The Seahawks have signed Louisiana Tech rookie running back Ray Holley, and waived WR Justin Veltung to clear a roster spot. The Seahawks had showed some interest in the smaller, shifty running back way back in April and with RB Robert Turbin and OW (yeah I said it) Percy Harvin both ailing in training camp, Holley will get a look. He was the MVP for the small-school Casino Del Rey All-Star Game, with 12 rushes for 88 yards in front of NFL Scouts and execs.
Holley does not fit the profile as a Seattle running back, necessarily, weighing in at just 194 pounds, but he packs a punch for his size. He's also very strong, as Gil Brandt pointed out during the Pro Day circuit. Said Brandt:
Ray Holley RB (5-8, 194 pounds) - He ran 4.57 and 4.56 in the 40-yard dash and recorded a 37.5 inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-11 broad jump. He finished the short shuttle in 4.15 and the three-cone drill in 6.85. He recorded 27 strength lifts, which is unheard of because of his size. Holley is a guy that is small, but really quick and strong. He catches the ball well.
Here's a look at his running and receiving. Holley racked up over 1000 yards at Louisiana Tech last year - 740 yards on the ground and 324 through the air - and scored 8 touchdowns.
Here's an interview with the newest Seahawk - and as you can tell, he's a little muscle-hamster looking kind of dude. I like him already. Maybe I should do the football analyst/scout thing and compare him to another small white running back - let's say - Danny Woodhead? Sure, that works.