Seahawks 2010 Draft Preview: Tight Ends
In the Fold: John Carlson, Chris Baker, Cameron Morrah, Jason Pociask
Draft need: 1 (scale of 1-5)
Under new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, the Seahawks can be expected to run more two-tight end sets in 2010. Bates coached on Mike Shanahan's staff in Denver, and according to Football Outsiders' Pro Football Prospectus, the Broncos used two-tight end sets 32% of the time in 2006-07, and 25% of the time in 2008, the year Bates was calling the plays. During that '08 season, Broncos tight ends Tony Scheffler (61) and Daniel Graham (50) were the fourth and fifth most-targeted receivers in an offense that attempted the third-most passes in the NFL.
Last season, the Seahawks used two-tight end sets on just 16% of their offensive snaps, which was a slight increase over the 12% from 2008, which ranked dead last in the NFL.
This shift explains why the Seahawks pursued Ben Watson—who signed a three-year, $12 million dollar deal with Cleveland—and signed Baker to a two-year, $4.75 million dollar contract.
Between Carlson, Baker, and developmental tight end Morrah, the Seahawks appear to be in good shape at the position for the foreseeable future. Still, it wouldn't be a surprise if the ‘Hawks added a late-round tight to compete with Morrah for a roster spot, or to develop on the practice squad.
Such options include former Arizona basketball player Fendi Onobun, a raw, 6-6, 252-pounder with exceptional athleticism who played one season of football at Houston last season, Mickey Shuler (Penn State), Colin Peek (Alabama), Jeff Cumberland (Illinois), and Scott Sicko (New Hampshire).
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