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Athletic profiles of Seahawks offensive UDFA class

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At the conclusion of the 2018 NFL Draft the Seattle Seahawks added UDFAs from multiple positions to compete for roster spots during training camp. I’ve already looked at how the draft picks comp out to past Seahawks, and earlier this morning looked at how the defensive UDFAs compare to some of the prior Seahawks defensive players.

In this piece we’ll look at how some of the offensive UDFAs compare to other players at their positions. While there were significant changes on the defensive coaching staff, since it is Pete Carroll’s defense at the end of the day, many of the physical attributes the team looks for on defense appear to remain the same as they have been in the past. In contrast, on the offensive side of the ball with the coaching staff changing, the team definitely seems to be going after a different category of players at certain positions, particularly at wide receiver.

Under Darrell Bevell, the team slowly went away from the tall, big bodied receivers like Mike Williams, Sidney Rice and Chris Matthews, with the core of the receiving corps in 2017 made up of players with a less physically imposing stature. In particular, every single receiver the team has added during the offseason has measured in at over six foot tall and only Taj Williams (199 pounds) has weighed in at under 200 pounds. On such a small sample, it could be the result of randomness, but it is certainly noteworthy to me that with the team wanting to get back to running the ball, it is bringing in bigger receivers who would seem to be better suited to run block. In any case, here’s a table of all the receivers added this offseason, with their height and weight, with the 2017 receivers included for comparison.

With the physical profile of the offensive positions appearing to have changed ever so slightly, I’ve expanded some of the profiles to look not just at current and past Seahawks, but players from other teams around the league as well. However, let’s jump right into these profile comparisons.

To start with, I’ll look at the fullbacks. Now, Khalid Hill did 21 reps on the bench, but due to a hamstring injury that was the only event in which he participated. As such, there is no comparison for Hill, and we can skip right to the second UDFA fullback the team signed, Marcus Martin and how he compares to both Marcel Reece and Michael Robinson.

Athletic profile comparison of Marcus Martin to Marcel Reece and Michael Robinson

Event Marcus Martin Marcel Reece Michael Robinson
Event Marcus Martin Marcel Reece Michael Robinson
Height 6006 6001 6013
Weight 240 231 227
40 Yard Dash 4.7 4.42 4.57
Bench Reps 32 n/a 12
Vertical 33 36.5 33
Broad 114 112 119
Shuttle 4.22 4.26 4.41
3-Cone 7.19 7.20 6.95

Moving from the ever glorious fullback position to the offensive line, I’ll start by taking a look at center Brad Lundblade and comparing him to Rees Odhiambo.

Athletic profile comparison of Brad Lundblade to Rees Odhiambo

Event Brad Lundblade Rees Odhiambo
Event Brad Lundblade Rees Odhiambo
Height 6026 6037
Weight 295 314
40 Yard Dash 5.45 5.35
Bench Reps 24 23
Vertical 28 27
Broad 95 93
Shuttle 4.8 4.69
3-Cone 8.01 8.09

Staying with the offensive line, we’ll take a look at the Skyler Phillips and see how he compares to some of everyone’s favorite guards, specifically Mark Glowinski, Ryan Seymour and Steve Hutchinson.

Athletic profile comparison of Skyler Phillips to Mark Glowinski, Ryan Seymour and Steve Hutchinson

Event Skyler Phillips Mark Glowinski Ryan Seymour Steve Hutchinson
Event Skyler Phillips Mark Glowinski Ryan Seymour Steve Hutchinson
Height 6026 6043 6042 6051
Weight 318 307 301 315
40 Yard Dash 5.09 5.2 5.09 5.13
Bench Reps 31 31 30 31
Vertical 29 29.5 29 33.5
Broad 104 111 108 106
Shuttle 4.69 4.58 4.59 4.74
3-Cone 7.95 7.56 7.53 n/a

Now we move on to the receiver position, where the team has been active this offseason adding tall wide receivers. Let’s take a look at how Ka’Raun White compares to his brother Kevin White, Super Bowl near-hero Chris Matthews and former Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones. Jones is of note simply because Seahawks general manager John Schneider was in Green Bay when the Packers drafted Jones in the third round of the 2007 draft.

I haven’t identified perfect athletic comps for the UDFA wide receivers the team added, so I’ve included an entire medley of players who compare well in at least a few of the different categories for each newly added player.

Athletic profile comparison of Ka’Raun White to Kevin White, Chris Matthews and James Jones

Event Ka'Raun White Kevin White Chris Matthews James Jones
Event Ka'Raun White Kevin White Chris Matthews James Jones
Height 6010 6025 6047 6006
Weight 206 215 218 207
40 Yard Dash 4.52 4.35 4.57 4.58
Bench Reps 24 23 n/a 22
Vertical 33.5 36.5 33.5 35
Broad 116 123 118 119
Shuttle 4.57 4.14 4.29 4.2
3-Cone 7.16 6.92 6.9 7.06

Moving on to Taj Williams, here’s how he compares to Golden Tate, Jermaine Kearse and Nate Burleson.

Athletic profile comparison of Taj Williams to Golden Tate, Jermaine Kearse and Nate Burleson

Event Taj Williams Golden Tate Jermaine Kearse Nate Burleson
Event Taj Williams Golden Tate Jermaine Kearse Nate Burleson
Height 6027 5102 6007 6004
Weight 199 199 209 197
40 Yard Dash 4.50 4.42 4.43 4.51
Bench Reps n/a 17 14 n/a
Vertical 34 35 34 42.5
Broad 124 120 119 126
Shuttle 4.44 4.34 4.12 4.16
3-Cone 7.05 7.12 7.03 6.96

And lastly, here’s a look at how Caleb Scott compares to Paul Richardson, Greg Jennings (in Green Bay when Schneider was there), Kenny Britt (played under offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer for the then St. Louis, but now Los Angeles Rams in 2014) and Brian Hartline.

Athletic profile comparison of Caleb Scott to Paul Richardson, Greg Jennings, Kenny Britt and Brian Hartline

Event Caleb Scott Paul Richardson Greg Jennings Kenny Britt Brian Hartline
Event Caleb Scott Paul Richardson Greg Jennings Kenny Britt Brian Hartline
Height 6021 6003 5111 6027 6015
Weight 203 175 197 218 195
40 Yard Dash 4.46 4.40 4.46 4.47 4.49
Bench Reps 13 n/a n/a 23 n/a
Vertical 37 38 36.5 37 34.5
Broad 124 124 117 124 120
Shuttle 4.35 4.23 4.16 4.47 4.12
3-Cone 6.58 6.98 6.68 n/a 6.65

That takes us through all of the offensive UDFAs the Seahawks added, leaving only long snapper Tanner Carew to be looked at, so here are his measurables compared to those of incumbent Tyler Ott and 2016 whipping boy Nolan Frese. I do not have the data for Super Bowl Champion long snapper Clint Gresham, so I have not included that, but if anybody has it, feel free to drop it in the comments and I can add it.

Athletic profile comparison of Tanner Carew to Tyler Ott and Nolan Frese

Event Tanner Carew Tyler Ott Nolan Frese
Event Tanner Carew Tyler Ott Nolan Frese
Height 6012 6027 6015
Weight 243 253 236
40 Yard Dash 5.00 4.82 5.09
Bench Reps 18 18 16
Vertical 30 30.5 35.5
Broad 111 104 120
Shuttle 4.28 4.51 n/a
3-Cone 7.26 n/a n/a

And that wraps up the look at the athletic profile comparisons of the team’s UDFAs.