He’s probably a better fit at defensive end in a 3-4 scheme because he can use his strength and long arms to be strong at the point, allowing the outside linebacker to rush the passer. Patterson isn’t a guy who will be overly effective in a 4-3 scheme.
Patterson visited the Seahawks recently
, according to his agent.
Biography: Second-team All-Conference selection last year after posting 22 tackles and three tackles for loss. Junior numbers were 26/6.5/4 after 19 tackles as a sophomore.
Pos: Versatile lineman who has potential as a two-gap defender. Quick off the snap, focused on by opponents and drives up the field. Solid technician with his hands, fluid moving out to the flanks and makes plays down the line. Deceptively strong and defeats blocks. Displays a good head for the ball.Neg: Possesses marginal playing speed. At times easily handled by one-on-one blocking.
Northern Illinois TE Jake Nordin - I haven’t seen any tape on Nordin, but reports are that he’s a great receiver and a player who can block as well as catch the ball. The problem with him is his speed (4.93 at his pro day), but you can’t diminish the fact that he’s produced against some top-notch competition every week. Likely a second-day guy who could be a nice pickup late in the fifth or sixth round. Nordin visited the Seahawks recently, according to his agent.
Biography: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a junior. Receiving totals were 14/159 last year when he missed five games with a broken ankle. Junior totals were 26/266/1.
Pos: Tough blocking tight end with good size. Quick off the snap, has a nasty attitude and looks to finish off opponents. Always looking for someone to hit. Can block in motion. Chips defenders and removes opponents from their angle of attack. Solid eye/hand coordination as a pass catcher.Neg: Marginal playing speed, not a downfield threat nor a wide out who can stretch the seam. Limited productivity catching the ball.
Washington S C.J. Wallace - Instinctive player who plays bigger than his body would indicate. He’s a great tackler and he’s a firey guy who is a leader…where he’ll run into problems is he’s not much bigger than a corner so his body can’t possibly hold up taking on fullbacks and running backs that outweigh him by 35 pounds.
He’s also below average in coverage. He doesn’t have great hips and he’s kind of stiff when he runs. His 4.55 speed at his pro day isn’t indicative of how fast he plays. He doesn’t seem to run that well in pads. If he makes an NFL roster, it will be strictly as a special-teamer or as an emergency backup.
Wallace visited with the Seahawks in mid-April.
Biography: Three-year starter and All-Conference selection who totaled 105/1/1 as a senior, when he also collected 10 tackles for loss. Junior numbers included 86 tackles.
Pos: Aggressive and alert safety who effectively defends the run. Displays a good head for the ball, takes correct angles to the action and hits hard. Aggressively lays his shoulders into opponents, but also wraps up tackling. Moves well to the sidelines, stays with assignments and generally does a good job diagnosing the action.Neg: Lacks ball skills and ability in coverage. Not a rangy centerfielder who covers a lot of areas.
Utah DT Kelly Talavou - His workout numbers were impressive from his pro day and he’s a guy who is an excellent athlete for a man of his ample size. A 5.29 forty time and a 30-inch vertical at 329 pounds is pretty rare. He doesn’t play with the best leverage at times, but Talavou was the main run-stuffer along the Ute’s defensive line. He can get after the passer, but his forte’ is holding the point and occupying blockers.
Seattle needs a good one-gap defensive tackle and with the health of Marcus Tubbs in question, Talavou should he be around late in the fourth or fifth round, might be a man who could hear his name called by the Seahawks. He will visit the team next Tuesday.
Biography: Two-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after posting 47/8/3. Junior numbers were 31/2/1.5.
Pos: Strong, two-gap lineman with potential at nose tackle. Quick off the snap, plays with excellent pad level and is fluid moving in all directions of the field. Pursues to the sidelines making plays out to the flanks and has a burst of closing speed. Flashes power, stays with the action and possesses a non-stop motor.Neg: Slow shedding blocks once engaged at the point or engulfed by larger opponents. Marginal skill as a pass rusher.
