I talked with Rob Rang, senior draft analyst with NFLDraftScout.com, to get an idea of some players who might fit what the Seattle Seahawks are looking for in this afternoon’s Senior Bowl down in Mobile, Ala.
Rang watched practice in Mobile this week, and he identified defensive line and receiver as Seattle’s most pressing needs this offseason.
With that in mind, Rang pointed to defensive ends Alexa Okafor of Texas and UCLA’s Datone Jones, Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins, and receivers Clinton Patton of Louisiana Tech and Marshall’s Aaron Dobson as five guys to watch this afternoon that the Seahawks could consider in the first two rounds of the draft.
Check out Rang’s breakdown on each player below.
Alex Okafor, DE, Texas (6-5, 260) Highlights
Rang’s take: Rather than being a speed rusher like Bruce Irvin, Okafor isn’t quite as explosive, but he uses his hands well. He’s not a 10-sack guy, but he would be better against the run, and is a much more technically sound pass rusher. The combination of Irvin and Okafor would make some sense coming off the edge for Seattle.
Datone Jones, DL, UCLA (6-4, 280) Highlights
Rang’s take: He was a guy who at 6-4 and 280 pounds, played both defensive end and defensive tackle. The Seahawks should be very familiar with Jones because he plays on the West Coast for former Seattle head coach Jim Mora at UCLA. He provides versatility. Jones is a well-built kind of guy who can bounce inside and play 3-tech as an inside rusher in nickel situations, and he can also rush from the outside in early downs. Jones had 17.5 tackles for loss in 2012.
John Jenkins, Georgia (6-4, 359)
Rang’s take: He’s obviously very powerful and stout, but also more athletic than you think. Jenkins has long arms, and could develop into a Pro Bowl player if he wants to. But there are concerns about his consistency. Jenkins was suspended for Georgia’s Capital One Bowl appearance reportedly for academic reasons. Playing in the SEC, Jenkins played against a high level of competition, and was dominant at times. You always want big guys, and Jenkins has the versatility to play nose tackle, and also bump outside to spell Red Bryant at 5-tech.
Clinton Patton, WR Louisiana Tech (6-0, 202)
Rang’s take: Patton’s a fluid route runner with good speed, who also showed an ability to consistently make defenders miss out in the open field. For his size, he also has interesting body control, contorting to make tough catches. Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network said Patton is a second round draft pick at the worst. Compares to Roddy White because of his polished route running.
Aaron Dobson, Marshall (6-3, 202)
Rang’s take: Dobson showed the ability to make plays, even when he was covered, going up to get the ball without pushing off. Of the smaller school guys, Patton and Dobson were much more polished and technically sound than I expected. He also played well against top level talent. Compares to Sidney Rice in his size and ability to go get the ball.