An interview with LSU’s Damien Lewis

April 3rd, 2020 | Written by Rob Staton

This week I’ve already published interviews with Jim Nagy from the Senior Bowl and Robert Hunt, offensive lineman at Louisiana-Lafayette.

Today’s conversation is with LSU guard Damien Lewis.

We discussed his upbringing, his journey to LSU where he won a National Championship, teammates Lloyd Cushenberry, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Rashard Lawrence and how he’s preparing for the draft during the Covid-19 crisis. He also confirmed he had a formal meeting with the Seahawks at the combine.

You’re going to really like him. Have a listen below. He had a fantastic Senior Bowl and could easily be on Seattle’s radar.

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211 Responses to “An interview with LSU’s Damien Lewis”

  1. Henry Taylor says:

    These interviews have been really cool, fantastic content this year Rob, even by your very high standards.

    I want so many of these LSU guys on the team. Hopefully Coach O has been on the phone with Pete telling him he better be drafting these guys.

  2. I don’t think a one-year deal works for Seattle.

    I agree with this. And also think Clowney will only be willing to sign one year contract at this moment. And if 1+1=2 in this case, then I think this ship has sailed.

    • Rob Staton says:

      Then they should accept this and move on.

    • Henry Taylor says:

      I don’t think there’s any evidence that the ship has sailed. I think all the evidence points to the fact that they’re still trying, and failing, to get a deal done.

      I don’t think the Seahawks would like a 1 year deal, but it’s better than the alternative.

  3. Man its so tough for me to listen and understand guys whit this type of accent. 😂

  4. The Chiefs have reached an agreement with Sammy Watkins on a new 1-year deal that will pay him a base of $9m for 2020 with an incentive package that can reach $16m, a source tells me.

    The move creates $5m in cap space for the Chiefs to operate this offseason.

    Oh viy, I was 100% sure they will cut him. Right now they are on 5mil cap space (0 true cap space)…will be interesting to see how they will put Chris Jones salary under cap…

    • Rob Staton says:

      Well I tell you one thing they’re not going to do.

      That’s restructure Sammy Watkins in favour of keeping Jones.

      They’ll just restructure some deals, move things around. They’ll be fine.

      • I am not saying nothing but that I am surprise because I thought they will cut him and save 14mil. This way they save only 5mil(things would be much easier for them with that additional 9mil). Their offense left untouched from last year. And Mahomes will be only better. Good luck to everyone else in NFL.

      • cha says:

        It’s things like this that tell me the Hawks aren’t constrained by cap room to get Clowney and/or another rusher.

        True the Hawks are more conservative with others and typically don’t push their problems down the road. But a team within a whisper of the #1 seed and coming off a deep playoff run with a clear need shouldn’t be a team playing it conservative.

    • Brett says:

      The Chiefs really need to get Mahomes extended this offseason when he’s on his original rookie deal and before the 5th year option, which gets considerably more expensive. They have a window while is current AAV is low to extend him and reap that benefit down the line.

  5. Largent80 says:

    Living near Houston I get to see them play a lot, and I really like Josh Jones, he’s got excellent footwork, and is a hard worker. I would love for the Hawks to get him.

  6. Trevor says:

    Great stuff Rob now you just need to do one with Isiah Wilson and Caesar Ruiz. They are my four favorite OL prospects for the Hawks for sure.

    You have taken it to another level this year. Keep posting on YouTube so we can really help build you a profile and presence there because you deserve it with the amazing quality of your work.

    • Simo says:

      Love these interviews, but if they aren’t going to sign Clowney, or any other edge defenders, then Rob better start interviewing DL prospects instead of guards and tackles. Let’s get Uche, Okwara, Davis, Zuniga, etc on the phone!

      • Rob Staton says:

        I’m trying… offensive linemen clearly do a better job responding to DM’s!

        • Rob Staton says:

          And the next interview will be with another offensive lineman later today…

        • Simo says:

          You’re doing a fantastic job, hope you didn’t infer otherwise! Love hearing the interviews and following the comments, one of the highlights of the quarantine days!

          Just a bit of frustration at how PC/JS are “fixing the pass rush” this offseason. I want to believe they know what they’re doing and will come through, but its getting tougher with each passing day!

          I can’t believe Irvin and Mayowa fix the pass rush! Since we’re bringing back former Seahawks defensive linemen, Mike Bennett must be next!

        • mishima says:

          Did you ask Lewis to hook you up with Rashard Lawrence?

          No other site/blog can touch what you’re doing.

