Seahawks 2006 Draft - As It Happened!

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Seattle Seahawks 2006 Draft
ROUND
PLAYER
POSITION
COLLEGE
1 (31)
Kelly Jennings
CB
Miami (Fla.)
2 (63)
Darryl Tapp
DE
Virginia Tech
4 (128)
Rob Sims
OG
Ohio State
5 (163)
David Kirtman
FB
USC
7 (239)
Ryan Plackemeier
P
Wake Forest
7 (259)
Ben Obomanu
WR
Auburn

FIRST ROUND (31ST PICK OVERALL):

With the 31st pick in the first round, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Miami (Fla.) CB Jelly Jennings.

KELLY JENNINGS PROFILE PAGE

Full Name:
Kelly Jennings School: Miami-Fl Pos: CB

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 180 40: 4.47 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after posting 31/3/13. Junior totals were 25/2/5.

Pos: Natural cover corner with starting abilities in the NFL. Quickly transitions off the line, runs with opponents downfield and stays with receivers out from breaks. Instinctive, quickly locates the pass and has good ball skills. Fluid in all his motions, quick-footed on the field and willing to mix it up.

Neg: Possesses a slim build, gets out-positioned or loses out in battles.

Analysis: A consistent player, Jennings took his game to another level as a senior and now sits as a possible first-round selection. Has the skills to be used in either zone or backed off the line of scrimmage and should quickly break into a starting line-up.

DOING THE MATH:

Combine -
40-Yard Dash: 4.39. 20-Yard Dash: 2.59. 10-Yrd Dash: 1.56. Vertical Jump: 40. Broad Jump: 10'0". 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.04.
Pro Day -
225 Lb. Bench Press Reps: 12. Broad Jump: 9'7". 20-Yard Shuttle: 3.96. 3-Cone Drill: 6.88

THE .NET REPORT


Scott Eklund: It's no surprise the Seahawks chose to bolster their secondary with the 31st selection in the first round. At cornerback, there were at least 10 guys who were considered first rounders and Seattle got one with a ton of experience. Jennings is a super-quick athlete that has faced off against a number of top wideouts during his time with the Miami Hurricanes. He's got good recovery speed and his 40-inch vertical shows just how explosive he can be. Needs to make more big plays and with his athleticism, he needs to take a few more chances, but there is no arguing with his abilities and production over the last four years. Solid pickup for the Hawks that will challenge Kelly Herndon for the starting spot opposite Marcus Trufant right away.

Ryan Rigmaiden: Definitely a surprising First Round so far. Nice to see CBs like Jimmy Williams, Kelly Jennings, and Richard Marshall still on the board.
Jennings is the best cover-corner on the board at this point and has the potential to start immediately. I like his experience, his speed and his ability to take away a third of the, field. He's a solid pick at this point and I'm glad we have him.

Links to Kelly Jennings Content:

Seahawks.NET Q&A: Draft Expert Rob Rang! II NFC West Pre-Draft News & Notes - 4/23/06 II Draft Chat Transcript: Tony Pauline II Exclusive: Kelly Jennings analysis and audio II Pro-Day 3/4: Miami Hurricanes II Sunday NFL Combine Live Feed - Updated 5:00p


SECOND ROUND (63rd PICK OVERALL):

With the 63rd pick overall, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Virginia Tech DE Darryl Tapp.

DARRYL TAPP PROFILE PAGE

Full Name: Darryl Tapp School: Virginia Tech Pos: DE

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 252 40: 4.87 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who posted 48/14.5/10 last season after 60/16.5/8.5 the prior year. All-Conference selection as a junior and senior.

Pos: Hard-working defender who plays with great energy. Fast off the edge and makes plays down the line of scrimmage. Gets leverage on opponents playing with good pad level and is rarely off his feet. Works his hands throughout the action, displays balance and body control. Immediately alters his angle of attack or changes direction.

Neg: Undersized, can be controlled at the point or removed from the action by fullbacks. Takes wide angles around opponents to avoid blocks altogether.

Analysis: An intense defender with great work habits, Tapp is best suited as a one-gap defensive end or rush linebacker. Lacks the eye-catching size/speed numbers but his production on the field is impressive.

