Six to Watch for Seahawks: The Seventh Round

With the draft just a day away, and so many options to ponder, it's time to finish our round-by-round look at who the Seahawks might take in the 2008 draft. Here is Kyle Rota's look at the seventh round.

The hardest round to predict in the NFL is the seventh round, because teams will reach just to fill their roster in the 7th round. That said, it's not unheard of for late round pick to become a big contributor, so while the chances of accurately predicting who any team will take in the 7th is low, it's a worthwhile exercise to think about who could be taken.

1.)     Joey Haynos, TE, Maryland

Haynos is big -- 6'8" (!!) 259 lbs kind of big. He has natural hands and a great wingspan that enables him to reach passes that he really has no chance of winning. Being a potential late round draft pick, he has flaws. He's not going to win any footraces, but Seattle can use his frame and work him in as a possession receiver. He's not a very good pass-blocker, but in Seattle's offense the TE is rarely asked to stick back and protect the quarterback. He's a strong route-runner with good hands and acceptable athleticism.

2.)     Davone Bess, WR, Hawaii

There's no doubt that Bess had incredible numbers that were inflated by playing in Hawaii's offense. However, much like Hawaii QB Colt Brennan, there's also no doubt about the talent. Bess ran a slow 40 (4.6) but he's much faster than that when the film comes on. Not quick enough to win any foot races, but with his frame (5'9 194) strong route-running, hands, and YAC ability he could excel in the slot spot, a plus since both Obomanu and Taylor are more suited to the outside.

3.)     Hercules Satele, G, Hawaii

I'm tempted to write "his name is Hercules. ‘nuff said." But I will elaborate a little more. Had Seattle not already chosen Breno Giacomini, Satele would be my pick in the 7th, but with that selection, the chances of Satele making the 53-man roster are slim. He's massive (benched 225lbs 40 times) and was the only member of Hawaii's offensive line not dominated by Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. His cousin Samson plays center for the Dolphins.

4.)     Taylor Mehlhaff, K, Wisconsin

There's a chance Mehlhaff will be available here. There are other teams who need a kicker, but while I think Mehlhaff is the best prospect in the draft teams could prefer someone such as Georgia's Brandon Coutu. The Wisconsin product is a consistently accurate kicker in bad weather that has become the best kickoff-specialist in college football. As a bonus, he registered 14 reps of 225 lbs at Wisconsin's pro-day. Highly rated runner Felix Jones, on the other hand, registered 8 at the combine in Indianapolis.

5.)     Nate Robinson, DT, Akron

Akron isn't exactly a mega-factory of NFL talent, but they do play against competitive teams. Robinson has great size (6'4 320). He's not exactly the quickest player in college football but he does have strong strength and would be playing DT at Rutgers but their scheme emphasized more of a penetrating game than he was capable of playing. He has talent, he's not a character risk, and he would be rated much higher had he not suffered an injury to his ankle. If Seattle is unable to grab the kind of space-eater the defensive line needs earlier, Robinson would be an acceptable consolation prize.

6.)     Gregg Lumpkin, RB, Georgia

Lumpkin has prototypical size (6'0 228lbs). When looking at the type of late-round/UDFA backs who have excelled, the key is that they're usually bigger backs. Lumpkin has that size, though he lacks much in the way of speed or shiftiness. What I like is that he has good vision and a physical nature. If you can clear a crease Lumpkin is pretty good at getting skinny and fitting through even a small hole, though he lacks big-play ability. I'd prefer one of the small-school prospects like Chad Simpson but Seattle is unlikely to take a player from such a small school as Morgan State.

Who Seattle Takes: If Taylor Mehlhaff is available, he is my choice. He's as accurate a kicker as there is in this draft, and while he doesn't have the incredible leg strength for field-goals he gets unrivaled hangtime on his kick-offs, which could be important for Seattle given the loss of special teamers Niko Koutouvides and Kevin Bentley.


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