Kent State CB Usama Young - When you play at a small college like Kent State, you need to be, at least from a physical standpoint, markedly better for NFL teams to consider drafting you over players from the bigger schools/programs. Well, Young definitely opened eyes at his pro day last month posting a blistering 4.38 forty time and an incredible 43-inch vertical.
Young has excellent quickness and the hips and top-end speed to run with wideouts all over the field. The drawback comes when you look at the top competition he’s had to face and when you are considering a player in the Draft, you need to see how he projects at the next level.
With his good size (5-11, 198) and physical attributes, you can expect Young to be a solid pro and possibly move in as a starter in two or three years. He needs to go to a team that doesn’t need a starter right away so he can work on his technique a little more and play a nickel or dime spot as a rookie.
He’s currently projected as a second day selection, but there’s always a chance that with individual workouts, a team could fall in love with him and use a late first-day selection on him. Reminds me a lot of New Orleans CB Mike McKenzie. Young will visit the Seahawks early in the week of April 9 .
Young will visit the Seahawks early in the week of April 9
Biography: Four-year starter, awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after totaling 60/2/6.
Pos: A nice-sized cornerback with solid ball skills. Displays solid footwork in reverse, loses nothing transitioning to run with opponents and covers a good amount of area on the field. Quickly reads receivers’ eyes, then gets his head back around to locate the ball. Nicely positions himself against defenders and gets vertical to knock away the pass. Tough and willing to get involved in the action.Neg: Not strong and struggles bringing ball handlers down on initial contact. Very quick out of his backpedal and prefers to side-shuffle. Better facing the quarterback and struggles with his back to the ball.
Whitworth College TE Michael Allan - No player increased his stock at the NFL Combine than Whitworth’s Michael Allan. He is an outstanding athlete who has the speed (4.71) to stretch the middle seam and the size (6-6, 255) to be a threat in the red zone and when an offense needs a big target on third down plays.
He has excellent hands and runs good routes…his real main drawbacks are his blocking, which has improved some already, and the fact that he just wasn’t challenged much at the level of college football he played. He also needs to get a little stronger as he’s never had to work that hard in the weight room to be better than his competition.
It will be interesting to see who likes him enough to select him. He could go anywhere from the third round to the fifth round, but he’s a player that will make a roster and contribute very early in his pro career. I’ve seen several talent evaluators compare him to Philadelphia’s Matt Schobel.Allan will visit with the Seahawks during the week of April 9.
Biography: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign. Posted career numbers of 53/1,100/9 as a senior when he received All-America notice. Junior totals included 36/693/15.
Pos: Nice-sized pass-catching tight end with a developing game. Quickly releases off the line, finds the open spot on the field and offers the quarterback a nice target. Consistent hand-catcher who extends to make the reception away from his frame. Flashes the ability to split the seam.Neg: Marginal blocker who does not get the results he should.
Hampton ILB Justin Durant - Small-college player who is climbing up the charts as the draft draws nearer. Durant played middle linebacker for
What Durant brings to the table is a tough, hard-nosed and athletic game that relies on his instincts to diagnose plays and get to a spot before the blocker can get a clean shot at him. He’s very quick and is excellent in coverage for a linebacker, having the speed and hips to run with slot receivers, backs or tight ends. Where Durant struggles is shedding lineman on pulls and traps. He tends to reach for the ball-carrier when he’s being blocked instead of using good technique to get off of a block and taking the back down with his shoulder.
Durant would make an excellent weakside linebacker in a cover-two defensive scheme and where he ends up position-wise (outside linebacker or safety) all depends on which team he ends up going to on Draft day. I expect him to go somewhere in the fourth round. He’ll also be an excellent special teams player with his size and speed combo.
Durant had a formal interview with the Seahawks at the Combine. Rumor has it that one Seattle defensive coach in parti cular was very happy with his Combine performance.
that one Seattle defensive coach in parti
cular was very happy with his Combine performance.
