2014 Seahawks Pre-Draft Visits

Seattle would probably need to trade up for Cooks - Steve Dykes

Which NFL draft prospects has Seattle met with so far and what are the chances that some of these players are future Seahawks?

Attached is a running count of 2014 Pre-Draft VMAC visits for the Seahawks. I have included reports of Seahawk offsite visits as well as certain Pro Days where Seahawks Assistant Coaches have been in attendance (and often personally directing workout drills). Seahawks Scouts go to almost every Pro Day, but an actual key assistant coach on-site is not a usual occurrence.

In 2013 the Seahawks Pre-Draft Visits included top Draft pick-RB Christine Michael. They also had WR Perez Ashford in camp for a cup of coffee. The Seahawks also brought in DT Michael Brooks, who is still with the Seahawks, and LB Craig Wilkins- who was cut after training camp in 2013. They also had an offsite workout with QB BJ Daniels- who is still with the Seahawks.

Most of the visits tend to be 7th round, UDFA types- and perhaps almost serve as recruitment tools for after the draft- but there are many notable players in 2014 with clear draftable grades-

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WR Brandin Cooks is considered a 1st round prospect-almost assuredly gone by 32. WR Cody Latimer is considered a 1st/2nd round prospect. RB Terrence West is a solid 3rd/4th Round prospect. WR Josh Huff is a 4th round prospect. OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff is a hot name- perhaps going in the 4th round. S Deone Bucannon is a 2nd round prospect. LEO Demarcus Lawrence is also a 2nd round prospect. LB Jordan Tripp and LB Jordan Zumwalt are considered 3rd/4th round prospects. OLB types like Cassius Marsh, Khairi Fortt, Morgan Breslin, Carlos Fields, and Brock Coyle are all considered 4th-6th Round prospects- with definitely higher grades than the typical 7th Round/UDFA types that the Seahawks tend to bring in. The four OTs not named LDT tend to be more in that 7th Round-UDFA category, the most notable being USC Right Tackle Kevin Graf.

Guys like SS Eric Pinkins and DE Elhadji Ndiaye are big, athletic (likely high SPARQ) players. Eric Pinkins is the size of a smaller Kam Chancellor with better SPARQ numbers. Ndiaye has played only one year of organized football- but is rumored to be a size-speed freak at DE- someone will likely take a 4th/5th round flyer on him on pure potential.

WR Kevin Smith was one of Coach Sarkisian’s favorite players at Washington, and one of his original recruits. Smith was actually the Huskies leading WR in 2013 (50, 765, 4), with Kasen Williams getting injured and Carroll and Schneider went to the Husky Pro Day. He tore up the Pro Day in terms of measurables- a high SPARQ athlete. He can also return kicks. He has a unique body at 5-11, 214.

Additionally, WR Davante Adams and WR Paul Richardson are considered "Day 2" players. Adams is a bit Split End with high Red Zone production, and Richardson is a deep threat.

Tom Cable took a trek out to Tennessee to see a pair of 2nd round OT prospects- JaWuan James and Antonio (Tiny) Richardson. Cable then went to Miami to visit Seantrel Henderson, whose stock appears to be dropping toward the bottom of the Draft. Kippy Brown was on hand to visit Brandin Cooks. Jared Stanger spotted Dan Quinn on hand at Louisville and FSU to visit DE Marcus Smith and DT Timmy Jernigan- both considered late 1st/2nd Round prospects. DT Zach Kerr has a 6th round grade by our in-house Derek Stephens, basically a Nose Tackle.

I leave you with this, in 2012, the Seahawks predraft visits (they only get 30 of them + unlimited "Local" visitors) included: LB Bobby Wagner, LB Korey Toomer, RB Derrick Coleman, CB Jeremy Lane, OT Jon Opperud (in camp), WR Nate Palmer (cup of coffee), S DeShawn Shead, WR Lavasier Tuinei, WR Jermaine Kearse, DT Renard Williams (cup of coffee). When you consider the Seahawks have a limited number of Draft picks, the fact that you tend to only take 1-2 players per position, the fact that you want to be clandestine and hide your "favorite" players (in this case Wilson and Irvin), and the fact that you are competing against 31 other teams- I find this very interesting.

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