The Seahawks released the numbers for rookie camp and beyond (at least for now, as they could be changed before the regular season begins). Four of the guys have the same number as they did in college, Christine Michael, Ryan Seymore, Luke Willson and Ray Polk got their college numbers.
Interesting Notes: Spencer Ware of LSU is indeed listed as a fullback and UFDA linebacker Craig Wilkins of Old Dominion had the number 12 in college and of course could not wear the number retired for the 12th Man.
#33 – RB Christine Michael, Texas A&M (College #33)
#97 – DT Jordan Hill, Penn State (College #47)
#17 – WR Chris Harper, Kansas State (College #3)
#90 – DT Jesse Williams, Alabama (College #54)
#34 – CB Tharold Simon, LSU (College #24)
#82 – TE Luke Willson, Rice (College #82)
#44 – FB Spencer Ware, LSU (College #11)
#62 – G Ryan Seymour, Vanderbilt (College #62)
#58 – LB Ty Powell, Harding (College #9)
#66 – G Jared Smith, New Hampshire (College #90)
#73 – T Michael Bowie, Northeastern State (College #61)
Undrafted rookie free agents:
#2 – WR Matt Austin, Utah State (College #4)
#78 – T Alvin Bailey, Arkansas (College #67)
#93 – DE Kenneth Boatright, Southern Illonois (College #54)
#47 – LB Ramon Buchanan, Miami (College #45)
#46 – LB John Lotulelei, UNLV (College #55)
#7 – SS Ray Polk, Colorado (College #7)
#65 – G Jordon Roussos, Bowling Green (College #73)
#38 – RB Dominique Whaley, Oklahoma (College #8)
#45 – LB Craig Wilkins, Old Dominion (College #12)
The NFC West was considered one of, if not the best division in all of the National Football League before the 2013 draft and they took significant steps forward once the draft started as well. In this series we’ll look at some winners and losers throughout the division from the 2013 NFL Draft.
A decisive winner in this draft is one Mr. Sam Bradford, the quarterback of the St. Louis Rams. He wins on a lot of levels and for a lot of reasons. After losing Steven Jackson and Brandon Gibson in free agency, the quarterback was starring down the barrel of a decisively less loaded gun going into last weekend but I bet he busted a move similar to any number number of touchdown dances he has been concocting after the 4th round pick of offensive guard Barrett Jones, the 6’4″, 306 pound hogmollie out of Alabama. He just couldn’t help himself, is what I’m thinking.
The Rams had already drafted the record setting, West Virginia combo of Tavon Austin and Steadman Bailey the first two nights, which had to have put Bradford into a comfortable coma for the first time since the end of the season. Then he wakes up and the Rams staff secures his offensive line with a well known name from an elite college program. A line, by the way, that was already bolstered by the free agency acquisition of Chris Long at the left tackle spot.
Not to be forgotten is the additional pickup of tight end Jared Cook via free agency and the return of receivers Austin Pettis, Brian Quick and Chris Givens. The Rams offense is a different monster and will be a completely new challenge for defensive coordinators around the league and especially in the conference. Here’s a link to a good article on the new Rams’ identity by Ramblin’ Fan.
Eleven draft picks in the book, there are a lot of options available to be your favorite new Seahawk, or maybe even your new favorite Seahawk period. While the ladder honor might take a while for these guys to earn from the 12′s, there’s no doubt everybody is extra excited about a least one of the new kids and we’re here to ask, which one is it?
Here are the choices:
- Christine Michael (T A&M)
- DT Jordan Mills (Penn State)
- WR Chris Harper (K-State)
- DT Jesse Williams (Bama)
- CB Tharold Simon (LSU)
- TE Luke Willson (Rice)
- HB/FB Spencer Ware (LSU)
- OG Ryan Seymore (Vandy)
- S/LB Ty Powell (Harding)
- DL – OG Jared Smith (New Hampshire)
- OL Michael Bowie (Northeastern St)
For me it’s a tie between Michael and Simon. I love what Michael gives the Hawks in terms of size and speed and you can see the attitude he gives them from the picture above. If he can stay away from the temptation to try and bounce things outside, he’s the perfect compliment to Marshawn and Robert Turbin and gives Seattle the third running back that is so necessary in the NFL, especially with the Seahawks’ style.
After playing with A&M in NCAA 12 and 13 in an online dynasty, I have also grown partial to the Aggie players and Michael was always a soft spot as the best overall running back I played with in the game. This is a bit of an artificial reason, but I also got to see Michael play quite a bit in real life due to my new-found A&M infatuation and he has the explosion to make me really excited about his pick-up. Also, I always like when Carroll surprises us with that early pick that we didn’t see coming but cannot find fault with in Seattle’s scheme. Thomas and Irvin were both personal favorites for that reason as well.
