PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 18: Kris Durham #16 of the Seattle Seahawks catches a pass in front of William Gay #22 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on September 18, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Kris Durham was a surprise fourth-round pick in 2011 for the Seahawks out of Georgia, and at 6'5, 216, had experience playing on the outside and in the slot for the Bulldogs. In his rookie season, he played in three games before being placed on the injured reserve with a labrum injury, and he caught three passes for 30 yards.
Though Durham played sparingly, Nate's done a great job of putting together a retrospective video that shows nearly all his snaps from 2011. With Mike Williams still sidelined from his major leg/ankle injury from last year, and unable to even cut or change direction at this point, it's looking more and more likely that he'll be placed on the PUP list to start the season. That means the outside receiver spot opposite of Sidney Rice could be up for grabs, and Durham becomes the most likely suitor, along with Ben Obomanu, Golden Tate, and a few long shots like Ricardo Lockette, Deon Butler, Phil Bates, etc.
Personally, I have high hopes for Durham going forward - in his limited action he looked pretty good, especially against Pittsburgh, where he had his three catches. He's got a huge catch radius, some speed, and it will be interesting to see how he fares in training camp and the OTAs.
It's tough to evaluate Durham based on three catches and some blocking downfield, but my impression is that he looks smooth running routes (this route here is timed perfectly), and sinks his hips and chops his feet to sit down on curl or comeback routes nicely. Exhibit A here, exhibit B here. As for his downfield blocking, it's also tough to tell. He delivers a nice crack-back here, and does a decent job occupying his defender on a few others. Anyway, check the video out below, and thanks to Nate again for putting these together.