Seahawks' 2004 Draft - "As It Happened"

The Seahawks.NET Staff and Draft Expert Rob Rang take you through the Seattle Seahawks' 2004 Draft!

FIRST ROUND (23RD PICK OVERALL):
With the 23rd pick in the first round, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Texas DT Marcus Tubbs.

OVERVIEW
Massive defender with the perfect blend of size and power, combined with quick feet and solid instincts … The former prep tight end and basketball standout didn't start playing football until his junior year in high school, but quickly developed into an outstanding pass rusher and superb run stopper … "Marcus is as good of an athlete as we've had at the tackle position," defensive coordinator Carl Reese said … The cousin of former Texas and NFL linebacker Winfred Tubbs, a 1999 Pro Bowl performer with the San Francisco 49ers, Marcus is a two-time Athletics Director's Honor Roll honoree … He was named to the Fall 2000 and '01 Big 12 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll … His love for basketball is still evident, as he has volunteered time coaching a Little League basketball team (first graders) … Started 37 of 48 games for the Longhorns, recording 205 tackles (95 solos) with 15½ sacks for minus-106 yards, 41 stops for losses of 162 yards, 65 quarterback pressures, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two pass deflections and four blocked kicks.

ANALYSIS
Positives: Solidly built with broad shoulders, a thick chest, long legs and arms … Has adequate quickness off the snap to gain advantage over the blocker … Shows good instincts, making proper reads to flow with the play's movement to locate the ball … Has very good strength at the point of attack, showing balance and the lateral agility needed to string the plays out … Uses his club moves effectively to defeat double teams and is best when facing a blocker one-on-one, as he uses his arm swipes and leg drive to stack and shed … Plays with a high motor, keeping his feet and using his hands well to avoid low blocks … Reliable tackler who will stalk, wrap and secure … Relies mostly on a bull rush to gain penetration, but has the long speed needed to pursue and close on the quarterback … Shows proper hand placement to control the blockers and has developed a nasty attitude in the last year (stepped up and dominated as a senior after spending the first three years a little unsure of his ability) … Takes good angles to the ball and has the burst to close in a hurry … Has above-average flexibility and body control, thanks mostly to his years on the basketball court.

Negatives: Will get pushed back at times when he does not extend his arms quick enough to prevent the blockers from getting into his chest … Not a smash-mouth tackler you would expect from a player his size … Needs to control his weight (additional pounds give him a soft mid-section, preventing him from staying low in his pads) … Needs to be pushed by hard coaching before he responds, but the "light" has started to come on for him based on his 2003 performance.

AGILITY TESTS: 5.05 in the 40-yard dash … 430-pound bench press … 352-pound power clean … 30½-inch vertical jump … 34¼-inch arm length … 9 1/8-inch hands … Right-handed.

Rob Rang's Take: "A solid choice at this point in the draft and a player that fills a big need for the team in terms of both depth and size. The team almost certainly looked into trading down with the RBs still on the board, but the simple fact is no teams remaining in the 1st round seem to really need a RB, so any trade down may have been waaay down."

.NET Says: Tubbs will be a good fit for the Seahawks because he is a classic pocket-collapser who will wreak havoc while defenders flow behind him and do the damage. This is what the Seahawks desperately need. Not a notable tackler, but he can blow out a line with the best of them. It’s said that Tubbs really didn’t put it all together until his senior season in 2003, but he really did put it together. Not a pass rusher of any merit…really a runstopper above all. That’s not a bad thing, especially when your team needs a big man at the line. His stamina (related to his weight) has been called into question, but his quickness and agility are excellent. Very strong. Will be a big plus to a team with a DC and line coach who will keep him motivated, in shape, tough and fresh. By the way, these things were all said about Rashad Moore…that “experiment” turned out alright, and so could Tubbs.


