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Replacing Leroy Hill with a Platoon

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Instead of doling out big money for Leroy Hill or a free agent, or spending a valuable draft pick, I think Seattle should replace Hill with a linebacker platoon. David Hawthorne could play first down and running downs and Will Herring could play in obvious passing downs.

Will Herring

School: Auburn

49 Consecutive starts. Played three seasons at free safety, but his senior season at outside linebacker.

Stats: 8 interceptions, 9 solo and 6 assisted tackles for a loss, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 27 YPC

Measurables:

Height: 6025

Weight: 229

40 Yrd Dash: 4.57

20 Yrd Dash: 2.62

10 Yrd Dash: 1.55

225 Lb. Bench Reps: 18

Vertical Jump: 35

Broad Jump: 10'5"

20 Yrd Shuttle: 3.99

3-Cone Drill: 6.56

David Hawthorne

School: Texas Christian

35 consecutive starts.

Stats: 17 solo and 6 assisted tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks (5 his senior season), 1 interception.

Measurables:

Height: 6000

Weight: 240

40 Yrd Dash: 4.69

20 Yrd Dash: 2.71

10 Yrd Dash: 1.60

225 Lb. Bench Reps: 20

Vertical Jump: 37 1/2

Broad Jump: 08'10"

20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.45

3-Cone Drill: 7.27

The team would probably take a hit run stopping, but improve its pass defense and at a fraction of the cost.