2"

2009 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY
Major need
     Need     Upgrade possible     Depth/possible need     Not a need

QB Hasselbeck needs a bounce back year.  Wallace played well when Hasselbeck was out and will be looking to move on soon.  Frye is an UFA.  Seattle needs to draft a young quarterback to groom behind Hasselbeck.
RB Morris is an UFA.  Jones had opportunities in Dallas and Seattle to grab the major share of the running game and didn't.  He may get another shot with the Seahawks, but it wouldn't surprise me if Seattle drafted a back to pair with Duckett, whose role should expand in 2009.
WR Branch is the best of the bunch but is injury-prone.  Engram and Robinson are UFAs.  Burleson and Obomanu are returning from injuries, but neither is a feared option.  Seattle needs to add a couple of receivers, one in free agency and one in the draft.
TE Carlson had a nice rookie year.  He should start for years.  Heller, a good blocker, is an UFA.  Newton showed some promise.
OL This line has some pieces and could an efficient line could be put together from those pieces.  However Womack and Willis are UFAs so a guard could be added to the mix and upgrades will be looked at all along the line except for left tackle.
DL Kerney, Tapp and Jackson are a good trio at end.  Mebane is a player on the rise at tackle.  Bernard is an UFA.  Red Bryant is a young player with mad skills who could step in.  Look for Seattle to add a pass rusher to play off the bench and a tackle.
LB Hill is an UFA as is backup Lewis.  If Hill leaves Seattle will have to find a replacement because they do not have one on their bench.  Peterson and Tatupu are very good starter.  depth is needed but will have to come from rookies if Hill is signed because of all the money Seattle will have tied up in their three starting linebackers.
DB Trufant, Wilson, Jennings and Babineaux are a solid group of corners.  However, if a starting caliber corner with size falls into their lap in the draft I could see the Seahawks pulling the trigger.  Grant and Russell are steady, aging, replaceable safeties.  Look for Seattle to look at safeties in the draft.
ST The Seahawks special teams are solid all around.

 

2008 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 28 Lawrence Jackson DE 6'4.2" 271 USC #7 DE Round 2
2 38 John Carlson TE 6'4.7" 255 Notre Dame #4 TE Round 2/Round 3
4 121 Red Bryant DT 6'4.1" 318 Texas A&M #8 DT Round 3
5 163 Owen Schmitt FB 6'2" 247 W Virginia #2 FB Round 4/Round 5
6 189 Tyler Schmitt LS/LB 6'2" 234 San Diego St   Late Round Value
7 233 Justin Forsett RB/Ret 5'8" 194 California #18 RB Round 4/Round 5
7 235 Brandon Coutu K 5'11" 187 Georgia #2 K Late Round Value
FA   Jamar Adams SS 6'2" 212 Michigan #5 SS Round 4/Round 5
FA   William Robinson OT 6'5" 297 S Diego St   Late Round Value

 

C+

2008 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

I thought the Seahawks would come away with a guard to compete with Sims, although I like Sims potential, and a receiver to add to the Taylor/Obomanu/Payne mix, although I like Taylor whom I had a third round grade on last year.  Also, I thought there was a better option at tight end than Carlson in round two.

DRAFT PICKS

Jackson was a slight reach in round one, but will form a nice rotation with Kerney and Tapp.   I do not think he will evolve into a consistent double-digit sack guy, but will be a steady player.  I stick with my initial gut reaction which was that wide receiver Devin Thomas would have been a better selection.

Carlson went into the draft as a top tight end, but had a poor workout at the Combine.  He rebounded some at his Pro Day and should be an adequate starting tight end who can catch and block.  However, I would have jumped at drafting Brad Cottam.  He is almost 6'8", runs a 4.6 forty, has very good hands, has the quickness of a wide receiver, is a good athlete and a decent blocker.  Seattle will be sorry they passed on him.

Bryant is an athletic, speedy defensive tackle who plays hard and has the potential to develop into a very good run-stuffing defensive tackle, something Seattle can use.  He will be in his second year after an ACL injury so could be even better than Seattle hoped for.  Bryant was good value in round four.

Jones and Morris will love Owen Schmitt.  He is a very good blocking fullback who can also serve as a short-yardage runner.

Tyler Schmitt was the best long snapper in the draft.  The Seahawks needed one, but wide receiver Paul Hubbard had to be tempting.

Forsett is an interesting player.  His on-field performance and workout numbers didn't mesh.  While I didn't expect great speed numbers, I thought he would have shone better quickness, and exceptional change-of-direction skills.  He did surprise with his strength lifting the bar 26 times. On the field he produce like a top pick.  I can see him falling off the map, or I can see him being the next Ahmed Bradshaw.  He will probably have to excel in the return game initially however to secure a spot in a crowded backfield.

Coutu was my #2 rated kicker behind Mehloff and with Brown's defection, Seattle needed to bring in a kicker.  Mare is not the answer.

COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Adams has good size, has good measureables, and has a good shot to win a backup job because he will be a very good special teams player .

Robinson isn't NFL-ready but is a good developmental prospect and an ideal candidate for the Seahawks' practice squad.

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
(blue college name indicates workout #'s include Pro Day numbers)

COMBINE
YES
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Jackson Lawrence USC 6'4.2" 271 31 4.81 1.60 2.79 4.40 NA 7.08 34.5" 9.0"
Carlson John NOTRE DAME 6'4.7" 255 20 4.67 1.67 2.74 4.28 11.59 7.12 35.5" 9'5"
Bryant Red TEXAS A&M 6'4.1" 318 20 4.90 1.66 2.79 4.64 NA 7.75 28" 9'3"
Schmitt Owen W VIRGINIA 6'2" 247 26 4.70 1.58 2.70 NA NA NA NA NA
Schmitt Tyler S DIEGO ST 6'2" 234 21 4.98 NA NA NA NA 7.03 29" 9'9"
Forsett Justin CALIFORNIA 5'8" 194 26 4.62 1.51 2.62 4.46 NA 6.96 31" 9'9"
Adams Jamar MICHIGAN 6'2" 212 NA 4.59 1.56 2.67 4.49 NA 6.90 34" 10'1"
Robinson William S DIEGO ST 6'5" 297 22 5.22 1.75 2.99 4.69 NA 7.32 26" 9'2"

2008 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY

SEA          Major Need          Need          Upgrade         Depth Need         Not a Need

QB  Just a hunch, but I expect Holgrem to draft the Seahawks quarterback of the future this year before he retires.  Hasselbeck is solid.  Wallace is a short-term backup.  Frye is a mystery.
RB  Alexander looks like he is past his prime.  Morris is a nice back, but better suited as a backup.  Weaver is a very good fullback.  Look for the Seahawks to grab one of the talented running backs in this draft.  There is a lot of depth at the position in the draft. 
WR  Hackett is a free agent, Engram is a year older and Branch will probably start the year on the PUP.  Still the Seahawks have a solid receiving corps.  Burleson proved his worth, Obomanu has had his moments, and liked Taylor in the draft better than most, and I hear Seattle likes his potential too.  Still with the questions surrounding the top three a player or two will be added to the mix.
TE Pollard was a disappointment.  Heller is no more than a solid backup. At one time Joppru was a promising pass catching tight end, but that was many injuries ago.  This is a major need area for Seattle.
OL  The Seahawks will add a starting guard, maybe two.  Spencer will be given another year at center, but needs to show improvement.  Seattle is set at tackle, but will always be on the lookout for a young stud who could replace Jones down the line.
DL The Seahawks' line is very good.  Adding depth at end, and, possibly a big body at tackle is all that is needed.  Mebane had an impressive rookie campaign. 
LB Three top starters and experienced and capable reserves.  A terrific unit.
DB Trufant and Jennings are a nice young cornerback tandem.  Wilson should improve next year.  Babineaux is a valuable reserve.  Grant and Russell helped upgrade the safety position, but if a stud safety, either a thumper or ball-magnet can be secured, the secondary could become special.
ST Competition at punter and a long-snapper could be added this offseason.

