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Seahawks continue to load roster with athletic profiles that mirror stars

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The 2018 NFL Draft concluded this weekend with the Seattle Seahawks adding nine new names to the roster for fans to fall in love with and around whom we can now begin to build our Super Bowl LIII dreams. In the build up to the draft Alistair Corp did a fantastic job putting together the team’s big board, and gave us a handy reference for the players that met the physical criteria to be drafted by the Seahawks.

Most interestingly, it continued to show that under the current leadership the Hawks appear to have definite physical and athletic types they prefer at the different positions. This is nothing more than a quick look at how some of the 2018 draft picks compare physically and athletically to other players who have excelled under this regime.

Obviously, physical traits and athletic abilities play only a part of the story, so none of this is meant to imply that these new additions will perform anywhere near as well as their comp did, it’s just an exercise in exploring the molds which the teams looks for at various positions.

No point in starting anywhere other than the top, and so here is how first round pick Rashaad Penny compares to former Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.

Athletic profile comparison of Rashaad Penny and Marshawn Lynch

Event Rashaad Penny Marshawn Lynch
Event Rashaad Penny Marshawn Lynch
Height 5110 5111
Weight 220 215
40 Yard Dash 4.46 4.52
Bench Reps 13 20
Vertical 32.5 35.5
Broad 120 125
Shuttle n/a 4.55
3-Cone n/a 7.05

Moving on to the third round, it’s a look at Rasheem Green against Michael Bennett.

Athletic profile comparison of Rasheem Green and Michael Bennett

Event Rasheem Green Michael Bennett
Event Rasheem Green Michael Bennett
Height 6042 6034
Weight 275 274
40 Yard Dash 4.73 4.86
Bench Reps 23 24
Vertical 32.5 36.5
Broad 118 110
Shuttle 4.39 n/a
3-Cone 7.24 n/a

In the fourth round they selected Will Dissly, who Pete Carroll and John Schneider compared to Zach Miller.

Athletic profile comparison of Will Dissly versus Zach Miller

Event Will Dissly Zach Miller
Event Will Dissly Zach Miller
Height 6036 6043
Weight 262 256
40 Yard Dash 4.87 4.86
Bench Reps 15 16
Vertical 28 34
Broad 111 115
Shuttle 4.4 4.36
3-Cone 7.07 7.01

Moving to fifth round, it’s Shaquem Griffin against Bruce Irvin.

Athletic profile comparison of Shaquem Griffin and Bruce Irvin

Event Shaquem Griffin Bruce Irvin
Event Shaquem Griffin Bruce Irvin
Height 6003 6030
Weight 227 245
40 Yard Dash 4.38 4.5
Bench Reps 20 23
Vertical 35.5 33.5
Broad 117 123
Shuttle n/a 4.03
3-Cone 6.95 6.7

Staying in the fifth round we’ll compare Tre Flowers to Richard Sherman.

Athletic profile comparison of Tre Flowers and Richard Sherman

Event Tre Flowers Richard Sherman
Event Tre Flowers Richard Sherman
Height 6032 6025
Weight 202 195
40 Yard Dash 4.45 4.53
Bench Reps 18 16
Vertical 34.5 38
Broad 122 132
Shuttle 4.34 4.29
3-Cone 7.17 6.72

As much as I would love to do a comparison of the profiles of Michael Dickson and Jon Ryan, I don’t have the data for either one. If anyone has it, please feel free to send it along and I’ll be sure it gets included.

With their fourth and final pick in fifth round, the Seahawks selected Jamarco Jones, who is very similar athletically to Oday Aboushi.

Athletic profile comparison of Jamarco Jones and Oday Aboushi

Event Jamarco Jones Oday Aboushi
Event Jamarco Jones Oday Aboushi
Height 6040 6053
Weight 299 308
40 Yard Dash 5.5 5.45
Bench Reps 18 17
Vertical 24 23.5
Broad 102 100
Shuttle 4.99 4.84
3-Cone 8.32 7.92

Then in the sixth round the team selected Jacob Martin, who could be compared to both Chris Clemons and Cliff Avril.

Athletic profile comparison of Jacob Martin to Chris Clemons and Cliff Avril

Event Jacob Martin Chris Clemons Cliff Avril
Event Jacob Martin Chris Clemons Cliff Avril
Height 6020 6030 6027
Weight 236 236 253
40 Yard Dash 4.59 4.68 4.51
Bench Reps 23 18 27
Vertical 34.5 35 36.5
Broad 121 116 117
Shuttle 4.44 4.66 4.31
3-Cone 6.9 7.48 6.9

In the seventh round they selected Alex McGough, who compares more favorably to 2017 backup quarterback Austin Davis than to Russell Wilson, so for those who were afraid they may have drafted Russell’s replacement, you can rest easy knowing McGough isn’t likely going to take the job.

Athletic profile comparison of Alex McGough and Austin Davis

Event Alex McGough Austin Davis
Event Alex McGough Austin Davis
Height 6033 6015
Weight 214 219
40 Yard Dash 4.62 4.76
Bench Reps n/a n/a
Vertical 32.5 31
Broad 112 109
Shuttle 4.5 4.11
3-Cone 7.27 6.73

However, after the draft was over the team dipped into the undrafted free agent pool and signed quarterback Troy Williams from Utah, who is athletically similar to Wilson.

Athletic profile comparison of Troy Williams to Russell Wilson

Event Troy Williams Russell Wilson
Event Troy Williams Russell Wilson
Height 6017 5105
Weight 205 204
40 Yard Dash 4.58 4.55
Bench Reps n/a n/a
Vertical 33.5 34
Broad 123 118
Shuttle 4.32 4.09
3-Cone 6.89 6.97

Let the Wilson trade rumors begin!

Again, as a reminder, I am not implying in any way that these new players are going to replicate what the comparable player did. There’s way more that goes into being a star than physical skills and abilities.