The Seahawks have signed 6'2, 336 pound defensive tackle Dewayne Cherrington, and released K Carson Wiggs to make room on the roster.
Cherrington, obviously, is a massive defensive tackle that compares somewhat to Jesse Williams physically - stout, slow, but extremely powerful. He played at Mississippi State in 2012 and went undrafted.
His highlight tape from 2011 lists his bench at 525, his squat at 650, and his power clean at 315, so if any of those numbers are accurate we're talking about a strong human being (he did put up 36 reps on bench at his pro day - six more than Jesse Williams managed at the Combine). Cherrington was signed by New England, who ostensibly saw him playing the Vince Wilfork role in their hybrid defense, but he was recently cut from their roster.
Cherrington visited Seattle back on August 10th as well, but with Jesse Williams' knee issues still somewhat unpredicatble, this might be a depth move in case things get worse for the Australian. NEPatriotsDraft.com's Oliver Thomas provided the following scouting report on Cherrington when he was signed in New England as a UDFA:
Dewayne Cherrington is a massive man who can consume space. He's the epitome of a nose tackle. He's also the least polished of the team's undrafted D-tackles.
A Holmes Community College transfer, Cherrington joined the Bulldogs in 2011 and totaled 12 tackles and 2.5 tackles for negative yardage. As a senior in 2012, Cherrington made 24 tackles and for loss. These numbers don't exactly impress, though his size is his potential. If he can find a way to carry it well, he could become a very imposing situational nose in the NFL.
While he's very strong - he benched 36 reps of 225 pounds at his pro day - Cherrington has the quickness you'd expect from a man who's pushing 350 pounds. He ran a 5.5 40-time at his workout, which would have been slower than Georgia's Kwame Gathers at the NFL combine.
If he can prove to be a productive zero-tech in camp, Cherrington may be able to stick around. You can't teach size and strength. He has both. Is Cherrington the next Ted Washington? Not likely. But there's no harm in finding out who he could become.
Cherrington may just be a camp body or someone to throw into the lineup because of injuries on the DL, but it'll be interesting to see what he provides.
Derek Stephens scouted Cherrington, and had the following quick analysis:
Cherrington is a massive, NT-type who gets good push off snap, has some bend, anticipates well to either side/gap. But zero suddenness/quicks.