On to the fourth round of the John Schneider Drafting Experience.
CB Walter Thurmond (Oregon)
DE E.J. Wilson (North Carolina
Overview: Thurmond was skilled when he could get on the field. Trouble was, he was often injured or suspended during his time with the Seahawks. Thurmond played 34 games in four seasons in Seattle. He had one interception. The New York Giants signed him in the offseason.
Wilson is out of the league. He played two games and made a tackle in 2010.
LB K.J. Wright (Miss. St.)
WR Kris Durham (Georgia)
Overview: Considering how effective Wright was against the Seahawks’ toughest opponent, the San Francisco 49ers, and in the Super Bowl, it’s fair to call this an exquisite pick. Wright’s length enables him to play in coverage in a way that the other Seahawks linebackers cannot, becoming an excellent partner for Bobby Wagner and Malcolm Smith. Wright can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Durham made three catches in three games in 2011. He’s been on the Detroit Lions since. Last season, he caught 38 passes for 490 yards and two touchdowns.
RB Robert Turbin (Utah State)
DT Jaye Howard (Florida)
Overview: Turbin was solid as the Seahawks’ backup running back last year. His yards per carry average dipped from 4.4 in 2012 to 3.4 last season (though, it should be noted Marshawn Lynch’s ypc dropped from 5.0 to 4.2 over the same period, so a portion of that can be attributed to poor line play). Turbin continues to be a good blocker.
Howard is now on the Kansas City Chiefs. He played two games for the Seahawks in 2012 and did not make a tackle. He played three games last year for the Chiefs, recording six tackles.
WR Chris Harper (Kansas State)
Overview: Harper never contributed to the Seahawks. He was released during final cuts, before being signed off the Seahawks’ practice squad by the San Francisco 49ers, waived by the 49ers, then claimed by the Green Bay Packers. Harper played four games on special teams for Green Bay, and made a tackle.
> ESPN’s Adam Caplan tweeted this morning that Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence will be visit the Seahawks. Lawrence was a talented end for the Broncos who also ran into trouble, at times. Boise State suspended him from the 2012 Las Vegas Bowl against Washington.
> Some of the Seahawks and the Lombardi Trophy made a special trip:
We took the lombardi trophy to the VA hospital today, seeing the joy on their faces was priceless! pic.twitter.com/pSuMV5u2jX— Mike Morgan (@Mike17mo) April 18, 2014
> Adam Schefter is reporting the San Francisco 49ers are “not expected to” pick up the fifth-year option on Aldon Smith. But, NFL.com says the 49ers do not plan to cut Smith.
> The New Orleans Saints re-signed WR Robert Meacham.