David Quessenberry was a left tackle and blindside protector. It probably helps that Quessenberry blocked for David Fales- an outstanding quarterback- but I like him as a prospect and think he’s certainly worthy of being drafted.
Quessenberry can play with poor leverage at times and lacks an elite slide step. That said, he has impressive core strength. He anchors against the bullrush very well and is good for a few dominating run blocks a game through pure strength. I’d put his intensity level in the “nasty” category. He’s not as ramped up as Breno Giacomini or Luke Marquandt, but he does give very high effort and is a fighter in the run game. He’s also got the kind of size (6’5″, 302) and skillset to be an ideal tackle/guard swingman, though I think Seattle is pretty happy with its current guard situation.
On tape Quessenberry doesn’t look especially quick, so I was surprised to learn that he was one of the combine’s better performers. Out of 30 combine participants at offensive tackle, Quessenberry’s ranked:
Forty time: 6th.
Bench: 12th (tied)
Short shuttle: 2nd (0.01 away from 1st)
Broad jump: 3rd (tied)
Vertical jump: 7th
He also has 34⅜” long arms and was tied for having the largest hands in the combine group.
I don’t know where Seattle would draft him, but Quessenberry has 2nd round measurables and his tape does nothing to spoil that, at least not in my opinion. If Seattle got him in the 5th round or later, I’d consider it a very good pickup, especially if Tom Cable feels good about Quessenberry’s chances to stick at tackle.
Another player that Seattle brought in before the Harvin trade. Like Datone Jones, this visit is assuring because it shows that Seattle preferred faster 3-techs early in the draft. In recent years the most successful NFL 3-techs usually displayed excellent speed coming out of college.
A tall receiver from a small school that is likely to go undrafted. Officially 6’3″ at 206 pounds. He ran a 4.50 forty at his pro day and posted a 37″ vertical. Seattle continues to pursue Ricardo Lockette types. It’s just a matter of time before they make a star out of one of them.
A massive tight end, Williams was used mostly as a blocker for Alabama. Williams is 6’6″, 278, and ran a very slow 5.19 forty at his pro-day. Does Seattle view him as a long term project at tackle? I wonder.
For two years in a row, the best value at quarterback goes by the name Wilson. I’d give Tyler Wilson a late 1st round grade based on his tape, but he could last into the 4th round after a snakebit senior season. Had he declared as a junior, it’s possible he might have gone #8 overall instead of Ryan Tannehill or even #12 to Seattle. I’m not a Ryan Nassib hater- but the nice things I would say about Nassib I’d also say about Wilson, and Wilson will most likely be drafted at least a round later than Nassib will.
Wilson has drawn some comparisons to Jay Cutler, which seemed more appropriate than ever during the 2012 season when Wilson could no longer contain his frustration with the team.
I see a lot of Matt Hasselbeck in Wilson’s game, and I’m not the first to make that comparison. Both are cerebral quarterbacks that score with a series of good decisions rather than explosive big plays. Both have better field mobility than their forty times would indicate and use that mobility to extend passing plays or take easy yards when the middle of the field is vacated. Both have a cocky/brash attitude. I think Wilson has a better arm and has fewer “wtf” moments. His sloppy release and his Andy Dalton / Jay Cutler lack of emotional control are my only significant knocks on him (I consider both of those to be pretty minor).
While he’s not a classic read option quarterback, he’s got enough mobility that you may not have to scrap that wrinkle for him completely. I think he’d make an excellent backup with good potential to trade for a profit down the road. I think if he’s given a real opportunity he’ll be a starting quarterback somewhere in the NFL for at least a few seasons.
At 5’11⅜”, 201 pounds with only a 4.71 forty time, Peters seems like an unlikely fit for almost any position in the NFL. A running back in 2011, Peters converted to corner in 2012 and had immediate success, albeit at a low level of competition. I think I like Peters more as a running back as he can make guys miss with moves which helps make up for his lack of speed, though it appears scouts are more interested in him at corner. To be fair, I don’t think Peters is as slow as his forty time indicates. On tape he looks roughly as fast as Jonathan Banks.
Peters could appeal to Seattle as an undrafted free agent, as they aren’t scared off by corners that lack speed.
When Pete talked about bringing in competition for his “USC backup crew”, it’s linebackers like Craig Wilkins who embody that idea perfectly. Wilkins is 6’1″, 239, and ran a 4.59 at his pro day. He’s a converted fullback. He’s very similar as a prospect to Seahawks’ backup Allen Bradford, who has similar measurables and is a converted running back. Wilkins would be one of our slower linebackers, but he’s one of the fastest linebackers in this draft and fights off blocks very well.
Ashford is the NIU teammate of fellow Seahawk visit Martel Moore. That’s two NIU receivers on this list, for those counting at home. Been following Jordan Lynch much, Seahawks?
If you want to learn more about Ashford, check out this article by the excellent Matt Waldman which highlights three of the draft’s most under-rated prospects (Ryan Swope is one of them. He also says Christine Michael is “a back whose athleticism and running style is the spitting image of Ahman Green.” You don’t say). Ahem. Waldman compares Perez Ashford’s game to Stedman Bailey’s. High praise for a player who will probably be undrafted.
Ashford has solid NFL speed (4.50) and below average size (5’10”, 188), but has excellent jump ball skills, body control, and does very well after the catch. He fits the Seahawks’ criteria very well.
Who goes to Harvard to be a fullback? That alone makes Kyle Juszczyk one of the draft’s more unique and memorable prospects.
Just watch the video above. There is a lot of Gronk/Beast Mode in Juszczyk’s game. At 6’1″ it’s unlikely he’d stick at tight end in the NFL, so a conversion to fullback full time seems the likely course for him to take. Juszczyk’s appeal to the Seahawks is plainly stated, as Seattle has a 3rd running back spot open and appeared to be searching for RB/FB hybrids with unusual names last season (Vai Taua, Kregg Lumpkin). Michael Robinson is 30 years old this season, and Seattle has no depth currently for fullback.
Another Ivy Leaguer. Catapano is a physical, high effort defensive end that reminds me of John Simon without Simon’s amazing arm combat. He seems like a good fit for a classic 5-tech role in a 3-4 defense because his core strength and discipline are both excellent. Seattle likes their Red Bryant types a little bigger than Catapano’s 271 pounds, but he has the strength and anchor of a bigger player and moves well.
Another offensive tackle with some nastiness and some power. I like his taste in music.
I’ve covered Daniels before. He’s one of my favorite quarterbacks in the draft regardless of draft stock, and I think Seattle would fit him very well. In my opinion he’s the second best pure read option quarterback in the draft after EJ Manuel. He’s worth a draft pick, though they might get him in free agency.
He’s a corner that stands 6’2⅜” (though he’s just 181 pounds) and ran a 4.48 at his pro-day. Small school player.
The second highest rated kicker at NFLDraftScout.com, Sharp made a 60 yard attempt at his pro-day with 21 NFL teams in attendance.
A 5’9″ corner from Oregon State. Seattle’s interest in Watkins continues a 2013 trend that suggests they aren’t spooked by short defensive backs after all. John Schneider specifically mentioned Antoine Winfield’s physicality when asked why he signed the undersized corner. Is Watkins a similar story? I have no idea. The only “Brian Watkins” video on youtube is his sociology project on racism from last year.