The Seattle Seahawks announced the signing of five players from rookie minicamps on Monday: receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow, free safety Tevon Mutcherson, center Marcus Henry, tackle Nick Callender, and guard Avery Young.
It seems telling that three of the signees were offensive linemen. Not just because the Seahawks have a reputation for having among the worst offensive lines of the last few years, but also because of the issue of the NFL being low on quality offensive linemen as is. That means that teams are probably more willing to work with good athletes, unique frames, and proper technicians that they might be at other positions.
Seattle has invested multiple first and second round picks into the offensive line, but they’ve also found players like Breno Giacomini, J.R. Sweezy, and George Fant by looking in the seventh round and in undrafted free agency/waivees.
Stringfellow is the most recognizable signee, having played at Ole Miss and going undrafted in 2017. He was signed by the Miami Dolphins, then spent most of the year on and off the practice squad with the New York Jets. But Seahawks fans may instead remember Stringfellow for this, from his NFL.com draft profile:
Damore’ea (pronounced duh-MOR-ee-ay) Stringfellow was a West Coast kid, and started his career with the University of Washington after being ranked as a top-10 receiver recruit nationally. His star rose during his true freshman year, starting three times (20-259, one TD). He found himself in trouble with the law after a post-Super Bowl fight with Seahawks fans, forcing him into spending five days on a work crew and attending anger management classes. After spending 2014 spring practices in the doghouse, he transferred to Ole Miss. Stringfellow sat out 2014 before landing a part-time starting job with the Rebels the next year (36-503, five TDs). His final year at Ole Miss resulted in his best career numbers, as he caught 46 passes for 716 yards and six touchdowns.
Stringfellow is 6’1, 211 lbs, with a reported 4.54 40-yard dash.
Tevon “T.J.” Mutcherson is 5’10, 195, and he played in the UCF defense with Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin from 2015-2016. He’s reported at a 4.59 40-yard dash and went undrafted in 2017.
Henry was a three-year starter at center for Boise State, going undrafted in 2016. He has yet to appear in an NFL game. His NFL.com draft profile starts as such:
The 2014 and 2015 first-team All-Mountain West pick at center is not huge, overly athletic, nor physically dominating. But as far as sturdy, reliable linemen go, Henry could be seen as one of the better options in this years senior class. Henry also started as a sophomore at right guard, giving him some versatility that will be needed if he is to stick on an NFL roster.
Callender played at Colorado State, then went undrafted in 2017 after a foot injury put his efforts to make a team as a rookie on hold. At 6’5, 321 lbs, Callender had an impressive 34” vertical at his pro day; that was two inches higher than any offensive lineman at last year’s combine. From before the draft last year:
“A lot of the teams told me they’re impressed with my athletic ability,” Callender said. “Some teams see me at tackle, some teams say they’ll put me inside at guard. One team even asked if I could snap and play center. I don’t know about that; I haven’t snapped in a while.”
Finally there’s young, who played at Auburn and went undrafted in 2016. He’s spent time with the New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he’s yet to make an active roster. He missed his entire rookie campaign with a knee injury that he suffered at his pro day. Young is 6’6, 305 lbs. He is the brother of defensive end Willie Young.
To make room on the 90-man roster, the Seahawks waived five players: Linebacker Paul Dawson, center Brian Lundblade, linebacker Jason Hall, and receivers Taj Williams and Ka’Raun White.
Dawson was a third round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015, but has yet to make an impact in an NFL game. He was signed by the Seahawks last season, getting activated for three games but not recording anything for the stat sheet.
As with all Seattle transactions, some of these players could be back or gone by tomorrow. Things are moving quickly once again.