The Seahawks selected Middle Tennessee State DT Jimmy Staten in the fifth round, pick No. 172 overall.
There isn't a ton out there on Staten and it's unclear right now what position the Seahawks might see him playing -- five-technique in the Red Bryant mold, three-technique, or perhaps he's a DL to OL convert prospect? When asked during his conference call with reporters, he indicated he'll play wherever the Seahawks fit him in - at end, nose, or tackle.
Regardless, we shall see what the Seahawks have to say about their fifth-round pick. Here are a few scouting reports:
Positive: Three-year starter who totaled 30 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss as a senior after a career-best 36 tackles the prior year. Nice-sized interior lineman best occupying blockers. Plays with good lean, fires off the snap and holds his ground. Focused on by opponents but shows the ability to disrupt the action.
Negative: Ineffective making plays outside the box. Handled in a one-on-one blocking situations. Does not do a good job using his hands to protect himself.
STRENGTHS: Naturally strong man who posted 30 reps at 225 pounds at his pro day. Good agility for his size, with a 27-inch vertical jump. If he proves to have enough bulk without losing his quickness, Staten offers scheme versatility as a backup at multiple positions.
WEAKNESSES: Comes from a small program, and the jump to the NFL could prove difficult. Can he handle the rigors of staying inside in a 4-3 scheme, or is he best suited to move to end in a 3-4?