Auburn Safety May Sign With Seahawks

The parade of undrafted free agents continues, as players not taken by teams last weekend search for the best places to show their talents. Seahawks.NET has learned that a safety scouted by Tim Ruskell during Auburn's Pro Day may be signing with the Seahawks very soon.

According to Jason Caldwell of AUTigers.com, the agent for Junior Rosegreen said that the hard-hitting Auburn safety is likely to be signing on as a free agent with the Seattle Seahawks.

An All-SEC and All-American performer for the Tigers last season when he had 57 tackles and a team-high seven interceptions, Rosegreen was expected to be selected somewhere in the draft. Instead, he was undrafted in the seven round process over the weekend. For his career, Rosegreen made 198 tackles with 10 sacks and 25 passes broken up, but that wasn’t enough to earn him a spot in the draft.

When Seahawks president Tim Ruskell visited Auburn ’s Pro Day on March 21, Rosegreen was one of many players that the long-time scout and player personnel maven observed.

On the day, Rosegreen’s best 40-yard dash times went under 4.5 on some watches and there was no hiding his athleticism in the vertical jump with a 39-inch leap.

“Absolutely - Rosegreen is an example of a guy who improved his standing with his workout,” Ruskell noted. “This pro day is another chance to compete and show what you can do. “These type of pro days are good because some of the guys didn’t work out at the Combine or weren’t invited to the combine, so you need to see those players as well to slot them in to where you think they need to go. It is valuable all-around,” Ruskell said.

While most execs were sipping Mai-Tais and playing golf at the NFL Owners’ Meetings in Maui, Ruskell’s time spent in Auburn with a stopwatch in his hand may provide the Seahawks with valuable safety depth in Rosegreen. Beyond talented starters Ken Hamlin and Michael Boulware, the cupboard is a bit bare. Terreal Bierria can cover the run but has severe liabilities in pass coverage and got beaten deep more than once in 2004. Marquand Manuel hasn’t shown much on the field.

At 5’11” and 190 pounds, Rosegreen also played some weakside cornerback at Auburn.

Rosegreen would have a serious uphill battle (as anyone would) to earn a starter’s role in Seattle ’s talented secondary, which was augmented in the offseason with the acquisitions of CBs Kelly Herndon (formerly of Denver ) and Andre Dyson (ex-Tennessee). But he appears to have the talent to help in certain situations and perhaps on special teams.

SCOUT.COM PLAYER PROFILE

Junior “Norman” Rosegreen School: Auburn
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 190 40: 4.55 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter and an All-Conference safety as a senior after posting 57/6/3. Junior totals included 52/1/6.

Positives: Undersized run-supporting safety best in zone coverage. Fierce moving up the field, takes good angles to the action and wraps up tackling. Effective when the play is in front of him and does a fine job in zone coverage. Picks up assignments and does well making the calls in the secondary. Possesses a burst of closing speed and plays with a degree of suddenness.

Negatives: Marginal skills in man-to-man coverage. Does not display top sideline-to-sideline range.

Analysis: Another Auburn Tiger who stepped up to the plate as a senior, Rosegreen finished off a terrific 2004 campaign with an excellent showing in the Senior Bowl. Well suited as a zone-cover safety who will be effective when his area responsibilities are kept to a minimum. Will not “wow” anyone with his size/speed numbers, yet the light has seemingly come on and the arrow is pointing up.

DOING THE MATH: 4.55 in the 40-yard dash … 330-pound bench press … 405-pound squat … 275-pound power clean … 36-inch vertical jump … 9-foot-3 broad jump … 4.5 in the 20-yard shuttle … 30 ½-inch arm length … 8 ½-inch hands … Right-handed … Wears contacts.


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