Archive for August, 2010

Pete Carroll talks training camp

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Inside the mock

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Jake Locker is projected by many to go first overall

When the blog relaunched this week I posted a 2011 mock draft. You can view it by clicking here or simply selecting ‘Mock Draft’ in the navigation bar underneath the headline logo. Firstly, trying to project the NFL Draft this year is premature at best and impossible at worst. None of the projections I’ve made here can seriously be considered because we have no idea how prospects will perform, if they’ll stay healthy or draft order. The point of such an early projection is merely to consider the pre-season ‘hype’ for want of a better word. Who are the prospects being talked about going into the 2010 college season? Who will live up to expectations and who will fall? (more…)

Russell Okung agrees $58m deal with Seahawks

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Okung took part in his first practise this afternoon

Russell Okung, the last remaining rookie to agree terms this off season, has completed a 6-year deal with the Seahawks. It’s worth a reported $58m with around $30m in guarantees. It represents a significant increase (up $9m from $21m) in guaranteed money that Andre Smith (OT, Bengals) received as the 6th overall pick last year. Okung missed six total days of training camp. The rapidity with which the other first round picks agreed terms put Okung on an island, but he actually missed 16 days less than Chris McIntosh (OT, drafted 2000) and two days less than Marcus Tubbs (DT, 2004) and Aaron Curry (LB, 2009) when they were drafted by Seattle. Nevertheless, it’s crucial that Okung makes up for lost time now. When Seahawks Draft Blog’s resident scout Kyle Rota looked at the tape last year, he voiced several concerns with Okung’s technique:

“I actually have huge concerns about Okung’s ability to play left tackle in the NFL. He lacks the anchor to consistently hold up against stronger DEs (and I really worry about what a 3-4 DE could do to him), and often gets pushed backwards. He also really struggled to stay in front of the more athletic defenders I saw him against, allowing even mediocre NFL talent like Nick Reed to turn the corner against him a couple of times. To me, he’s good at sliding his feet and has long arms, but when facing a good athlete who is able to keep those arms off of him (like Brian Orakpo, Nick Reed, or Greg Hardy) Okung really struggles – he doesn’t have the athleticism to fall back on when his arms don’t land, and he doesn’t get his hands into his man’s pads regularly enough when he plays good competition.” – Kyle Rota

Okung finds himself on a team owning one of the best offensive line coaches in the business – Alex Gibbs. That is a huge benefit for his long term career ambitions. It’s also a short term nightmare because the Gibbs zone blocking scheme is one of the most demanding and difficult to pick up. It’s tough both physically and mentally. As things stand, Okung is almost a week behind. As the already-anointed day one starter, he needs to learn and improve whilst also showing a level of performance. That’s the pressure that comes when you have $30m in your back pocket.

On a side note, the Seattle Seahawks now have at least $72m tied up in a linebacker, an offensive tackle and a safety. Aaron Curry ($34m), Russell Okung ($30m) and Earl Thomas ($12m) are all earning premium money as Seattle’s expensive trio of top-15 draft picks the last two years. All three will have to play important roles in the team’s rebuild. However, you can’t help but contemplate whether their success will depend on other people. Will we ever truly see the benefit of having a talented young linebacker and safety if the defensive line are incapable of putting sufficient pressure on the opposition quarterback? Will Okung have a hard time fending off heavy blitz packages if nobody fears Seattle’s potency at quarterback or the skill positions? The Seahawks may have to invest even more on other areas of the team to feel the maximum benefit of their $72m bounty for Curry, Okung and Thomas.

Countdown to kick-off: Seahawks’ NCAA watchlist

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

UNC's Robert Quinn is one to watch

The college football season kicks off on September 2nd so with less than a month to go it’s time to start concentrating on the prospects we’ll be talking about leading up to next April’s 2011 NFL Draft. I’ve listed some of the more familiar names worth keeping an eye on from a Seahawks perspective. This preview doesn’t take into account potential draft position, but it does consider the kind of physical or schematic fits the new regime may target.

Robert Quinn (DE, North Carolina)
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 265 lbs
Projected stock: Top 10
Athletic, speed rusher who could thrive as Seattle’s ‘LEO’ or ‘Elephant’. Defensive end remains a position of severe need for the Seahawks.

Jake Locker (QB, Washington)
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 225 lbs
Projected stock: Top 10
Local product who has shown promise as a mobile quarterback in a pro-style offense. The Seahawks need to know their long-term direction at the position.

Rodney Hudson (OG, Florida State)
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 292 lbs
Projected stock: Rounds 1-2
The prototypical interior lineman for the zone blocking system. Ultra-talented, deserves serious consideration in the first round.