Rob Rang's Pre-Second Round Take:
"At this point of the draft I can start to sift through some of the remaining players high on Seattle's board. Some of the players who make a lot of sense for the 2nd round are: Michael Boulware SS/OLB Florida State, Greg Jones RB Florida State, Keith Smith CB McNeese State, and finally Joey Thomas CB Montana State...


SECOND ROUND (21st PICK IN THE SECOND ROUND, 53RD OVERALL):
With the 21st pick in the Second Round, the Seattle Seahawks select Florida State Outside Linebacker/Strong Safety Michael Boulware.

OVERVIEW
Highly respected Seminole with great bloodlines … His older brother, Peter, was an All-American linebacker for FSU and went on to earn Pro Bowl honors for the Baltimore Ravens … Michael attended Super Bowl XXXV and watched his brother help his team defeat the New York Giants … A member of the Student Athletic Advisory Council, Michael is also involved in community groups … The three-year starter at strong-side outside linebacker almost moved to strong safety for the 2003 season, but after undergoing shoulder surgery during spring drills, the FSU coaching staff scratched those plans … Started 37 of 46 games during his career, recording 340 tackles (197 solos) with 3½ sacks for minus-20 yards, 14 stops for losses of 46 yards, 10 quarterback pressures, three fumble recoveries, seven forced fumbles, five interceptions for 53 yards in returns (10.6 avg) and a touchdown, 15 pass deflections and a pair of advanced fumble recoveries for 157 yards (78.5 avg) and two scores … His 340 tackles rank 11th on the school's all-time list.

ANALYSIS
Positives:
Has a long, rangy frame with the potential to add at least another 15 pounds with no loss of speed … Has adequate football instincts and awareness … Uses his hands well to lock on and mirror the tight ends and running backs in the short-area passing game … Has the speed to pursue runners on the outside … Has loose hips, flipping them open to get into the deep zone coming out of his backpedal … Darren Woodson type who could benefit from a move to strong safety, due to his speed and ability to cover receivers deep … Has natural hands going up to deflect or intercept the pass … Shows a great burst coming off the edge and can immediately get to the quarterback when he's unchallenged … Has the ball skills to make plays in front of him … Keeps his feet when moving laterally to make the play.

Negatives: While he has a rangy frame, he needs major bulk addition, especially in his thin arms and legs (looks more like a basketball player) … Lack of bulk causes him to get run over by lead blockers when trying to fill the rush lane and washed out by offensive tackles when his spin move does not let him break free off the edge … In addition to his lack of stoutness at the point of attack, he is non-physical in one-on-one confrontations (will back away from the larger blockers, preferring to skip and squeeze through the piles) … More of a see-and-go type of tackler, lacking the instincts to break down the plays immediately … Gets covered up and bounced around too much working in line … Not a strong tackler and will take on ball carriers too high in his stance, causing him to miss open-field-tackle opportunities … Just an adequate worker in the weight room who needs to be pushed (does not train well nor take care of his body) … Do not see the nasty and aggressive nature one would want at his position (certainly not a carbon copy of his brother) … Shows nice acceleration to chase down the plays, but lacks explosion behind his tackles.

AGILITY TESTS: 4.5 in the 40-yard dash … 315-pound bench press … 300-pound power clean … 34-inch vertical jump … 9-foot-3 broad jump … 34-inch arm length … 8½-inch hands … Left-handed.

Rob Rang's Take: "The Seahawks are absolutely looking at this kid as a strong safety prospect and not as an outside linebacker. He has played OLB throughout his career for the Seminoles, but the plan was to move him to SS this past season before a shoulder injury during the spring derailed those plans. I questioned his speed to play safety in the past - until watching him at the Senior Bowl in coverage and then seeing him post consistent 4.45-4.50 forties at 220+ pounds at the Combine. Make no mistake about it, this is the kid they were targetting. Taking the BPA was the theory throughout the draft, but no one would argue that the team's primary needs were up the middle - with a run stuffing DT and the likely early-season starter at SS, the team has addressed their needs in the middle."