 
2007 DRAFT PICKS

links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's Draft Value
2 55 Wilson, Josh CB 5-9 188 Maryland # 5 CB Round 2
3 85 Mebane, Brandon DT 6-1 305 California # 5 DT Round 3
4 120 Atkins, Baraka DE 6-4 278 Miami (Fla.) #18 DE Round 4
4 124 Wrotto, Mansfield G 6-3 316 Georgia Tech # 7 OG Round 3
5 161 Herring, Will OLB 6-2 229 Auburn #14 OLB Round 4
6 197 Taylor, Courtney WR 6-1 209 Auburn #12 WR Round 3
6 210 Kent, Jordan WR 6-4 209 Oregon Off My Board
7 232 Vallos, Steve G 6-3 305 Wake Forest Late Round Value
FA Fernandez, Joe WR 5-10 176 Fresno State Late Round Value
FA Ghee, Patrick SS 6-2 210 Wake Forest Late Round Value
FA Jensen, Cameron ILB 6-2 238 BYU Off My Board
FA Newton, Joe TE 6-7 257 Oregon St # 9 TE Round 4
FA Payne, Logan WR 6-2 204 Minnesota Late Round Value

 

B

2007 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

For not having a first round pick, the Seahawks did an excellent job in the draft.  They got good value throughout the draft.  I particularly liked Taylor in round six and Newton in free agency.

If Wilson was six feet tall he would have been a top 15 pick in  the draft.  Wilson really impressed me during the Senior Bowl, both at practice and during the game.  He is very fast and has good cover skills.  He will help the Seahawks immediately.  The one area where he hasn't excelled to date, however, is in getting picks.  In 27 starts in college he only had 2 interceptions.  Mebane is a run-stuffing defensive tackle who makes plays against the run and occupies blockers to allow linebackers the freedom to flow to the ball.  He is a nice fit for Seattle's defense and should be part of the rotation this year.   Atkins is a bit of an enigma.  He is inconsistent and his inconsistency appears to be effort related, not talent related.  Maybe being around NFL players who have physical skills similar to, and better than him, will result in a more consistent player.  If it does, Atkins will be a steal in round four.  If not, he could be out of the league in a couple of years.  Wrotto plays better than he tests.  He played right tackle in college but will be best served as a guard in the NFL.  He looked good during the one on one blocking drills during Senior Bowl practices.  Worst case he will be a versatile, reliable sub; best case he could push Sims at left guard.  Herring will provide the Seahawks with a top special teams player.  He is fast, very quick, and athletic.  He is also a smart player who reads and reacts well.  In time he could grow into a starter at WILL, but worst case will be a valuable backup linebacker.  Taylor was a great get in the sixth round.  I had a third round grade on him but knew he would fall because of the depth at receiver in the draft and because he lacks top end speed.  However, he has good size, knows how to get open, has good hands, and with 4.5 speed is fast enough.  He could be the surprise of the Seahawks camp.  Kent, on the other hand, is more athlete than receiver and will either be cut or land on the Seahawks practice squad.  I would have jumped at drafting tight end Ben Patrick at this spot in the draft, a player I was very surprised dropped as far as he did.  Vallos is a tough kid who makes few mistakes and is a better athlete than most thought.  He may never be a starter, but is the perfect reserve.

The Seahawks signed some interesting college street free agents.  Fernandez is quick receiver with good moves who lacks long speed and will, most likely, have to make it as return man to stick because his slight build means at best he will grow into a #4 or #5 receiver and is too light for coverage units.  Ghee is a sound tackler with good speed and play recognition.  However, he lacks athleticism.  He could stick as a backup safety and special teams player.  Jensen was always around the ball in college.  It will be interesting to see if his instincts are enough to compensate for his lack of athleticism in the NFL.  Newton was an excellent college free agent signing.  I like him more than most and gave him a fourth round grade.  He has excellent size, good quickness, moves, and hands, and gets open and helps move the chains.  While not a good blocker, he has the size and strength to improve in that area.  Look for Newton to make a major run at a roster spot.  Payne is a tough kid who is the rare wide receiver who is a willing and effective blocker.  He offers an interesting option as a #5 receiver since he will be very good on special teams coverage units if he shows good enough receiving skills to be used if needed.

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
WILSON JOSH MARYLAND CB 5'9.2" 192   4.39 1.46 2.50 4.26   7.07 36.5" 10'0"

PLAYER WHO COULD HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN PLAYERS SELECTED AHEAD OF HIM in the DRAFT

Wilson is an underrated prospect, mainly because of his lack of height.  I was very impressed with Wilson during both Senior Bowl practices and the Senior Bowl Game.  Wilson has good speed to go with excellent coverage skills and good athleticism.  Wilson has the skill set to start outside, or be a top nickel corner playing the slot receiver.  Wilson will be playing a significant role in the NFL while a number of players drafted higher than him rot on the bench.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
MEBANE BRANDON CAL DT 6'1.1" 309 24 5.05 1.71 2.98 4.65   7.94 24" 8'10"
Mebane is a run-stuffing tackle who can also occupy blockers to allow linebackers to make tackles.  He has the potential to develop into a solid NFL starter.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
ATKINS BARAKA MIAMI-FL DE 6'4.4" 271 22 4.69 1.56 2.77 4.67   7.02 33" 9'3"
Atkins is a good athlete who hasn't always played up to his athletic ability.  He workout numbers appear to be reflective of his inconsistency.  His short shuttle time, which should be significantly better than a forty time, is almost identical to his forty time.  I doubt that number is truly indicate of  his lack of quickness.  He will need to get it together and play hard all the time to be a contributor in the NFL.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
WROTTO MANSFIELD GEORGIA TECH OG/OT 6'3" 317 27 5.37 1.83 3.12 4.92   7.99 27" 7'8"
Wrotto had some good moments in the one on one blocking drills during Senior Bowl practices.  He looked better than many of the players with better physical attributes.  Worst case, Wrotto will be a versatile, effective reserve.

COMBINE
NO

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
HERRING WILL AUBURN OLB/SS 6'2.5" 229 18 4.57 1.55 2.62 3.99   6.56 35" 10'5"
Herring is a top athlete.  He is fast, very quick, and is a good athlete.  He also is a heady player and reads and reacts very well.  He will be a top special teams player and, in the right system, could eventually grow into a starter.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
TAYLOR COURTNEY AUBURN WR 6'1.6" 205   4.49  1.53 2.59 4.28   7.22 36" 10'7"
Taylor is an underrated prospect in a draft class with excellent depth at wide receiver.  While he lacks top end speed he knows how to get open and make plays.  He will never be a number one wideout, but can be that solid possession number two.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
KENT JORDAN OREGON WR 6'4.1" 221                  
Kent is more athlete than receiver at this time.  He has good size and decent speed, but will need time on a team's development squad before determining if he has a NFL future.

COMBINE
NO

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
VALLOS STEVE AUBURN OG/OT 6'2.7" 307 32 5.12 1.71 2.94 4.61   7.73 26" 8'10"
Vallos is a strong, tough kid who knows his assignments and makes few mistakes.  He may never be a top starter but could be a valuable reserve who can get the job done when called upon to fill in for an injured starter.

COMBINE
NO

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
FERNANDEZ JOE FRESNO ST WR/RET 5'10" 176 15 4.60 1.54 2.65 3.97   6.82 35.5" 9'7"
Fernandez is a very quick receiver who makes sharp cuts and has good hands.  He lacks long speed and is light for a NFL receiver.  To make a NFL roster he will have to stuck as a return man as well as a slot receiver. 

