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NFL Draft Results 2012: Seahawks Select DE/DT Greg Scruggs

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With the 25th pick in the 7th round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Seahawks have selected Greg Scruggs, a defensive end/defensive tackle out of Louisville. Scruggs is a versatile and athletic lineman, who likely became the Seahawks last pick because of his ability to play inside at three tech, on the outside as a rush defensive end, as a five tech on the strong side, and even has a little experience as a nose tackle.

He is, from what I can gather, a humble guy that works hard and is involved with charity work in his native Cincinnati. He's 6'3 3/8", 284 pounds, ran the 40 in 4.77 seconds, the short shuttle in 4.2, the three cone in 7.16, and put up 25 reps on bench. He had a 9'10" broad jump. He has very long arms (35.5", 80 3/8" wingspan) and is a pure physical potential pick at this point. I am immediately reminded of one of last year's 7th round picks, Pep Levingston, and it's apparent the Seahawks are intent on looking at this position as much as possible to find a fit after taking Jaye Howard earlier today as well.

Per PFW:

Take-notice workout numbers surfaced at pro day - has a thick, well-proportioned build with very long arms and ran in the 4.7s at 284 pounds, though he could stand to improve his upper-body strength. Has a chance to provide depth, be it inside a 4-3 or as a 3-4 five-technique. However, his tape is less appealing, as he gives effort but does not consistently impact games. Functional strength and athletic ability leave something to be desired and he does not use his hands violently to disengage (marginal pass-rush value). Possesses solid intangibles - considered tough and smart, works hard at his craft and has a likable personality (DUI incident was seen as an aberrational departure from character).


Positives: Fluid, smooth defensive lineman with excellent movement skills. Plays with a good degree of quickness, keeps his pads low to the ground and easily changes direction. Keeps his feet moving up the field, displays the ability to get outside the box and makes plays laterally.

Negatives: Lacks bulk and strength on the inside. Does not always play with a sense of urgency. Marginal speed off the edge as a pass rusher.

Analysis: Scruggs is a relatively athletic prospect with adequate size and growth potential. He displayed flashes the past three years yet has never put together a complete game. He offers a good amount of upside and can be a rotational lineman for a variety of defensive schemes if he elevates his game this summer.