There’s no pads and no hitting (although some get carried away in the moment), but some actual Seahawks will be on the field this afternoon in the first workout of the three-day rookie minicamp at the Renton headquarters.
Here’s the link to my camp preview in the TNT this morning.
A few initial questions: Is receiver Paul Richardson as skinny as he sounds at 6 feet, 175 pounds? How huge is tackle Justin Britt? How fast is linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis? And is 5-foot-8, 247-pound fullback Kiero Small actually the size and shape of a Smart Car?
A look at the column from last spring’s rookie minicamp wrap-up interview found him most highly touting the efforts of tight end Luke Willson and tackles Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey. Those three ended up seeing the most action of the rookies during the season.
And when asked if he saw any real surprises in the group, Carroll offered: “The kid from Idaho, Benson Mayowa.” Mayowa showed such a knack for rushing off the edge that he ended up earning a surprise roster spot despite first getting noticed at the cattle call that was the regional combine.
So, it’s clear that rookies can make an important first impression on Carroll during this quick camp.
I particularly want to see if Paul Richardson (6-0, 175) is as spindly as he sounds. When his pick was announced, I immediately thought back to 2009 third-round pick Deon Butler (Penn State), who at times was generously listed at 5-11, 182. He was a burner like Richardson with sub-4.4-second 40-yard-dash times. But with injuries that included a gruesome broken leg, Butler’s four-year career with Seattle ended with 57 total catches and four touchdowns. Worries about his vulnerability to injury were proven valid.
I want to watch the feet of potential right tackle Justin Britt. At 6-6, 325, Britt is similar in size to the man he might replace at right tackle, Breno Giacomini (6-7, 318). Bowie showed enough promise as a rookie when Giacomini was hurt that Britt will have a fight to get a start. But if both prove efficient, one might slide over as an upgrade at one of the guard spots. Early in camp last spring, Bailey showed he was nimble and solid enough to project as a right tackle despite being just a 7th-round pick.
One of the Seahawks scouts said Boston College linebacker Pierre-Louis reminded him of 49er NaVorro Bowman. I’m more interested to see if he looks like Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith. He’s a few pounds heavier than Smith, but he’s nearly as speedy. His 4.51 in the 40 was the fastest of linebackers at this year’s combine.
Small, meanwhile, is a human misnomer. Relative to massive safety Kam Chancellor, Small is 15 pounds heavier and 7 inches shorter. Curious if they have to get his jersey made-to-measure.
With so many in the league trying now to emulate Seattle’s big cornerbacks, I’m curious why Eric Pinkins of San Diego State lasted until the 208th pick. Apparently, other teams projected him as a safety rather than corner.
I want to watch how quickly Leo prospect Curtis Marsh gets off on the snap.
It’s likely, too, that a number of the undrafted free agents will perform well enough to earn spots on the 90-man roster and be invited to training camp.