.NET Says: Well, if Rob says Boulware has the speed to play safety, then he does. Certainly good size for the position. Looking at what he brings to the table, it seems that FSU's derailed plan to convert him to safety will be the wise (and possibly his ONLY) option in the NFL. He doesn't seem to resemble an NFL linebacker at all. His documented lack of a "nasty streak" may be less of an issue if he's in a secondary with Ken Hamlin! Comments on his work ethic concern me, but I think he's walking into a perfect situation for a young DB...his DC is a tough guy who started his ride as a DB and DB coach and he's also joining (and hopefully enhancing) one of the most outstanding young secondaries in the NFL with the likes of Hamlin, Marcus Trufant and Ken Lucas. His 6'2" frame will, along with Bobby Taylor at 6'3", help the Hawks with their glaring 2003 problem of being terribly vulnerable to "Alley-Oop" jump-balls everywhere. Not a bad pick at all, but I wouldn't have minded being a fly on the wall when they took Boulware instead of Sean Jones....


Rob Rang's Pre-Third Round Take: Here are four players I like for the Seahawks in the 3rd: Keith Smith - CB - McNeese State, Dave Ball - DE - UCLA, Brandon Chillar - OLB - UCLA, Jordan Carstens - DT - Iowa State. And a sleeper to keep in mind for later is Nevada's MLB Jorge Cordova...


THIRD ROUND (21st PICK IN THE THIRD ROUND, 84TH OVERALL):
With the 21st pick in the Third Round, the Seattle Seahawks select North Carolina State offensive guard/tackle Sean Locklear.

OVERVIEW
Athletic and powerful big man who moved to the offensive line as a junior after playing on the defensive line as a tackle and end his first two seasons … Played nearly every single offensive snap over the past three seasons, providing time and space for offense to gain a league-leading 5,891 yards of total offense in 2003 and 5,485 in 2002 … Smart player who graduated on December 17, 2003, with a degree in sports management, rushing from the commencement to meet the team, that was leaving for Florida to play in the Tangerine Bowl that same day … Started his last 27 games at a variety of positions on the offensive line and previously earned three starts among his 23 games on defense, recording 68 tackles (39 solos) with five sacks for minus-58 yards, 13 stops for losses of 68 yards and 14 quarterback pressures.

ANALYSIS

Positives: Has good muscle mass, thick bone density, thick hamstrings, thighs and bubble, a wide waist and a developing upper body that can add at least another 15 pounds of bulk with no loss in quickness … Has adequate initial quickness off the snap to get to his block point … Shows strength to lock out the defender and balance when used on pulls and traps … Has the speed to get out and neutralize linebackers in space, showing good kick slide and sinks his hips properly getting out on the edge … Uses his strong upper body frame to gain advantage over the rusher and is quick to recognize and adjust to the opponent's stunts … Has the hip swerve needed to turn and wall off … Takes good angles when asked to block in the second and third levels (ability to pull, locate and stalk are one of his better traits) … Still needs technique refinement, as he has only a few years of experience on the offensive line, but he has the size, strength, quickness and smarts to develop into an effective trap blocker.

Negatives: Despite his upper body strength, he still tends to lean into defenders rather than maul them … Bit of a waist bender who does not always sink and sustain (plays up on his toes, which causes defenders to push him back into the pile) … Lacks the "killer" mentality that you'd like in a blocker, as he does not consistently flash explosion coming off the ball … When he waist bends, he will fall off blocks and will struggle to adjust to the moving target (needs to chip and cut off with more determination) … Works his hands inside the defender well to gain advantage, but needs to improve his footwork, as when he leans into his target, he will slip off … Needs to improve his body control, but has shown improvements in that area when he plays flat-footed … Has experience at guard and tackle, but despite his quickness, is better suited inside, as he seems to hesitate when asked to chip block and cover the edge (defenders can get by him with a forceful rip-and-swim move due to his penchant for playing on his toes, causing balancing problems).