COMBINE
NO

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
GHEE PATRICK WAKE FOREST SS/FS 6'2.1" 210 11 4.52 1.54 2.60 4.20   6.97 30.5" 9'7"
Ghee has good speed and is a sound tackler.  He is a bit of a tweener as a safety, however, since he lacks ideal strength for a strong safety and lacks athleticism for a free safety.  Still, Ghee has enough football smarts and skills to be a backup safety and special teams player.

COMBINE
NO

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
JENSEN CAMERON BYU ILB 6'1.5" 238 26 4.82     4.43   7.31 31.5" 8'10"
Jensen was an active linebacker who was always around the ball and was a sure tackler in college.  However, he may lack the athletic ability to transfer his skills to the NFL.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
NEWTON JOE OREGON ST TE 6'6.5" 257 20 4.76 1.63 2.74 4.38   6.96 31" 9'1"
Newton is a good receiving tight end with good quickness, moves and hands.  While he is not an accomplished blocker he has the size and strength to get better.  

COMBINE
NO

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
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LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
PAYNE LOGAN MINNESOTA WR 6'1.4" 204 15 4.51 1.50 2.58 4.08   6.83 39" 10'0"
Payne has good athleticism and quickness, and is the rare receiver who likes to block (and is good at it).  If he shows anything as a receiver he could stick as a #5 because he will be a good on special teams.

 

2007 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO THE DRAFT and FREE AGENCY
major need     need     depth/possible need     not a significant need

QB Not a need this year unless Greene doesn't take a step forward.  An arm to compete with him in camp is it.
RB Alexander and Morris are a good tandem.  A third back to pair with Morris if Alexander goes down again would help.
WR Even with Engram an UFA, this is a deep a unit as there is in the league.
TE Stevens is an UFA.  He's been up and down anyway.
OL Womack and Gray are UFAs.  The team missed Hutchinson.
DL A bunch of good players but no dominate ones.  If addressed it should be with a difference maker.
LB May be the best starting unit in the NFL.  Depth could be added.
DB Depth at CB is needed.  Hamlin is an UFA.
ST Solid all around.

2006 DRAFT PICKS
Links go to write-ups at NFL.com

Seattle
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 31 Jennings, Kelly CB 5-11 179 Miami (Fla.) # 5 CB Round 1
2 63 Tapp, Darryl DE 6-1 251 Virginia Tech # 4 DE Round 2
4 128 Sims, Rob G 6-3 320 Ohio State # 5 OG Round 3
5 163 Kirtman, David FB 6-0 232 Southern California Late Round Value > Round 4
7 239 Plackemeier, Ryan P 6-3 252 Wake Forest # 1 P Round 6
7 249 Obomanu, Ben WR 6-1 206 Auburn Late Round Value > Round 4
  FA Lulay, Travis QB 6-2 213 Montana State # 13 QB Round 4
  FA Ross, Pat C 6-3 301 Boston College Late Round Value > Round 4
  FA Laury, Lance ILB 6-2 233 South Carolina Late Round Value > Round 4

 

A

2006 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Seahawks got good value throughout the draft and signed one of my favorite college street free agents.

Seattle fans be nervous, very nervous.  Analyzing drafts is a hit or miss affair.  I don't go "chalk" on my analyses, and the last few years I've hit much more often than I missed when looking at the NFL as a whole.  However, that has not been the case with Seattle.  This year I loved the Seahawk's draft.  Does that mean the draft class will tank since when I didn't love their draft things turned out okay?  Time will tell.  Kelly Jennings was a great selection in round one.  He was a very underrated prospect.  He is a corner with good size, excellent speed and quickness, and is a superb athlete.  He also has very good man coverage skills that were tested often in college, with him coming through with flying colors.  He has a legitimate chance to start opposite Trufant some time this year.  I also loved the selection of Tapp.  At one point I though Tapp could be a first round pick, but he tested below my expectations.  Still he is, plain and simple, a football player,, who goes all out all the time, can rush the passer, and can hold his own against the run despite being slightly undersized.  Tapp will be a solid rotation player this year and will develop into a reliable starter down the road.  Sims was another good grab in round four.  He was my fifth rated guard and I had a third round grade on him.  He has quick feet and good short are speed which will make him an effective pulling guard.  He also has experience at tackle which will help him in his pass blocking assignments at guard.  Sims is excellent Pork chop insurance and has the look of a player that can be a long term quality NFL starter.  Kirtman was known to be a tough kid and good blocker, then also showed top athleticism, speed, and quickness for a fullback, so he may have utility beyond a blocking fullback.  Oh yeah, he's strong as an ox also.  Kirtman is Mack Strong's eventual replacement.  Plackemeier was my top rated punter in the draft.  He has a big leg but is inconsistent at times.  Obomanu was also good value in round seven.  He is a tough kid who will go over the middle, take a hit, and hold onto the ball.  He also has great leaping ability and can make the spectacular catch.  Obomanu is more fast than quick, and will, most likely, never be a starter.

The Seahawks signed thre college street free agents of note.  The first is quarterback Travis Lulay, who I had a fourth round grade on.  Now, I am also the analyst who loved the Seahawk's pick of David Greene, so temper your enthusiasm.  However, I still like Greene's potential and I also like Lulay.  Lulay was known to have solid intangibles, a live arm, quick feet in the pocket, and nice touch to go along with good production.  Add to that the fact that he proved to be one of the most athletic QBs in the class, and one of the brightest (37 Wonderlic) and you have the makings of an intriguing prospect.  I still think Holmgren has a knack for finding quarterback talent, and I'll bet even though he is no longer in charge of personnel he still has lots of input, especially when it comes to quarterbacks.  Ross is an athletic center with toughness and smarts, but has short arms which could be a liability when playing against the monster athletes of the NFL.  Still he was a good college player and is worth a long look in camp.  Laury had knee issues at South Carolina, but was a productive player when heathly.  He could be stashed a year on injured reserve and be a nice addition if he returns to form the following year.

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Jennings, K Miami 5'11.6", 178 4.39 1.56 2.59 3.96 11.67 6.88 12 40" 10'0"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Jennings looked good in coverage at Senior Bowl practices.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Jennings has good size, speed, quickness, and athleticism.  He is currently an overlooked prospect, but has excellent man coverage skills, is confident in his abilities, and has been tested by some of the best in college and has come through very well.  While not my top rated cornerback, it wouldn't surprise me if he ends up as good as any that comes out of this draft. 
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Tapp Virginia Tech 6'1.3", 256 4.79 1.66 2.85 4.48   7.32 27 33" 9'1"  

PLAYER WHO WILL PERFORM BETTER IN NFL THAN MANY DRAFTED BEFORE HIM

Tapp is a better player than how he tests.  He will be a workman-like defensive end who gets 8 sacks and plays the run well.  He will not be Pro Bowl level, but will be a good third end initially, and a solid, dependable starter long term.
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Tapp looked very quick off the ball during the Senior Bowl, showing terrific pass rush skills.  He was the best defensive player in the game.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Tapp is a terrific pass rusher.  He is very strong, and very fast.  He could be a steal if his value doesn't rise tremendously after his workouts.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - I was a little disappointed in Tapp's speed at the Combine.  He will have to stay at defensive end.
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Sims Ohio State 6'2.6", 307   1.75 2.87 4.79   7.52 27 30" 8'10"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Sims has excellent short area speed and quick feet.  He is also strong and has excellent athleticism for his position.  He played both tackle and guard in college but is a better fit for guard in the NFL.  Sims will be a good starting guard at the next level.
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Kirtman USC 5'11.4", 233 4.65 1.63 2.78 4.09   6.85 26 34.5" 8'10"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Kirtman is a tough kid and a good blocking fullback.
PLAYER COLLEGE POS WORKOUT NUMBERS
Plackemeier Wake Forest P  
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Plackemeier punted great at the East West Shrine Game.  He is my top rated punter in the draft.
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Obomano Auburn 6'0.5", 205 4.44 1.64 2.70 4.23   6.98   41" 10'1"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Obomano was more up than down during Senior Bowl practices so he looked good at times, but also had a drop or two.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Obanamo is more fast than quick, but is a tough kid who will go over the middle and make catches in traffic.  He also has great leaping ability and can make the spectacular grab. 
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Lulay Montana St 6'2.1", 213 4.69 1.57 2.56 4.07   6.82   37.5" 9'7" 37

