On Wednesday, we looked at the names of prospects connected to the Seattle Seahawks a month away from the draft’s conclusion. At that time, we had nine total names connected in some capacity, and it’s only continued to heat up since then, including a planned top-30 visit for one of the draft’s highest rated EDGEs.
First, on Wednesday afternoon, we learned Florida safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson spent time with Seattle personnel privately ahead of his pro day. Then, combine snub and Utah State running back Darwin Thompson was reported to have a top-30 visit set up with the Seahawks.
On Thursday, the names continued to roll in. Virginia safety and uber-athlete Juan Thornhill reportedly also has a top-30 visit set with Seattle. Thornhill tested in the 99th percentile in both the vertical and broad jump at the Scouting Combine, and should complete his athletic profile at Virginia’s pro day on Thursday. Thornhill checks the Seahawks’ height and weight boxes, and his athleticism will draw Pete Carroll’s interest.
Finally, speaking on NFL Network, Michigan EDGE Rashan Gary reported himself as having a top-30 visit with Seattle, as well. In a loaded defensive line class, Gary is a confounding evaluation. A 95th percentile athlete, Gary tested well enough to stick around the top of rankings among his fellow EDGEs. However, Gary showed little development during his time at Michigan—he was a five star recruit who stagnated, getting by on unbelievable physical tools. That stagnation matched his production, where he posted just 9.5 sacks and 23 tackles for loss in three seasons.
While those physical tools will be enough to get him selected in the top-25, he will need to develop the technical side of his game at the NFL, otherwise he will be handled with ease by (most) offensive linemen. Gary’s athleticism checks the boxes for the Seahawks, and the pedigree will appeal to Seattle—and now they’ll get him in the building for a visit.