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Archives: April 2013

April
27th

Seahawks select Vanderbilt offensive lineman Ryan Seymour with pick No. 220

Vanderbilt Commodores Ryan Seymour (62) in action during a game against Auburn on October 20, 2012 at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, TN. Vanderbilt beat Auburn 17-13.(AP Photo/David Durochik)
Vanderbilt Commodores Ryan Seymour (62) in action during a game against Auburn on October 20, 2012 at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, TN. Vanderbilt beat Auburn 17-13.(AP Photo/David Durochik)

The Seattle Seahawks drafted their first offensive lineman of this year’s draft, selecting Vanderbilt offensive guard Ryan Seymour with the team’s No. 220 overall pick in the seventh and final round.

Seymour started all 13 games on the offensive line for Vanderbilt, and 35 overall during his career with the Commodores.

Seymour started nine straight games at left guard, and also played at both tackle positions in 2012. Seattle has three more picks in the seventh round.

April
27th

Seahawks take second RB, LSU’s Spencer Ware with No. 194

LSU running back Spencer Ware runs in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala.  (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
LSU running back Spencer Ware runs in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

The Seahawks pick the team’s second running back in this year’s draft, LSU’s Spencer Ware.

At 5-10 and 228 pounds, Ware played in 12 games and started four for LSU, finishing with 357 yards on 94 carries. Ware had another 230 yards on 18 catches.

SPENCER WARE
College statistics

Year Att. Yards Avg. TD Rec. Yards Avg. TD
2010 24 175 7.3 1 10 101 10.1 0
2011 177 707 4.0 8 11 73 6.6 1
2012 94 367 3.9 1 18 230 12.8 1
Career 295 1,249 4.2 10 39 404 10.4 2

Ware said he spent some time at fullback at LSU his freshman year. He also played baseball his freshman year at LSU as an outfielder.

“I’m a hard-nosed player,” Ware said. “That’s how I sum it up for myself. Being hard-nosed is being productive, and also hustling every opportunity I’m on the field, and just trying to make plays.”

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April
27th

Simon on arrest: “I’m embarrassed about what happened”

We talked to new Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tharold Simon, who provided us his version of what happened on Thursday evening when he was charged with public intimidation, resisting arrest and unnecessary noise in his hometown of Eunice, La.

“It’s my fault,” he said. “I mean I shouldn’t have been parked on the side of the road. But I was just chillin’ in my grandmother’s house. And my car was parked on the side of the road by my grandmother’s house. And I seen a car pull up, and it looked like a cop car.

“So I went out there. And when I went out there, he told me to move the car. And when I moved the car. And when I turned the car on the music was up. And so when I pulled up in the driveway, he told me to give him my license. And I gave him my license.

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April
27th

Seahawks select Rice TE Luke Willson at No. 158

Kansas tight end Luke Wilson catches a pass in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 in Carson, Calif. (Ric Tapia/AP Images for NFLPA)
Kansas tight end Luke Wilson catches a pass in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 in Carson, Calif. (Ric Tapia/AP Images for NFLPA)

The Seahawks picked up an athletic tight end in the fifth round, selecting Rice TE Luke Willson at No. 158.

Willson put up some eye-popping numbers at his pro day, running at 4.51 40-yard dash, pushing out 23 reps on the bench at 225 pounds and posting a 38-inch vertical at 6-5 and 251 pounds.

Willson only finished with nine receptions in 2012, but he shared time with Vance McDonald, a second-round pick for San Francisco. Willson said he served as more of an in-line, blocking tight end.

Willson did have 29 catches for 313 yards and 3 TDs in 2011, and 33 catches for 425 yard and 3 TDs in 201o.

However, Ed Dodds, Seattle’s south central area scout responsible for scouting Willson, said he has enough speed to threat the seam defensively in the passing game.

“He’s going to be a guy who can give us a downfield threat from that tight end position,” Dodds said.

Willson had to deal with a nagging ankle injury and missed Rice’s final regular-season game at UTEP.

LUKE WILLSON
College statistics

Year Rec. Yards Avg. TD
2009 7 122 17.4 1
2010 33 425 12.9 3
2011 29 313 10.8 3
2012 9 126 14.0 2
Career 78 986 12.6 9

April
27th

Seahawks select DT Jesse Williams at No. 137, CB Tharold Simon with No. 138 pick in fifth round

Seattle kicked off a busy fifth round by moving up to select Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams. Detroit had pick 137, but Seattle traded pick 165 in the fifth round and pick 199 in the sixth round, both picks they received in a trade with Baltimore on Friday, to move and take Williams.

Nicknamed “Tha Monstar” Williams is a native of Brisbane, Australia. He is the perfect example of the deep talent pool at defensive line in this year’s draft.

At 6-3 ½ and 323 pounds, Williams is a powerhouse inside, demonstrated by

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April
27th

Seahawks select WR Chris Harper with pick No. 123 in the fourth round

Seattle kicked off a busy Day 3 by selecting Kansas State wide receiver Chris Harper in the fourth round of this year’s draft, the first of 10 picks this morning.

At 6-0 and 234 pounds, Harper is pretty stoutly built for a receiver. He’s the second receiver drafted in the John Schneider and Pete Carroll era. The other receiver was University of Georgia product Kris Durham, selected in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. Durham was cut during final roster cuts in September last year.

Harper finished with 58 receptions for 857 yards and three touchdowns in his final season at Kansas State.

CHRIS HARPER
College statistics

Year Rec. Yards Avg. TD Carries Yards Avg. TD
2010 25 330 13.2 4 5 47 9.4 0
2011 40 547 13.7 5 3 5 1.7 0
2012 57 848 14.9 3 0 0 0.0 0
Career 122 1,725 14.1 12 8 52 6.5 0

 

April
27th

Scout’s take on RB Christine Michael

Matt Berry, the Seahawks southwest area scout in charge of scouting Texas A&M running back Christine Michael, told reporters on Friday that the team got an ideal fit for Tom Cable’s zone blocking system.

“He’s a really explosive back,” Berry said. “I mean one cut, downhill, runs through arm tackles, really good balance on contact. He’s just an explosive NFL back that has a lot of talent and it jumps off the tape.”

Berry said he’s been scouting him for a couple years, and that both he and Seahawks general manager John Schneider were at Texas A&M’s game against Oklahoma in 2011 when Michael suffered his ACL knee injury.

Berry said that Michael recovered nicely from the knee surgery, and that he’s been training in Houston with Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson.

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April
27th

Seahawks Insider NFL draft live chat — Day 3

Dave and I will be popping in as we keep tracking of what’s going on. Stop by and join us.