The Seattle Seahawks were well represented in St. Petersburg, Fl. this past week, sending high ranking scouts to gauge this year's crop of talent. They saw a solid group with draftable talent boasting many of the traits the Seahawks prefer at specific positions, such as agility along the offensive line, disruptors among the defensive line and improvisational ability at quarterback.
After speaking to scouts who attended the practices and reviewing Saturday's game, here are a few prospects from the 2016 East-West Shrine Game who may prove future Seahawks.
Players are listed alphabetically:
QB Vernon Adams, Oregon (5-10, 195): Of course, the Seahawks already boast their own improvisational star at quarterback in Russell Wilson but the club has shown interest in adding a young developmental prospect in the past and that need could grow should the club elect to move on from Tarvaris Jackson (one of 17 unrestricted free agents). Frankly, Adams did everything "short" of growing six inches to boost his NFL stock on Saturday, tossing three touchdowns in the first half to pace the West team's 29-9 win. The former Duck and Eastern Washington Eagle showed off the dual-threat capabilities that have earned him frequent Wilson comparisons, eluding defenders with balance and agility and quieting critics with polished throws from the pocket.
WR Geronimo Allison, Illinois (6-3, 197): While Adams was the easy MVP, Allison also made some money Saturday, hauling in two touchdowns among his game-high five receptions. After leading the Illini in both receptions (65) and receiving yards (882) to earn Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors in 2015, scouts knew he could catch. It was the all-around game Allison demonstrated throughout the week of practice and the game which earned him high marks from scouts. For a tall receiver, Allison shows impressive initial burst to get cornerbacks turning, enough agility to make defenders miss on an end-around, as well as strength and competitiveness as a downfield blocker. With starting split end Jermaine Kearse a free agent, the Seahawks will likely once again be on the lookout for a bigger, athletic receiver in the draft. Allison fits the profile.
C Graham Glasgow, Michigan (6-6, 310): Say what you will about Jim Harbaugh, the man can flat out coach. Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman are former Harbaugh disciples who have emerged as two of Seattle's best players and Glasgow emerged in his first year working with Harbaugh and his staff as Michigan's top NFL prospect. Quick, alert and competitive, Glasgow has many of the traits to help the Seahawks up front along the offensive line, offering the versatility to handle any of the three interior positions.
DT Javon Hargrave, South Carolina State (6-2, 310): Hargrave entered the week of practice as one of the more highly regarded prospects in this game and he certainly played up expectations, drawing rave reviews all week and standing out during the game, itself, recording a tackle for loss. Like long-time Seahawks standout Brandon Mebane (who, along with fellow starting DT Ahtyba Rubin is a free agent), Hargrave offers surprising quickness and power to go along with a short, squatty frame. These attributes make him difficult to move off and a threat to disrupt from the interior.
OT Stephane Nembot, Colorado (6-7, 318): Tom Cable loves his projects and few offer more upside than Nembot, a native from Cameroon who has only six years of American-style football under his belt. The raw tools he offers - including terrific length, light feet and competitiveness - are certainly intriguing, however. Nembot was characterized as "inconsistent" by one scout who attended the week's practices and he was called for a hold during the game itself but the club which invests a middle or late round pick in him in 2016 could see Nembot emerge as a quality starter within a year or so.