Meanwhile, Simon is big and physical at corner and gives Seattle a chance at grooming a young stud to take over Browner’s spot when the Seahawks can no longer afford his contract (which I believe is up in 2014 but Keith would probably know better than me). The reason it’s so big to me is that this will allow the littlest drop-off in terms of production, as opposed to replacing Browner the year of his contract with a rookie who has to make the transition and step in on day one. Also, it allows the Seahawks to keep their imposing figure with the size of Simon. Playing at LSU, Simon faced a bunch of big-time receivers and having played on a premier defense has the swagger and proven skills to help Seattle’s secondary. Just a terrific pick in my opinion, and how can you not be partial to a guy with a sweet name like Tharold?
Another noteworthy item to me is that Seattle stayed away from the Pac-12 conference early on in the draft. While I love the Pac and think there is a ton of talent that runs through there (obviously based on Seattle’s roster), I love the fact that they went with no less than FIVE from the SEC, one from the Big-12 and one from the Big Ten this year. Also, those players were all on mentally tough teams that have had multiple years of continuous winning success.
You can add Harvin (Florida) to the list from the trade for 3 of our picks, Bailey (Arkansas) and Aghayare (LSU) from UFDA as three more SEC players and Ray Polk (Colorado [UFDA]) as the only Pac-12 representative in this year’s class. Speaking of UFDA I love the other additions of John Lotulelei and Akeem Davis to the mix of dark-horses to make the roster.
But back to the question of the hour to the 12′s … Who is your favorite drafted player for the Seahawks in 2013? (Respond in the comments section below)
The Seattle Seahawks have selected Spencer Ware from LSU as their second running back of the 2013 NFL Draft. The pick was No. 26 in the 6th round, No. 194 overall and due to the trade up to get defensive tackle Jesse Williams from Alabama, the only 6th round pick for Seattle in this draft.
Spencer Ware is not your prototypical running back, so the first thought that comes to mind is that he’ll come in as cap relief in the fullback role, which Michael Robinson currently occupies as a highly paid fullback. It won’t be the popular thought amongst 12′s but Ware is 228 pounds and after watching plenty of LSU football in 2011 and 2012, has forever been called more of the “prototypical” fullback. Ran for 367 yards on 94 attempts and only 1 touchdown on a highly physical running football team and only ran a 4.62 40 at his pro day. Take that for what it’s worth but fullback seems the ideal fit.
There isn’t much on him around the web, but NFL.com has said he showed “exceptional hands” while catching the ball in all his workouts.
With their third pick in the draft (round 4, #123 overall) the Seattle Seahawks have selected wide receiver Chris Harper out of Kansas State.
Last night in the press conference, both Pete Carroll and John Schneider talked about filling out the roster with guys that build competition to any and every position. Harper fulfills that goal for the receiver position. He is a converted quarterback who transferred from Oregon for “personal reasons” and change positions for the Wildcats.
He is 6’1″, 229 pounds and described as a highly physical receiver, but is admittedly still learning the position fully. All of that adds up to him having a high ceiling and being yet another player that Pete Carroll likes, due to his unique abilities. Also, apparently Carroll recruited Harper at least somewhat during his junior year in high school, adding another draft pick to that trend over the past couple of years as well.
CBSSports.com has this analysis on Harper:
Highly physical receiver with better field speed than 40-yard dash indicates. Uses size well to shield defenders from the ball.
Harper is a coordinated athlete with above average body control and focus, tracking the ball beautifully. Not overly explosive. More of a one-speed player, but has improved each game as a route runner
Harper said on his teleconference with the Seattle press that he models his game after Anquan Boldin and some of the bigger wide receivers in the NFL.
Day 3 of the draft is underway! Very excited to see who the Seahawks add to the roster today. Lets do this!
On Friday night the 2nd night of the NFL Draft some of the big name specialty players finally started coming off the board after a predominantly trench player 1st round. There was only 1 Quarterback taken in the 1st round and zero Running backs.
The Tennessee Titans made the first trade of the 2nd round by moving up into the San Francisco 49ers spot and Drafting the Physical Wide Receiver Justin Hunter from Tennessee. The Eagles then
Drafted Tight End Zach Ertz from Stanford who could really develop into a nightmare for defenses to cover in Chips Kelly’s up tempo high speed offense.