  7. EP says:

    Great stuff again Rob. I’m really a big fan of these type of interviews, it shows that at the end of the days these prospects are just regular guys who are fighting to make it. So many of them fall by the wayside and I think it’s important to remember that they’re more than just X’s and O’s. I can see how the Seahawks really value grit and personality etc, the interviews that they do must go a long long way in determining who they end up choosing. It’s hard not to root for these guys.

  8. Aaron says:

    Rob you’re the man, appreciate all the content.

    Great stuff from Damien, I want all the LSU guys what a special group.

  9. TatupuTime says:

    Another great one. Gonna be real tough on draft day if we have to watch some of these talented OL and WR come off the board while they grab DL players.

  10. Sea Mode says:

    Another great interview. Thanks for doing this and keep ’em coming!

    I especially liked how you ask the guys about their teammates that we know. If you want to in future interviews, I would also be interested in finding out who was the best player they faced in college across from them positionally and what made them hard to face.

  11. GerryG says:

    Great listen. I’m rooting for that kid regardless of where he winds up.

  12. Trevor says:

    Rob do you think there is any chance Lewis or Hunt will be on the board at the end of Rd #3? Either would be a great pick with that 3rd round comp pick.

      • Trevor says:

        I didn’t think so. That is what really sucks about not addressing the DL in free agency because those two 2nd round picks would be ideal for WR, OL or RB.

        • mishima says:

          Scary thought: Maybe they think they have addressed it? Re-signed Reed, picked up Irvin and Mayowa; maybe re-sign Clowney and pick up a cheap DT in second wave and call it good? /shudder

          IMO, that would be a mistake, but I’m expecting it. Not so different from drafting Collier, signing Ansah, trading for Clowney at the last minute. Did they had a Plan B if Clowney hadn’t fallen into their lap? Doubt it.

          I want them to target players like Uche, Gay Jr., Davis, Zuniga, Okwara, early and often. However, I won’t be surprised if 2 of their first 3 picks are spent on RB and WR and they miss out on top front 7 talent.

          • Rob Staton says:

            They definitely won’t think they’ve addressed it.

            • mishima says:

              I’ve lowered my expectations, but hope you’re right.

            • Bmseattle says:

              it’s starting to feel like a trade is inevitable.
              they are likely waiting for asking prices to come down, which means we probably wont see a big move until the end of summer (assuming the league starts as scheduled).

  13. Gaux Hawks says:

    Any update on Mychal Kendricks?

    • cha says:

      Legal wise – they moved his sentencing back last month for like the 6th or 7th time.

      Health wise – no idea.

  14. Frank says:

    Thanks Trevor for the tip on Rob having recently added YouTube videos. Really dig the interview, that’s a good ole country boy right there. Just enjoyed the mock draft on your YouTube Rob, and dig the way you went about it, I need to find a simulator with trades to play with. Given the need at RB, do you think the Hawks would go outside of there normal profile for a Clyde Edwards Helier?

  15. cha says:

    DK had a fantastic rookie year with maybe the most limited route tree of any WR in the league. What can he do in year 2 with a full year in the system?

    His rookie year is eerily similar to Julio Jones’:

    Metcalf: 16 games / 58 catches / 900 yards / 7 TD / 58.0% catch / 9.0 yards per target
    Jones: 13 games / 54 catches / 959 yards / 8 TD / 56.8% catch / 10.1 yards per target

    Is Jones’ Year Two a fair expectation? Or too much?

    16 games / 79 catches / 1198 yards / 10 TD / 61.7% catch / 9.4 yards per target

    • Rob Staton says:

      DK can be whatever he wants to be.

      But he has to improve the way he competes for the ball in contested/jump ball situations and make the most of his size and he needs to learn not to fight the football. These are not easy things to do and are two things Julio never had an issue with.

      • Eburgz says:

        After rewatching most of the season it’s clear to me a bunch of those balls that we wanted DK to go up and get we’re slightly under thrown.

        Toward the end of the season he had a couple awesome contested catches where he goes up an gets it. The game clinched against philly was the best of the bunch. He improved during the season and I don’t think it was as big of a problem as it initially seemed. I think he’s going to develop into a great jump ball/contested catch guy.

        Agreed about him fighting the football though. Not a natural catcher. So many double catches along with some crucial drops. Not sure that’s something that will change. Ball security another big issue.

        Love Metcalf but there’s only one Julio Jones.

        Appreciate the Lewis interview. Keep them coming.