PLAYER WHO WILL PERFORM BETTER IN NFL THAN MANY DRAFTED BEFORE HIM

Lulay was known to have solid intangibles, a live arm, quick feet in the pocket, and nice touch to go along with good production.  Add to that the fact that he proved to be one of the most athletic QBs in the class, and one of the brightest (37 Wonderlic) and you have the makings of an intriguing day two prospect who could be a pleasant surprise in the NFL.  Lulay, however, is another quarterback in need of work on his technique.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Lulay is a good athlete with raw tools that can be developed.  Lulay's college passing stats were good and also ran for 611 yards his senior year.
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Ross Boston Coll 6'3.1", 301 4.96 1.72 2.90 4.50     25 27" 8'7"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Ross is an athletic center with short arms.  However, he is a tough smart kid who could find a home on a NFL roster.
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Laury South Car 6'1.5", 233 4.69     4.22   7.25 23 35.5" 9'7"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Laury had knee issues so lost playing time at South Carolina.  When healthy he was a very productive linebacker.

 

2006 TEAM NEEDS
prior to free agency

SEA
QB Hasselebck, Wallace, and Greene are a very good tandem.  I especially like Greene who will be a quality starter in the league, most likely for a team other than Seattle after he plays out his Seahawk contract.
RB Alexander and Morris are both UFAs.  If they don't sign either Alexander or Hutchinson before the free agency period begins, look for the franchise tag to be placed on Hutchinson, not Alexander.  This situation needs to be tracked closely in the offseason.
WR Jackson, and the aging Engram are signed, but Jurevicius and Warrick are UFAs.  If Jurevisius leaves, Hackett could get a bigger role.  Look for the Seahawks to add a receiver for depth and as a future replacement for Engram.
TE Despite his Super Bowl drops, Stevens took a big step this past year and should be a reliable target for Hasselbeck for years.  Hannam is an UFA so Mili may get back into the picture next year as a reserve.  If Hannam bolts, another tight end will be brought in for depth.
OL The green rating will be blue if Hutchinson leaves as an UFA.  I can't see Seattle letting that happen.  The Seahwaks line is the best football.  And eith Hunter (RFA), Womack and Spencer, they have quality depth.
DL The defensive line is talented and deep.  Bernard and Tafoya are UFAs.  Bernard would be a big loss.  The Seahawks only need is for players to challenge for reserve roles.
LB Four excellent players for three starting spots.  The rookie Hill replaced the injured Sharper and will be hard to take off the field.  Tatupu was another stud rookie.  Lewis played well, but was hurt.  There is further depth on this team at linebacker making it fairly well set going into next year.
DB The Seahawks go four deep at corner with Trufant, Dyson, Herndon, and Babineaux.  Safety is a different story.  Boulware is set, but a player to challenge Pruitt as his primary backup will be brought on board.  At free safety, Manuel played well, but is an UFA, and there is no guarantee that Hamlin will come back.  If Manuel leaves, a free safety will need to be drafted or signed in free agency.
ST Brown and Rouen are set.  However, the Seahawks will need to upgrade their return men.

 

2005 COLLEGE DRAFT

Seattle  - links below go to NFL.com reports Jaybird Jaybird
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Ranking Value Board
1 26 Spencer, Chris C 6-3 309 Mississippi # 1 C Round 2
2 45 Tatupu, Lofa ILB 5-11 226 Southern California # 11 ILB Round 4
3 85 Greene, David QB 6-3 231 Georgia # 5 QB Round 2
3 98 Hill, Leroy OLB 6-1 224 Clemson Late Round Value > Round 4
4 105 Willis, Ray OT 6-6 327 Florida State Late Round Value > Round 4
5 159 Huckeba, Jeb DE 6-4 252 Arkansas   > Round 4
6 196 Jackson, Tony TE 6-2 264 Iowa # 6 TE Round 4
7 235 Wortham, Cornelius OLB 6-1 234 Alabama # 14 OLB Round 4
7 254 Nienhuis, Doug OG 6-6 307 Oregon State Late Round Value > Round 4
FA   Rosegreen, Junior FS 5-11 193 Auburn # 4 FS, # 3 SS Round 3
FA   Brimmer, Jamal SS 6-1 216 Las Vegas Late Round Value > Round 4
FA   Holley, Terry SS 6-1 211 Rice Late Round Value > Round 4
FA   Lumsden, Jesse RB 6-2 223 McMaster - CAN Late Round Value > Round 4
FA   Weeks, Marquis RB/S 5-10 214 Virginia Late Round Value > Round 4

 

The Seahawks, in my opinion, had a number of reaches in the draft.  However, they did get excellent value with Greene in round three.

I had a number of disagreements with the Seahawks draft.  With Seattle's need on defense (or for a receiver who won't drop the ball), Spencer was a luxury they did not need in round one, especially given that I had a second round grade on him.  Think how good WR Regrie Brown, OLB Kevin Burnett, or even DE Matt Roth would look in a Seahawks' uniform.  Tatupu was another reach.  He could develop into a solid player, but there are questions due to either his speed at his higher playing weight, or his size at his lower playing weight.  With Odell Thurman available, he is the player I would have grabbed.  In round three, the Holmgren found another quarterback gem.  Greene has the best chance to be the unheralded quarterback star that comes out of this draft.  He is a winner, protects the ball, has a better arm than most think, and can manage games.  In three years Greene will be starting, either for another team when Holmgen trades him (see even though I wasn't crazy about this draft, I believe Seattle will have a good year and Holmgren will keep his job), or when he trades Hasselebeck to open up a spot for Greene.  Hill was another reaxch, not because he won't be a good player, but because there are questions about his size.  In fact, If I was Seattle's GM, my day one would have been: Burnett OLB, Thurman ILB, Greene QB, Barber RB (Alexander protection, too good to pass up at th end of round three).  Willis is a big-body who has skills to with which to work.  He will, at worst, be an effective backup tackle.  Huckeba is a limited player, but he could be a contributor.  He has good speed and quickness, but will be limited to the nickel defense and special teams.  Jackson played tight end in college, but the Seahawks will try him at fullback.  That is not a bad idea since he lacks ideal height as a tight end.  This is an experiment that could pay big dividends.  Jackson can block, and has excellent hands as a receiver.  Wortham played outside in college, but will be tried inside by the Hawks.  Not a bad idea since he will be a backup for Seattle so the more positions he can play the more valuable he will be.  I had a fourth round grade on Wortham as an outside linebacker.  Neinhuis is yet another player the Seahawks are moving from his college position.  He played tackle in college and is currently listed as a guard on the Seahawks' depth chart.  He has a chance to stick as a backup.

