Seattle Seahawks 2005 Draft - As It Happened!

All in all, the Seahawks enjoyed a rather unpredictable draft...and there are those observers who didn't enjoy it very much at all. Whether you think that the team improved its depth at crucial positions or whiffed by refusing to trade up and grab an elite pass-rusher, you can read the scouting reports for every Seattle draft pick right here!

Seattle Seahawks 2005 Draft
1 (26)
Chris Spencer
2 (45)
Lofa Tatupu
3a (85)
David Greene
3b (98)
Leroy Hill
4 (105)
Ray Willis
Florida State
5 (159)
Jeb Huckeba
6 (196)
Tony Jackson
7a (235)
James "Cornelius" Wortham
7b (254)
Doug Nienhuis
Oregon State

NOTE: The Seattle Seahawks traded their first round pick, 23rd overall, to the Oakland Raiders for Oakland's 26th overall first round pick and Oakland's fourth round pick, 105th overall.


With the 26th pick in the first round, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Mississippi G/C Chris Spencer.


Chris Spencer School: Mississippi
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 309 Year: 4Jr

Bio: Moved into the starting lineup on a fulltime basis last year and was named all-conference. Saw extensive playing time at both center and guard.

Positives: Athletic blocker explosive at the point of attack. Quickly gets into blocks and easily rides defenders from their angle of attack. Jolts opponents and displays explosion at the point. Tough, and stays with the action until the whistle blows. Effective on the second level, adjusts or redirects to linebackers and gets results blocking on the move. Fundamentally sound and works well with linemates.

Negatives: Stiff in his upper body and must improve his hand placement. Needs work on shotgun snaps.

Analysis:A terrific prospect who offers a good degree of upside, Spencer has continually progressed on the college level. Effectively snapped to three different quarterbacks in 2004, and while he needs to iron out the details of his game, a prospect who could eventually start in the NFL.

5.21 in the 40-yard dash … 3.01 20-yard dash … 1.80 10-yard dash … 4.59 20-yard shuttle … 8.06 three-cone drill … 32-inch vertical jump … 8-foot-9 broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 26 times … 33½-inch arm length … 10 7/8-inch hands.


Scott Eklund: Spencer, when he came to Ole Miss, was the top rated offensive line prospect coming out of the entire country. For the last four seasons, he has played against arguably the best competition in the country in the SEC and that experience will pay off in spades with his maturity coming in. He is versatile, playing all three interior line spots, but his best spot is at center. With Robbie Tobeck aging and lacking the ideal bulk for a center, Spencer’s ability to possibly step in right away, or at the very least in his second season, make him a solid pick this late in the first round. The Hawks tipped their hand about two weeks ago, when Spencer was brought in for a long visit with the team and he now adds a bit of a youth movement to the pivot spot that was sorely needed.

Ryan Rigmaiden:
Definitely a surprising pick in the first, but Spencer is the best center in the Draft and should be able to take over for Tobeck in the near future. I definitely had higher ranked players on my board (Matt Roth and Khalif Barnes) and thought the 'Hawks could've added talent elsewhere, but Spencer's talent is undeniable. Expect him to push for starting time next year.

NOTE: The Seattle Seahawks traded their second round pick, 54th overall, and their two later fourth round picks, 121st and 126th overall, to the Carolina Panthers for Carolina's 45th overall pick in the second round.


With the 13th pick in the second round, the Seattle Seahawks have selected
USC MLB Lofa Tatupu.


Lofa Tatupu School: USC
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 238 Year: 4Jr

All-American and All-Conference selection as a junior last season after leading the team in tackles totaling 104/13.5/6. Also intercepted three passes and broke up eight more. Sophomore numbers included 98/11.5/3, with four interceptions. Began his college career at Maine. Son of former NFL fullback Mosi Tatupu.

Athletic linebacker who plays with a good degree of explosion. Breaks down well, slides off blocks and displays good hand technique protecting himself. Aggressive, forceful up the field and flashes on the scene. Gets depth on pass drops and displays skill in zone. Quick locating the ball in run defense and fires through gaps. Takes good angles to the action.

Marginal sideline-to-sideline range in coverage. Overpursues the action, gets sucked up the field and must play with better body control. Not overly instinctive in coverage.

A hard-hitting linebacker with the versatility to be used at several spots, Tatupu is a forceful player who likes physical contact. Built for the weak-side, he must significantly improve his skills in coverage to hold down a starting position in the NFL. Could be considered on the inside for a 3-4 defense where he is allowed to freely roam to the ball.

4.63 in the 40-yard dash … 385-pound bench press … 545-pound squat … 333-pound power clean … 33-inch vertical jump … 32 3/8-inch arm length … 9½-inch hands.