DOING THE MATH:

Combine -
40-Yard Dash: 4.83. 20-Yard Dash: 2.85. 10-Yrd Dash: 1.66. 225 Lb. Bench Press Reps: 27. Vertical Jump: 33. Broad Jump: 9'1 ". 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.48. 3-Cone Drill: 7.32
Pro Day
- 40-Yard Dash: 4.80.

THE .NET REPORT

Scott Eklund: The Hawks have solid defensive ends in Bryce Fisher and Grant Wistrom. Fisher showed that his 2004 season wasn't a fluke by posting nine sacks in his first year in Seattle. All that being said, they still needed a speed guy to come off the edge (something that Fisher and Wistrom are not) and Tapp is that guy. He was ultra-productive in an aggressive defensive scheme at Virginia Tech and he's relentless. At barely 6'2", Tapp can get under the pads of the offensive tackle and he has the strength to push the blocker back into the quarterback. I love this pick.

Ryan Rigmaiden: The guy I thought we wanted all along was there and we pulled the trigger. I like his overall skill set, size and motor. I think he'll be a great addition to the DE rotation and that he should see significant time behind Fisher and Wistrom.

Links to Darryl Tapp Content:

Seahawks.NET Q&A: Draft Expert Rob Rang! II Patriots Draft Prospect: Darryl Tapp II Skins Draft Target, Round 2: DE Darryl Tapp (with audio interview from February 2006)


FOURTH ROUND (128th PICK OVERALL):

With the 128th pick overall, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Ohio State G Rob Sims.

ROB SIMS PROFILE PAGE

Full Name: Rob Sims School: Ohio State Pos: G

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 307 40: 5.21 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter at left tackle who moved inside to guard as a senior.

Pos: Athletic blocker coming off a good senior campaign. Quick off the snap, jolts opponents at the point and seals them from the action. Picks up stunts or twists and flashes skill in space.

Neg: Weight-room strong yet not a dominant blocker who finishes the play. Minimal skills in motion. Must make better use of angles.

Analysis: Consistent the past three seasons, Sims benefited from the move to guard as a senior. Must take his game to another level yet holds potential as a back-up.

DOING THE MATH:

Combine -
225 Lb. Bench Press Reps: 27
Pro Day
- Vertical Jump: 30. Broad Jump: 8'10". 20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.79. 3-Cone Drill: 7.50

THE .NET REPORT

Scott Eklund: I like the move to add more depth to one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. Losing Steve Hutchinson was tough this offseason, but the Hawks already have some solid players who can step in and, while they may not be Pro Bowlers like Hutchinson, they can still play at a high level. Sims just adds to that. He's big, and at times, he's played like a first rounder. He has a good work ethic (something that Hawks GM Tim Ruskell puts at a premium) and has competed igainst some top-shelf competition. Solid fourth-round selection for the Hawks.

Links to Rob Sims content:

Buckeyes Expected To Have Big Draft Showing II Sims Prepping Hard For Pre-draft Workout II Fiesta Bowl Has Special Place For Sims II Senior Day Photos


FIFTH ROUND (163RD PICK OVERALL):

With the 163rd pick overall, the Seattle Seahawks have selected USC FB David Kirtman.

Full Name: David Kirtman School: USC Pos: FB

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 233 40: 4.76 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Moved into the starting lineup as a senior and was awarded All-Conference honors. Totaled 19/220/1 catching the ball.

Pos: Hard-working lead blocker with solid hands. Has terrific blocking vision, gets a pad on defenders and disrupts their angle of attack. Solid position blocker who walls defenders from the action. Aggressive, stays with assignments and works to finish. Reliable receiver who makes the difficult catch.

Neg: Not explosive off the snap, lacks speed around the corner and does not finish blocks.

Analysis: After moving into the starting spot, Kirtman did a solid job for one of the nation's most explosive offenses. May never be a dominant lead blocker yet does enough things well enough to be a No. 2 player at his position.

DOING THE MATH:

Combine -
40-Yard Dash: 4.76. 20-Yard Dash: 2.78. 10-Yard Dash: 1.63. Vertical Jump: 29 1/2. Broad Jump: 8'10". 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.32. 3-Cone Drill: 7.18.
Pro Day - 40-Yard Dash: 4.74. 225 Lb. Bench Press Reps: 26. Vertical Jump: 34 1/2. Broad Jump: 9'8".

