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Sankey with a solid day

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Feb. 23, 2014 at 3:46 pm with 16 Comments »
February 23, 2014 4:55 pm

Bishop Sankey did nothing to hurt his draft status Sunday at the combine.

He ran a brisk 4.49 in the 40-yard dash, which was ahead of reputed speedsters De’Anthony Thomas (4.5) of Oregon, Lache Seastrunk (4.51) of Baylor and Tre Mason (4.5) of Auburn. Kent State back Dri Archer ran a blistering 4.26. Archer led FBS with three kick returns for touchdowns last year.

Sankey also did well in the bench press, putting up 26 reps, which was second-most. In addition, Sankey had solid vertical and broad jump numbers.

However, the combine doesn’t measure his best attribute, which is field vision. A strong day in drills combined with plenty of tape that shows correct and decisive cuts has Sankey solidly positioned for the coming draft.

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  1. Well it looks like we have some concrete proof that the Hawks are picking a RB.

  2. Sucks to be losing Red. I suspect he’ll sign somewhere that plays a 3-4 and needs a solid nose tackle. Sure do wish we could re-sign him ourselves, but I also understand that churn is going to happen no matter what. I think we’ve likely seen the last of Clemons also, unless he’s willing to re-structure.

    Which got me thinking again about the possibility of us moving to a more pure 3-4 Our personnel seem fit to make it work. Brandon and NT, Avril and Bennett at ends. KJ and Bobby at MLB with Smith and Irvin at OLB. Now you rotate the usual suspects in the front 7, with a couple new people from the draft and we’re still aqwfully damn fast and talented.

  3. GeorgiaHawk says:
  4. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Big Red was one of my favorite Seahawk players. Class act!!!

  5. it’s too bad to see Red go. team leader, Mebane’s buddy out there, part of the attitude that makes our D so great. . but, tough cuts have to happen in order to hang onto some guys who are better players at this point. hopefully, this leads to Bennett staying put.

  6. Red won’t be playing nose tackle anywhere – at least not for long. He’s too top-heavy for a DT – that’s why Quinn and Carrol moved him outside as a run stopper DE only. Way too big a contract for a one-dimensional player. Wish him the best, but it might be a cold market for a 30 year old DE who can’t rush.

  7. Well Red isn’t gone yet . . . . But we all knew he was one of the 4 in trouble.

  8. HonHawksLSB says:

    Red will probably end up in Jachsonville or New England.

  9. The Patriots were the team most interested in him when he became a free agent a few years ago. I could see him going there.

  10. Especially considering that they had Sealver Siliga starting for them in the playoffs. Not saying how he did, only that DL depth would seem to be something that the Patriots want to add.

  11. Macabrevity says:

    You get a big contract and don’t play up to it…. you get cut. Hopefully neither Red nor anyone else is surprised by this if it is indeed true.

  12. I do not see the Seahawks moving to a 3-4 system. A 3-4 system requires big, heavy down linemen who excel at run stopping. The only proven one we have once Red is cut is Mebane. To expect the Leo and the 5-Tech to switch and hold against the run would be disastrous, as Avril & Bennett, the anticipated starters, are pass rush specialists and are undersized for 3-4. The Seahawks have actually done 3-4 at times in the past, but the 3 linemen were Branch, Mebane, & Red, so that illustrates the need for size in a 3-4. McDaniel might be serviceable, but Bennett and Avril would likely get pushed around. Shifting to 3-4 would make sense if Red wasn’t cut, not after he gets cut. However, if Jordan Hill or Jesse Williams pan out, it’s possible.

    In addition, there would be a bigger logjam at the 4 linebacker slots. Avril would have to move to rushing OLB, like Aldon Smith. Bennett is decent against the run but is not a 2-gap guy, so he could not be full time at LDT. Wagner and Wright are the obvious choices for ILB. Irvin would rotate or play opposite Avril. That leaves Superbowl MVP Malcolm Smith as the odd man out. He’s basically strictly a coverage LB, not suitable for OLB in a 3-4.

    Finally, to change defensive principles drastically after winning the Superbowl is just a bad move. These guys learned the system and do it well. The only loss is Red, but it’s possible that Carroll/Schneider believe that either they have someone who can fill the role (Hill or Williams?) or have someone in mind via draft or free agency.

  13. Don’t discount the value Red has played in the defense. Bennett got the sacks, but he was not a full time player. Even Mebane did not get many sacks, but both he and Red were the two gap linemen that freed up our linebackers to play downhill. Red did his job, and he did it well. They will need to find a cheaper replacement. Bennett gets the big check, Red’s replacement gets the smaller one. Reversal of salaries.

    I agree that Red most likely lands in New England or Jacksonville, unless he’s willing to come back to Seattle for cheap. He fits both schemes (Patriots 3-4 or the Jacksonville clone of Carrol’s 4-3).

  14. sluggo42 says:

    I bet he comes back on the cheap. He is deeply rooted here.

  15. Mebane had ZERO sacks this year. Thats, right, ZERO. Meanwhile, Red Bryant–who supposedly has zero pass rush abilities–had 1.5 sacks.

    Not that Bryant is worth 8.5 million–he’s not. But he does pressure the qb, he just doesnt usually get the sack. I just think its funny that people say he cant rush the passer, yet its Mebane who was sackless all year.

  16. STTBM – I completely agree with you. Without Red occupying two blocks and still pushing the O-Line back, the other pass rushers would not have been as effective. Sometimes pressure does not always result in sacks, but it still rattles the opposing QB. Just seeing this big 300+ pounder pushing back the right side of your line and collapsing the pocket can be nerve wracking, and he’s one reason why Clemons had his good years prior to the injury.

    However, Red and Mebane’s roles are to fill two gaps and hold the line rather than rush the passer. Run defense was their primary responsibility. However, Mebane used to get at least 2-5 sacks a year. This seems like a down year in that department, but as with Red, they were there to stop the run. Red just takes more heat because defensive ends are typically pass rushers and are measured by their sacks. Mebane is a critical part of the defense, but I suspect he may eventually get cut as well (or not extended) if Jordan Hill or Jesse Williams prove they can take his place. Mebane also has a huge paycheck, but is too important right now to cut.

    It would be nice to get a DT who could also pass rush, like Geno Atkins or Henry Melton, but seems like Carrol’s system really just likes big run stoppers there. Nothing wrong with freak athletes who can do both though.

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