Scott Eklund:
Tatupu is the son of former New England Patriots FB Mosi Tatupu and he was a highly productive linebacker for USC the last two seasons. In 2003, as a junior heled the Co-National Champion Trojans with 98 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, four interceptions, 10 pass breakups and one fumble caused. As a senior he was first team All Pac 10 and an All-American at linebacker after posting 104 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, three interceptions, eight passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He is comparable to Miami Dolphins MLB Zach Thomas in that he lacks ideal size, but is very quick and a sure tackler when he gets his hands on the ballcarrier. Tatupu will probably have to move outside, which is an area of need for the Seahawks. He is an ideal weakside backer and will challenge right away for playing time.

Ryan Rigmaiden:
Passing on pass rushers like Daryl Blackstock, Dan Cody and Matt Roth was difficult to watch in Round 1, but it's much harder in Round 2. The Seahawks have failed to upgrade their pass rush when solid pass rushers were on the board in both rounds. But having Matt Roth go one pick after Seattle's pick was like rubbing salt in the wound. It seems, from these two picks, that the Seahawks are not committed to improving the pass rush this year.

Having said that, Tatupu can play. He's fast and instinctive and can make plays versus the run and pass. The 'Hawks may stick him on the weakside to maximize his playmaking skills.

THIRD ROUND (85th Pick Overall)

With the 21st pick in the third round, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Georgia QB David Greene.


David Greene
School: Georgia
Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 226 Year: 5Sr

Bio: All-Conference selection as a senior after numbers of 58.5%/2,508/20/4. Junior totals included 60.3%/3,307/13/11. Set an NCAA Division I-A for most victories by a starting quarterback with 42.

Positives: Intelligent, tough passer best in the short field. Sets up with solid footwork, senses the rush and patient throughout the play. Buys time for receivers, displays a good sense of timing and rarely has pass catchers waiting on his throws. Excellent field awareness, does not make poor decisions and finds the open receiver. Tough and will play with pain.

Negatives: Takes a while setting up in the pocket, steps out of throws and cannot elude the rush. Lacks the explosive release, overall arm strength, and tends to be high of the mark.

Analysis: An efficient college passer with good quarterback skills, Greene offers limited upside for the next level, yet could be very effective in a backup role. Better suited to play in a short, timing passing offense.

DOING THE MATH: 4.75 in the 40-yard dash … 340-pound bench press … 425-pound squat … 265-pound power clean … 31½-inch vertical jump … 32½-inch arm length … 9 5/8-inch hands … Left-handed.


Scott Eklund:
Heading into the season, Greene was projected as a possible Heisman candidate. Those lofty accolades never materialized as Greene seemed to level off productivity-wise. He is very smart and is very accurate in the short and intermediate throws. His 42 victories as a starter are the most ever in Division One (he broke Peyton Manning’s record of 39 late last season). His arm strength is only average and he isn’t very mobile, but what he lacks in mobility he makes up for in quick decision-making and toughness. With Matt Hasselbeck signing a multi-year contract this offseason, Greene is most definitely a project for Mike Holmgren. He is an intriguing prospect, but he may have been a slight reach at this point. Most likely a solid backup, at least initially.

THIRD ROUND (98th Pick Overall)

With the 35th pick in the third round (compensatory selection), the Seattle Seahawks have selected Clemson OLB Leroy Hill.


Leroy Hill
School: Clemson
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 229 40: 4.75 Year: 4Sr

Bio: First-team All-Conference selection as a senior. Led Clemson in tackles the past two seasons, most recently posting 98/17.5/8.5 after 145/27/8 as a junior.

Positives: Productive collegiate middle linebacker who projects to the outside at the next level. Breaks down well, quickly locates the ball and takes good angles to the action. Efficient, fluid moving laterally and wraps up at the point. Fights hard to make the tackle. Immediately picks up pass cover assignments and stays with running backs down the field.

Negatives: Not strong at the point and has a lot of tackles broken. At times over-pursues the action and does more chasing than anything else. Better up the field than in reverse.

Analysis: An undersized linebacker with marginal speed, Hill may be best off in a 34 defense where he is allowed to freely roam to the ball carrier. Surprised many with his pass cover skills at the Senior Bowl, yet may be nothing more than a backup and special teams player at the next level.

DOING THE MATH: 4.62 in the 40-yard dash … 375-pound bench press … 530-pound squat … 325-pound power clean … 34-inch vertical jump … 10-foot-1 broad jump … 31½-inch arm length … 9 7/8-inch hands.


