The Seahawks have signed veteran and former 19th overall pick Alex Barron after he had an impressive mini-camp with the team last weekend. He was out of football last season rehabbing from a knee injury, and prior to that had a short stint with the Saints, Cowboys and started 74 games for the Rams after they chose him in the first round in 2005. Barron looks the part at 6'7, 320 pounds and though he was mostly known for penalties, he's looking to start fresh in Seattle, as he told Seahawks.com. "[The Mini-camp] was pretty good, because it's a little different than just a one-day workout. I got to move around, be in the huddle, do some drills, have some one-on-ones with some guys, show a little movement. It was great. I just wanted to get somewhere. I'm pretty confident in my play. I've made some mistakes in the past, also. But I've gotten to the point where after last season, and coming into the offseason as a free agent, all I want to do is come in and just show that I can play, because it can't be talked about, it always has to be shown."
It will be really interesting to see how Barron does over the rest of the offseason, and obviously possessed enough physical tools and potential to be a first round pick back in 2005. Players can and have certainly turned things around while moving to different cities, different coaching staffs and different teams, so he'll be a player to keep an eye on throughout this process to see if he can realize some of his first-round potential.
The Hawks also signed CB Donny Lisowski, TE Cooper Helfet, and T Andrew Mitchell while releasing CB London Durham, Adrien Moten, T Jon Opperud, and G/C Brent Osborne. Lisowski is a very athletic and quick-twitch athlete at 5'11, 185 pounds that had a very good weekend at the Mini-camp. He drew rave reviews from Pete Carroll "He was all over the place out here. I had no (idea about him), other than he ran extremely fast when he showed up for a workout day. And then he went out there and made a bunch of plays. So I was really fired up about him." Carroll wasn't the only one signing his praises, as several of the beat reporters covering the camp echoed this sentiment over the weekend. Lisowski obviously impressed enough to stick around for a while.
Also drawing some reviews from reporters over the weekend was Cooper Helfet, a 6'3, 240 pound tight end H-back type from Duke. Helfet had 43 catches for 395 yards for the Blue Devils in 2011, and was one of the players to work out with Peyton Manning during the offseason when he was training at Duke's facility. He's got very nice athleticism - 4.71 40, 1.63 10-yard split, 6.82 3-cone drill, and 4.22 short shuttle, - and the Seahawks have shown a lot of interesting in players of his type so he's a guy that could have a decent chance to catch on with the Seahawks, who are still seeking depth there.
Finally, Andrew Mitchell went undrafted out of Oklahoma State in 2010 and was signed by the Bengals at that point. He's 6'5, 308 pounds.