With the 2022 NFL Combine underway, it is officially #DraftSZN. Millions of Americans can rest easy now that they know the size of Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett’s hands.
What we do often get around this time of year is news on pre-draft visits. There are a few notable college players who’ve met with the Seattle Seahawks in recent days and weeks, so instead of a deep analysis of 3-cone times let’s focus on who’s spoken to Seattle!
Max Borghi - Running Back, Washington State
WSU running back Max Borghi says he’s met with Seahawks several times during draft process and feels a good connection with them. pic.twitter.com/bWqWfnFxHE— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) March 3, 2022
Borghi rushed for 2,158 yards on just 369 carries over his four seasons in the Cougars’ run-and-shoot offense. Max also racked up 156 receptions for 1134 yards, but more than half of those totals were concentrated in his sophomore season. He opted out of the 2021 Sun Bowl so as to not suffer any catastrophic injury ahead of the NFL Draft. Prior to the start of 2021, Borghi was on the Doak Walker (top running back) and Fred Biletnikoff Award (top receiver) watch lists.
Seattle is in an interesting spot at running back given Rashaad Penny and Alex Collins are free agents, Chris Carson is an obvious cap casualty candidate, Travis Homer is more of a 3rd down back, and DeeJay Dallas is serviceable depth and not necessarily a starting caliber player.
Until the Combine is over I’m not really going to bother with draft projections but other reputable scout sites have Borghi ranging from a Day 3 pick to a UDFA, so keep an eye on him as a potential local UDFA signing.
Abraham Lucas - OL, Washington State
Coming from an Air Raid offense, Abraham Lucas didn't have any issue adjusting to putting his hand in the dirt at the Senior Bowl and he's open to whatever position/system he ends up in at the next level.— Corbin K. Smith (@CorbinSmithNFL) March 3, 2022
Washington State standout has met with #Seahawks. pic.twitter.com/VTZbcvxlW1
Borghi’s teammate Abraham Lucas was the Cougars’ starting right tackle and earned All-Pac-12 First-Team honors via Associated Press vote as a redshirt junior in 2020. In 2021 he did not allow a sack and only gave up 8 hurries on 477 pass-blocking snaps. Early projections have Lucas as a third- or fourth-rounder.
Duane Brown and Brandon Shell are both free agents, although the Seahawks seem to be keen on re-signing Brown. Jake Curhan showed some signs of promise at right tackle but Lucas could provide some intrigue.
Treylon Burks - Wide Receiver, Arkansas
Burks says he’s met with the Falcons, Dolphins, Seahawks and Chargers.— Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23) March 2, 2022
Burks is one of the more electrifying receivers in this year’s draft and is most likely going to be off the board by the second round. Frank T. Raines already did a little rundown on his stats and draft projection and it’s hard not to like his skill set. At 6’3” and 225 lbs, Burks says he wants to model his game after Deebo Samuel, which is easier said than done. In three years he was second-team All-SEC and then first-team in 2021, breaking through with an 1,100 yard, 11-touchdown junior season.
The odds of the Seahawks taking him are unlikely for multiple reasons, including having just drafted Dee Eskridge last season. You can never have too much receiving talent in my book, but there are more WR needy teams than Seattle who will surely have their sights set on Burks.
Cade Otton - Tight End, Washington
Former UW tight end Cade Otton said at Combine today he has met with Seahawks. Course, he also said he’d met with a bunch of other teams. But he says obvious - he’d be more than happy to stay in Seattle. pic.twitter.com/kbn9vviUNq— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) March 2, 2022
Why yes, another tight end from the Huskies. Otton went the full four years at UW and his best statistical season was in 2019, when he grabbed 32 catches for 344 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’s been lauded for his blocking more than his receiving (which is also more than respectable), and is projected to be a late Day 2 or early Day 3 pick.
Fellow UW alum Will Dissly and Gerald Everett are both unrestricted free agents, so the Seahawks may be in the market for a TE through free agency and the NFL Draft.
Rasheed Walker - OL, Penn State
Penn State tackle Rasheed Walker, an athletic three-year starter who projects to play on the left side in the NFL but also can play right side, says he has met with #Seahawks.— Corbin K. Smith (@CorbinSmithNFL) March 3, 2022
...Yeah, what Corbin said! Walker played left tackle at Penn State and started three years with the Nittany Lions.
Abram Smith - RB, Baylor
Baylor running back Abram Smith, who rushed for over 1600 yards after changing over from linebacker, says he met with #Seahawks today.— Corbin K. Smith (@CorbinSmithNFL) March 3, 2022
Defined his running style as "physical, downhill, violent."
Smith tore it up in his final season at Baylor and led the Big XII in rushing yards and yards after contact.
Abram Smith in 2021:— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) February 17, 2022
1,598 rushing yards (1st among Big 12 RBs)
1,011 yards after contact (1st)
79 first downs gained (1st)pic.twitter.com/MTTu18wA7i
Isaiah Spiller - RB, Texas A&M
Texas A&M running back Isaiah Spiller says at NFL Combine he’s met with Seahawks. No interesting history of Seattle and running backs from that school or anything. pic.twitter.com/SFLVOfKvLF— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) March 3, 2022
Spiller had consecutive 1,000 yard seasons with the Aggies and figures to be taken within the first four rounds of the draft. He’s a versatile every-down back who can run and receive. He had first-team All-SEC honors in 2020 and then a second-team selection in 2021.
The last time the Seahawks went with a Texas A&M running back was Christine Michael. I’ll leave it at that.
These are only offensive players at the moment since the defensive players don’t have their combine workouts until the weekend, so don’t freak out just yet. When we get to April we’ll have a pre-draft visit tracker, but for now these are the names we have on record!