Seahawks Sign Nine Not Drafted

After the draft was done, the Seahawks agreed to terms with nine undrafted free agents. Among those nine is a Canadian running back whose reputation precedes him...and not in a bad way.

Jamaal Brimmer School: UNLV
Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 216 40: 4.92 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who made spot appearances with the first team as a freshman. All- Conference selection the past two-years, most recently totaling 82/1/5 as a senior. Posted a career-high 100 tackles as a sophomore.

Positives: Aggressive, run-defending safety with the ability to play in zone. Explosive up the field supporting the run, defends screen plays and works to make positive things happen. Adequate backpedaling in reverse, displays a burst of closing speed and effective facing the quarterback. Fast off the edge on blitzes. Squares into tackles and wraps up.

Negatives: Best playing between the numbers and usually a half step late to the flanks in coverage. Struggles in man-to-man situations. More of a chaser rather than a defender who diagnoses the action.

Analysis: A nice-sized safety with growth potential, Brimmer has the mentality and physical skills to play up in the box. Best defending the run, he displays adequate skills covering the pass in a small area and looks best suited for a two deep system.


Steven Gibbs School: Arkansas State
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 348 40: 5.35 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Four year starter who began his college career at tackle before moving inside to guard as a sophomore.

Positives: Big, wide bodied blocker who dominates at the point of attack. Works to stays square, walls defenders from the action and removes them from the play. Displays adequate skills in space. Plays heads up football and immediately recognizes blitzes. Effectively fights with his hands to keep defenders from the action.

Negatives: Bends at the waist and does not play with leverage. Not explosive off the snap into blocks. Inflexible and has difficulty finishing the play. Lumbers around the field.

Analysis: A size prospect who displays the ability to destroy opponents, Gibbs will be brought into camp for a power running offense. Must better condition himself and lose weight to truly have a chance in the NFL.


Jesse Lumsden School: McMaster University
Ht: 6-2Wt: 225 40: 4.4 (estimated) Year: 4Sr

Bio: Could be the best prospect to come out of a Canadian university in over a decade. Lumsden rushed for over 1,800 yards this season in just eight games. In those eight games, Lumsden had six 200-yard rushing games and 4 over 250 yards. And for the season, Lumsden averaged a remarkable 10.2 yards per carry this fall running against defenses usually stacked to stop the McMaster ground game.

Positives: Lumsden has good size and impressive speed, and had several offers to go to Division 1-A schools. However, he decided to stay in Canada because his coach promised to keep him at RB, whereas U.S. schools wanted to convert him to defensive back. While he's obviously fast, he's also an instinctive runner with good vision who almost always makes the first defender miss; he's also got terrific upfield acceleration when he sees the crease and is a good blocker who isn't afraid to get his uniform dirty. He's a technically sound pass protector who sets up well in the pocket with a solid base, gets some knee bend, and keeps his shoulders squared. Lumsden is also a good receiver but plays in an offense that doesn't get him that many reps at reciever. For good measure, Lumsden was also a dangerous kick returner early in his career when he averaged over 35 yards on kickoff returns during his freshman and sophomore campaigns. His exploits earned him an invitation to the prestigious East West Shrine Game in San Francisco, where he led the East team with 41 yards on only five carries.

Negatives: There are some concerns about Lumsden's style - he tends to run too high and needs to do a better job moving the pile. Canadian players are generally smaller than the big time NCAA programs, have fewer coaches on their staffs and no spring practice. There also isn't the same emphasis on weight training and film study.

Analysis: Undrafted, one would imagine, due to the inability of scouts to prorate his ability from the Canadian college system, Lumsden will get a serious look from Seattle because of his physical abilities and raw talent alone.


Marquis Weeks School: Virginia
Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 216 40: 4.66 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Former running back who moved into the starting safety position as a senior and posted 60 tackles.

Positives: Athletic defensive back with excellent size/speed numbers. Reads the signal caller, anticipates the action, and helps out cornerbacks. Displays good sideline-to-sideline range, fast to the flanks and possesses a burst of closing speed. Explosive up the field defending the run. Holds his ground against blocks. Fluid turning in transition to cover the pass.

Negatives: Inexperienced and possesses marginal ball skills.

Analysis: Making a seamless transition into the secondary after being a reserve running back the prior three seasons, Weeks displayed a lot of skill last year. Obviously needs repetition, and yet offers a lot of upside for the next level. Could develop into a starter two or three years down the road.


Other undrafted free agents the Seahawks signed on Sunday:


ILB Tim Galloway, Washington
P Chris Kluwe, UCLA
TE Calen Powell, Duke
FB Leonard Weaver, Carson-Newman
QB Brian Wrobel, Winona State


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