The Seahawks signed some very good college street free agents.  In fact they signed one of my favorite free agents, Junior Rosegreen.  Rosegreen was a quality corner in college playing opposite Rogers at Auburn.  Seattle will line him up at free safety, but he can play backup corner and strong safety as well.  I had a third round grade on Rosegreen, and I fully expect him to make the team, and to be contributing in their nickel defense before the end of the season.  At one time Jamal Brimmer was looked at as a top in-the-box safety prospect.  Then he had a horrible workout.  He was slow, but worse he didn't show the tremendous strength expected (although he did show good strength).  while he has a chance, I actually like Terry Holley a little better.  He is another strong safety but is quicker and stronger than Brimmer.  Jesse Lumsden is another intriguing prospect.  Lumsden has a good mix of size, speed, and production.  However, his production was at McMaster College in Canada.  Marquis Weeks is a very good athlete.  he player running back his first three years, then was moved to safety.  While most teams were looking at him as a safety, the Seahawks signed him as a running back.  In any event, he can be a good special teams player both covering and returning kicks.

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Spencer C 5.26 1.81 4.61   8.07 26 32" 8'9" 19
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:  Spencer only played center one year in college.  He has excellent sills, and will be a very good center in the NFL, but needs to continue to work on his technique.
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Tatupu ILB 4.70 1.63 4.21   7.32 23 35" 9'5" 29
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:  Tatupu is an aggressive, hard-hitting linebacker.  At 240, he may lack the speed to play inside in a 4-3.  At 225, he may lack the bulk to be an intimidating presence in a 3-4.  Tatupu has skills, but there are also questions.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports:
A lot of scouts talked to Tatupu after his Pro Day workout about his weight and thought looked a little too heavy at 240 pounds and needed to get back to his playing weight (225 pounds).
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Greene QB 4.84   4.13   7.00   31.5" 9'7" 19

JAYBIRD PLAYER WHO WILL HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN MANY DRAFTED HIGHER THAN HIM

If there is a later round "Tom Brady" in this draft it is Greene. He is a smart quarterback who has more skills than you realize, and is a winner. In fact, in some circles (including 900 Football Links), Greene has moved up to a second round value. However, I doubt he will be drafted that high.

Allen Trieu of NFLDraftShowcase.com reports: Greene has great intangibles. He won't single handedly win games, but he isn't the type that will lose them either. However, his potential is limited and he might not have the arm to be an NFL starter. He'll have to have a good supporting cast around him to succeed, but at the very least, he should be a very reliable backup. Expect Greene to be a late 1st day/early 2nd day selection to a team with an established starter who needs Greene to be a solid backup.
NFLFans.com reports:
Very accurate, has won a ton of games against upper level competition. Great leader, student of the game. He threw only 2 interceptions his entire senior season. He knows how to get the job done, great competitor.
Cons: Not the most physically gifted player available, only average size and arm strength. Under-rated by pro scouts, may slip into the third round.

Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports:
David Greene of the University of Georgia notched more victories during his four years as a starter than any quarterback in NCAA history and that fact has not gone unnoticed by the coaches and scouts here. "In the interviews, teams have asked me about it, what it all means to me," said Greene on Friday afternoon. "To tell the truth, it means more to me than anything else I could have ever accomplished in football. That's because it's a team thing, not a 'me' thing. It means I played four years with great guys. I certainly didn't win those games by myself." Greene is an interesting prospect, a passer with good touch, arm strength and the kind of size (measured at 6-feet-3½ and 226 pounds on Friday) most teams covet. He is one of the players competing for the No. 3 quarterback spot behind Aaron Rodgers of California and Alex Smith of Utah, and scouts talk at length about Greene's toughness and leadership skills. One quarterbacks coach from an AFC team that is smitten with Greene recalled how the Georgia star came off the bench in the 2004 season finale against Georgia Tech, to secure a victory, even though he had broken the thumb on his passing hand. "It's not so much that he exudes confidence, but that he makes the people around him so much more confident," said the coach.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Greene had a solid game at the Senior Bowl.  He made some good throws, was poised under pressure, and showed good feet in the pocket.  Before the game I had him rated higher than Orton, and I still do.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
  Georgia's David Greene appears have separated himself from the other QBs in Mobile not named Campbell.  While Greene doesn't have Campbell's pure arm strength, he gets rid of the ball very quickly and also throws well on the run. What struck us also was the velocity that Greene is able to get on his deep intermediary throws.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Currently an underrated prospect.  Greene is a winner who only threw two interceptions his senior year.  When he gets a chance at the next level, he will surprise.  Best chance to be the "Tom Brady" of this draft class.
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Hill OLB/ILB 4.72 1.65 4.11   7.23 25 34" 9'8" 25
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Hill is a very good football player, but is small. At worst, he will be a terror on special teams, and a good backup.  By the way, while small, Hill is a strong young man.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Hill had the best game of all defenders not named Swancutt.  He had a ton of tackles, and showed great strength, stopping players in their tracks. 
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports: 
Clemson OLB Leroy Hill was again very sticky covering TEs and RBs 10-15 yards downfield (at practice on Wednesday at the Senior Bowl).
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports: 
Clemson LB Leroy Hill is undersized, but can really run to the ball.
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Willis OT 5.15   5.06   8.56 27 25.5" 7'11" 24
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Willis is a tough player who has a chance to be a quality backup in the NFL.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports: 
Florida State OT Ray Willis did a better job today (Wednesday at the Senior Bowl), but still was beaten more to the outside than pro scouts want to see.
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Huckeba DE/OLB 4.62   4.16 11.38 6.90 18 33.5" 10'0"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Huckeba will be a pass rush specialist and special team player in the NFL.  He is very fast for a defensive end, but lacks strength.  He could also play outside linebacker in a 3-4.
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Jackson TE 4.80 1.69 4.52   7.52 23 36" 9'5" 28
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Jackson has a chance to stick as a backup tight end.  He has good hands, bulk, and strength, but does not possess ideal height.  He can be both a blocker in short yardage, and a reliable option in the short passing game.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Jackson had the best day of all tight ends at the Hula Bowl.  He showed reliable hands, but was not a pile-driving after-the-catch runner.
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Wortham OLB 4.65 1.76 4.38     22 37" 9'2" 19
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Wortham has the look of a quality backup linebacker and special teams player.
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Nienhuis OG 5.10 1.81 4.52   7.53 22 29.5" 8'3" 31
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Neinhuis played tackle in college, but his best chance in the NFL is as a guard.  He is not athletic enough to play tackle, but has enough speed and quickness for guard.  In any event, Neinhuis will probably peak as a functional backup.
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Rosegreen FS/SS 4.50   4.34 11.52 6.99   39" 10'3"  

JAYBIRD PLAYER WHO WILL HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN MANY DRAFTED HIGHER THAN HIM

Rosegreen is another of those players that one thinks doesn't have the skills to maintain his game in the NFL, but after looking at him workout, you realize he is faster, quicker, and more athletic than you originally thought.  He also has good cover skills for a safety having been a solid corner in college.  Rosegreen will have a solid NFL career.  He will be a very good pick for a team in need of a safety.   

