.NET Exclusive: Rob Rang Scouts the UDFAs

Recently, Seahawks.NET asked Rob Rang, the Senior Draft Analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, to give us his take on Seattle's ten undrafted free agents. As those players prepare to try and make their mark in minicamps and workouts, Rob gives us his insight into the NFL possibilities for each of them.

Evan Benjamin, LB, Washington
Rang's Take:
Classic 'tweener with the instincts and passion to have a chance. Only 6-0, 212, and thus lacks the size to likely remain at linebacker. Ran a 4.68 in workouts and had only a 32' vertical jump, suggesting to many he lacks the athleticism to transition back to safety, a position he played each of his first two seasons at Washington. Led Washington and finished third in the Pac-10 in tackles last season with 109 tackles.

Matt Henshaw, TE, Florida State
Rang's Take:
Developmental prospect at tight end with size potential at 6-4, 248 pounds. Invited to the Combine despite only 31 receptions for 314 yards and 2 TDs over his career with the Seminoles. Viewed as a rising player, as 21 of the receptions came this season. Lacks pure athleticism and strength, but is a hard worker who showed a sense in the passing game in limited opportunity. Knows the game. Father, George Henshaw, is the tight ends coach for the Tennessee Titans.

Kevin Hobbs, CB, Auburn
Rang's Take:
Workout warrior who stole the show at the Auburn Pro Day with a 4.34 forty and 11 foot, 1" broad jump at 6-0, 195 pounds. Former walk-on who started seven games in 2003, one in 2004, and none last year. Hasn't shown that he can be a starter at even the collegiate level, but with these types of numbers, he's worth a free agent look. Several teams looked into signing Hobbs.

Lance Laury, LB, South Carolina
Rang's Take:
Underrated outside linebacker prospect who started 31 games and leaves with 240 tackles and 20 tackles for loss for South Carolina over his career. Has intriguing measureables at 6-2, 230 pounds and running in the high 4.6s and has produced over his career, but hasn't seemed to put it all together yet. Struggled in his recovery from a sprained knee in 2004. Might lack the instincts to play linebacker in the NFL.

Travis Lulay, QB, Montana State
Rang's Take:
Small school prospect that most expected to be drafted. Lulay is recognized for having a strong enough arm, mobility, intelligence and being a durable performer (started 42 consecutive games) for Montana State. Left with 10,746 yards and 58 touchdown passes, as well as 23 rushing touchdowns. Questions about his decision-making and accuracy dropped him down the board. Also MSU's punter, averaging 40.17 yards over his career.

Garrett McIntyre, DT, Fresno State
Rang's Take:
Essentially a workaholic who carved out one helluva career for himself at Fresno State despite lacking athleticism and size. Switched from defensive end to defensive tackle as a sophomore and responded with consecutive all conference seasons. Recognized as the Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year last year despite only 29 tackles, though 12.5 of those were tackles for loss, including 7.5 sacks.

Kyle Ralph, OG, North Carolina
Rang's Take:
Successful collegiate guard who likely lacks the athleticism to handle the change in speed of the NFL level. Solid athlete, but lacks footwork and the agility to compensate if his initial hand punch doesn't stun the defender. Better as a pass blocker than a run blocker as his weight room strength (455 bench) doesn't always translate onto the field. Helped his cause with a strong showing at the Hula Bowl and by proving capable as a long snapper.

Lance Reynolds, C, BYU
Rang's Take:
Former linebacker turned Mountain West Conference honoree at center. Solid size for the position at 6-3, 295, but lacks strength and experience at the point of attack. Developed into BYU's most reliable lineman last season despite his inexperience and is an improving player in a pro-style offense.

Pat Ross, C, Boston College
Rang's Take:
Started the final 37 consecutive games over his career, earning Second-Team All-Conference honors each of the past two seasons. Reminds in many ways of current starting center Robbie Tobeck. Has some athleticism, but best attributes are intelligence, consistency, and technique. Lacks the size and strength to anchor against the bull rush and is a better pass blocker than run blocker. Comes from a BC unit known for consistently producing quality offensive lineman. The top center not drafted.

John Syptak, DE, Rice
Rang's Take:
Only 6-1, 250 pounds, but has proven so productive in the Conference USA that he certainly deserves a chance at the NFL level. Lacks the athleticism to play linebacker, even the 3-4 rush position, but shows some explosiveness off the edge as a situational pass rusher. Has 241 tackles, 38 tackles for loss and 16 sacks over his career.


Rob Rang is the Senior Draft Analyst for NFLDraftScout.com. We thank him, as always, for his time and expert analysis.


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