When teams bring in players for a pre-draft visit, you have to wonder if it’s a smokescreen or do they have legitimate interest.
But more than anything, I think pre-draft visits confirm the area of needs for a specific team. So it’s no surprise that you see a lot of tight ends/big receivers, defensive linemen and defensive backs on the Seattle Seahawks list of players visiting the VMAC leading up to the draft
And Seattle uses its pre-draft visits to focus on potential undrafted free agents they’d like to bring into camp.
Teams can have up to 30 players in for pre-draft visits. In addition to that, teams can also have a local day for area prospects. The Seahawks had their local day on April 5, and I’m still working to confirm all 21 players that visited the team’s facility.
So the following is a list of players and the source that confirmed they have visited Seattle. If you see others that I have missed add them to the comments section, and I will continue to update the list leading up to the draft.
Derek Carrier, WR-TE, Beloit – Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Another big receiver who can run.
Matt Conrath, DL, Virginia – Source: Scout.com. At 6-8 and 290 pounds, Conrath is a big dude who likes he would be a perfect fit at 5-tech defensive end. Conrath was a first-team, All-ACC selection who finished with 64 tackles and blocked three field goals at Virginia.
Donnie Fletcher, CB, Boston College – Source: Twitter. At 6-1, 200 pounds, Fletcher fits the prototype as a big cover who can press for the Seahawks. Fletcher finished with 35 tackles, five pass breakups and two interceptions in 2011 for the Eagles.
Chandler Harnish, QB, Northern Illinois – Source: Twitter. Harnish doesn’t have prototypical size at 6-2 and 220 pounds, but he threw for 3,216 yards, 28 touchdowns and six interceptions for NIU as a senior.
DeShawn Shead, SS, Portland State – Source: The Oregonian. At 6-1, 220 pounds Shead ran in the mid 4.5s in the 40-yard dash at his pro day and posted a 38-inch vertical jump.