After day one there was not a single Running Back taken, although by the end of the 2nd round 5 Running Backs had come off the board. The first to be taken was Giovani Bernard from North Carolina selected by the Cincinnati Bengals followed by Le’veon Bell selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Then came the selection of the all-time NCAA Touchdown record holder Montee Ball selected by the Denver Broncos. It wasn’t until the 61st pick that the number 1 rated Running Back came off the board when Eddie Lacy was drafted by the Green Bay Packers. With the last pick in the 2nd round of the Draft the Seattle Seahawks made their first pick when they picked the highly talented Christine Michael out of Texas A&M.
Another player that slid out of the 1st round was Notre Dame Linebacker Manti Te’o who was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the 38th pick in the Draft. The Chargers are hoping they selected the playmaker that they have been missing since Shawne Merriman left.
In the 2nd round the New York Jets finally selected what they hope will be their Quarterback of the future when they picked Geno Smith from West Virginia. Smith was predicted to be the first Quarterback selected but after EJ Manual was picked by the Buffalo Bills in the 1st round the slide continued until he was picked with the 39th pick in the Draft.
Also selected on day 2 was the Honey Badger Tyrann Mathieu from LSU who was selected by the Arizona Cardinals. Mathieu was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy in 2011 but after being in trouble with the law and team policies in the spring and summer of 2012 he didn’t even step foot on the football field in 2012.
Now that most of the big names are off of the table after an exciting 2nd and 3rd round of the NFL Draft it is time for teams to fill their rosters up and attempt to find the next Russell Wilson of the 2013 Draft. Matt Barkley is the one big name still on the board so we will have to wait until this afternoon to see who gets the once prized Quarterback from University of Southern California after his huge slide down the Draft boards.
Victory Bell Rings represents the Penn State Nittany Lions for FanSided and measured up the newest Seattle Seahawk before the draft even began. It seems like Hill was rated (149 by CBS Sports) quite a bit lower than he ended up going (87) but as Pete Carroll and John Schneider pointed out:
He was the best player on our board at a position we were looking to fill. He’s just a tremendously explosive player, we feel.
It’s no surprise that Hill is a ‘surprise’ to most at the time he was taken. Carroll and Schneider have made a habbit out of taking ‘their guy’ when the time comes and they aren’t afraid to do it early so that he is secure. VBR provided us a snippet of their thoughts on the Penn State 2012 defensive co-captian (for the full article click the link above):
Any team that drafts Hill is most likely getting a rotational player, but don’t write him off just yet. Hill was only a 2-star recruit out of high school and used his work ethic and on-the-field motor to earn his place on a NFL roster. There is no doubt in anyone who watched him over the past four years he could continue to prove the experts wrong at the next level. I’m looking forward to seeing Jordan Hill playing on Sunday for many years.
I hope the draft experts are looking forward to being proven wrong, yet again!
With their second pick in the draft (round 3, #87 overall) the Seattle Seahawks have selected defensive tackle Jordan Hill from Penn State.
After the first selection of Christine Michael earlier in the evening, Pete Carroll still had a couple “needs” that had to be met. At 6’1″, 303 pounds, Hill meets one of those needs in the middle of the defense. After Alan Branch left to be a Buffalo Bill in free agency, the Seahawks wanted to make sure they could fill the middle with a run stuffer who had some explosion and this seems to be a guy that fits that in a big way.
NFL.com has him rated a little bit low at 64.6 but if you look at the evaluation, he has the “unique” skill set that Carroll and GM John Schneider appreciate and make into a big name:
Hill doesn’t possess the ideal size for a defensive tackle, but he does use his short build to his advantage in terms of low pad level and the obtaining of leverage. Hill flashes strong and active hands (like against Penn State’s final 2012 opponent, Wisconsin, where he racked up 12 tackles and two sacks), but he is not always consistent with this effort. Hill is also not tremendously quick, and can be worn down when he sees too many snaps. For these reasons, Hill likely will have to work as a part of a rotation in the NFL.
CBS Sports says:
High-effort defender with less-than-ideal measurables. Would be best served as part of the rotation in a 4-3.
Good lateral agility with quick feet to sidestep blockers. Flexible body type to make smooth movements and a quick first step. Plays low with natural leverage. Ordinary upper body strength but active and strong hands. — Dane Brugler
Jordan Hill talked to Seahawks.com about his selection:
It’s an emotional feeling. I’ve been waiting for a phone call and I’m really excited it’s gonna be Seattle… I’m a versatile player that plays anywhere I’m asked to play. I’m a guy that plays with a high motor and I’ll get after it every play. I’m ready to compete.
