Review: Seattle's Undrafted Free Agents

There's life after the draft -- a group of players who are signed after the fact and can still make a difference on NFL teams. NorthwestFootball.net Draft Editor Scott Eklund takes a look at Seattle's latest UDFAs.

Michael Bennett, DE, Texas A&M

HT: 6-3
WT: 265

Scott Eklund's Take: Bennett is a bit undersized, but because of his high motor and how he performs against the run, it's pretty amazing that he was still available after seven rounds of the draft. He's an excellent athlete and he uses his hands well and that allows him to keep blockers off of his legs. Where he'll struggle is in passing downs because he isn't a very good pass-rusher. It isn't because he doesn't try, but he just doesn't have the overall quickness off the snap to beat offensive tackles on a regular basis. Martellus Bennett, his older brother, plays tight end for the Cowboys.

Tony Fein, LB, Mississippi

HT: 6-2
WT: 245

Scott Eklund's Take: I actually interviewed Tony after he had spent four years in the military (http://jcfootball.scout.com/2/577804.html) and had returned to see about getting a football scholarship. He hails from Port Orchard, Wa. so he has ties to the area and he's tough as nails, leading a unit that was one of the first into Baghdad after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. On the football field, Fein is a heat-seaking missile, searching and destroying anything in front of him. He struggles in space, so he'll need to be a middle linebacker in the NFL. Whatever he has to go through to earn a spot with the Seahawks is nothing compared to what he went through shortly after he graduated from high school.

Devin Moore, RB, Wyoming

HT: 5-10
WT: 190

Scott Eklund's Take: He won't wow you with his size, but because of his speed and shiftiness all Moore does is move the chains. In a pass-oriented offense that struggled most of the season, Moore still managed to rack up 1,301 yards and seven touchdowns even though he was the only offensive weapon on the Cowboys' roster. He's on the small side, so he'd need to find a spot as a third-down back because he has soft hands and he can make plays in the passing game. He's also a kick returner averaging 22 yards on 33 returns last fall. With the plethora of backs already on the roster it's hard to imagine him finding a spot, but because of his speed he could end up on the practice squad as the team looks to find a way to use him.

Dave Philistin, LB, Maryland

HT: 6-1.5
WT: 232

Scott Eklund's Take: Seattle has lived with smaller linebackers who can run and that's exactly what Philistin gives you with his 4.6 speed. Philistin is a good athlete and he's very instinctive. He was very productive for the Terrapins, registering 251 tackles, 17.5 tackles-for-loss and two sacks while playing in 49 games and starting 27 as a middle linebacker. At the pro level, with his size, he'll need to make the switch outside and with his speed he has a good chance of making the Seahawks' final roster as a special teams player at the very least.

Andre Ramsey, OT, Ball State

HT: 6-5
WT: 310

Scott Eklund's Take: Ramsey's teammate, Robert Brewster, was ranked higher on my board (although not as high as Dallas had him obviously), but the Seahawks coaches and scouts must see something in him to sign him. Ramsey played mainly the left tackle position for Ball State and he's got quick feet, but he didn't finish blocks well and he struggled some with bull-rushers. He's a decent athlete, but I just don't see him matching up well against NFL pass-rushers.

Tyler Roehl, FB, North Dakota State

HT: 5-10
WT: 235

Scott Eklund's Take: Over the past two seasons, Roehl, who up to that point had carried the ball just seven times, put up over 2,500 yards and 34 touchdowns and was named to many 1-AA All-American teams. Of note was his game in 2007 where he rushed for 263 yards on 22 carries against Minnesota on the road. He's tough and hard-nosed, able to block as well as run the ball. Where he'll fit in with the Seahawks is as a fullback who can occasionally catch the ball out of the backfield. He'll also be a special teams player on both the return and coverage units as well. With the signing of Justin Griffith it's hard to see Roehl making the final roster this fall, but it wouldn't surprise me if he made the practice squad with an eye on the future at the fullback position.


Scott Eklund covers high school, junior college, college, and NFL football for the Scout.com network. You can reach him here.


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