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Video: Rob Rang from the VMAC

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 1, 2013 at 4:15 pm with 14 Comments »
August 1, 2013 4:15 pm

Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for, gives us his thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks from the VMAC this afternoon. Rang discusses some under-the-radar prospects like offensive tackles Alvin Bailey and Mike Person, tight end Sean McGrath, cornerback Byron Maxwell and defensive end Benson Mayowa.

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  1. Luke Willson not quick getting in and out of his breaks?! Durn! So much for those who insisted he would tear it up and be our TE saviour…you know who you are lol! He cant block either…

    McGrath a plodder?! I thought he was faster than that from his preseason play…TE is a problem with Miller hurting already…

    Nice to hear Bailey is such a stud at Tackle and G…

    Didnt hear anything about the DT’s though…or the LB’s…Mayowa is just about the same weight as Bruce Irvin…

  2. seahawk44 says:

    I agree that the TE position is potentially the biggest concern for the team heading into this season. Too bad McCoy has to miss the season, because I think he was about to have a breakout year. Miller must remain healthy, or this will become a problem. It would be something if the Konz became the guy after being moved to defense and back.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    McGrath is an absolute plodder, I would agree with that. That doesn’t mean he can be an effective target in the short and intermediate route tree, and short yardage and red zone situations, as he was last preseason.

  4. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Willson had the red jersey on with an injured shoulder so what?

    Sorry but I just don’t take Rang’s analysis serious. How did he do with his analysis on Sherman, Kam, Baldwin, Wilson ect….

    He needs to just stick to his WAG mock drafts and stop trying to expand.

  5. Thanks for that, Eric. Unlike GeorgiaHawk, I do respect and appreciate Rob’s analysis. I’m not sure how he did with his analysis of Sherman, Kam, Baldwin, etc., but hey, even Harbaugh missed out on Sherman and Baldwin — and he coached them.

  6. freedom_X says:

    Additionally, since Sherman, Kam, Baldwin, Wilson, etc. were all taken so low, it’s clear that all the other NFL teams missed on them. So I suppose the personnel evaluations of the full staffs of 31 other NFL teams are not to be respected. I don’t remember Rang saying anything bad about those guys, to be fair. I don’t remember Rang going on a Kiper-like rant and ripping Seattle for blowing those picks.

    Even Seattle’s own staff has to take a little bit of disrespect by those standards. They get the credit for spotting the positives in them and drafting them, but I don’t think they knew for sure they would turn out the way they did.

    For example, take the statement of Bill Belichick. I believe he said of Tom Brady, “If we knew he was going to be that good, we wouldn’t have waited until the 6th round to draft him.”

  7. SandpointHawk says:

    Below is Rob Rang’s take on Russell Wilson per-draft 2012.

    What is your problem with his analysis?

