.NET Draft 2007: Meet Brandon Mebane

It was readily apparent that the Seattle Seahawks were targeting defensive tackles in the just-finished NFL Draft. Early on they focused on Demarcus "Tank" Tyler from N.C. State and Cal's Brandon Mebane and interviewed both in Indianapolis at the Combine. When it came time to make their third round selection, Mebane was the choice and it's looking more and more like it was a good one.

Mebane isn't a physically imposing player. He goes 6-1, 310, but he's got a good motor and he fits exactly what Seattle needs in the middle – a run-stuffing lineman that can occasionally get penetration on running plays or generate some pressure on the quarterback.

Throughout his career with the Golden Bears, Mebane was a presence for the defense and he took on a leadership role rather naturally.

He started 31 of the 41 games he played in over his four seasons and posted 109 tackles, 25.5 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks from his interior position.

As a true sophomore in 2004, Mebane received All-Pac 10 honorable mention honors for his work along Cal's defensive line and in 2005 he was named first-team All-Pac 10 and was voted, by his team, to be the team's most valuable defensive lineman, even though he battled a severely sprained ankle early in the season.

As a senior in 2006, Mebane was dominant, holding the point well against the run and becoming a much more effective and complete defensive lineman. He was named first-team All-Pac 10 and received third-team All-American honors as well.

What Mebane brings to a team like Seattle is a good work-ethic and solid overall skills both against the pass and against the run. He outworks people in the weight room and, even though he has a learning disability, he can pick up schemes relatively quickly.

When he plays too high, Mebane can struggle to hold the point, but because of his squatty frame, that doesn't come into play that often.

Where Mebane will struggle is when teams run away from him. He has a quick first step, but he doesn't have enough speed to pursue from the backside and shut down cut back lanes. He has a good base and a strong lower-body so he can hold up at the point of attack, but when he rushes the passer he just doesn't finish the play as well as you would expect.

Overall, Seattle took a hard-working player that has played at a high level since he left high school and got playing time right away when he arrived in Berkeley. Mebane will be a positive influence in the community and in the locker-room and he's a perfect fit for both need and desire.

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