Three new visitors to Kirkland

The Seahawks are continuing to host a steady stream of college players at the Kirkland headquarters as the NFL Draft draws closer. Seahawks.NET has learned of three more players who have visited or will be visiting in the next week. Below are the players who have visited and the one that will be visiting soon.

Are they players that could be taken with one of Seattle's draft choices? We're not sure on that one, but they are definitely players who are intriguing enough to get looks from several teams and they could be valuable free agent pick ups following the Draft on April 29th and 30th.

USC OL Fred Matua Left USC a year early, but was an integral part of a national championship team in 2004 and the runner up in 2005. Has very good footwork and is very aggressive in the running game. He moves well laterally and because he has long arms, he maintains good separation and leverage in pass-protection. He tends to get lost in space, unable to lock on to a defender in the open field. Matua would have benefited from another season in college and many feel he has enjoyed a lot of success because of the great players that surrounded him at USC. Receiving late second day grades and could fall out of the draft. Will be visiting within the next week.




Idaho State DE Jeff Charleston Has good size (6-4, 265) for a player from a small-college and good quickness. Posted 12 sacks, 19 tackles-for-loss and 56 total tackles as a senior in 2005. Concerns with Charleston range from his lack of experience against top competition to a relatively slow 40-time (4.81). Charleston runs better than his listed time suggests and he uses a quick first step when rushing the passer. Holds the point relatively well because of his good strength and has a plethora of pass-rush moves that make him more polished than some players with higher profiles. Visited this past week.




New Mexico State LB James Cottrell – Some are projecting that Cottrell will move outside because he's a little too light (6-1, 235) to play on the inside. Led the Aggies with 179 tackles, nine tackles-for-loss and three sacks. Where he'll struggle is in space. He doesn't have a smooth hip turn and he's not adept at coverage because he wasn't asked to do that in college. Is a sure tackler and uses his hands well to shed blockers. Plays a little too high, but breaks down well in space. Projected right now to be a free agent but may sneak into the seventh round if the right team likes him enough. Visited this past week.

Stay tuned to Seahawks.NET as we will continue to announce and profile the players making their way to Kirkland for individual workouts.

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