Biography: Three-year starter awarded MEAC Defensive Player of Year honors every season since his sophomore campaign. Senior totals included 98/13/1 after career-best numbers of 124/15/5 as a junior.
Pos: Explosive one-gap linebacker who makes a lot of plays on the field. Breaks down well, is rarely off his feet and displays a good head for the ball. Fluid moving laterally, smooth pedaling back into coverage and scrapes well in the box. Explodes upfield filling gaps in run defense, takes good angles to the action and flashes on the scene.Neg: Small, gets wired in blocks or has tackles broken.
His size makes him a liability against the run and the fact that he lacks overall strength in his lower body really hurts his ability to hold strong at the point of attack. Birdine would be a good situational-pass rusher because of his quick first step and his agility.
Late-round possibility, but more than likely will end up as an undrafted free agent. Birdine had a formal interview w ith the Seahawks at the Combine.
Birdine had a formal interview
ith the Seahawks at the Combine.
Biography: Moved into the starting lineup as a senior, winning All-Conference honors after posting 39/10/3.5. Sat out the ‘05 season with a torn biceps muscle. Posted career-bests of 40/11/7 as a junior in ‘04.
Pos: Productive pass rusher who is coming off a disappointing campaign. Fast off the edge, moves well laterally and displays good range on the field. Works his hands to get off blocks, chases the action and displays a solid head for the ball. Breaks down well playing with good leverage and redirects to make the tackle. Has ability dropped off the line in coverage.Neg: Did not display a lot of quickness or explosion last season. Can be handled at the point by a single blocker. Marginal size and growth potential.
North Carolina State CB A.J. Davis - When you watch film on
He was widely considered the best cover-man in the ACC, that’s saying a lot, and he regularly was matched up against the opposition’s best wide receiver.
While he doesn’t have great top end speed, because of his instincts he plays faster than his 4.52 time. He’s also got a good burst that allows him to break on passes in front of him.
One can only find negatives in a nit-picky fashion. He isn’t a strong tackler, but he’s adequate in supporting the run and he tends to be more aggressive than he needs to be. He’s also got excellent strength (16 reps of 225) for a player of his size, but he struggles to disengage blockers.
a formal interview with the Seahawks at the Combine, and the team later called him with more questions.
formal interview with the Seahawks at the Combine, and the team later called him with
Biography: Two-year starter who registered 24 tackles and broke up six passes as a senior after 53/2/9 the prior year.
Pos: Nice-sized cornerback who played sporadically last season. Fluid transitioning off the line, quickly locates the ball in the air and shows a nice move defending the throw. Runs with opponents on the field, works well with safeties and shows the ability to stay with receivers out from their breaks. Shows a burst of closing speed and plays with a good degree of suddenness.Neg: Misjudges his pass defenses, loses assignments and does a lot of trailing or catching up with opponents. Not strong at the point and beaten out by large opponents.
Oregon WR Jordan Kent - Originally signed with
His biggest weakness is his lack of strength – no pun intended. He’s worked hard to build up his body, but he still needs more work. He also isn’t a very good route-runner, but that can change with better coaching. He’s only played two years of football so his best football is ahead of him. What
Projects as a third-rounder from a physical standpoint, but teams may devalue him a little because of his lack of experience. Whoever takes him will need to be patient and if they are, in two or three years you could be looking at a big-time wideout with the skills and ability to become a solid playmaker on the outside.
He looks a lot like
Kent, who is recovering from a torn ligament in his big toe and is scheduled to workout for teams in two weeks, has three official visits set up.
Fresno State WR Joe Fernandez - Diminutive receiver who projects as a possible return-man at the pro level. Doesn’t have a lot of speed, but he’s got excellent quickness and good hands.
He’ll struggle as a receiver because he isn’t very big and doesn’t have a lot of strength either. He’s smart and can read defenses, but it’s doubtful he’ll ever become much more than a kick or punt returner in the NFL.
