Rookie Minicamp -- Ten Takeaways

While the majority of attention paid to the Seahawks since last week's draft has focused on off-field decisions, there was plenty of reason to get excited about what was happening on the field during the club's recently concluded rookie minicamp. Here are the 10 Takeaways from's editor Rob Rang, based on his own observations and the notes from sources within the organization.

10. Frank Clark can play.

I'll let others haggle over Clark's off-field concerns. On the field, he showed off the traits that warranted Seattle's second round selection, showing burst off the snap, the long arms and heavy hands to disengage quickly from blockers and good effort in pursuit. Clark was rotated between DE and DT and I anticipate that he'll prove to be a regular in the rotation at both positions this season.

9. Kristjan's Sokoli's athleticism is clear.

It isn't difficult to see why offensive line coach Tom Cable was described as a "kid in a candy store" by Pete Carroll given all of the young talent the Seahawks drafted last weekend. Of the trio selected in the draft, Sokoli's agility and raw power stood out. A defensive lineman until a week ago, Sokoli not surprisingly struggled in some of the basics at center during the minicamp, including simply snapping the ball with any real accuracy or velocity. He showed great quickness and followed Cable everywhere, however. He also showed good leg drive to move defenders off the line, likely in part due to massive calves that, frankly, dwarfed the rest of the offensive linemen.

8. Terry Poole, Mark Glowinski also fare well

I wasn't as high on Poole as the Seahawks but I liked the power he showed Sunday during drills, latching onto defenders from left guard and consistently shoving them back. Cable, I was told, pushed for Poole on draft day. Glowinski is the most polished of the trio and though he isn't an elite athlete, his relative familiarity with the position was clear.

7. Kasen Williams looks the part.

Williams signed with the Cincinnati Bengals following the draft but didn't pass the team's medical examination. Not surprisingly, the Seahawks gave the local product an opportunity over the weekend and Williams helped his cause, showing strong hands and some savviness as a route runner to make plays of his own and help others. Williams caught the ball well over the minicamp and drew two defenders over the middle, freeing up Tyler Lockett for a deep pass from R.J. Archer on Sunday. Lockett made the grab but it was Williams getting the congratulations from coaches and teammates following what was one of the offense's best plays of the day.

6. Other UDFAs stands out.

In my minicamp preview, I pointed out a few undrafted free agents that I thought might stand out, including Central Michigan running back Thomas Rawls and Norfolk State safety Keenan Lambert, each of whom performed well on Sunday, demonstrating the physicality and aggression Seattle values so much. Two other players whose raw athleticism caught my eye were Connecticut wideout Deshon Foxx (who also stood out during return drills) and Southern Arkansas cornerback Jeremy Clayton. With light feet, fluid hips and good closing speed, Clayton was the most impressive cover corner of Sunday's practice.

5. Tye Smith among prospects sitting out Sunday's practice.

Perhaps helping Clayton stand out Sunday was the fact that Smith, Seattle's fifth round pick in 2015, was sidelined as was West Georgia defensive end Tory Slater. Neither of the players appeared to be seriously injured.

4. Sokoli not the only DL to OL project

Sokoli seems likeliest to follow J.R. Sweezy's successful transition from collegiate defensive tackle to NFL interior offensive linemen but former Colorado Buffalo defender Will Pericak also took all of his snaps as a blocker. At 6-3, 300 pounds Pericak doesn't possess elite size but he is athletic and was among the last Seahawks off the field on Sunday, as he worked on his drops and firing out of his stance.

3. Lockette, Logan Stokes haul in Offensive Plays of the Day

Lockett's catch down the left sideline may have been the flashiest play of Sunday's scrimmages but LSU tight end Logan Stokes also made a big play, slipping down the seam to haul in a well-thrown pass from Archer (who was the most consistent of Seattle's quarterbacks throughout the camp). Stokes, 6-3 and 252 pounds, showed good hands and body control during Sunday's practice.

2. Defensive Play of the Day came from former LSU safety Ronald Martin.

With his former LSU teammate, Stokes, hauling in the deep pass over the middle to draw attention, perhaps it was appropriate that another Tiger provided a big play on defense. The defense ended the team portion of the rookie minicamp on a strong note as Martin read Archer and leapt over his intended target to intercept a pass deep near the goal-line during the final scrimmaging. Martin showed good instincts, body control and hands to make the interception and was mobbed by his teammates after the turnover.

1. Lockett could provide an immediate spark

If the minicamp is any indication of the Seahawks plans for Lockett, the rookie could in line for significant playing time in 2015. Lockett fielded a lot of returns and was featured on a variety of routes out of the slot. It remains to be seen if the 5-10, 182 pounder will be able to hold up to the physicality that will greet him once defenders are able to deliver hits (as was not the case during this minicamp), but Lockett showed great savvy, quickness and balance on quick option routes, slicing inside and outside against man to man coverage and consistently gaining separation. Counting his positional drills at returner and receiver, as well as during the scrimmaging, Lockett caught every ball I saw in his vicinity. Top Stories