Carlos "Big C" Holmes of www.daytondailynews.com reports: Rosegreen showed great instincts (at Senior Bowl practice) when jumping the receiver's route to make a play on the ball. He made a nice stabbing dive on one play to break up a pass intended for TE Alex Holmes, who was running out in the flat. Rosegreen also showed his willingness to come up and support the run when he laid a lick on 5-foot-11, 232-pound RB Kay-Jay Harris. Pretty impressive considering Rosegreen tipped the scales in Mobile at 190, and that probably was with a brick in each pocket. A scout for the Bengals talked about how much he liked Rosegreen's range and toughness. He also said that Rosegreen would best be served as a nickel or dime defender in the pros due to his lack of size.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Auburn SS Junior Rosegreen is a little undersized, but reads the play well and showed decent closing speed.
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Brimmer SS 4.69 1.76 4.64   7.79 19 34.5" 9'5" 13
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Brimmer was a hot prospect until he worked out.  He is a big-time hitter, but he lacks speed, quickness, and athletic ability to be a top-notch starting strong safety.  His best bet is to take his hitting ability to special teams and become a  feared cover guy.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Brimmer got in some big hits during the Senior Bowl game.
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Holley SS 4.67 1.61 4.09 11.75 7.10 24 37" 9'7" 22
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Holley has strength and quickness.  He will be a solid backup safety and quality special teams player in the NFL.
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Lumsden RB 4.45                
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Lumsden is one of the better prospects to come out of Canada.  He has a nice size/speed ratio and could be a good value pick late in day two of the draft.
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Weeks RB/SS 4.49 1.59 3.93   7.27 23 36.5" 10'0: 20
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Weeks is an excellent athlete.  He played running back for three years before moving to safety last year.  For a safety, weeks has good speed, and excellent quickness and strength.  He will need more time to develop, but will contribute on special teams as he does, including the cover teams, and as a returner.

2005 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO FREE AGENCY AND THE DRAFT

Jay Goldberg of 90FootballLinks.NET reports: 
major need         need position         possible need, depth needed    no real need
Key UFA: Hasselbeck, QB, Alexander RB, Mili TE, Tobeck C, Okeafor DE, Gray G, Lucas CB
Key RFA: Hannam TE (5th), Bernard DT (5th), Rchard CB (3rd)
NOTE - RFA COMPENSATION AT MINIMUM TENDER

QB: The Seahawks need to resign Hasselbeck or they will be in serious trouble.  Dilfer is a good backup, but is not in the same class as Matt.  Wallace is an interesting third quarterback.
RB: The same thing goes for Alexander at running back, although, with the running back depth in the draft and the mileage on Alexander, it is possible the Seahawks will let him walk and draft a replacement.  Morris is a good change-of-pace back, but not starting material.
WR: The Seahawks need a receiver who will CONSISTENTLY HOLD ONTO THE BALL.  Jackson is a very good receiver, but drops too many.  Robinson has talent but is inconsistent.  Even Engram drops more than he should.  Unquestionably there is big-play talent here, but they are also drive-stoppers.  A reliable number two is needed.
TE:
Mili is an UFA and it may be time to let him walk and hand the position to Stevens.  RFA Hannam proved useful and could be a good number two behind Stevens.
OL: With three of their top seven lineman UFAs, the Seahawks will need to get all the pieces together in the offseason to put together their line.  Forntunately for them, they have some very good pieces already in place in Jones and Hutchinson.
DL: The Seahawks have some good players along their line.  A dominate end to play opposite Wistrom, however, would upgrade the line tremendously.  Okeafor, an UFA,  is solid but just not quite good enough to take the focus away from Grant.  At tackle, Tubbs has potential.  The other players are okay, but a good young tackle to pair with Tubbs long term should be added.
LB: If Simmons and Brown and White could stay healthy, the Seahawks would be set at outside linebacker.  However, they can't so depth is needed.  They need a dominate force inside.
DB: The Seahawks are set at safety for years with Boulware and Hamlin.  If teh resign Lucas they are also set at corner.  
ST: Brown is a good kicker, Jones an untested punter.  Engram remains a top punt returner, Morris a good kick returner.

 

2004 COLLEGE DRAFT

Seattle
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 23 Tubbs, Marcus DT 6-3 324 Texas
2 53 Boulware, Michael OLB 6-2 223 Florida State
3 84 Locklear, Sean G 6-3 301 North Carolina State
4 116 Koutouvides, Niko ILB 6-2 238 Purdue
5 157 Hackett, D.J. WR 6-2 199 Colorado
6 189 Terrill, Craig DT 6-2 294 Purdue
7 224 Jones, Donnie Jr. P 6-2 222 Louisiana State

 

Let's jump right in.  I had a second round grade on Tubbs.  The Seahawks need a defensive tackle so Tubbs will help, however, I loved Igor Olshansky here.  The Seahawks need a run-stuffer and Olshansky was one of the strongest players in the draft.  Boulware played outside linebacker in college and will be tried at strong safety by the Seahawks.  While he has the athletic ability to play strong safety, look for him, long-term, to be the replacement for the oft-injured Anthony Simmons.  Wait, they have D. D. Lewis backing up there, what am I thinking.  Boulware is a good player but may become a man without a position on Seattle.  Locklear is a steady player with the skills to eventually start opposite Hutchinson.  A nice pick.  In round four the Seahawks select a middle linebacker, now that's more like it.  A real need position.  Koutouvides is an one dimensional player.  He can stop the run.  with athletic outside linebackers Brown and Simmons, the Seahawks' middle linebacker just needs to be a two-down player and stop the run.  Koutouvides can do that, not a lot more than that, but he can do that.  Hackett has good hands.  That is a plus for him winning a backup job.  The Seahawk receivers had too many drops last year.  Hackett will not become a starter, but if he can be a reliable receiver in multiple receiver sets, he will earn his keep.  Terrill had an injury-plagued career.  He is quick and athletic, but will need to bulk up to contribute as a rotation player at tackle.  Jones Jr. has a strong leg.  If he shows consistency he has a chance to beat out Tom Rouen, a serviceable but replaceable punter.  While I do not appear enthusiastic about the Seahawks draft, they did sign some very interesting college street free agents.  Running back Clarence Farmer is a big, strong, albeit somewhat slow, back.  If Alexander got hurt he could work in tandem with Maurice Morris to fill in.  Farmer would be the short-yardage and goal-line back complimenting Morris.  Wide receiver  Marque Davis has similar skills to Hackett, and could wind up on the Seahawks' developmental squad.  I love defensive end Gabe Nyenhuis as a player.  He is an effort, over-achieving guy who then proved to be faster and more athletic than previously thought.  He wasn't drafted because he is a player without a definitive NFL position.  However, he should be a good special teams player and a valuable reserve.  He could even develop into a pass-rush specialist.  Jernaro Gilford, a cornerback, should make the Seahawks' roster.  He has good size, speed and skills. In fact, on skill level alone, I had a fourth round grade on Gilford.  Injuries cost him from being drafted.  He needs to hit the weight room to bulk to prevent those nagging injuries.  Arnold Parker was my third rated strong safety in this draft class.  I'll say it again, my third rated strong safety, carrying a third round grade.  Obviously, I think he was an excellent signing.  Parker is fast and strong.  He is currently listed as a backup free safety to Ken Hamlin on the Hawks depth chart, but long term he (and not Boulware) should settle in as the Seahawks starting strong safety.  Hamlin and Parker will be quite the headhunting pair of safeties.