He will be meeting with the Seahawks on April 10th.
Biography: Three-year starter who’s been an All-Academic selection since his sophomore season. Senior totals were 24/281/4 after career-best numbers of 46/561/8 the prior year.
Pos: Savvy pass catcher best utilized as an underneath receiver. Quick off the line, immediately gets to top speed and runs good routes. Stays low exiting breaks, possesses a sense of timing and gets vertical to pull the ball from the air. Nicely adjusts to the errant throw and displays good eye/hand coordination. Possesses soft hands and uses his frame to shield away defenders.Neg: Lacks top-end speed and is not a downfield threat. Has a thin build which hampers him in battles. Comes off a poor senior campaign.
Washington State DE Mkristo Bruce - Played quarterback in high school at Liberty High in
Bruce isn’t very athletic, but he’s relentless and has a knack for dipping his shoulder to get by the tackle. He’s got good bulk and decent strength to hold strong at the point of attack, but he won’t make a lot of plays that are run away from him.
He’s a good leader and a positive “locker room guy”, so whoever decides to take him will get someone who will never quit and never gripe about his role. Most likely a second-day choice who will be a solid backup wherever he ends up. Will remind people a lot of Trent Cole from
He's expected to meet with the Seahawks soon.
Biography: Three-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after totaling 67/16/11. Also intercepted one pass and broke up three more last year. Junior numbers included 67/15/10.
Pos: Hard-working leader of the Washington State defense with marginal upside for the next level. Quick off the snap, plays with good lean and exploits immobile blockers. Works his hands to get off blocks, quickly alters his angle of attack and makes plays laterally. Diagnoses the action, is rarely off his feet and plays with a chip on his shoulder.Neg: Possesses only a short-area burst of speed, which he cannot sustain. Easily knocked from his angle of attack, cannot get off blocks and controlled at the point.
Portland State LB Adam Hayward -
It’s doubtful he’ll ever be a full-time starter in the NFL, but he’s got the speed and athleticism to be a solid backup and special teamer. Those types usually have 10-year careers…every NFL roster is made up of guys like
New Mexico OG Robert Turner - A solid prospect who isn’t spectacular at anything, but has that nasty streak you like in a player. His problems stem from his lack of athleticism and the fact that for about three years he was unable to lift weights on a regular basis because of a wrist problem that required three surgeries over his career at
He needs to improve as a pass-blocker, but he’s a very good run-blocker. Where he struggles is in space because of his lack of quick feet, but when he locks onto a defender he has the ability to ride him out of the play.
Look for teams to take a “wait-and-see” approach with Turner, hoping to pick him up late in the Draft or as a free agent signee in the days following the draft. Either way, he’s a player that will likely stick no matter what because of his size and future potential.
Turner is now scheduled to workout in front of four teams on April 25th. The four teams are the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, New York Jets and Detroit Lions.
Sources have told us Turner's situation could parallel Kris Dielman's story; a lineman that slides out of the draft yet turns into a coveted player once he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Biography: Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors every season since his sophomore campaign.
Pos: Strong, consistent blocker who works best in a small area. Quickly gets into blocks, fights hard throughout the action and displays outstanding body strength. Pushes defenders from their angle of attack and anchors in pass protection.
Alert lineman who keeps his head on a swivel.Neg: Not effective in motion and struggles redirecting to linebackers on the second level. Lacks adjustment and footwork in space.
Brown suffered an ACL tear in 2004 and missed almost the whole season, but came back with a flourish in 2005 and posted seven interceptions.
He’s got a big frame (6-2, 200) and can be physical with receivers. He could end up being a good free safety as well as an outstanding corner. He’ll remind you a bit of
The concern with Brown is that he played at a lower level of competition (1-AA instead of D-1), but there’s no denying his outstanding athleticism and huge upside should he end up with the right defensive backs coach. Look for a team to select Brown on the first day at some point with someone possibly reaching for him in the second round if they like him enough.