AGILITY TESTS: 4.95 in the 40-yard dash … 500-pound bench press … 365-pound power clean … 31-inch vertical jump … 9-foot-5 broad jump … 32½-inch arm length … 10¼-inch hands … Right-handed … Wears contacts.

Rob Rang's Take: "Hmmm. Interesting pick. I didn't anticipate Seattle taking him, but I really like Sean Locklear. I have him as the #2 OG in this draft, ahead of the juniors Chris Snee and Justin Smiley. He has good athleticism and really stood out at the Senior Bowl. Doesn't play with the element of nastiness I like in guards, but this kid has good size, quick feet, and has improved throughout his career after starting out as a defensive lineman. A solid pick at this point in the draft and gives Seattle some flexibility inside. A player who hasn't yet played his best football...Just an FYI I had Seattle's picks ranked as the #23 (Tubbs), #32
(Boulware) and #59 (Locklear) players in this draft.
"

.NET Says: Sorry, all you Keary Colbert fans (including me...)! This is a fine third-round pick. Although the team says they're high on Wayne Hunter's development, Locklear's far further along. Could come in as a situational and rotation guy, and it makes the potential cuts verrrrrry interesting. This is a good time to begin looking toward the future with the offensive line. Locklear definitely sounds "schoolable", and his development will surely be a litmus test for new offensive line coach Bill Laveroni as Laveroni replaces the revered Tom Lovat.



Rob Rang's Pre-Fourth Round Take:
"UCLA OLB Brandon Chillar or UCLA DE Dave Ball would make a lot of sense here..."


FOURTH ROUND (20th PICK IN THE FOURTH ROUND, 110TH OVERALL):
With the 20st pick in the Fourth Round, the Seattle Seahawks select Purdue ILB Niko Koutouvides.

OVERVIEW

A mainstay in the middle of the field for the Boilermakers since midway through his sophomore year, Koutouvides is regarded as one of the hardest hitters in the Big Ten Conference … He twice won the team's Hammer Award (outstanding tackler) and was chosen by the Walter Camp Foundation as the Connecticut Player of the Year after his junior campaign … The two-time All-Big Ten Conference selection started 32 of 50 games for the Boilermakers, finishing his career with 296 tackles (180 solos), four sacks, 23 stops for losses of 66 yards, five interceptions, 17 pass deflections, five fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles.

ANALYSIS
Positives: Has solid upper body tone and development … Shows good instincts and awareness working in the box … Gives good effort trying to contain the inside run … Has adequate speed to mirror tight ends in the short area … Compensates for a lack of power with good tackling technique … Gets enough depth in his pass drops to make some plays working in space … Has a knack for reading the quarterback and getting into the passing lanes … Has an adequate burst and top-end speed for his position … Shows good lateral effort stringing plays wide … More of a smash tackler than a wrap-up one, but stays low in his pads and has the lateral agility to redirect … Displays good short-zone coverage awareness.

Negatives:
Has a thin lower body, marginal strength (315-pound bench press), thin shoulders and underdeveloped legs … Loud, outspoken, big party type who likes to talk "trash" a little too much … Loves contact, but will miss tackles when asked to face up … Needs to get stronger and develop a better hand punch to prevent blockers from getting into his chest and washing him out of the play … Has marginal pass coverage skills outside the box, as he lacks acceleration and hip flexibility to shadow the opponent on long routes … Shows poor hand usage in shedding blockers and hands are even worse when trying to intercept the ball … Needs better timing and agility to avoid the low blocks … Struggles to break down and mirror his man outside the box.

Rob Rang's Take: In my opinion, the first reach of Seattle's draft. A solid mike backer in terms of his instincts, durability, and consistency. A big hitter, at times. Isn't a very strong player, at the point of attack
which is something I certainly look for in a mike backer, and as with most MLBs doesn't have the speed to remain on the field past the first two rounds. Has been flanked by two very good OLBs and, in my opinion,
this has improved his stock. Did little to stand out, in my opinion, at the Senior Bowl.

