Senior Bowl from Seahawks perspective

While Pete Carroll and his coaching staff are preparing Russell Wilson and the current Seahawks for next week's Super Bowl, general manager John Schneider and his scouting staff were in Mobile, Ala. at the Senior Bowl to evaluate the upcoming crop of talent.

Along with Schneider and roughly a dozen of Seattle's top scouts, I took in this week's practices, which included impressive performances from a number of highly regarded NFL prospects, including local standouts like Washington nose guard Danny Shelton, Washington State wideout Vince Mayle and some of the most prolific passers in the country like Baylor's Bryce Petty and the Pac-12's all-time leading passer, Sean Mannion of Oregon State.

Schneider and his staff are well known for throwing some curve balls when it comes to the draft. Over the last couple of years, however, they have routinely selected players with a few key traits - including length, quickness, and both physical and mental toughness.

As such, here is a list of 10 players for Seahawks fans to keep an eye on in Saturday's Senior Bowl, which kicks off at 1 pm Pacific on the NFL Network.

(Players are listed alphabetically)

1. Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn (6-2, 213, #18, South) - The 2014 rookie receiver class of Odell Beckham, Mike Evans, Kelvin Benjamin, John Brown (and Seahawks Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood) was exceptional but the 2015 crop is also very good. Coates drops more passes than he should he's an explosive athlete with long arms who can make the spectacular play look routine. He is one of three juniors (others being Penn State's OT Donovan Smith and DE Deion Barnes) allowed to play in the 2015 Senior Bowl because they already graduated.

2. Ladarius Gunter, CB, Miami (6-1, 203, #27, South) - Seattle appears to be set at corner but in terms of length and physicality, Gunter would fit right in with the Seahawks' group. Gunter is one of four Hurricanes (WR Phillip Dorsett, MLB Denzel Perryman, TE Clive Walford) on the South roster, each of which project nicely to Seattle's scheme.

3. Tony Lippett, WR/CB, Michigan State (6-3, 194, #84, North) - Every club values length, hands and body control at receiver and the Seahawks are no different. Lippett may be particularly intriguing for the Seahawks because he has also seen time at corner for the Spartans... Of course, that is a similar versatility that former Stanford wideout Richard Sherman can claim.

4. Joey Mbu, DT, Houston (6-3, 315, #96, South) - If I was a betting man, I'd take the South to beat the North in this year's Senior Bowl in large part because of the talent on their defensive line. Mbu doesn't have much name recognition but he's powerful and aggressive.

5. Owa Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA (6-3, 294, #54, South) - There may not be a more impressive physical specimen in the 2015 Senior Bowl than this former Bruin, who the Seahawks will know especially well due to their ties with Jim Mora. Though he, too, lacks national hype, Odighizuwa may not be around for the Seahawks' first round pick should the hip injuries which sidelined him the entire 2013 season get cleared by doctors at the Combine.

6. Nate Orchard, DE, Utah (6-3, 251, #99, North) - Orchard isn't as explosive off the snap as the Seahawks' current LEO defensive end Cliff Avril, but the reigning Ted Hendricks Award and Morris Trophy award winner offers a vast array of pass rush moves that make him more pro-ready than most.

7. Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State (6-0, 190, #9, North) - With Richardson's recovery from a serious knee injury likely to push into next season, the Seahawks could be in the market for another vertical threat. Few are better in this regard than Smith, whose blazing speed made him a standout this week for the national champion Buckeyes.

8. Lynden Trail, DE/OLB/TE, Norfolk State (6-6, 262, #97, South) - Trail is a Florida-transfer so don't just chalk this up to a fascination with small-school players. He offers terrific length and body control for a man of his size and showed off his versatility during Thursday's practice, catching a touchdown as a tight end and intercepting a pass while dropping as an outside linebacker.

9. Daryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma (6-5, 334, #78, South) - Long and strong, Williams has the ability to remain outside at right tackle in the NFL (where he starred for the Sooners) but may also be able to move inside to guard. The Seahawks could see him as a candidate to replace James Carpenter, should the similarly built former first rounder get a big offer in free agency.

10. Gabe Wright, DT, Auburn (6-3, 299, #90, South) - The Seahawks value quickness and tenacity inside at defensive tackle like every club. Wright (and Clemson's Grady Jarrett) took over at times this week in the middle for the South, flashing the type of disruptive ability the Seahawks like.

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