California CB Tim Mixon -
Considering he is only about eight months removed from his injury, Mixon will probably fall a bit in the Draft and may have to go the free agent route.
When healthy, he’s a good tackler and solid against the run. He can get outmuscled at times by bigger wide receivers, but he’ll battle all day and he rarely makes the same mistake twice. He’s also a good leader and could end up being a solid nickel corner in the NFL. ixo n in the near future. Biography: Moved in with the first team on a full-time basis as a junior posting 46/3/10 while also averaging 14.9 yards on 24 punt returns with one score. Sophomore totals included 28/3/6 when he averaged 11.1 yards on 25 punt returns. Tore an ACL last August during a preseason scrimmage and did not play football in ‘06.
The Seahawks are looking to set up workout with M
n in the near future.
Biography: Moved in with the first team on a full-time basis as a junior posting 46/3/10 while also averaging 14.9 yards on 24 punt returns with one score. Sophomore totals included 28/3/6 when he averaged 11.1 yards on 25 punt returns. Tore an ACL last August during a preseason scrimmage and did not play football in ‘06.
Pos: Explosive, shutdown cover corner who also impacts the game returning punts. Instinctive and quickly breaks to the throw. Displays a sense of timing, shows a burst of closing speed and works well with safeties. Physical, collapses to the inside defending the run and plays assignment football.Neg: Short and struggles with larger receivers. Only had one year of starting experience before his knee injury last summer.
He would be a solid pickup anywhere in the late fourth-round to the end of the draft. Someone may reach for him in the third depending on how his personal workouts and interviews go.
Bender has a visit scheduled with the Seahawks on April 10th through the 11th. No bio at this time.
Minnesota WR Logan Payne - Payne isn't a deep threat, but he does well finding the soft-spot in zones and he's got great hands, attacking the ball in the air and absorbing punishment. He's also above-average with the ball in his hands.
He's a player that should be available very late in the Draft and could eventually end up being a free agent signing in the days that follow. Payne's status bears watching as we get closer to the Draft.
The Seahawks have scheduled a visit with Payne on April 10.
Biography: Two-year starter who posted a career-high 59/804/4 last year after 37/529/2 the prior year.
Pos: Strong, sure-handed possession receiver who works hard in all aspects. Comes back into the clearing, uses his frame to shield away defenders and extends to make the tough catch in a crowd. Works to pick up yardage after the reception.Neg: Marginal playing speed and does not get separation down the field. Not quick running routes.
Alabama LB Juwan Simpson – He’s a very athletic player who has a nose for the ball. He’s super-quick and has above-average speed for a player his size. He runs well, but he isn’t very smooth when changing directions. He can also struggle with wrapping up, but that should be fixed with coaching. Simpson does have incredible instincts.
His problems are those that Michael Boulware faced when he was getting ready to head into the NFL – he isn’t big enough to play linebacker in the NFL and he isn’t fluid enough in space to be a strong safety.
Simpson is a good leader and he would be an excellent candidate to come into a system that would allow him to be a nickel linebacker and not thrust starting right away at him.
Seattle spoke with Simpson at the Combine about the possibility of moving him to safety.
Biography:Three-year starter who also saw limited action with the first team as a freshman. Senior totals included 86 tackles with six tackles for loss. Also intercepted one pass and broke up two more. Junior numbers were 64/6/1.5 with a pair of picks.
Pos: Athletic linebacker who is best in pursuit. Flows well to the action, nicely scrapes in the box and displays speed to the sidelines. Quickly changes direction and covers a good amount of area on the field. Explosive filling gaps and fast on the blitz.
Neg: Inefficient and does not consistently take good angles to the play. Easily blocked by a single opponent and gets lost in the trash moving. Does more chasing the action as opposed to making plays on the ball.
