RENTON, WA - MAY 11: Linebacker Korey Toomer #47 of the Seattle Seahawks defends during minicamp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center on May 11, 2012 in Renton, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
In the 2012 NFL Draft the Seattle Seahawks selected OLB Korey Toomer from Idaho in the 5th round, Pick #154 overall. The 5th round has been fruitful for Pete Carroll and John Schneider, in 2010 it yielded S Kam Chancellor (Pick #2 of the Round, 133 overall- interestingly- this would have been a 4th round pick in 2012). In 2011 the duo snagged CB Richard Sherman #154 overall.
First off- the measurables for Toomer:
6'2" 1/4, 234 lbs, 4.53 forty, 42 inch vert, 10'10" broad jump, 4.00 short shuttle, 6.87 three cone, 20 reps on the bench.
Here is a scouting report compiled from various sources on Toomer from the SB Nation NY Giant's blog. Toomer impressed at his Pro Day and impressed Seahawks LB Coach Ken Norton Jr. in his position drills. He was a visitor to the VMAC pre-draft, and visited a total of 12 NFL teams. In 2011 he racked up 68 tackles and 4 sacks.
As Danny has pointed out here on Field Gulls, he compares a bit to the Hawks' 2012 2nd round LB selection, Bobby Wagner. In fact, when Wagner was selected in the 2nd round, -- I was over at Danny's place -- and as we had been following Toomer closely, we noted that on Twitter he expressed disappointment that the Seahawks' weren't going to take him afterall -- saying something along the lines of "damn, thought the Seahawks would draft me". But, three rounds later, the Hawks ended up grabbing him too. For comparison, here are Wagner's measurables:
6'0" 3/8, 235 lbs, 4.45 forty, 39.5 inch vert, 11"0" broad jump, 4.28 short shuttle, 7.10 three cone, 24 reps on the bench, 33 inch arms.
Both of these linebackers have very impressive measurables -- really for any position -- when you are in the region of 40 inch verticals, 11 foot broad jumps, and 7 second three cones.
(Out of curiosity I dug up David Hawthorne's Pro Day Measurables: 6'0", 240 lbs, 4.69 forty, 20 reps bench, 37.5 vert, 4.45 short shuttle, 7.27 three cone, 8'10" broad).
Here are some incomplete measurables I could quickly dig up on the other two linebackers drafted under the Carroll regime - Malcolm Smith and KJ Wright:
KJ Wright (2011 Draft, 4th Round)
6"4", 246 lbs, 4.73 forty, 34 inch vert, 4.33 short shuttle, 7.25 three cone, 20 bench, 34 7/8 arms
Malcolm Smith (2011 Draft, 7th Round)
6"0", 226 lbs, 4.47 forty, 28 bench
Seahawks DC Gus Bradley went on the airwaves recently and mentioned the "ideal" scheme fit linebacker for the Seahawks is not the big 250+ lb 3-4 linebacker that takes on guards uncovered, nor the fast Tampa 4-3 linebacker that weighs in the 220's. The Seahawks want it all - they want 240+ lbs, with long arms, and speed. A hybrid type- smaller than a 3-4 linebacker but bigger than a 4-3 linebacker.
The Seahawks saw something special in Toomer, as they selected him ahead of other "bigger" name players left on the board (yes, it was Round 5 by then) such as: LB Josh Kaddu, LB Terrell Manning, S George Iloka, WR Marvin Jones, and WR Juron Criner. They also selected Toomer ahead of their own pick #174 - CB Jeremy Lane, and pick #181- S Winston Guy.
The Seahawks currently have Toomer slated with the 2nd team at Sam Linebacker, yet I wonder if Toomer becomes the 2013 starting Will linebacker as they remain stubborn with Leroy Hill to give him nothing more than one year deals (current deal pays $1.3M for 2012).
Here are some terms John Schneider used to describe Toomer in the recent "Rookie Spotlight" video on Seahawks.com: "speed", "ton of range", "incredible athlete", "raw", "explosive hitter", and "covers a ton of ground".
I think Toomer is a lock to make the 53 man roster along with Leroy Hill, KJ Wright and Bobby Wagner. If the Seahawks carry six linebackers, which I think they will - the last two spots will be scrapped for by the likes of Malcolm Smith, Barrett Ruud, Matt Mccoy, Heath Farwell, Allen Bradford, Mike Morgan, and Kyle Knox. Toomer is another late round draft pick I am excited to watch for this preseason.