.NET Says: Koutovides seems to me from his writeups to be a replication of Isiah Kacyvenski...both in his "high-effort/special teams" potential and the THOUSANDS of potential misspellings of his last name. If nothing else, he'll add some spice to the headlines if he stands out! The Seahawks did need to address a lightness at ILB, but I don't know about this pick...seems he'll be busting the wedge for a while unless the 'Hawks need a situational ILB who can do certain things. Of course, getting a prime position player in the fourth round isn't exactly a sure thing, but he appears to need a lot of work if he's going to pull himself above that "reach" designation of Rob's, which I completely agree with. Lots of technique issues, and if you're going to play in a Ray Rhodes defense, you'd better be able to back up that "trash-talk"...

Note: Rob Rang will be conducting interviews the rest of today, so he'll be in and out at best...thanks again to Rob for his expert analysis!


FIFTH ROUND (25th PICK IN THE FIFTH ROUND, 157TH OVERALL):

With the 25th pick in the Fifth Round, the Seattle Seahawks select Colorado WR D.J. Hackett.

OVERVIEW
Underrated talent who was one of the few bright spots on the Colorado offense in 2003 … Began his collegiate career at California State University-Northridge, but when the school discontinued its football program after the 2001 season, he transferred to Colorado, playing a big part in the revival of the Buffaloes' passing attack … In two seasons with the Buffs, he hauled in 86 passes for 1,224 yards (14.2 avg.) and 11 touchdowns … Added 1,507 yards and 17 touchdowns on 100 catches during his two-year career at Cal. State-Northridge … Appeared in a total of 46 contests during his collegiate career, hauling in 186 passes for 2,731 yards (14.7 avg.) and 28 scores.

ANALYSIS

Positives: Tall target with thick muscle definition, tight waist, good hamstrings and bubble, and straight calves … Shows a strong burst getting off the line of scrimmage … Has the size and strength to bust through the jam … Runs tight, sharp short routes and has the leg drive to break tackles to gain good yardage after the catch (41.2 percent of his yardage came after catching the ball) … Has the awareness to see the sticks and finds the opening in the zone … Very explosive heading up field after the catch … Shows good hands to reach, pluck and extend away from the body's frame … Very tough in a crowd, using his solid frame to control his area when moving in traffic … Consistent deep threat who runs with short, quick strides … Tough, physical blocker who will not hesitate to face up to the larger defenders … His crisp cutting ability generally puts the cornerback on his heels.

Negatives: When he attempts to body catch the ball, he ends up fighting with the pigskin, resulting in drops … Can be a consistent deep threat, but his power and leg drive (along with his toughness) has made him more productive on underneath routes … Looks a little stiff trying to adjust to the ball, especially when tracking it in over his head.


PERSONAL:
Kinesiology major … Father, Eddie, played briefly with the Minnesota Vikings … Cousins, Orlando Hackett (Arizona State) and Jay Hackett (Montana State) played college football … Born DeAndre James Hackett (but he has gone by D.J. as long as he can remember) on July 31, 1981 in Fontana, California … Resides in Ontario, Calif.

.NET Says: Hackett is indeed underrated, and he has been shooting up draft boards since last year...he was projected by many as a first-day pick. A high-character guy who's very coachable. Perfect fit in the West Coast Offense. Although listed as a deep threat, I can see Hackett being groomed as a replacement for or supplement to Bobby Engram. If the Seahawks were going to take a WR in this draft, it was my suspicion that they'd be looking for another posession receiver. I like the fact that he's not afraid to block...and the drop tendencies? Well, WR Coach Nolan Cromwell's got a lot of work ahead of him in that area, doesn't he? As with Boulware over Sean Taylor, I'd be interested to know why the team took Hackett over P.K. Sam of Florida State. Having said that, I don't disagree with this pick at all...I have a bias towards undervalued possession receivers who can block. They don't get the props, but you'd be hard-pressed to build and maintain an elite offense without at least one...


SIXTH ROUND (24th PICK IN THE SIXTH ROUND, 189TH OVERALL):
With the 24th pick in the Sixth Round, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Purdue DT Craig Terrill.