Texas DE Tim Crowder – Crowder is an incredible athlete. He was widely considered the best athlete pound-for-pound on the Texas roster – that’s saying a lot. He runs well and he’s stronger than most players his size. He can hold strong at the point of attack and he likes to get after it.
All that being said, he isn’t as productive as you’d expect from a player with his size/speed ratio. His athleticism can be negated by a lack of good instincts and he gets caught in trash a lot.
Seattle spoke with Crowder at both the Combine and the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.
Biography:Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors every season since his sophomore campaign. Senior totals were 59/19/10.5, with three pass break-ups. Junior numbers were 50/3/9.
Pos: Athletic base end with a complete game. Plays with good pad level, is fast off the edge and displays skills in pursuit. Quickly changes direction, is fluid out to the sidelines and makes plays in every direction. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself, beats immobile blockers and keeps his feet driving on contact.
Neg: Lacks bulk, is slow getting off blocks and can be controlled at the point by tight ends.
Arkansas CB Chris Houston – Super-fast corner whose lack of height will be a detriment as he tries to move to the NFL. Houston played against big-receivers every week in the SEC and in practice and he held his own. His problems will come when he’s asked to defend against the precision passes of NFL quarterback/receiver combos.
Houston’s speed means he can play outside and possibly turn into a good starter at the pro level. He’s got better speed than Chicago’s Ricky Manning and he’s about the same size.
His biggest struggle is route-recognition. If he’s able to get that down, there’s no reason he can’t be a nice late day one selection for a team.
Interviewed with Seattle at the Combine.
Biography: All-Conference selection as a junior when he became a full-time starter and posted 45/3/13. Started nine games as a sophomore, registering 20 tackles and breaking up eight passes.
Pos: Feisty cornerback with a cocky attitude. Aggressive throughout the action, fights hard to defend throws and backs down to no one. Jams opponents at the line of scrimmage, is fluid turning his hips to run downfield and quickly breaks to the throw. Effectively positions himself to defend the throw after locating the ball in the air. Works well in zone coverage.
Neg: Gets turned on occasion, does not display top instincts and is slow locating the ball with his back to the action. Struggles transitioning downfield and shows a bit of hesitation to his game. Does not display top-end speed.
Washington State S Eric Frampton – One of the more underrated players, typical for a WSU player, in the draft. Frampton was a very productive safety in the pass-happy Pac 10 where he had to help direct the Cougars’ defensive scheme against complex offenses every week.
Isn’t a big hitter, but he’s good when the ball is in the air and he’s better than average against wideouts when he’s manned up on them one-on-one.
Frampton is a player that will go overlooked on draft day, but he’ll make a team very happy they selected him – probably late on day one or very early on day two.
Spoke with Seattle at the combine and the scout that attended WSU’s pro day.
Biography: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after totaling 100/5/8. Junior numbers included 87/1/8.
Pos: Athletic safety who has shown tremendous progress the past two years. Displays solid sideline-to-sideline range, flashes on the scene and is strong at the point of attack. Physical and possesses solid open-field tackling skills. Has a good head for the ball and displays skill in man coverage.
Neg: Quick up the field and gets caught out of position on occasion. Displays more flashes in coverage rather than consistent ability.
Oregon TE Kevin Boss - Small college prospect that has the size you like in a tight end. He's an above-average blocker already, but he needs to get stronger in his lower body so he can drive block. Gets by on technique more than overall strength. He'll need both to be successful in the NFL.
Seahawks attended his Pro Day on March 16th.
Biography: Three-year starter who was limited to six games due to a shoulder injury last season, finishing with 33/403/5. Junior totals included 53/621/8. All-Conference selection after his sophomore and junior campaigns.
Pos: Productive small-school tight end who dominates the competition. Fluid pass catcher who adjusts to the errant throw and gets vertical to high-point the ball. Finds the soft spot on the field, offers the quarterback a nice target and displays good eye/hand coordination. Flashes the ability to get downfield and create mismatches.
Neg: Marginal size and strength as a blocker. Does not possess top playing speed.