Reporting Bill Swartz
How many of Seattle’s 2013 draft picks and undrafted free agents can crack the 53-man roster this fall? We get a look at the young Seahawks hopefuls when they work out for the first time this weekend at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton.
There’s no way we’ll be able to miss defensive tackle Jesse Williams from Alabama. The Australian “Monstah” stands 6’-3, and tips the scales at 323 pounds. Knee issues caused a few other teams to overlook him in the draft.
Seattle’s new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn loves the size and quickness of both Williams and Penn State’s Jordan Hill.
“We like big guys here, that’s for sure”, coach Quinn told myself and Steve Sandmeyer on 1090theFan. “They both are a little different. One (Hill), has a little bit more pass rush, and one(Williams) is a little bit stouter against the run. I’m anxious to see those guys and see what they can bring to us.”
Another giant body in the rookie group is offensive tackle Michael Bowie from Northeast Oklahoma State. With Seattle always looking for competition and depth, the 7th rounder could be in the mix for a job at guard or right tackle.
Quinn and the other Seattle coaches will look for certain skill sets during this first series of practices. Through the summer they will try to determine whether those unique talents can help the team and add depth.
I’m anxious to see LSU corner Tharold Simon. He has the size and instinct to develop into another Richard Sherman or Brandon Browner. College teammate Spencer Ware is a big, powerful running back. If he can become a lead blocker, there’s potential to push pro bowl fullback Michael Robinson.
Every Seahawks fan should know by now an undrafted free agent always has a chance of catching the coach’s eye and winning a job. Doug Baldwin became Seattle’s leading receiver two years ago. Lakes High and University of Washington receiver Jermaine Kearse wound up getting significant playing time in 2012.
Boise State safety Jeron Johnson and linebacker Mike Morgan from USC made big contributions on special teams. Tight end Sean McGrath from Henderson State got into a few games for Seattle in 2012. That’s why I’m keeping an eye on defensive end Ayo Idowu from Division III University of St. Thomas in this rookie camp.
Not only does Idowu come from the same Minnesota college as Seahawks GM John Schneider, but he grabbed the scouts attention with his performance in the national championship game. Making a deep, talented Seattle roster will be difficult, but as we’ve seen over the past four seasons, not impossible.
-Bill Swartz, 1090 The Fan
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