Jonathan Baldwin (WR, Pittsburgh)
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 225 lbs
Projected stock: Top 25
Tall receiver with good size who can get downfield and make electrifying plays.

Prince Amukamara (CB, Nebraska)
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 200 lbs
Projected stock: Top 15
A converted running back who excelled as a junior, he has the coverage skills to work in a cover-2.

Mark Ingram (RB, Alabama)
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 215 lbs
Projected stock: Top 25
Power, speed and fluid change of direction skills. Ingram is a stud running back who would produce in the NFL today.

Jerrell Casey (DT, USC)
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 295 lbs
Projected stock: 1st Round
A disruptive three-technique who’s always in the backfield, not dissimilar to Brian Price.

Christian Ponder (QB, Florida State)
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 220 lbs
Projected stock: Rounds 1-2
Mobile quarterback with nice touch and good with his feet. Intelligent and hard working off the field, his stock could soar.

Ryan Williams (RB, Virginia Tech)
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 206 lbs
Projected stock: 1st Round
Production machine in 2009, Williams is an outside candidate for the Heisman this year.

Michael Floyd (WR, Notre Dame)
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 220 lbs
Projected stock: Rounds 1-2
A big playmaker with excellent body control and sure hands. He needs to prove injuries are behind him.

Fantasy focus: Mock Draft 1.0

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

By Rob Staton
One of the things I like to do during training camp is study up on fantasy football and try a few ‘mock drafts’. It’s not the conventional subject matter (namely NCAA scouting and the Seahawks/NFL draft) but we need something to pass the time until the big kick off. I took part in my first mock draft today and wanted to share it with you including some thoughts. Feel free to offer your own opinions on what I (or any of the other participants) did or alternatively put down any ‘sleepers’ or tips you might have in the comments section. We’ll dip into fantasy football over the next couple of weeks until things really build up towards the new college and NFL seasons. It’s just for fun but let me know what you think. (more…)

From one blog to another…

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

By Rob Staton
Golden Tate has been lighting it up during training camp, earning rave reviews from all quarters. The rookie receiver is quite prominent on twitter (@showtimetate) and he’s now started a blog called Play Maker Tate. His first entry asks how he can ‘engage’ the 12th man and gives us an insight into what his life since the April draft (including donut-gate). It’s worth a read and offers a unique connection to one of the Seahawks’ best young prospects.

Explaining the changes, what you can expect

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

By Rob Staton
Ahead of the 2010 NFL and NCAA kick off Seahawks Draft Blog has made significant changes to it’s appearance and application. I want to explain some of the changes and what you can expect to see on the blog going forward.

There is now a navigation bar underneath the main logo. The blog will continue to be updated regularly and you will find the latest posts on the homepage or by clicking ‘Home’ on the navigation bar.

I have published an updated ‘top 15’ mock draft for 2011 which can be viewed by clicking ‘Mock Draft’. Scouting reports throughout the year will be published on the blog homepage but will automatically be organised into the ‘Scouting Reports’ section making for easier location later in the year.

Underneath the navigation bar is a welcome note. Breaking news and significant publications will be listed here. You may have also noticed the ‘Twitter’ logo – Seahawks Draft Blog will use twitter regularly throughout the year to communicate with followers so why not add us to your follow list? (@robstaton)

So what can you expect and what will be different? We’ll continue to publish regular scouting reports on prospects, opinions and information via the form of links and guest material. These will be greater in detail with better use of video.

A regular podcast feature will be available soon to download. I have made plans attend the Senior Bowl work outs for 2011 in Mobile and this will provide a further unique ability to speak with prospects and get an insight into how the draft is shaping up.

My goal for this website going forward is to try and provide the best ‘team’ draft blog on the Internet for Seahawks fans. The investment I have made in this site is the next step forward. Seahawks Draft Blog will continue to remain independent and no adverts will be seen anywhere on the blog.

I am not trying to compete with the heavyweight national blogs or corporations, I just want to provide a service that fans can enjoy. Since Seahawks Draft Blog began in 2008 I’ve been overwhelmed by the interaction and positive feedback received. I hope everyone will continue to contribute in the comments section and create the great discussion we enjoyed in the blog’s previous format. The blog will only ever be as good as the people who visit it and so far – we’ve had one of the best.

Welcome to the new Seahawks Draft Blog!

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

I’m delighted to reveal the new look for Seahawks Draft Blog. What do you think? I’ll explain a lot of the forthcoming changes soon, but this is an exciting change that I hope you’ll enjoy.