Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
According to Chris Stueber, Seahawks scouts are in attendance at UMass, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and Minnesota Pro Days today. Time to further evaluate some of the prospects coming out of each of those schools this year.
According to their press release, UMass' Pro Day "will come on the heels of the NFL Combine where offensive lineman Stephane Milhim had a strong showing last weekend. Fellow lineman Nick Speller also competed in the postseason as he played in the East-West Shrine Game. Other top prospects for UMass include safety Darren Thellen, linebacker Perry McIntyre, running back Mike Cox, defensive tackle Hafis Williams and wide receiver Deion Walker among several other strong senior players."
OT Stephane Milhim is probably the main guy to watch when it comes to UMass. With 34 1/4" arms, 10 1/4" hands to go with the 6'4, 314 frame, he fits the profile as a Seahawks' offensive lineman. Milhim, a native of Haiti and relative newcomer to the sport of football - he first played as a high schooler - also wrestled for Charles Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida before heading to Massachusetts. He took part in the NFL Combine last week and ran the 40 in 5.23 seconds, had a 28.5" vert, an 8.67' broadjump and a 4.87 second short shuttle. He's currently a late-round or UDFA type.
Another player to possibly keep an eye on is OT Nick Speller: 6'4, 279, was a transfer from Syracuse to UMass and took part in the East-West Shrine Game.
The players to watch when it comes to Minnesota's Pro Day include QB/TE/H-back Marqueis Gray, who measured in at 6'3, 240 at the Combine. He tested fairly well for a QB but in the mid-ranges for a receiver/tight end - 15 reps on the bench press, a 30-inch vert, a 9.16 foot broad jump, 7.25-second three-cone drill and a 4.3-second 20-yard shuffle with a 4.73 40. He mainly worked out as a quarterback in Indianapolis, but likely got a look at receiver and tight end at his pro day today.
WR Terrell Sinkfield, who has been working out with Gray in Minnesota, also tested today in front of Seahawks' scouts today and according to FoxNews, clocked a 40 in 4.19 seconds. Sinkfield, who ran the 100 in 10.86 in high school, also ran a 4.27 and 4.41 to go with his 40.5" vert. The Northern Iowa Panther receiver had 43 for 499 yards and four touchdowns this last season to follow his junior season numbers of 28 catches for 464 yards and six touchdowns. At 6'1, 192, he becomes a sleeper candidate for the Hawks, just based on his elite speed. Check out some of his highlights here.
According to CheeseheadTV.com, other Minnesota prospects at the Pro Day include linebackers Keanon Cooper (5-11, 220) and Mike Rallis (6-1, 247) and cornerbacks Troy Stoudermire (5-9, 196) and Michael Carter (5-11, 189).
Finally, the Seahawks, naturally, have scouts at Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Pro Day, on hand to test OT Terron Armstead, who blew up the Senior Bowl with a very solid performance, according to scouts, and then blew up the Combine with record breaking speed in the 40 (4.71), and a Combine best 34.5" vertical among offensive linemen. Gil Brandt mentioned last week that teams would also be working Armstead out at tight end, so that's another thing to monitor, but for now, it would appear the Seahawks have some interest in a highly mobile, 6'4, 306 pound tackle.