Please do me a favor and be sure to check out Rob’s FINAL 2013 mock down below if you haven’t already. With that said, here’s part five:
Part IV concluded all of Seattle’s official visits. In this 5th installment, I’m going to cover a few other players that Seattle met with unofficially or have been connected to by rumors. This isn’t a comprehensive list, but here’s what I got:
Brice Butler, WR (CB), San Diego State
The Seahawks met with Brice Butler at his pro-day last month. If you missed the article, you can read more about Butler here. He’s a Richard Sherman type project at corner with strong past connections to Pete Carroll.
The highlights above are of him playing receiver, and Seattle probably won’t draft him for that capacity. Still, they serve as a good way to guage his combination of size and athleticism. He’s got a lot of bulk, almost like a big running back. It’s not hard to envision him as a bruising Brandon Browner type at corner.
Denard Robinson, RB/WR, Michigan
A Seahawks scout was seen meeting with Robinson at the Senior Bowl. It’s worth noting that Seattle unofficially met with Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins at the Senior Bowl in 2012, then worked overtime to not mention or meet with either one of them for the rest of the draft process. According to our source last year, Seattle was very high on both.
Robinson is a 1st round caliber athlete that needs to find a new position to play in the NFL. You might say he’s the Margus Hunt of the skill position group. I really like him as a running back and kick returner, and I’m open minded about giving him a chance as a Percy Harvin / Golden Tate yards after catch type receiver.
Few players in the draft give me a stronger “Seahawks” type vibe than Robinson. I would also argue that Robinson has the most unpredictable draft stock in the entire draft. He could easily go in the 2nd round, and he could just as easily go in the 6th. He’s definitely a prospect to keep an eye on this weekend.
Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
Williams is pretty unlikely to be in play for Seattle at #56, but he is the perfect fit for what they need as rushing down 3-tech. I thought their interest him in February was puzzling. It all makes sense now. Like Robinson, Williams was spotted meeting with a Seahawks scout during Senior Bowl week.
Armonty Bryant, DE, East Central
When asked which NFL teams he’d met with, Seattle was the first team he thought of. Bryant comes from a small school and has major character red flags, but looks like a man amongst boys on tape.
Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado
Tony Pauline linked several teams to Nick Kasa yesterday, among them Seattle. I’m not impressed by Kasa at all, personally. It sounds like NFL GMs almost unanimously consider Kasa to be the 7th best tight end in the draft after the first two tiers of talent are completely expended (Eifert, Ertz, Escobar, Reed, Kelce, McDonald).
I won’t dispute Seattle’s interest though. Kasa switched to tight end just last season, from defensive end. At 6’6″, 260 pounds, he has the size to be a well-round tight end and not just a specialist H-back. He also ran a 4.71, which is not bad at all for a player of his size. Anthony McCoy weighed 259 pounds and also ran a 4.71. Unlike Rob, I see no reason to think Seattle would avoid Anthony McCoy types. I don’t think Seattle is being all that specific in their search for a 3rd tight end.
Nick Kasa joins Vance McDonald as the two biggest “untapped” upside tight ends in this draft. They have holes in their game right now, but Seattle seems to draft based on upside so I wouldn’t be surprised at all if both were very high on Seattle’s board compared to the rest of the league.
Terrell Sinkfield, WR, Northern Iowa
Shaun DePasquale of NFLDraftZone.com recently wrote that Sinkfield “is a player who’s seeing his stock soar into the 2013 NFL draft.” He listed the Seahawks as one of the teams to show interest in the small school receiver.
Sinkfield ran an unofficial 4.19 forty at Minnesota’s pro-day event. Officially, it was a 4.33. Whatever his timed speed really is, there is no doubting on tape that he has elite speed, and he’s not some tiny receiver either, standing 6’0¼”, 198 pounds.
It’s hard to gauge Sinkfield’s polish and route running ability from a highlight, but I like his ability to make moves after the catch and I really like how aggressive, fearless, and tough he is going over the middle.
Mark Harrison, WR, Rutgers
Tony Pauline mentioned just a few hours ago that Mark Harrison has been in recent contact with the Seahawks and that his stock is rising. I’ve only done a handful of write-ups on receivers this year, but by chance Mark Harrison happens to be one of them.
Jordan Mills, T, Louisiana Tech.
Don’t forget about Jordan Mills. Someone (Dane Brugler or Tony Pauline?) linked the Seahawks to Jordan Mills around the time of the Senior Bowl, even saying that Seattle might draft him “earlier than you’d expect.”