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NFL Draft 2013 Seahawks sleepers: DT A.J. Francis, Maryland

The "Seahawks Sleepers" series is a flurry of quick scouting reports on some players that I've identified as potential targets for Seattle. My goal with this series is to highlight a few players that John Schneider, Pete Carroll and their scouting team might be interested in, and to give a brief synopsis as to why. For the most part, I'm high on the guys that I'll be pointing out - and I'll be monitoring them during the Draft and in Rookie Free Agency. Also, for the most part, these are mid- to later-round prospects, because let's be honest, you're probably sick of reading about first- and second-round type guys.

DT A.J. Francis, Maryland - 6'4, 310

Francis is another that sort of fits the mold as a DE/DT Red Bryant type. He was a non-combine invite but posted nice numbers at his Pro Day.

Gil Brandt offered the following after Francis' Pro Day: "Francis ran the 40 in 5.21 and 5.19 seconds. He had a 29-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-4 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.58 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.45 seconds. He also performed 24 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Francis is a possible rookie free-agent pickup following the 2013 NFL Draft."

Francis gathered 4.0 sacks and 43 tackles in 2012.

Video courtesy of the excellent DraftBreakdown.