Seahawks Scouted Seven at Senior Bowl

Here are the names of the seven players we have confirmation of the Seahawks talking to during Senior Bowl week, with evaluations by Seahawks.NET Draft Editor Scott Eklund included in each case. Stay tuned through the pre-draft season for more interests and updates!

Limas Sweed, WR, Texas

Scott's Take: One of the more talented receivers in the nation heading into the 2007 season, Sweed's senior year at Texas has to be considered a disappointment. Sweed is a big receiver who has the quickness and athleticism to be a very good one down the road, but he has lapses in concentration and he's not a quick starter.

Sweed is at is best when he uses his excellent size and strength to out-muscle defenders, both big and small. He's a physical receiver that doesn't shy away from contact and he has the athleticism to make the spectacular look routine. He's probably going to end up being a late first, or early second-round selection if he runs well during private workouts.

Patrick Lee, CB, Auburn

Scott's Take: I'd compare him to Cleveland's Eric Wright. I like Lee's speed and athleticism, but he's a bit stiff and he uses his hands a little too much for my liking. One thing that sticks out for Lee is the fact he's played against some of the top receivers in the country, getting significant playing time over the past three seasons.

Lee is at his best mirroring receivers and making plays when the ball is in the air, but he can be too aggressive at times biting on moves and with his lack of fluid hips he's probably going to struggle if he makes a mistake at the next level. Lee looks like a second day selection at this point, but teams can tend to overrate speed when it comes to corners, and he has plenty of that.

Jason Jones, DE, Western Michigan

Scott's Take: Jones has a great frame (6-5, 270) and really long arms. He loves to get into the backfield and cause problems for offenses, posting over 50 tackles-for-loss over the past three years. Jones has a quick first step and was dominant at a lower-level of competition, but it's unclear how he will perform against the top competition that the NFL will put up against him week after week.

Jones has good speed to get the edge and he pursues well off the edge when plays are run away from him. He also has the versatility to move inside if the need arises. If he can translate his talent into productivity at a higher level, you could be looking at a real steal on day two of the draft.

Terrell Thomas, CB, USC

Scott's Take: Big and physical corner who was a stalwart in the pass-happy Pac 10. Has a fluid hip turn and transfers from his backpedal to a full sprint quickly. Thomas is very good against the run and I really like how physical he is as a tackler. You don't see a lot of corners with his abilities be as physical as he is, but he comes up and fills hard against the run and even played some linebacker for USC in some sets.

Because of his utter lack of disregard for his own body and health, Thomas has had surgery on both shoulders and on his right knee, but he's come back from all three injuries and performed even better when he returned. It wouldn't surprise me to see Thomas go in the first round, but he's no worse than a second round choice at this point. A lot of where he ends up depends on how he runs in his personal workouts.

Chauncey Washington, RB, USC

Scott's Take: In a backfield loaded with talented backs, the Trojans constantly turned to Washington to carry the ball for the first half of the 2007 season. When some of the younger backs started to make their presence felt, Washington lost carries, but he still managed to lead the team in rushing the past two seasons after missing both the 2004 and 2005 because he was academically ineligible.

Washington isn't a dynamic runner who can break the long run, but he's very physical inside the tackles and he can catch the ball well out of the backfield. Washington has never really had to carry the load since he's been out of high school, so sharing carries won't be that big of a deal for him. I think he could be a solid change-of-pace back, but it looks like he'll be a late-round selection or a free agent who will have to find a way to stick on a roster through special teams play.

Marcus Griffin, FS, Texas

Scott's Take: When your brother is Michael Griffin, it's a tough shadow to come out from under. While the elder Griffin was one of the top athletes in the country last year, Marcus isn't in the same league and isn't he same player his older brother. Marcus has decent speed, but he doesn't cover as much ground as teams ask their free safeties to do in the NFL. He's a good hitter, a solid tackler and he's got good instincts, but his ceiling is a tad lower because of his size and his lack of true closing speed.

If you want a football player who can make plays on defense and be a solid backup safety, Griffin is your man. Asking him to start right away though could be tough on him. Griffin is an early second day selection at this point.

Tracy Porter, CB, Indiana

Scott's Take: I love players who have immense physical talent, but haven't spent much time playing the game. Porter is that type of player. He only played two years of high school ball and then proceeded to start four straight years for an up-and-coming Indiana squad. As a freshman he was named to the freshman All-Big 10 squad and he took off from them improving every year he was in Bloomington. He's quick and he makes plays on the ball when it's in the air.

Porter is very aggressive and that can cause him issues, but with his decent size and excellent top-end speed (4.35) he can make up for mistakes early as he continues to learn the game. He changes direction quickly and he's improved a lot at reading routes. He doesn't wrap up well when tackling, so that needs to be worked on, but he has all the stuff to be a solid starter at the pro level. Because there are more polished corners ahead of him, Porter may fall to the early third round, but if a team takes a flier on him, they could end up smelling like roses in a couple years. Top Stories