PLAYER/ TEAM NEWS PRIOR TO DRAFT

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Tubbs DT 6-4¼, 318 4.96 - 4.66 7.77 29 32½" 8-9
Tubbs
Texas

#8 ranked DT by Jaybird

NFLFans.com reports: There is no reason that with the right coaching and motivational personnel around him that he would not be a success in the NFL (as a DT). He has the skill set to be an excellent interior defensive lineman who can occupy double teams and collapse the pocket. He will need a little refinement but should have no problem doing so. He has an excellent attitude, is experienced, has no off-field baggage, and has proven to be durable.
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Boulware O 6-2 1/8, 227 4.47 3.98 - 6.93 15 39½" 10-2
Boulware
Fla State

#4 ranked OLB by Jaybird

D. J. Boyer of Football.com reports: Michael Boulware (OLB) looked good  during the Senior Bowl practices.   I still think Boulware could sneak into round 1 because he is so good in pass coverage.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports:  I think Boulware is the only person to run the short shuttle in under four seconds. Boulware also worked out as a safety.
NFLFans.com reports: Like his brother of the Baltimore Raven (Peter Boulware) he is a natural for this position and just needs time to develop. My guess is he would start as a Will in the NFL immediately and eventually, once he develops additional mass and strength, move to Sam.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: Florida State linebacker Michael Boulware, the brother of Baltimore Ravens star Peter Boulware, had an outstanding campus workout this week. At 6-feet-2 1/8 and 227 pounds, Boulware was clocked at 4.47 and 4.50, prompting a few teams to believe he might actually project as a safety in the NFL.
Collin Mickle of miami.com (Miami Herald).reports: No player tested Tuesday drew as much attention as linebacker Michael Boulware. Boulware, who measured 6-2 and 227 pounds, ran a blistering 4.45 in the 40-yard dash, the third-fastest time among the dozen prospects who ran at FSU's Mike Long Track.  ''You have to be excited with his numbers,'' said one NFL scout. ``He's a tremendous athlete. He's just got to transfer that to football, obviously.  When I watch the film, it will be interesting to see how he translates all that ability on the football field.''  Boulware, who started at linebacker for three seasons at FSU, did position drills as a linebacker and a safety. Boulware's speed and relative lack of size has some teams considering him as a defensive back.  ''I want to be the best,'' Boulware said. ``Whichever one's going to be the best for me. I feel like I'm more of a safety-type, but I've been playing linebacker for the last three years.''
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Locklear G 6.03.7, 300 5.03 1.75 4.56 7.85 27 29" 8-4
Locklear
NC State

#6 ranked OG by Jaybird

D. J. Boyer of Football.com reports: The offensive line play was strong and a couple of prospects who looked like day two picks may have moved into day one status (like OT Kirk Chambers). Hard to pinpoint the big winner here, I say Chambers and OT Sean Bubin of Illinois improved their stock the most while OG Locklear was probably the best performer along the line.
Nolan Nawrocki and Mike Wilkening of ProFootballWeekly.com report: North Carolina State OG Sean Locklear had some trouble with Florida State DT Darnell Dockett in one drill. Some scouts feel Locklear has been guilty of holding quite a few times this week.
NFLFans.com reports: Locklear has all the physical tools one would look for in an offensive guard and just needs to grow into the position, refining his techniques, and adding additional strength to his lower body. He has the attitude, athleticism, frame, and size to succeed at the next level.
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Koutouvides I 6.03.4, 240 4.70 4.32 - - 17 31" 8-6
Koutouvides
Purdue

Jaybird: below 4th round

Drew Boylhart of www.thehuddlereport.com reports: Niko Koutouvides - Purdue - Solid. Showed his leadership skills. Good tackler. If he times in the 4.60 range, he should go the 1st day.
NFLFans.com reports: Unless MLB Koutouvides somehow plays a lot faster than his estimated times, or unless he times out a lot faster than his estimated times, he will probably be relegated to a backup role or special teamer in the NFL. A true wild card with potential.
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Hackett 6-1½, 197 4.49 - - 11.88 - - - -
Hackett
Colorado

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports:  Hackett had a good positional workout, showing good hands & routes at his pro day.
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Terrill DT 6.02.3,290 5.12 - 4.16 7.02 27 33" 9-7
Terrill
Purdue

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports:  Craig has suffered multiple injuries to his legs and knees over the course of his career at Purdue. As recently as 2001 he had to have surgery for a chronic patellar tendonitis problem. He has obviously worked very hard and has shown great character to have as much success as he has had when you consider the physical problems he has had to deal with. Unfortunately, I think his injury problems that show fragility of his knees will cost him a chance of being drafted.
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Jones 6-2, 222 - - - - -
Jones
LSU

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports: Punter Donnie Jones, Jr. has loads of experience, and one of the strongest legs of any collegiate punter. He once kicked a 86 yard punt in a game.  However, he is inconsistent on hang time and he sometimes kicks the ball so far that he over-kicks the coverage team.
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Jackson 5-11 7/8, 233 4.71 - - 4.48 7.27 18 - -
Farmer
Arizona

Jaybird: below 4th round

Nolan Nawrocki of ProFootballWeekly.com reports: Farmer will be placed under the microscope as much as any player at the Combine after being dismissed from the team near season’s end. He may have lost some of his luster since leading the Pac-10 in rushing as a sophomore. The Combine could make or break him. Farmer said he didn’t know he was attending the Combine until three weeks ago, when the Arizona coaching staff gave him the Combine invitation that it had been holding for months. Some scouts feel Farmer was a victim of the frigidly strict ways of fired coach John Mackovic and his staff, but they are doing their due diligence and revisiting with Farmer’s high school coach to find out if his disciplinary troubles run any deeper. Farmer did not have the same problems with authority under the Dick Tomey coaching staff that recruited him. If he goes to a team with a patient position coach, Farmer could turn out to be one of the steals of the draft because of his strength between the tackles, vision and explosive burst.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: RB Clarence Farmer (Arizona): From a talent standpoint, seemingly one of the best backs in the pool, but everyone knew coming to Indianapolis that he had some serious questions about attitude and durability. Unfortunately, he did little to help himself with the former, as scouts suggested he was aloof and seemingly disinterested.
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Davis 5-11, 185 4.55 - - - - - - -
Davis
Fresno State

Jaybird: below 4th round

Sportsillustrated.cnn.com reports:  Davis is a solid possession receiver with reliable hands. He displays good eye-hand coordination, a sense of timing and gets vertical to pull the ball out of the air. Adjusts backwards for the errant throw and uses the sidelines well. Gets up in a crowd for the difficult reception and displays top body control.  However, he is a marginal route runner with just average quickness into breaks. Lacks the deep speed or the ability to stretch the defense. Has a stubborn streak and known to take short cuts.  In summation, while he was productive the past three seasons, Davis did not take the next step up after a solid junior campaign and is sliding down charts.
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Nyenhaus DE 6-3½, 265 4.64 - - - 25 41" 10-9
Nyenhuis
Colorado

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports: Nyenhaus has a great attitude and work ethic that will help him.
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Gilford CB 6-1¼, 188 4.45 - - 6.98 14 34" 9-9
Gilford
BYU

#20 ranked CB by Jaybird

Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports:   After his workout, Gilford worked out for Kurt Schottenheimer (Green Bay defensive backs coach). He will work out again in L.A. on March 23 at Hawaii's Pro Day at the Home Depot Center.
NFLFans.com reports: Here is a man ,who if it had not been for the 2000 incident and suspension, coupled with the small durability question, would probably be considered a top 10 CB prospect in this years draft and a sure 1st day selection. Now, it seems few are taking note of him. Yes, he has need of an “attitude adjustment” but so do a lot of immature kids coming out of college nowadays. However, I feel sure with the skills he has shown covering big receivers and the excellent run support he has shown at BYU, his on the field skills will out weigh his off the field problems and get him a legitimate shot at an NFL roster.
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Parker SS 6-2 1/8, 214 4.45 - - - 19 36" -
Parker
Utah

#3 ranked SS by Jaybird

NFLFans.com reports: Parker is a natural at SS but has been playing out of position at Utah the last two years. Looked great as a sophomore but their lack of talent on the corner forced them to move him. has struggled a bit at since. Big sized, big hitting safety prospect loaded with athletic ability potential and all the raw tools to excel at safety in the NFL.
Mel Kiper of ESPN.com reports: As the draft day countdown approaches three weeks, Kiper has identified Parker as a fast riser.

