Seahawks Draft: Ready for Another "Reach"?

Last year, the Seahawks traded up from the 54th to the 45th pick in the second round in order to take USC MLB Lofa Tatupu, a player considered a colossal reach by many "experts". Seahawks.NET has learned that lightning, in the form of another "reach pick", could strike again – and this time, it could very well be in the first round.

Nebraska's Daniel Bullocks celebrates after stripping the ball from Wake Forest quarterback Benjamin Mauk and scoring in the first half in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005. (AP Photo/Dave Weaver)
Two league sources – highly placed NFL personnel people – have informed Scout.com that Seattle’s interest in Nebraska safety Daniel Bullocks is so high, the Seahawks are seriously considering taking him with the 31st pick in the first round. The words “foregone conclusion” have been bandied about, and the fact that free safety Ken Hamlin’s future is still unclear is certainly a major factor in this possible choice.

What’s interesting about Bullocks is that while he’s projected by many as a second- or third-round pick, he’s also been shooting up draft boards since the Combine. Like Tatupu, he’s overcome his share of reports telling him what he “can’t do”. At 6’0” and 212 pounds, Bullocks has good size. He wasn’t thought of as a fast player per se, until he ran a 4.38-40 at the Combine.

As the only returning Husker defensive back in 2005, Bullocks was recognized as the leader of Nebraska's hard-nosed defense that racked up 46 sacks and 115 tackles for losses -- best in the country. His twin brother Josh was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the second round of the 2005 draft.

In addition to his physical style, Bullocks is also a playmaker. During his college career he intercepted 8 passes, recovered 3 fumbles (returning two for touchdowns), forced 5 fumbles and blocked a punt. He also set a school record with 22 pass deflections.

Projected as a strong safety by most, Bullocks also has the ability to cover serious ground in a two-deep zone, which would be a fit in Seattle. Scouting reports tout his great work ethic and ability to improve as a pro.

With all the pre-draft smokescreens out there, it’s always hard to know what’s real and what isn’t. In this case, the information comes from members of the front office of a team that is very interested in drafting Bullocks. Just don’t be surprised if the Seahawks take another high-round “reach” in 2006 – and that “reach” pays enormous dividends in the end.

Doug Farrar is the Editor-in-Chief of Seahawks.NET. Feel free to e-mail him here.


TFY Draft Scouting Report

Full Name:
Daniel Bullocks School: Nebraska

Pos:
S
Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 212 40: 4.41 Year: 5Sr

Bio:
All-Conference selection the past three years. Senior totals included 83/1/10 after 58/5/9 as a junior.


Pos:
Hard-working, take-charge leader flying up draft boards. Effectively quarterbacks the secondary, sees the action and has a burst of closing speed to the play. Explodes up the field in run defense and sacrifices his body to make the tackle. Active in zone coverage and displays a good sense of timing.


Neg:
Struggles in man-to-man situations and does not display a decisive move to the ball. Not a technique tackler. Takes a lot of missteps and over-pursues the action.


Analysis:
A consistent player at Nebraska, Bullocks turned in outstanding performances at the Senior Bowl and the combine.

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