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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
26th

Seahawks select DT Jordan Hill with No. 87 pick

The Seattle Seahawks filled what appeared to be an area of need heading into the draft, selecting Penn State defensive tackle Jordan Hill with the team’s No. 87 overall pick in the third round.

At 6-1 and 303 pounds. Hill set career-bests with 4.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss in 2012, and projects as a 3-tech in Seattle’s defensive scheme.

JORDAN HILL
College statistics

Year Solo Ast. Tot. Loss Sacks Int. PD FF
2011 22 37 59 8.0 3.5 0 2 1
2012 29 35 64 8.5 4.5 1 1 1
Career 51 72 123 16.5 8.0 1 3 2

 

That’s it for the scheduled picks for Seattle tonight. Seattle has 10 picks scheduled for day three of the draft on Saturday, which begins at 9 a.m. Pacific time.

April
26th

Seahawks select RB Christine Michael with No. 62 pick in second round

The Seattle Seahawks like to keep us guessing, and they made another surprise pick this afternoon.

Seattle had to wait until the second round after trading down from the team’s No. 56 overall pick with Baltimore. But the team finally made a pick in this year’s draft, Texas A&M running back Christine Michael.

It’s a surprise selection, because Seattle has pretty good depth at running back with Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. But at 5-10 and 220 pounds, Michael is a powerhouse running back who fits right in with Seattle’s zone blocking scheme.

CHRISTINE MICHAEL
College statistics

Year Carries Yards Avg. TD Rec. Yards Avg. TD
2009 166 844 5.1 10 15 66 4.4 0
2010 126 631 5.0 4 13 174 13.4 0
2011 149 899 6.0 8 8 35 4.4 1
2012 88 417 4.7 12 8 48 6.0 0
Career 529 2,791 5.3 34 44 323 7.3 1

 

The No. 62 pick is latest the Seahawks have waited to make a first pick in team history. Before that, latest was No. 55 in 2007 (Josh Wilson).

The Seahawks gave up No. 56 to the Ravens, and moved down to No. 62 in the 2nd, along with receiving 5th (165) and 6th (199) round picks.

The Seahawks now have picks in the second round (No. 62), third (No. 87), fourth (123), fifth (138, 158 and 165), sixth (194 and 199) and seventh (220, 231, 241 and 242).

Michael took a pre-draft visit to Seattle. Here’s a story I wrote on Michael last week.

April
26th

Confirmed: Tyrann Mathieu cancelled pre-draft visits with Seahawks, Texans due to illness

Louisiana State defensive back Tyrann Mathieu stretches before running the 40-yard dash during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Louisiana State defensive back Tyrann Mathieu stretches before running the 40-yard dash during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Pump the brakes on the possibility of Seattle drafting play-making defensive back Tyrann Mathieu out of LSU.

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported earlier this week that Mathieu got sick and had to blow off two of his scheduled, pre-draft visits.

Glazer followed that up today, reporting on a radio appearance on the Dan Patrick show that those visits were scheduled with the Seahawks and the Texans.

I have confirmed that the Seahawks were in fact one of those teams. So that does not bode well for Mathieu landing with the Seahawks.