 

2003 COLLEGE DRAFT

Seattle
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 11 Trufant, Marcus CB 5-11 199 Washington State
2 42 Hamlin, Ken FS 6-3 209 Arkansas
3 73 Hunter, Wayne OT 6-6 303 Hawaii
4 110 Wallace, Seneca QB 5-11 196 Iowa State
4 135 Bates, Solomon ILB 6-1 243 Arizona State
5 165 Davis, Chris FB 5-11 235 Syracuse
6 183 Moore, Rashad DT 6-3 324 Tennessee
7 222 Brown, Josh K 6-1 202 Nebraska
7 224 Wallace, Taco WR 6-1 190 Kansas State

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2003 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

Trufant was great value at number 11, especially with the addition of run-stuffing DT Norman Hand in a draft-day trade.  I love Hamlin's potential.  He is an excellent run-stopper and has the tools to improve in pass coverage.  Hunter was another good choice in round three.  He may have as much upside as any tackle taken in the draft.  Don't count out Seneca Wallace.  He is more than a scrambling, athletic quarterback.  He can throw the ball.  He should be a great backup QB to Hasselbeck.  He is the tpye who is good enough to be a solid quarterback if Hasselbeck goes down, and could provide a spark to ignite the offense if needed.  Bates provides another option at inside linebacker.  He played with too much weight his last couple of years at Arizona State, but is down to a good playing weight now.  If he keeps his weight down, I wouldn't be surprised if he eventually wins the middle linebacker spot for the Seahawks.  Davis has excellent hands and good speed for a fullback.  He could offer a new dimension to the 'hawks offense.  Moore is a bit of an underachiever, but has some tools.  Brown has a real shot to be the Seahawks field goal kicker.  Taco Wallace is a player with skills who could stick as a fourth or fifth receiver.
Trufant During Senior Bowl week, you couldn't  find a scout or personnel man with a bad word to say about Trufant.
AllProScouting.com reports in pre-combine workouts, Washington State CB Marcus Trufant is running consistently in the 4.27-4.32 range.
AllProScouting.com reports Marcus Trufant: did 11 reps at the combine.
John Clayton of ESPN reports Marcus Trufant (Washington State) ran in the 4.3s at the combine.
AllProScouting.com reports CB Marcus Trufant ran a 4.39 forty at the combine.
Draft203.com reports, Marcus Trufant, Washington State -- Ran 4.37 in the 40... did 11 reps of 225 pounds... and showed up at 5-foot-11, 199 pounds... will not get past the first 12-to-15 picks..
Hamlin John Clayton of ESPN.com reports Kenny Hamlin of Arkansas-Fayette helped hiimself at safety by running well Monday at the combine.
WORKOUT NUMBERS
www.Boomersdraft.com reports, S Ken Hamlin measured 6024, 209, and ran as fast as a 4.53 forty.  He had a 35" vertical jump and a 10'2" broad jump.  AllProScouting.com adds, Matt Gambill spoke to a team who timed Hamlin in the 4.57-4.62 range and said Hamlin had a very impressive all-around workout.
Hunter Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports Wayne Hunter-OT-Hawaii ran a 5.07 forty.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports,  Observations from one AFC general manager: "Everybody likes the guard from Hawaii (Vince Manuwai) and, heck, so do I, OK? But the tackle from over there, (Wayne) Hunter, is a really good player, too. He's a big, rangy guy, a blocker with natural pass protections skills. Pretty good feet for a guy with his dimensions. I mean they throw the ball over there so much in the run-and-shoot (offense), you'd better be able to pass-block, right? But June (Jones, the Hawaii head coach) seems to do a good job getting his kids ready for the combine. In Hunter's case, you'll have to project a little bit about how he'll be as a run blocker and how he will handle playing in a more conventional offense. But he's got a really nice upside to him. Well coached and a solid prospect."
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports, OT Wayne Hunter (Hawaii) helped his draft status at the combine.  His teammate, guard Vince Manuwai, rated a lot more attention before the combine, and remains a quality prospect, but Hunter might have an even bigger upside. He's got a huge frame, certainly got a lot of pass-blocking "reps" in the run-and-shoot offense, and looks like he has pretty nice footwork.
Gil Brandt reports Wayne Hunter, OL, Hawaii, lifted 37 times  at the combine an extremely high number.
Draft2003.com reports, Wayne Hunter, Hawaii -- Ran 5.07 in the 40... at 6-foot-6, 303 pounds... did 37 reps of 225 pounds... very enjoyable kid to interview... has a great deal of athleticism and upside... he could be the next guy to come off the board after the first few big names...
 Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, The talk of this workout was Hunter, who continues to see his draft stock rise. He weighed 311 and looked as athletic as a defensive back. Was very fluid and in the stretching exercises before he started as he was able to put his leg behind his head like a ballerina would do. We could see Hunter go in the first round.
Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports Hunter looked tremendous in line drills. Showed excellent balance, flexibility, and athleticism. The kid actually is able to put his leg behind his head! The Jets, Pats, Niners, Raiders, Steelers, Giants, Chargers, and Browns were all over him.
Wallace Gil Brandt, for NFL.com, reports Iowa State QB Seneca Wallace will run some routes as a WR at the NFL Combine.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: Iowa State QB Seneca Wallace was asked to do some wide receiver workouts Sunday at the NFL Combine and he refused staying with his QB drills only. At just 5-feet-11 1/2, Wallace simply isn't tall enough to play quarterback at the NFL level. He ran a 4.53 40-yard dash. Teams might never know now if Wallace could have helped them as a receiver or return man because he was too stubborn to try those drills. "He's got to accept the fact that he probably can't play quarterback (in the NFL)," said Houston Texans' GM Charley Casserly. "But he has not accepted that yet. I think he's getting some bad advice."
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports QB Seneca Wallace (Iowa State) hurt his draft status at the combine.  He ran a time in the 4.53 range, similar to what Antwaan Randle-El did here last year, but that's where the comparison to the Steelers do-it-all player ends. Wallace is convinced he's a quarterback even at under 6 feet, and declined all entreaties to work in wideout drills. Uh, can you say CFL, because that's where he is headed.
Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports, Seneca can play QB, WR, and CB. I love this kid's talent.
Jerry DiPaola, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reports when the Pittsburgh Steelers had Iowa State QB Seneca Wallace in town for a pre-draft visit he told the team officials he wanted to be a QB in the league, not a WR as many predict he will end up playing. Wallace said he just wants a chance to make a team’s QB rotation, and if he doesn’t he will try another position.
Bates WORKOUT NUMBERS Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, Bates came in at 6-1 and 244 pounds. He ran the 40 twice for times of 4.78 and 4.79. He lifted the bar 22 times. He had a 30½-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-4 in the long jump, a 4.26 in the short shuttle and a 6.85 in the three-cone drill.
R Moore WORKOUT NUMBERS Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, Rashad ran both his 40s in 4.98. He did not do the bench, the shuttle or any of the jumps. He had already done those drills at the Combine.

 

 2002 COLLEGE DRAFT

GRADE : B+


If Stevens stays out of trouble, he could be a great pick.  In my mock draft I stated that Stevens could end up having the best receiving stats of any of the TEs in this draft.  I still feel that way.  he is a giant target with good hands and is a load to bring down.  Morris was another sleeper in this draft.  Holmgren likes having two good RBs and now he has them.  Morris reminds me of Charlie Garner.  The Seahawks needed a pass rush from DE and that is the strength of Palepoi.  Richard is a good athlete who was finally healthy last year and played well.  He has upside potential.  Bierria a weak safety, is young and needs more development.  But he has tools and would have been a much higher pick in a year or two.  Bernard is another good athlete who needs some work.  OT may not see the field for a couple of years but he could be a very good player when he finally plays.  QB Kelly deserves recognition, if for no other reason, it was Holmgren that selected him.  All-in-all this draft shows you how a coach secure in his position and thinking both long-term and short-run can conduct a draft.


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