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NFL Draft Prospect Visit Tracker: TEs Brad Smelley, Lamont Bryant To Visit Seahawks

Tight end Brad Smelley #17 of the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Tight end Brad Smelley #17 of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Well, we've got a couple more to add to the list of visits for the Seahawks, with Alabama TE Brad Smelley and Morgan State TE Lamont Bryant expected to VMAC. Links here and here. Also possibly visiting with the team is Oregon WR Lavasier Tuinei, who is apparently in Seattle, per his twitter account. It's unclear if it's to meet with the team but we'll include him here just as a heads up.

Both Smelley and Bryant are 'move' or 'joker' tight end prospects and it's become apparent that the Seahawks are sifting through the late-round prospects at that position. These visits come on the heels of visits by Derek Carrier, Adrien Robinson, and David Paulson, all later round H-Back prospects.

Smelley is a fullback/h-back type, former HS QB, that is average athletically but very dependable in catching the football. According to CBS' Dane Brugler, at the Senior Bowl, Smelley proved this quite well. "Through three days of practice, it could be argued that no pass-catcher has been more consistent than the Tide H-back who has shown vacuum-hands all week. He isn't explosive in any way, but he plays hard and fast at all times and has earned a draftable grade."

Smelley is 6'2, 238, and is likely projected as a late round pick or priority free agent. He'd have to excel on special teams, likely, to make an NFL roster outright.

Morgan State TE Lamont Bryant is an athletic WR/TE/H-back tweener at 6'4, 221. According to Wes Bunting, at the HBCU All-Star game this past winter, "Bryant was one of the few guys on the East roster to run well, timing in the low 4.5 range. He's a leaner tight end at 6-4, 221, but showcased good speed and could get some looks as a potential H-back/big slot at the next level."

At the Morgan State Pro Day in March, Bryant measured in at 6'5, 225, had an 80 1/4" wingspan, ran the 40 in 4.45 and put up 19 reps on bench. He registered a 10'3" broad jump, a ridiculous 43" vertical jump, and ran the short shuttle in 4.38. He's a likely late-round to priority free agent prospect.

WR Lavasier Tuinei, 6'5, 216, is, according to this scouting report, by Wes Bunting:

A tall, lanky wideout with a massive wingspan and a frame that can get even bigger. Is limited as a route runner both physically and because of the Oregon offense. Is tighter in the hips and isn't a guy who can really keep his feet under him and accelerate out of sharply breaking routes. Tends to really round off his breaks and drift as a route runner. Has a little more suddenness to his game working the three-step game vs. air, but isn't often asked to beat man coverage off the line and doesn't seem quick enough to win vs. press in the NFL routinely.

However, for the most part, is only asked to run down the seam from the slot, track the football and go make a play. Isn't real shifty/explosive off the line, possesses strider speed, but isn't a quick starter. Picks up speed as he goes and displays the ability to go up and get the football. Looks coordinated adjusting to the throw as well, contorting his body and using his length to pluck the ball away from his frame. Isn't afraid to extend and work the middle of the field and displays "plus" hands for the position. However, isn't a guy who will separate much in the NFL, lacks an explosive element to his game and is far from a consistent route runner.

Full list after the jump...


Defensive Backs:
CB Ron Brooks, LSU

CB/S George Iloka, Boise State
DB Donnie Fletcher, Boston College
DB Jeremy Lane, Northwestern State
CB Josh Bellamy, Louisville

Defensive Line:
DT Michael Brockers, LSU 

DE/DT Matt Conrath, Virginia
DT Renard Williams, Eastern Washington
DE Claude Davis, USF

LB Danny Trevathan, Kentucky


QB Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois

Running Backs:
RB Derrick Coleman, UCLA
RB Logwone Mitz, WSU

Tight Ends:
WR/TE/HB Derek Carrier, Beloit
TE Adrien Robinson, Cincinnati

TE David Paulsen, Oregon
TE/HB Brad Smelley, Alabama
TE/HB Lamant Bryant, Morgan State

Wide Receivers:
WR Deonte Thompson, Florida
WR Devin Aguilar, Washington

WR Jermaine Kearse, Washington
WR Lavasier Tuinei, Oregon

Offensive Linemen:
OG Will Blackwell, LSU
OT Mike Ryan, UConn