Khalif Barnes, Robert Douglas to Visit Seahawks

Seahawks.NET has learned that the Seattle Seahawks have scheduled visits with two players in preparation for the draft, including a very highly-regarded player at a surprise position.

Seahawks.NET has learned that the Seahawks have scheduled visits with two players in preparation for the draft.

Washington tackle Khalif Barnes will visit Kirkland HQ on an undisclosed day very soon. The 6’5”, 310-pound Barnes has seen his stock shoot up since an impressive Senior Bowl performance and through last month’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Seahawks coaches also got a good look at Barnes at the University of Washington’s recent Pro Day.

Seattle offensive line coach Bill Laveroni said of Barnes, "He's definitely a prospect. He’s one of the top players in the draft, and he's got all the skills you want in an offensive lineman. He's got long arms, and he can really change direction."

Barnes ran the fastest 40-yard dash of any offensive lineman at the combine (4.82) and is well-regarded among NFL scouts for his sheer athleticism. At his Pro Day at Husky Stadium, Seahawks.NET’s Scott Eklund reported that Barnes impressed Laveroni as well as Houston Texans tackles coach Steve Marshall and Jacksonville offensive line coach Paul Boudreau, who put Barnes through footwork and quickness drills designed to see how fast he was able to get into his sets and the way he used his hands.

Most experts have the Seahawks taking a defensive end or outside linebacker with their first-round pick (23rd overall), and Barnes’ visit will raise eyebrows in that regard. The right side of Seattle's offensive line is in a state of flux, however - RT Chris Terry was recently released, and Floyd "Pork-Chop" Womack just signed a two-year contract. The team reportedly plans to start Womack at right guard. It had been speculated that Terry's old position might be manned by 2004 3rd round pick Sean Locklear, who impressed down the stretch last season in spot duty.

Khalif Barnes Prospect Profile

Another player who will take a slightly longer trip to Kirkland is Memphis fullback Robert Douglas. Douglas will visit the team on April 7. Although Mack Strong is penciled in as Seattle’s starting FB with good reason, Heath Evans’ recent (and barely noticed) defection to the Miami Dolphins leaves a need for depth at the position.

Douglas’ name came on the radar of many scouts after a very impressive Pro Day at Memphis on March 24. The 6’1½”, 237-pound fullback ran his forties in 4.71 and 4.69. He also ran the short shuttle in 4.05 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.12. He had a 39-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot-5 broad jump and 19 bench presses. Douglas capped off his workout with a terrific 4.05 time in the 20-yard shuttle.

Douglas was a bit of an unknown last year because he spent most of his time blocking for highly regarded junior RB DeAngelo Williams. Douglas rushed for 62 yards on 14 carries and 2 touchdowns in his senior season, and caught 7 passes for 113 yards and 2 more scores.

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