OVERVIEW
Four-year starter at defensive tackle who was originally recruited as a defensive end … Has good athletic bloodlines, as his brothers, Jason and Troy, played football at Ball State and basketball at the University of Indiana, Pennsylvania, respectively … Regarded as one of the nation's premier pass rushers during his senior year in high school, recording 27 sacks that year … Started 44 of 49 games, recording 131 tackles (89 solos) with 20½ sacks (fifth on the school's all-time record list) for minus-116 yards, 35½ stops (tenth in Purdue annals) for losses of 160 yards, four fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, five pass break-ups and a blocked kick.

ANALYSIS
Positives:
Long-waisted, barrel-chested athlete with a nose guard's type of build (stout, squat) … Very reliable character who gives his all on the football field and in the weight room … Has adequate initial quickness off the snap … Keeps his legs moving when he locks on to the offensive guard, using his hands with force to shed … Relies on a straight-line burst to slip past blocks … Shows desire, effort and toughness pursuing the play while working through the piles … Flashes an extra surge in the short area to close on the quarterback … Strikes with force when redirecting in-line to fill the rush lanes.

Negatives: Struggles to maintain his weight … Has very little muscle tone in his legs, lacking the lower body power to maintain his base at the point of attack … Has a strong hand jolt, but needs to use his hands better to defeat double teams … Lacks the lateral movements to get to the edge quickly and is better working in the box, as he does not have the speed to generate long pursuit … Struggles to contain and disengage vs. the larger blockers, especially vs. trap blocks, as he does not show consistency when asked to stack and control (gets tied up too much) … Must do a better job of extending his arms to jolt, control and fend off blocks … Has a good straight-ahead surge off the snap, but does not show the hip snap needed to flow laterally down the line, nor does he have the foot speed to haul down ball carriers turning the corner.

AGILITY TESTS: 5.28 in the 40-yard dash … 355-pound bench press … 335-power clean … 23½-inch vertical jump … 32 7/8-inch arm length … 9 7/8-inch hands … Right-handed.

.NET Says: Uhhh...OK. Wlcome to the "Who The Heck Is THIS Guy?" portion of the draft. Yee-Ha! Terrill looks like camp fodder on paper, but he is a overachiever with a high motor. He's a "Tweener"...not fast enough to blow by anyone nor strong enough to bull-rush anybody. Projects out as a possible run-stuffer in certain situations. With Tubbs, Woodard and Moore on board, I have to wonder what prompted the Seahawks to make this pick. Most everyone has him projected as an undrafted free agent...apparently, the Seahawks are seeing something in him that others aren't.


SEVENTH ROUND (23rd PICK IN THE SEVENTH ROUND, 224th OVERALL):

With the 23rd pick in the Seventh Round, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Lousiana State P Donnie Jones, Jr.

OVERVIEW
A left-footed kicker with tremendous hang time … He also excels in the classroom as well, as he's been named to the Southeastern Conference's Academic Honor Roll for four straight years … In 49 games, he punted 233 times for 9,798 yards (42.05-yard average), surpassing the old school records of 186 punts for 7,976 yards by Chad Kessler (1994-97) … Only Kessler (42.5 avg.) has a better career punting average in LSU annals … Only 117 of his punts were returned, with 69 attempts downed inside the 20-yard line, 49 others were fair-caught and 21 boots resulted in touchbacks.

ANALYSIS
Positives:
Has a thick, muscular build with well-developed arms and well-toned legs (lower body shows above-average thickness and mass, ideal for his position) … Has soft hands and can easily field the low snaps … Has the leg strength needed to kick for distance and is very effective kicking into the wind … Intense competitor who is not afraid to get down field and make the tackle on the coverage unit … Has a two-step approach with an average handle time between 1.15 and 1.29 seconds … Capable of flipping the field from his own end.

