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Seahawks defensive UDFAs mirroring stars when looking at athletic profiles

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After the conclusion of the 2018 NFL Draft, I took a look at the athletic profiles of the players drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in terms of how the drafted players compared to past and present players at the same position for the team. That piece was a hit among fans, so in continuing along that same line, here are the profiles of the undrafted free agents the Hawks signed to play on the defensive side of the ball.

Without wasting too much time, I’ll simply get right into the comparisons going through the seven confirmed UDFA signings in alphabetical order. The first on the list is linebacker Emmanuel Beal out of Oklahoma, and we’ll look at how he compares to Pro Bowl special teamer D.J. Alexander and Telvin Smith of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Athletic profile comparison of Emmanuel Beal to D.J. Alexander and Telvin Smith

Event Emmanuel Beal D.J. Alexander Telvin Smith
Event Emmanuel Beal D.J. Alexander Telvin Smith
Height 6000 6015 6030
Weight 223 233 218
40 Yard Dash 4.58 4.56 4.52
Bench Reps 12 17 16
Vertical 35 34.5 31.5
Broad 118 123 119
Shuttle 4.79 4.24 4.57
3-Cone 7.27 6.97 7.04

Next we’ll move on to defensive tackle Poona Ford, comparing him to Kevin Williams, Brandon Mebane and Jordan Hill.

Athletic profile comparison of Poona Ford to Kevin Williams, Brandon Mebane and Jordan Hill

Event Poona Ford Kevin Williams Brandon Mebane Jordan Hill
Event Poona Ford Kevin Williams Brandon Mebane Jordan Hill
Height 5115 6047 6011 6012
Weight 306 304 309 303
40 Yard Dash 5.13 4.81 5.19 5.23
Bench Reps 24 23 24 28
Vertical 29.5 30 24 30
Broad 111 112 106 109
Shuttle 4.75 5.04 4.65 4.51
3-Cone 7.76 7.66 7.94 7.49

Moving along we’ve got defensive end Marcell Frazier, who shares some traits with either of Chris Clemons or Cliff Avril.

Athletic profile comparison of Marcell Frazier to Chris Clemons and Cliff Avril

Event Marcell Frazier Chris Clemons Cliff Avril
Event Marcell Frazier Chris Clemons Cliff Avril
Height 6045 6030 6027
Weight 256 236 253
40 Yard Dash 4.63 4.68 4.51
Bench Reps 25 18 27
Vertical 33.5 35 32.5
Broad 116 116 117
Shuttle 4.47 4.66 4.51
3-Cone 7.14 7.48 6.90

This brings us to linebacker Jason Hall, who played safety at Texas, but much like Emmanuel Beal from above, compares similarly to linebackers D.J. Alexander and Telvin Smith.

Athletic profile comparison of Jason Hall to D.J. Alexander and Telvin Smith

Event Jason Hall D.J. Alexander Telvin Smith
Event Jason Hall D.J. Alexander Telvin Smith
Height 6020 6015 6030
Weight 219 233 218
40 Yard Dash 4.59 4.56 4.52
Bench Reps 18 17 16
Vertical 36.5 34.5 31.5
Broad 120 123 119
Shuttle 4.32 4.24 4.57
3-Cone 7.33 6.97 7.04

That brings us to yet another linebacker from this UDFA class, and that is Warren Long, who, while listed as a linebacker but for whom much more similar athletic comparisons come from the defensive secondary, in DeShawn Shead and Earl Thomas.

Athletic profile comparison of Warren Long to DeShawn Shead and Earl Thomas

Event Warren Long DeShawn Shead Earl Thomas
Event Warren Long DeShawn Shead Earl Thomas
Height 5114 6011 5102
Weight 212 220 208
40 Yard Dash 4.49 4.53 4.49
Bench Reps 17 24 21
Vertical 38.5 38 32
Broad 125 121 113
Shuttle 4.18 4.23 n/a
3-Cone 6.82 6.76 n/a

At this point we finally come to Jacob Pugh, a linebacker who comps out favorably to one of the Seahawks starting linebackers in K.J. Wright. I’ve also included the athletic profile for Shaquem Griffin since head coach Pete Carroll has already stated that Griffin will start out backing up KJ Wright at the WILL linebacker position.

Athletic profile comparison of Jacob Pugh to K.J. Wright and Shaquem Griffin

Event Jacob Pugh KJ Wright Shaquem Griffin
Event Jacob Pugh KJ Wright Shaquem Griffin
Height 6035 6033 6003
Weight 246 246 227
40 Yard Dash 4.65 4.75 4.38
Bench Reps n/a 20 20
Vertical 38.5 32 35.5
Broad 122 120 117
Shuttle 4.64 4.46 n/a
3-Cone 7.34 7.26 6.95

And finally we come to defensive tackle Eddy Wilson. Wilson does not have a singe comp that stands out, so I’ve included both Sealver Siliga and Brandon Mebane for comparison purposes.

Athletic profile comparison of Eddy Wilson to Sealver Siliga and Brandon Mebane

Event Eddy Wilson Sealver Siliga Brandon Mebane
Event Eddy Wilson Sealver Siliga Brandon Mebane
Height 6026 6016 6011
Weight 301 305 309
40 Yard Dash 5.37 5.37 5.19
Bench Reps 26 29 24
Vertical 28.5 29 24
Broad 96 100 106
Shuttle 4.7 4.75 4.65
3-Cone 7.51 7.7 7.94

That wraps up the defensive UDFAs that have been added to the Seahawks roster, and when time permits I’ll take a similar look at the offensive UDFAs.