    Accuracy: Was the nation’s most efficient quarterback in 2011, earning a 191.78 QB rating — over 22 points higher than the next highest rated QB from a pro-style offense (Andrew Luck)… Showcased the ability to consistently throw receivers open versus single coverage as a senior, demonstrating impressive improvement in this area from his time at NC State… Delivers a tight spiral that is easily tracked and caught. Typically hits his receivers in stride whether on zipped crossing routes, touch passes dropped over the top of defenders or line drives leading receivers out of bounds on the deep out. Arm Strength: Arguably Wilson’s most impressive trait, especially considering his lack of ideal size. Can easily make every NFL throw, showing the ability to drive the football to the sideline on a line from the opposite hash. Can send the ball 40-50 yards downfield with a flick of his wrist. Setup/Release: Efficient set-up and delivery of the ball. Experienced taking snaps from under center and shotgun. Drops back quickly and shows good rhythm and timing despite limited experience playing with Wisconsin’s receivers, planting his back foot and driving the quick slant. Has a quick, over the top release and does an excellent job of finding clear passing lanes from which to throw. Reading Defenses: Cerebral quarterback who is rarely fooled by coverage. Makes strong pre-snap reads and demonstrated improvement as a senior in manipulating the defense with his eyes and legs. Shows good poise in a muddy pocket, stepping up to avoid the rush and challenging linebackers to either commit to stopping him from scrambling or dropping off to cover receivers behind them. Is more than willing to scramble but does a nice job of keeping his eyes downfield until the last possible second. On The Move: Very good elusiveness and speed for the position but his most impressive trait may be his vision. Anticipates pressure well and does a nice job of forcing the defense to commit and taking advantage of the weakness exposed once they do. Very good mobility for bootlegs and roll outs, showing good accuracy and arm strength to fire passes downfield. Intangibles: Voted a team captain at NC State and Wisconsin… Attempted 379 passes between interceptions — the longest streak in NCAA history — over a two year span of 13 games in 2009-10. Finished his collegiate career 30-20, including 11-3 as a senior… Wilson was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 MLB draft by the Colorado Rockies. The second baseman hit .229 with five home runs and 26 RBIs in the Northwest and South Atlantic leagues. Wilson notified the Rockies in January 2012 that he will pursue playing in the NFL over baseball… Good bloodlines. His father, the late Harrison Wilson III, played football and baseball at Dartmouth and spent time on the San Diego Chargers’ practice squad… –Rob Rang

  8. Sekolah says:

    “Even Seattle’s own staff has to take a little bit of disrespect by those standards. They get the credit for spotting the positives in them and drafting them, but I don’t think they knew for sure they would turn out the way they did.”

    I would say a large portion of the credit goes to Pete Carroll and his coaching staff. I think they’ve done an amazing job of developing some of these guys. It seems to me that a good portion of this regime’s draft strategy revolves around coaching. In other words, they believe they can take raw, physical talent (which in many cases is based off of specific measurables and talents), and then mold those players into pieces that fit within Carroll’s system.

    There was a listing by either ESPN or not too long ago that had Seattle rated #3 in terms of player development. They had S.F. ahead of us at #2, which I really am not sure I agree with, but whatev.

    It isn’t just about lucking up, IMO. Perhaps they have on one or two, but IMO they’ve hit on way too many players for it to simply be about luck. There is a method to Pete Carroll’s madness – believe it – which is part of the reason why he does not wish to share his secrets with ‘Hard Knocks’.

  9. Sekolah says:

    “Willson had the red jersey on with an injured shoulder so what?”

    Sooo… there is room for speculation that he’s a SISSY! Red jersey’s are for QB’s! lolol.

    Seriously though, Winston Guy (the guy who gave Willson that red jersey) sounds like he’s on a warpath. He’s be hitting people like he wants Kam’s job or something.

  10. Sekolah says:

    Speaking of the TE sitch, I’m curious as to what sort of camp Helfet Cooper has been having. He was fairly impressive as a rookie last year, and he seems to have the sort of qualities you look for in a pure receiving TE. This time is his opportunity to step up as well.

  11. montanamike2 says:

    I have been saying for a while that this staff not only picks good but coaches them up better than i’ve ever seen in football, The ‘9rs? Harbaugh is a good coach i’ll give him that but player development?
    He hasn’t got 3rd-5th round pro bowlers left and right and most of his talent is inherited or FA acquisitions, they had the most picks but not so much to show for it, while we have less picks and more contributors.
    Also another Whiner DB went down in yesterdays camp.

  12. montanamike2 says:

    Bringing Konz back is really telling.

  13. SandpointHawk, thanks for sharing Rob’s scouting report on RW. Such superlatives and he still dropped to the third round. I love this:

    “Was the nation’s most efficient quarterback in 2011, earning a 191.78 QB rating — over 22 points higher than the next highest rated QB from a pro-style offense (Andrew Luck)”

    While all of us thought that Russell had a great rookie year, he’s probably thinking, “Man, I need to do better than a 100 QB rating. That’s a big drop-off from 191.” (Never mind that it was a Seahawks record)

  14. sluggo42 says:

    I’m actually kinda pissed that guy felt the need to hit Willson so hard that he hurt him.

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