THE .NET REPORT

Scott Eklund: Wow. Surprising to see the Hawks take a fullback in this year's draft, but you can't go wrong selecting a player with Kirtman's resume. He's blocked for two of the best college running backs in the country the past three years, and his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield was also on display in the Trojans' offensive scheme. Kirtman is a bruiser who can pick up the blitz well and he's athletic enough to carry the rock when the need arises. He's also a solid special teams player. Surprising selection, but still a solid player who has that winning attitude Seahawks GM Tim Ruskell and head coach Mike Holmgren love.

Links to David Kirtman Content:

4 Trojans selected for 81st Shrine Game II 20 questions with David Kirtman


SEVENTH ROUND (239TH PICK OVERALL):

With the 239th pick overall, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Wake Forest punter Ryan Plackemeier.

Full Name: Ryan Plackemeier School: Wake Forest Pos: P

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 249 40: 5.25 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Moved into the starting lineup as a freshman and awarded All-Conference honors the past three years. Averaged 47.2 yards on 67 punts as a senior with a long of 82 yards. Placed a career-best 20 punts inside the 20-yard line.

Pos: Consistent punter with a big leg. Gets solid hang-time, terrific distance and can flip the field. Punts his team out of jams. Comes off a solid combine.

Neg: Marginal abilities as a directional punter.

Analysis: Possessing an NFL leg, Plackemeier has been reliable the past three seasons and comes through in the tough spot. Needs to fine-tune his game yet can compete for a job at the next level.

THE .NET REPORT

Scott Eklund: Any follower of the Seahawks had to know they were going to look at taking a punter late in the Draft this year and Wake Forest's Ryan Plackemeier was the best in the country last year. He averaged a eye-popping 47.2 yards per attempt while booming one for 82 yards and dropped 20 of his 67 punts inside the 20. He gets great hangtime and is a good directional punter in addition to his strong leg. He also can help out with kickoff duties should the Hawks decide they aren't satisfied with K Josh Brown's efforts in this area. Plackemeier has to be the favorite to win the punting job heading into training camp. Great pickup by the Hawks.


SEVENTH ROUND (259TH PICK OVERALL):

With the 259th pick overall, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Auburn WR Ben Obomanu.


BEN OBOMANU PROFILE PAGE

Full Name:
Ben Obomanu School: Auburn Pos: WR

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 205 40: 4.50 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Led the team last year posting 33/357/5 after 25/359/7 the prior year.

Pos: Developing receiver who elevated his game as a senior. Solid athlete who extends over defenders and high-points the pass. Displays sharpness running routes, stays low on exit and offers the quarterback a big target. Comes back to the ball, displays good focus and body control.

Neg: Does not consistently catch the ball cleanly. Lacks top-end speed and does not present himself as a deep threat.

Analysis: Physically talented, Obamanu has the skills necessary to develop into a productive third receiver at the next level.

DOING THE MATH:

Combine -
40-Yard Dash: 4.45. 20-Yard Dash: 2.70. 10-Yard Dash: 1.64. Vertical Jump: 38. Broad Jump: 9'8". 20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.23. 3-Cone Drill: 7.18.
Pro Day - 40-Yard Dash: 4.44. Vertical Jump: 41. Broad Jump: 10'1". 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.44. 3-Cone Drill: 6.98.

THE .NET REPORT

Scott Eklund: The Hawks needed to add a kick returner and Obomanu may be just that player. He's quick and has good speed and while he may not have a ton of experience returning kicks, he could possibly be a solid player in this area. As a route-runner, Obomanu isn't very polished, but he has excellent hands. He will have a tough time making the Hawks roster with the depth at wideout, but if he can return kicks and be a gunner on special teams, he may have a chance of sticking.

Links to Ben Obamanu content:

Obomanu Eager For Draft Day II
Ht's & Wt's/40-times/Shuttle Times: Wide Outs II Senior Bowl South Team Practice Reports II Obomanu Added to Senior Bowl Roster


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