I can play anywhere, 3-tech or 1-tech it doesn’t matter. I played mostly the one tech, nose (tackle at Penn State).
The things that went on here, I’m glad I went through it. I feel like it’s made me a better man and I’m just glad I now have the opportunity… I want to take advantage of it even more.
The Seahawks have finally made their first pick in the 2013 draft. It just took until the final pick of the second round to get here. With that pick, Seattle took Christine (pronounced Chris-TIN) Michael, a running back from Texas A&M. Chances are you’re wondering who the hell that is. Allow me to enlighten you.
According to NFL.com, Michael’s strengths include a “low center of gravity” but with a “thickness throughout his frame to take and give out punishment.” He has more speed than one would think when he is able to break open as well. Overall, Michael is a bruiser that will be a nice compliment to Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. Both Lynch and Turbin are hard to bring down, and Lynch will occasionally level a tackler, but Michael has the ability to straight damage some defenders. Michael is also a good blocker that is able to lead the ball into the second level.
According to CBS Sports, Michael started 2012 rated by some as the “top senior running back in the country.” Attitude issues, however, took him out of the starting role, and the spotlight, which is probably a big reason he was relatively unknown and is yet another “what the what” pick by Pete Carroll and John Schneider.
Michael has had injury issues and missed the ends of both his sophomore and junior year. He broke his right leg in 2010 and the following season he tore his ACL. However, in 13 games he ran for 1,530 yards and 12 touchdowns. If he can check his attitude issues at the door and stay healthy, Michael should have an opportunity to contribute greatly in Seattle.
If Seattle starts utilizing a running back by committee approach it could be a very different dynamic on offense and make them harder to prepare for and defend. Diversity is a killer.
Another thing that I just thought of is whether or not Seattle might consider lining up Michael at full back and getting all three backs (Lynch, Turbin, and Michael) on the field at the same time. This could also give Seattle more flexibility when it comes to dealing with Michael Robinson’s contract.
This pick could also have fantasy implications as it might limit carries by Lynch.
No matter what, I think we should all get #inpcjswetrust trending because I expect a lot more unexpected picks out of Seattle for the rest of the draft.
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It’s time for day 2 of the draft! The Seahawks will be adding (likely) 2 new players to the roster today. Join us for a live chat as rounds 2 and 3 unfold.
There is lots to talk about: round 1, Seattle’s needs, Seattle’s picks, the state of the roster, etc. It’ll be fun.
We’ll be starting around 4:30 local time in Seattle.
With the 1st pick in the 2013 NFL Draft the Kansas City Chiefs Select Andrew Luck. Not exactly, this year’s NFL Draft doesn’t have the flash or the instant star player’s in it like the 2012 Draft. The 2013 NFL Draft was full of meat and potato players, 6 of the 1st 11 players Drafted in the 1st round were Offensive Lineman.
The Kansas City Chiefs used almost every second of their 10 minutes on the clock and after months of film study and listening to possible trades they selected Offensive Tackle Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan, Fisher is slated to protect Alex Smith’s blindside. The Jacksonville Jaguars knowing that is would get to take whichever Offensive Tackle the Chiefs didn’t take, took Offensive Tackle Luke Joeckel from Texas A&M. Joeckel was thought by many to be the 1st pick although in the last few weeks his hold on the top Draft pick slot weakened.
The Miami Dolphins continued their aggressive off-season by trading their 1st and one of their 2nd Round picks with the Raiders for the right to the 3rd pick of the Draft which they used to select Dion Jordan Outside Linebacker from Oregon. Another notable trade was made by the St. Louis Rams who jumped in front of the New York Jets to snag speedy Wide Receiver Tavon Austin from West Virginia. Buffalo Bills who moved back in the draft after completing the trade with the Rams and made the biggest surprise pick of the Draft by selecting EJ Manual Quarterback from Florida State. Manual who has the size and speed to be a starting Quarterback, although he was projected as a 2nd or even a 3rd round pick, thus leaving Geno Smith the Quarterback from West Virginia still on the board when all of the 1st round selections were completed.
The San Francisco 49ers moved up from the 31st pick to the 18th pick after swapping with the Dallas Cowboys and also throwing in an additional 3rd round pick. The 49ers looked to fill the void at Safety left by Dashon Goldson when he left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Free Agency. That void was filled by selecting hard hitting Eric Reid out of LSU.
