Sunday, 15 March 2009

Links - Seahawks want 'offensive playmaker'?

Steve Wyche from NFL.com has written a piece on how the Julian Peterson / Cory Redding trade could have implications on the draft. But perhaps of more interest is a remark on how the Seahawks intend to draft.

"Peterson’s departure could put Seattle in the running for Curry, but the Seahawks, according to a league source, appear to be leaning toward an offensive “playmaker.” Although the Seahawks signed Bengals free-agent WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh in free agency, they could be looking at someone to stretch the field like Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree" - Steve Wyche

Sam Monson looks at the 'Crabtree conundrum'. "There are now people looking at Michael Crabtree and saying 'He's a 6'1 WR who might run a 4.7 40, coming from an Offense that gives any receiver huge numbers – we can't take him here.'" - Monson

Chris Sullivan has written a nice piece on Seahawks QB coach Bill Lazor attending the Kansas State pro-day. The obvious focus of attention was quarter back Josh Freeman. He has a huge arm and eye catching size (6'6", 252 lbs) but is prone to make bad reads.

Kyle Rota has published scouting reports on Connecticut's Donald Brown (RB) and William Beatty (OT). Rota compares Beatty to Jets offensive tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson and praises Brown's vision and instincts.

Chris Steuber interviews Louisville center Eric Wood. On the prospect of shifting to guard, "A lot of teams like me as a center, because that’s what I played. But hopefully I showed them at the Senior Bowl that I can play guard as well, because my chances of being drafted as a center were small." - Eric Wood.

11 comments:

jjhsix said...

I disagree with Monson because Crabtree put up numbers even against TTech's toughest opponents. For instance, last season they played 3 Top 10 teams (Texas, Oklahoma St., Oklahoma) and in those games he had 24 catches - 278 yards - 4 TDs. I agree with Mayock with regards to Crabtree - forget the 40 time and put in the game tape. This guy can flat out play.

maddog12 said...

Are we sure there is no 40 time on this guy somewhere? He is a wideout he had to run some place in high school or college.

Rob Staton said...

Hi maddog12, some 40 times tend to get mentioned for prospects at various times in their college careers, but how reliable they actually are is questionable. Crabtree was listed at 6'3" by Texas Tech yet came up two inches shorter at the combine. If I had to predict a time for Crabtree, it would probably be in the low 4.6's. On a faster track he could run in the 4.5's.

Grant said...

Idk why people are so hung up on 40times. The NFL coaches don't care half as much about the players 40 times as everyone else. Time and time again 40 times have proved dead wrong and is a poor display of a playmakers ability. I mean it's the same as the a person strength. You can hit the weight room all you want and become the biggest strongest guy but unless you have the ability that is already there it doesn't mean anything. Look at jerry rice, Chris Carter, Larry fitzgerald...it goes on and on.. Just because you can't measure a players talent doesn't mean it isn't there.

Big Joe said...

Grant is right, my favorite Seahawk is Steve Largent. He was an amazing WR with nothing like the speed draft fans look for. However the guy could run his routes the same every time and catch the ball AND hold on to it no mater how hard he was going to be hit. I think Crabtree is the same kind of guy. How big is his heart, is the question, not how fast are his feet. I think if we take him, we will have the first Pro Bowl WR in 20 years and be set at WR for a good while!

jjhsix said...

I think Crabtree or Monroe at #4 makes the most sense and then either a safety or OLB in round 2. Barwin, Sintim or English would be decent selections in round 2.

Mr Fish said...

Knowshon Moreno would also fit in the "offensive playmaker" category.

I'm beginning to think it will be him, Stafford or Crabtree. At least one, maybe two of them will be available at #4.

Anonymous said...

I quess i don't understand why seattle would pic or spend money on a second outside linebacker, Seattle is forced to play a nickel or dime at least half the time, and they play in a league with the rams and cards, pass happy off.

LouieLouie said...

Now is the time for Seattle to pick a quarterback in the draft. At number 4, they will be in a position to pick one of the top two QBs in the draft. Hopefully, they won't get that chance again for many years.

They have made moves to fill the other glaring weaknesses,primarily on the D-Line, but have not done anything at QB. I would not be surprised to see a USC QB in a Seahawks uniform in '09

jjhsix said...

With the Barwin or English pick they would be getting an outside LB with pass rush ability, who can rush with their hands in the ground or off it. If Kerney cannot return to form this year, one has to wonder if we will have any outside pass rush.

Rob Staton said...

Hi jjhsix, I believe both Barwin and English are considered 4-3 DE's as opposed to 3-4 OLB's. I think in our system both would have to feature from the front as opposed to line backer. Barwin is an intriguing pick, but he has New England Patriots written all over him. They pick before Seattle in round two and I imagine they'll seriously consider him there, if not in the first round.

English is an interesting one because he floats up and down mock drafts. I currently have him going 11th overall to Buffalo. There's a real premium on O-line and D-line prospects, so don't be surprised if guys like English, Bariwn, Ayers, Jerry and Hood go earlier than expetced. I'm not sure what Seattle could find in round two. Clay Matthews Jr. is shooting up draft boards and I expect Brian Cushing to be long gone. I have both Rey Maualuga and James Laurinaitis slated as MLB/ILB's. It might be a difficult position to fill in the 2nd round, although Tim Ruskell has found some gems in the third round over the years, namely Brandon Mebane and Leroy Hill.