Sunday, 26 April 2009

Meet the seventh rounders

The Seahawks have selected Courtney Greene with their first compensatory pick in the 7th round (245th overall). Greene is a strong safety from Rutgers, Seattle's second pick from the school having taken QB Mike Teel earlier. He had seven career interceptions, six forced fumbles and 386 total tackles. He's 6'2" and 215lbs. "Greene was a first-team All-Big East pick in 2008 after twice earning second-team All-Big East notice and also Freshman All-American honors. He's been exceptionally durable, starting 51 straight games during his career. A tackling machine, Greene eclipsed 100 stops twice in his first three years as a starter at both the free and strong safety spots. His production dropped a bit this season (87 tackles, one for loss, two INTs), but his blend of size and speed could be enough to make him a top-75 pick."

The second compensatory pick (247th overall) went on Nick Reed - a defensive end from Oregon. The Seahawks have taken two Ducks in the draft, adding Reed to Max Unger. Reed had 13 sacks in 2008 and 25 in the last two seasons. He's 6'2" and 248lbs. "The heart and soul of the Ducks' defense, Reed epitomized as a player with a constant motor who refused to be outworked by the opposition and exhibited a great passion for the game. Not only did he perform at a high level on the gridiron, he also excelled in academics."

The final pick made by Seattle in the 2009 NFL Draft went on California tight end Cameron Morrah. He was one of Mel Kiper's highest rated remaining prospects. He had ten career touchdowns, eight of which came in 2008. He's 6'4" and 250lbs. "Morrah is going to have to find the right system to play in, as he lacks the experience, size or strength you look for in a traditional tight end. While his eight touchdown catches in 2008 are impressive, there were more lapses in concentration than production from him last season. He has just one year as a starter under his belt, but felt that after just 27 receptions he was ready for prime time. This is the type of player you draft later on the second day, based on potential and hope he eventually develops. He is just not ready for the big show yet."

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