Scott Eklund: Athletically gifted but small, Hill is an athlete who played mostly on the inside for the Tigers during his tenure at Clemson. He will have to move outside to play in the NFL, but there is little doubt that he plays big and is very tough. He was named All-ACC as a junior in 2003 and he led his team in tackles in his final two seasons. He has excellent speed for a linebacker, clocking in the 4.6 range and he never gives up on plays. He and the Hawks’ second-rounder, Lofa Tatupu, will be in the mix on the weakside and both will contribute heavily to the special teams. Look for Hill to see a lot of time as the nickel linebacker when the Seahawks go to five or six DBs.

FOURTH ROUND (105th Pick Overall)

With the 4th pick in the fourth round, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Florida State OT Ray Willis.


Ray Willis
School: Florida State
Ht: 6-5.5 Wt: 327 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter at right tackle who saw significant action as a freshman.

Positives: Big, powerful blocker best on the right side. Strong at the point, attacks assignments and gets movement from run blocks. Stays square, controls opponents and anchors in pass protection. Effectively uses blocking angles, keeps his feet moving throughout the action and patient. Shows potential as a position blocker and seals defenders from the action with his huge frame. Engulfs opponents or blocks down to remove them from the action.

Negatives: Big lumbering blocker who lacks adjustment and overall quickness. Struggles sliding his feet, lacks blocking range and overextends at times.

Analysis: A high-effort prospect with good work ethic, Willis has the tools to develop into a starting right tackle in the NFL. Most effective in a zone-blocking scheme or a system that limits his area responsibilities.

DOING THE MATH: Campus: NOTE -- On Pro Day, FSU players ran outdoors on a very, very fast rubber Tartan track. Many players ran their 40s with shoes that had nubs, which helps get better traction and lends to faster times … 5.15 in the 40-yard dash … 405-pound bench press … 651-pound squat … 304-pound power clean … 25½-inch vertical jump … 7-foot-11 long jump … 5.06 20-yard shuttle … 8.56 three-cone drill … Right-handed.

Bench-pressed 225 pounds 27 times … 35½-inch arm length … 10 5/8-inch hands.


Scott Eklund: When the Hawks cut RT Chris Terry in March, the thinking was that they had Floyd Womack and Sean Locklear to take over at that spot. Wayne Hunter, entering his third season, has been a non-factor. Now, with Willis, you have a quality tackle prospect who played at a very high level for the last three seasons. He is a road-grader, who has unbelievable power and drive. He lacks the quick feet you would like to see in a tackle prospect so you may be looking at a player who has the ability to move inside. He will immediately challenge for the backup spot behind either Steve Hutchinson, Womack (if Womack is moved inside to guard) or Chris Gray with the possibility he can play outside when or if he is needed there. Solid pick early on Day Two.

FIFTH ROUND (159th Pick Overall)

With the 24th pick in the fifth round, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Arkansas DE Jeb Huckeba.


Jeb HuckebaSchool: Arkansas
Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 247 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after 56/12.5/6.5. Posted 70 tackles and 14 tackles for loss as a junior.

Positives: Tall, slender defensive lineman who could be tried at several positions in the NFL. Plays with excellent leverage, balance and moves well laterally. Fluid changing direction, chases to get involved in the play and covers a good amount of area on the field.

Negatives: Not explosive for an undersized defensive end. Controlled at the point or engulfed by large blockers.

Analysis: An athletic prospect with growth potential, Huckeba has the physical skills and mental intangibles to develop into a player at the next level. Must spend a year or two adding bulk to his frame, but could be used early in his career as a nickel pass rusher.

DOING THE MATH: 4.62 in the 40-yard dash … 375-pound bench press … Bench pressed 225 pounds 18 times … 415-pound squat … 335-pound power clean … 4.16 20-yard shuttle … 11.38 60-yard shuttle … 6.9 three-cone drill … 33½-inch vertical jump … 10-foot long jump … 32½-inch arm length … 9 7/8-inch hands … Right-handed.


Scott Eklund:
With only three defensive ends that are guaranteed to make the final roster as of now (Grant Wistrom, Bryce Fisher and Antonio Cochran) Huckeba has a chance to come in and possibly earn a roster spot. He is a little lighter than the Hawks have liked their defensive ends in the past, but he has decent speed and he holds up well at the point of attack. Look for Huckeba to, at the very least, make it onto the practice squad with an outside chance at earning a spot on the 53-man roster.

SIXTH ROUND (196th Pick Overall)

With the 22nd pick in the sixth round, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Iowa TE Tony Jackson.


Tony Jackson
School: Iowa
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 266 40: 4.82 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Former special teams player who moved into the starting lineup as a senior and posted 7/82/1. Seattle quite possibly has him projected as a fullback who can bust the wedge on special teams.

