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NFL Draft 2011 - Seahawks News for Monday

This is going to be a pretty hectic week so I wanted to take a minute to point out a few more prospect visits that have happened recently.

Most notably, Colorado CB Jimmy Smith came to town. We've talked about him a ton lately so I'll leave it at that but check out a great piece by Eric Williams on Smith that weighs the risks vs the potential reward.

Apart from that, Missouri DE Aldon Smith was in Seattle for a visit and this could develop into a really interesting storyline if the Hawks are indeed targeting the pass rusher at #25. We've argued over it here a few times, but the idea of having an elite talent at the LEO end is enticing. Thus far, the Hawks have mainly used specialists like Chris Clemons and Raheem Brock, and late-round or free agent guys like Dexter Davis, Nick Reed and Ricky Foley at that position. Clemons and Brock did a great job in 2010, especially considering they had been passed over mostly by their previous teams for major playing time. Both are not getting any younger and currently only Dexter Davis is there as depth. The thought of bringing in an elite talent to rush the edge a la Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, or John Abraham seems pretty attractive if other top-tier guys are off the board.

Seattle also hosted USC CB Shareece Wright and UW ILB Mason Foster. Both players are very intriguing, Wright possibly more because he's likely to be available in the mid rounds. Foster has been shooting up boards and is likely to go in the 2nd or 3rd rounds. Wright is a Pete Carroll recruit that plays with tenacity and has decent size if the Hawks want to target a CB in the mid rounds. 

Apart from that, Arkansas State safety M.D. Jennings recently visited as well, and is an interesting prospect because of his perceived ability to play both safety and corner, something the Hawks could use. The Hawks have worked out a lot of these types of guys recently so don't be surprised to see a safety picked in the mid-late rounds that has a similar profile. 'Swift, ballhawking former corner that now plays safety' is a common phrase I've been reading about recent Seattle prospects like Chris Conte, Anthony Walters, Rajric Coleman, and down the line. Heads up on that.