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The Seahawks worked out eight more players this week, according to National Football Post's Aaron Wilson, to go along with the already reported workout of TE Daniel Fells.

The workouts included former Bears tight end Kellen Davis, former Seahawks H-back/receiver type Isaiah Stanback, and former Bills WR/TE Dorin Dickenson. They also had former 49ers 6th round WR Ronald Johnson in for a workout.

On the defensive side of the football, the Hawks worked out former St. Louis Rams fifth-round defensive end Hall Davis, former Rams linebacker Justin Cole, former Browns defensive back Akeem Auguste, and former Seahawk defensive tackle Frank Okam.

Quite frankly, all of these workouts are fairly interesting. TE Kellen Davis is a physical freak of nature at 6'7, 265 pounds that fell out of favor in Chicago after developing a case of the dropsies, but his speed cannot be overlooked. Obviously it's been a few years since he ran at the Combine (2008), but the now-27-year old ran the 40 in 4.59 with a blistering 1.52 10-yard split, so you know he's got a little bit of explosiveness to his game (compare to Luke Willson's 4.51 with a 1.53 10-yard slpit). Again, it's been a few years since Davis ran that, but I'm assuming he's retained some of his athleticism over the years, so it makes him an intriguing 'third tight end' option for Seattle. He's a former fifth rounder for the Bears.

Stanback is well known around here - the former UW Quarterback made the move to receiver for the Hawks after trying to resurrect his career here when Pete Carroll took over, but he tore his achilles early in the process and was given an injury settlement. He's bounced around to the Giants and Jags the past two years after getting healthy, and I'm guessing Seattle sees him in an 'H-back' move tight end type of role or perhaps they see him as a stopgap for the role they'd originally had in mind for Chris Harper. Stanback is listed at 6'2, 228.

Similarly, former Texans 7th round pick Dorin Dickerson fits that role of a moveable chess piece type of player. Dickerson has bounced around to the Steelers, Patriots, and Bills but I do like his potential in this offense because of his insane athleticism. Dickerson was Jameson Konz like in speed numbers at the 2010 Draft - running the 40 in 4.4 seconds, the three-cone in 6.96 seconds, the short shuttle in 4.30 seconds, to go along with his 43" vert. All this at 6'2, 226 pounds. He has 34" arms. Again, he's Chris Harper sized so perhaps they are looking to fill that role.

You may remember former Trojan WR Ronald Johnson, a sixth round pick for the Niners and if I remember correctly, a favorite as a sleeper among some of the draft analysts I respect. He failed to make the Niners' roster in 2011 and signed to the Eagles practice squad. He made it to the Eagles active roster that year but then in 2012 Training Camp, he dislocated his ankle (gruesome), and went to the IR. Evidently he's healthy again and looking to catch on somewhere. Johnson has the advantage (or disadvantage) of being a former Pete Carroll player, so at least he knows the program and more or less what Carroll expects from his players. Prior to his injury, at the 2011 Combine, he ran the 40 in 4.46 seconds and measured in at 5'10, 199. I'd probably compare him somewhat to Doug Baldwin but he's a little bit thicker and has experience in the return game. It's an interesting workout, regardless.

Justin Cole is a long linebacker/LEO candidate at 6'3, 242 pounds. At the 2011 Combine, he ran 4.76 in the 40 with a 4.42 short shuttle and a 7.13 3-cone, so he's got some athleticism. He's been with the Rams and Browns thus far.

Akeem Auguste is a 5'9, 188 pound rookie out DB of South Carolina. Here's what Tony Pauline's scouting report had to say:

Positive: Physical cornerback best facing the action. Mixes it up with receivers and fights hard to break up passes. Willingly defends the run. Effectively locates the pass in the air, shows a nice burst to the ball, and shows a feel for coverage. Displays good awareness for what's happening and the ability to stay with receivers out of breaks.

Negative: Overmatched by larger receivers. Lacks a fluid backpedal, gives a soft cushion, and allows a large number of underneath receptions.

Analysis: Auguste looked like a potential star in the making after the 2010 season but has struggled to stay healthy the past two years. He offers possibilities as a dime back in zone coverage if he shows some durability.

Kinda sounds like Honey Badger, minus the Heisman finalist stuff. Anyway, interesting nonetheless.

Hall Davis is a bigger, more traditional style defensive end/defensive tackle at 6'4, 270. He's bounced around the league after being a fifth round pick by the Rams in 2010, with stints in Washington, Oakland, Tennessee, and Cleveland.

Frank Okam is a 6'5, 350 pound DT that had previously been with the Seahawks in 2010. At that time, he looked pretty good for a while and some people were disappointed when he was released and went to Tampa Bay, where he played fairly well. He's struggled with injuries the past few years though.

It's possible that none of these players will be signed but it's interesting nonetheless to take a look at the types of players Seattle is looking at. Particularly, that 'move-tight-end/big possession receiver' type in Isaiah Stanback and Dorin Dickerson and the in-line big tight end type in Kellen Davis and Daniel Fells.