Reporting Bill Swartz
Another Pete Carroll, John Schneider Seahawks draft is in the books. They once again surprised so-called draft experts and the media by using a second rounder on a running back with some risks, and potential big play rewards.
Texas A & M’s Christine Michael was in the coach’s dog house his senior year and didn’t play a lot for the Aggies. He’s also had a torn acl and missed a couple meetings at the NFL combine. As we’ve grown to expect, Pete Carroll is a man who loves to give talented football players a second chance to prove all the skeptics wrong.
Michael scores a touchdown every 15 times he carries the football. Seattle no doubt views him as an insurance policy behind Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. Throw in LSU running back Spencer Ware and you’ve got tremendous depth this season with plenty of options down the road.
If you like the height and swagger of corners Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, you can completely understand why the Hawks took LSU’s Tharold Simon in the 5th round. Simon was the Tigers top defensive back with 4 interceptions and 9 pass break-ups last season. He’s also the guy who was arrested in his home town of Eunice, Louisiana last Thursday night, charged with public intimidation, resisting arrest, and unnecessary noise.
Simon convinced the Seahawks he was thoroughly embarrassed and it’s not in his nature to be a trouble maker. However, Tharold was in some hot water in 2011 when he was suspended one game along with teammates Spencer Ware and Tyrann Matthieu for testing positive for smoking synthetic marijuana. Hey, pot smoking is now legal in the state of Washington. Perfect spot for Simon and Ware.
Seattle addressed its need for large bodies on the defensive line by taking Penn State’s Jordan Hill, and 325 pounder Jesse Williams from the University of Alabama, and Australia. Both guys are quick off the snap, can stuff the run, and push the middle of the pocket to make life uncomfortable for the quarterback. They should add depth behind veterans Brandon Mebane and Clinton McDonald.
With four picks in the 7th round, the Seahawks again stockpiled young linemen. The most interesting choice is Ty Powell from Division II Harding University. He’s the first player from the small Arkansas school to be drafted in the last 30 years. Powell played defensive end, linebacker, and safety at Harding. At 6-2, 250 pounds he is another fast player that fits Seattle’s “Leo” position currently held by Chris Clemons, Bruce Irvin, and Cliff Avril.
I like the selection of Rice University tight end Luke Willson. He’s 6-5, 250 pounds, and ran the 40 yard dash in about 4.5 seconds. He should have good hands since he played baseball in Canada.
In the 4th round Seattle found a good-sized receiver Chris Harper from Kansas State. He originally signed with the Oregon Ducks as a quarterback, but injured his shoulder and transferred to be closer to home.
In my opinion, outside linebacker was a need going into the draft, and Seattle did not take any players who fit that mold. That leads me to believe the Seahawks will invite a few free agents into mini-camps, and might be willing to wait for a veteran to be cut loose from another roster.
As Pete Carroll told reporters Saturday night, it will be very difficult for any of the 11 rookie draft picks to earn a spot on the 53 man roster next season. Competition is more than coach speak for the Seahawks. Don’t be surprised if two or three of the new guys not only win a job, but make an impact in the 2013 season.
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan , e-mail email@example.com
(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)