Positives: Good athlete with limited production on the college level. Breaks down well and is a solid position blocker who stays square and seals defenders from the action. Works hard and displays good blocking awareness. Fluid releasing off the line of scrimmage, displays soft hands and adjusts in mid-air for the catch.

Negatives: Rarely involved in the passing offense and must learn to make himself an available target. Must improve his blocking strength.

Analysis: Jackson possesses adequate size/speed numbers for the position, yet must quickly improve his game. Practice squad participant who will need time to develop.

DOING THE MATH: Did not participate at the combine.


Scott Eklund:
Underrated and under-utilized talent that didn’t have big-time stats but has some solid abilities. The reason Jackson isn’t a Day One prospect is because he is considered too short for tight end position. He played in a pro-style offense at Iowa and he knows how to win and that experience should help him in his transition to the next level. He has good speed, able to stretch the defense down the seam, and he blocks well. With three tight ends already on the roster in (Itula Mili, Jerramy Stevens and Ryan Hannam) he will really have to impress the staff during training camp to earn a spot - more likely, a position change to fullback. He has a chance to sneak on the roster and push for playing time at that position. Could be considered a steal if he gets the chance to showcase his talents.

SEVENTH ROUND (235th Pick Overall)

With the 22nd pick in the seventh round, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Alabama OLB James "Cornelius" Wortham.


Cornelius Wortham School: Alabama
Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 236 Year: 5Sr

Bio: All-Conference selection who led the team in tackles as a senior, posting 86/3/1. Moved into the starting lineup as a true freshman but sidelined in 2003 with a dislocated elbow.

Positives: Competitive linebacker who improved his draft stock as a senior. Gets leverage on opponents, scrapes laterally through the traffic and finds the ball carrier. Fights to get off blocks and rarely off his feet. Does not bite on ball fakes, disciplined and stays with assignments. Solid playing speed and a hard-working defender who wraps up tackling. Picks up pass cover assignments and displays adequate sidelineto- sideline range.

Negatives: Not efficient, wastes a lot of motion and at times plays tentatively. Slow shedding blocks once engaged at the point.

Analysis: Experienced at both outside and middle linebacker positions, Wortham offers solid size/speed numbers and athleticism for the next level. Best in a system that lets him flow to the ball and use his natural skills.

DOING THE MATH: CAMPUS: 4.66 in the 40-yard dash … 495-pound bench press … 535-pound squat … 335-pound power clean … 35½-inch vertical jump … 32-inch arm length … 9¾-inch hands … Right-handed.


Scott Eklund:
A speedy outside linebacker who has a rep as being primarily a run-stopper. He excellent physical numbers, running in the 4.6 range in some private workouts heading into the draft with a 37-inch vertical leap. Several publications had him projected on Day one of the draft so this selection could be considered a steal this late in the draft. He will be looking at making the Seahawks as a special teams demon, hoping to make the squad and then learning the defense and how to play in space in the pass-defense. Wortham is a solid pick and could prove to be a “diamond-in-the-rough” if he comes in with a chip on his shoulder.

SEVENTH ROUND (254th Pick Overall)

With the 39th pick in the seventh round (compensatory selection), the Seattle Seahawks have selected Oregon State G/T Doug Nienhuis.


Doug Nienhuis School: Oregon State
Ht: 6-5.5 Wt: 307 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All- Conference honors the past two seasons.

Positives: Good-sized blocker who plays with a nasty attitude. Quick setting in pass protection, moves his feet throughout the action and stays square. Extends his hands and keeps opponents away. Strong at the point and anchors on the line. Effectively uses body positioning and blocking angles to seal defenders from the action. Intelligent, quickly picks up blitzes and works well with teammates. Nasty and works to finish blocks. Adequate job bending his knees.

Negatives: Not a dominant drive-blocking lineman. Lacks adjustment, not flexible and struggles sliding laterally.

Analysis: Possessing the body type to be a strong side tackle at the next level, Nienhuis displayed consistent skill through college. Understands the position and would greatly benefit from added bulk and strength, which would enhance his run-blocking skills. Solid consideration in the late rounds.

DOING THE MATH: Combine -- 5.16 in the 40-yard dash … 2.98 20-yard dash … 1.77 10-yard dash … 4.47 20-yard shuttle … 7.5 three-cone drill … 29½-inch vertical jump … 8-foot-5 broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 22 times … 33 3/8-inch arm length … 10-inch hands … Right-handed.


Scott Eklund: Durable three-year starter who never missed a game in his college career. High-character player who has excellent size and overall strength. Nienhuis lacks the athleticism necessary to play on the outside at the NFL level and will probably get a shot inside. He will probably never be a starter, but may turn out to be a solid backup at the pro level. Top Stories