Seahawks Sign Eleven Not Drafted

After Mr. Irrelevant hears his name called on Sunday afternoon, there are still many talented college players on the market who will be signed as undrafted free agents. Then, it's time to try and shine in minicamps and training camp – to get your one or two preseason shots to make the team. Here are brief profiles of the eleven undrafted free agents signed by the Seahawks.

Patrick Ghee, Safety, Wake Forest
Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 209 40: 4.56

Analysis: Getting the most from his abilities, Ghee could fit in as an eight defensive back/special teams player at the next level.

Bio: Three year starter who totaled 67/3/1 as a senior after 75/1/3 his junior campaign

Pos: Physically aggressive safety with good size. Works hard, nicely flows to the action and a reliable tackler. Smart with terrific awareness and intangibles. Good special teams player.

Neg: Marginal instincts and ball skills in coverage. Lacks closing and recovery speed.


Joe Newton, Tight End, Oregon State
Ht: 6-7 Wt: 257 40: 4.91


Consistent in all aspects of his game throughout college, Newton is a solid third tight end at the next level.

Bio: Three-year starter who was honorable mention All-Conference after the ‘06 and ‘04 campaigns. Totals last season were 36/466/7. Missed the ’05 season after rupturing a tendon in his foot. Junior totals were a career-best 56/687/7.

Pos: Athletic tight end with a complete game. Fluid releasing into routes, extends his hands and gets up in a crowd for the difficult grab. Uses his frame to shield away opponents, and is a solid hand-catcher. Tough blocker who keeps his head on a swivel and is always looking for someone to hit.

Neg: Marginal speed, quickness and looks sluggish. Works blocks but not dominant nor a true finisher.


Nu'u Tafisi, Defensive End, Cal
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 265 40: 4.93

Giving top effort and using all his assets to their maximum, Tafisi could be a situational pass rusher at the next level or a backup linebacker in a 3-4 system. May not have the tools to develop into a starter, yet at the very least should be a productive special-teams player.

Bio: Junior College transfer who started his only two seasons at Cal, winning All-Conference honors both years. Senior totals were 32/6/5.5 after 38/10/3.5 as a junior.

Pos: Undersized college defensive end who projects to a rush linebacker position at the next level. Explosive off the snap and quickly changes direction to make plays down the line. Displays an array of moves to protect himself, fights to get off blocks and keeps his feet moving on contact. Plays with terrific leverage and is rarely off his feet. Works hard chasing to get involved in the action.

Neg: Slow shedding blocks and easily wired at the point. Not fluid or fast when asked to play in space.


C.J. Wallace, Safety, Washington
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 205 40: 4.69

An undersized safety who struggles defending passes in the deep field, Wallace offers potential as back up in a zone system.

Bio: 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 area.

Kenny James, Running Back, Washington
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 215 40: 4.62


Bio: Part-time starter over his five years at Washington. James suffered injuries in his final three seasons of college football including an ankle injury in 2006 and shoulder injuries in 2004 and 2005. Rushed for 416 yards and three touchdowns and also caught nine passes for 65 yards and two touchdowns as a senior. His best year was in 2004 when he rushed for 702 yards and five touchdowns

Pos: Makes quick decisions as a runner, hitting the hole hard and wasting little time in getting through it. Has excellent vision and is a good receiver out of the backfield. Is also an excellent blocker.

Neg: Not big enough to be a bruiser, but not fast enough to be a breakaway/outside runner. Hasn't played a full season since 2004 due to injury so durability is a big concern.

Cameron Jensen, Middle Linebacker, B.Y.U.
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 230 40: 4.83

A hard-nosed defender who lays it on the line, age and marginal athleticism limits Jensen’s upside.

Bio: Three-year starter awarded varying degrees of All-Conference and All-Academic honors at BYU. Led the team in tackles as a senior, posting 107/9.5/4, also intercepting three passes. Totaled 84 tackles as a junior after 103 as a sophomore.

Pos:
Hard-working, instinctive two-down defender who stands out in run defense. Displays an excellent head for the game, quickly diagnoses the action and takes good angles to the play. Tenacious, works hard and is constantly around the ball. Fires up the field defending the run and on the blitz. Patient and stays with assignments. Displays good awareness in zone coverage.

Neg:
Undersized and slow shedding blocks. Marginal ball skills and overall ability in coverage. Lacks a quick change of direction and overall range. Over-aged prospect who graduated from high school in 1999.


Nick Jones, Center, Georgia
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 300 40:5.22


A try-hard blocker, Jones’ best attribute is his ability to be used at several positions. A longshot as a backup utility lineman.

Biography: Three-year starter who also saw action with the first team as a true freshman. All-Conference selection as a senior. Used at both center and guard.

Pos: Tough, overachieving blocker with a good head for the position. Quick off the snap, immediately gets his hands into blockers and is explosive in all his actions. Plays with a nasty attitude, always looks for someone to hit and helps out teammates. Shows ability as a position blocker.

Neg: Marginal size and struggles handling one-on-one blocking assignments. Lacks footwork in space.


Tim Mixon, Cornerback, Cal-Berkeley
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 184 40: 4.55

A heady cornerback who possesses top ball skills, Mixon was rated as a potential first-day selection before his injury. Likely a late round pick, he offers potential as a starting nickel back and punt returner if he gets back to prior health.

Bio: 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.


Joe Fernandez, WR, Fresno State
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 175 40: 4.60

Fernandez offers a good understanding of the position and could find himself as a fifth receiver in the NFL.

Bio: 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.

Logan Payne, Wide Receiver, Minnesota
Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 204 40: 4.51

A hard-working prospect always looking to improve his game, Payne’s combination of consistency, effort and instincts give him a chance to make it as a fifth wideout.

Bio: Two-year starter who posted a career-high 59/804/9 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.

Kyle Stringer, P, Boise State
HT: 5-8 Wt: 195

Bio: Second-team All-WAC punter averaged 45.2 yards per attempt and eight punts inside the opponents’ 20 in his senior campaign. Named to the Ray Guy Award Watch List in his Junior year. Was named team captain in 2004.

Pos: Consistently gave his team the edge in field position since earning the job as a walk-on in 2003.

Neg: Height might be a concern. Didn’t punt enough to qualify for NCAA stats in his senior year, though he would have been a top ten punter if he had.


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