Negatives: Needs to improve his hang time (most punts average under 4.0 seconds) … Has a two-step approach, with a 4-yard progression, but seems too deliberate in getting the ball off at times, resulting in blocked kicks … Tends to drive the ball too much, resulting in him out-kicking his coverage … Has only adequate ability to directional punt … Needs to calm down a bit, as he will get too hard on himself (good kid, but worries too much about the little things).

AGILITY TESTS: 4.88 in the 40-yard dash … 365-pound bench press … 400-pound squat … 275-pound power clean … 26-inch vertical jump … 8-foot-7 broad jump … 30¾-inch arm length … 8-inch hands … Right-handed … Left-footed.

.NET Says: Although Tom Rouen performed well for the Seahawks in 2003, this is a message, and a need filled. Apparently, one of his "weaknesses" is that he will outkick his coverage (!). Has an uncanny ability to drop punts inside the opponents' 10-yard line. Unless you're talking about Ray Guy, punter is hardly an exciting pick, but the team did take a bath in field position in 2003, and Jones could help. Question: Has he ever kicked off? Someone's gotta get those kickoffs into the opponents' end zone...

GRADE: I give the Seahawks a "B" for their 2004 draft.

Guess I'm higher on Tubbs than some...I had him as a great pick for the 'Hawks (and my last-minute prediction), at least until Steven Jackson dropped to #23 and beyond! Kudos to the braintrust for staying the course. Tubbs will come into a DT rotation shredded by the departures of Chad Eaton and John Randle and be expected to bring it fairly immediately. With the fast, consistent edge pressure of Chike Okeafor and Grant Wistrom supplanted by Tubbs, Cedric Woodard and Rashad Moore, the Seahawks are placing their line with lighter DEs and DTs the size of housing projects. Nothing wrong with that!

I really like Michael Boulware, although I'm left hoping that the "investment pick" of a guy who's never played the position he's going to in the NFL will pay off over the choice of a pure safety like Sean Jones. Something tells me it will. Boulware's coming into the perfect situation for a young DB, and he's a ridiculous athlete.

Very happy about the Sean Locklear pick. He sounds as if he will be able to come in and make a fairly immediate contribution, and it's time to begin addressing the future of the OL. Hopefully, he can provide stability and depth to a line that will need it with the ever-present Jones fiasco and a fairly enormous dropoff from starter to reserve.

I'm still not at all sold on Niko Koutouvides, but I'm beginning to wonder if his actual talent minus his attitude would have made him a much higher pick. It would behoove him to bring the hits with him to the NFL and leave the other crap in college. The team desperately needs a real presence at MLB and frankly, I'll be surprised if it's him. Then again, I thought Rashad Moore would be a bust, so what the hell do I know?

Time to stretch out on that limb...D.J. Hackett will be the steal of our draft, and one of the biggest steals overall. To get a player with his attitude, skills and potential as a lowball fifth-round pick? The Gods have smiled upon the Seahawks. Look for Hackett to give Alex Bannister a real shake for the fourth WR slot in the short-term. If they groom him as an Engram/McCaffrey-style possession receiver, something tells me they'll never regret it.

Craig Terrill? Why? I just have to assume that the team has seen something in this guy that the rest of the world has not. When I read terms like "potential undrafted free agent" and "little upside", other terms like "hard worker" don't tend to mean as much. Let's hope he can earn a place in the NFL and on this team.

I'm more and more intrigued by Donnie Jones, Jr. - sounds like this guy has a scud missile for a leg. Since the team hasn't had a reliable punter since Jeff Feagles (who was recently seen selling his jersey number to Eli Manning, heh heh heh), I can't wait to see this guy's superbombs that suppsedly land in places our opponents will NOT want them to. Field position may have cost this team a couple games last year...I like this pick.

Doug Farrar writes a column for Seahawks.NET every Monday. Feel free to send him feedback at doug@seahawks.net.

Rob Rang is the Owner and Editor of westcoastdraft.com. We can't thank Rob enough for his stellar contributions to our Draft Coverage!


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