Seahawks Sign 7th Round Pick Doug Nienhuis

The Seattle Seahawks have announced that G/T Doug Nienhuis from Oregon State, the team's second 7th-round pick, and their final (254th) pick in 2005, has signed a contract. Terms have not been disclosed at this time.

Nienhuis is the second 2005 draft picked signed by the Seahawks - DE Jeb Huckeba from Arkansas signed a multi-year deal yesterday.


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