The Minnesota Vikings were able to Draft three players between the 23rd and the 29th picks. The Vikings selected Shariff Floyd Defensive Tackle from Florida selected 23rd, Xavier Rhodes Cornerback from Florida State selected 25 (pick received in the Percy Harvin Trade with Seattle Seahawks), and with the 29th pick from the New England Patriots they selected Cordarrelle Patterson Wide Receiver from Tennessee.
The 1st Round of the 2013 NFL Draft didn’t have the high profile names or the marketability of recent Drafts but it did give teams plenty of opportunities to fill needs both on the Offensive and Defensive Lines. Many teams ditched the best player available motto and went after players of need. With plenty of specialty players available in the 2nd Round of the 2013 Draft there could be almost just as much excitement on day Two and there was in round One.
Round 1 of the NFL draft has begun. I’ll be updating this as we go. It’ll be fun!
Given the Seahawks lofty status of playoff team and being ranked as the 2013 preseason NFL’s best team, it’s easy to forget where this team stood last year at this time, a week before the draft. Here we are in mid April again, wondering who the Seahawks may draft starting with the second round after having traded their first round pick to Minnesota for Percy Harvin. The Seahawks are widely said to have “won” free agency after having gone blow for blow with the San Francisco 49ers in signing big name players. And the likely answer to the question; “who will the team pick in the second round”?, is a resounding – “Who cares? Let’s PLAY”!
The team has already improved itself so much that any player they pick up in the draft will be the sprinkles on the frosting of the cake. In one year the team has gone from just recently having achieved the “respectable” moniker, to “Super Bowl favorite”, and that’s BEFORE the 2013 draft even takes place! There is really some question as to whether any draft picks will even make the team. While the draft may seem a bit anti-climactic after the free agency blitz the team just put on, just remember it was exactly a year ago we were almost positive Matt Flynn would be the Hawk’s starting quarterback in 2012. In other words, with John Schneider and Pete Carroll calling the shots, expect the unexpected. Expect a player or three who can not only make this team, but who can make this team better.
Just for fun, let’s review a few stories Seahawks fans were reading and hearing about their team exactly one year ago.
- Fans of the Seahawks were being told by football writers that;
- We should take heart in the fact that although the Seahawks started 2011 with a 2-6 record, they finished well with a 5-3 record and matched their 2010 mark of 7-9.
- The Seahawks of 2011 were competitive in all but one of their losses.
- The Seahawks had released their big 2011 free agency catch Robert Gallery.
- Excitement for the “two tight end set” grew with the signing of tight end Kellen Winslow from Tampa Bay.
- The team had released and re-signed Marcus Trufant.
- The team was happy to have locked up Marshawn Lynch for the next 4 years and Red Bryant for 5 years.
- Breno Giacomini had done such a good job filling in at right tackle for the injured first rounder James Carpenter, he was re-signed and talk began of moving Carpenter to the guard position.
- The names Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Brandon Browner, and Earl Thomas were not yet “household names”, much less the “best secondary in football”.
- Matt Flynn was the “crown jewel” of the Seahawks free agent class. His position with the team would require him to beat out Tavaris Jackson and whatever rookie quarterback the team may pick up in the 2012 draft. Consensus was the QB job was Flynn’s to lose. Nobody, except for a few die hard college football junkies or Wisconsin fans had ever heard of Russell Wilson…
Seahawks fans should understand it’s OK be excited about the 2013 draft, even without a first round pick. Last year the team picked up a franchise quarterback, a starting linebacker, an excellent backup running back, and a future starting offensive lineman converted from defense…all AFTER the first round.
What: The NFL Draft
Where: Radio City Music Hall, New York
Round 1: Thursday April 25th, 5:00 pm
Rounds 2-3: Friday April 26th, 3:30 pm
Rounds 4-7: Saturday, April 27th, 9:00 am
*all times are local Seattle time.
TV Coverage: ESPN and NFL Network – Live coverage available on both stations
Radio Coverage: ESPN Radio Network, 710 AM in Seattle
Seattle Seahawks Picks:
* From Oakland in Aaron Curry Trade
** From New Orleans in Barrett Ruud Trade
Seattle has no first round pick because it was traded to Minnesota for Percy Harvin. Seattle also traded the 8th pick in round 7 (214th overall) to the Vikings in that trade.
A movie is going to be filming in the Radio City Music Hall during the actual draft. “Draft Day,” staring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner, follows a fictional Cleveland Browns GM trying to trade up for the #1 overall pick. They are filming during the actual draft to help capture the energy of the real thing. Expect to hear about it throughout the entire draft, as the TV networks struggle to fill all the time committed to covering the draft.