      • CaptainJack says:

        I hope we don’t expect him to carry the entire passing attack. We need another weapon to compliment him and Lockett.

    • Simo says:

      Julio was a high R1 pick for a reason, specifically he didn’t have any significant weaknesses coming out of Bama. Conversely, DK’s weaknesses were well known, and the reason he dropped to the end of R2.

      It wouldn’t be fair to compare DK to Julio or expect that kind of production, but if DK really dedicates himself to improving in the areas Rob mentioned, then this will prove to be an absolute draft steal.

  16. Trevor says:

    Rob I have really not even looked at this CB given the other needs the Hawks had. Who do you think is the best slot CB prospect in this draft? I really think this defense misses a guy like Justin Coleman and I am not sure Amadi is the answer. Does anyone jump out to you as a guy they may target?

  17. Volume12 says:

    So Leki Fotu as a top 30 visit (big shocker) and Trevis Gipson who I love. Or at least a workout on the latter.

    https://t.co/0w1ERO5BKN?amp=1

    • Volume12 says:

      I bet they were. I bet they were.

      Christian Shanafelt
      @ChrisShanafelt
      ·
      Mar 21
      Replying to
      @ChrisShanafelt
      At the Northwestern pro-day, Southern Illinois TE Nigel Kilby told me that the #Lions seemed to have been really interested in him and that they + the #Seahawks were checking in with him pretty often throughout the day.

      He’s met privately with the #Broncos + #Panthers as well.

  18. Sea Mode says:

    Wow, hefty deal for a run stuffer:

    Ian Rapoport
    @RapSheet
    · 4m

    The #Bengals have officially signed free agent DT DJ Reader, source said. It took a while, but it just happened. He accepted additional language that many clubs have inserted. He gets $53M over 4 years with a large sum of $22.25M in Year 1 and $31.75M over first 2 years.

    Essentially, the language says the signed player still needs to pass the physical. If he doesn’t pass the physical, the team has a choice of either immediately releasing him or paying him and keeping the contract in place. This prevents a team from simply holding up the money.

  19. Bigten says:

    Awesome stuff Rob. Thank you!

    Two things for the class:
    One; Do we have a list of those that we know the hawks have met with?
    Two: if this whole thing with the hawks has taught me anything, it is the importance of medical checks and interviews. Who can we identify as having a medical flag that could drop due to not being able to have checks? and who could drop due to other red flags that cant be checked (for instance maybe Willie Gay?)

    • Volume12 says:

      HB: Jonathan Taylor, AJ Dillon, Zack Moss
      OL: Robert Hunt, Kevin Dotson, Damien Lewis, Logan Stenberg
      WR: Jalen Reagor, Van Jefferson
      DL: Julian Okwara, ‘Utah Gross- my toast,’ Trevis Gipson, Jonathan Greenard, Bradlee Anae
      DT: Leki Fotu, Ross Blacklock
      LB/EDGE: Zack Baun
      CB: Kristian Fulton, Trevon Diggs
      S: Brandon Jones, Kamren Curl

  20. Sea Mode says:

    Totally unnecessary and will probably turn out a bit weird, if not downright laughable, but color me intrigued anyway…

    Ian Rapoport
    @RapSheet
    · 50m

    As the NFL works on a virtual draft experience for prospects, 2 interesting notes:
    — EA Sports will create a virtual moment of the prospect walking out on stage meeting the Commissioner.
    — Each prospect will choose a HS to receive a $2,500 grant towards their football program.

    More: Players are asked to provide a description for EA of how they’d want to interact with the Commissioner on stage — the Danny Shelton, perhaps the Christian Wilkins, or maybe
    @MelvinIngram.

    • Lewis says:

      Pat Kirwan said earlier that he has been talking to execs from various teams and no one really knows how the draft is going to work, yet. If everything is done remotely, there are some significant technical issues that could crop up, like what happens if your phones go down while you are trying to work a trade in the clock, etc. what happens if your gm gets sick with the virus? Teams don’t necessarily have contingencies set up for a scenario like that.

  21. Sea Mode says:

    Rob, please tell me you’ll interview Trey Adams and ask him what is the one thing he would change about himself… 😝

  22. @Brady Henderson
    On the Seahawks’ two edge-rush additions: my understanding is they see Benson Mayowa as a Leo and Bruce Irvin as an early-down strong-side LB who rushes on passing downs like he did in his first Seattle stint. UFA Mychal Kendricks, who’s coming off a torn ACL, played SLB in ’19.

    • TomLPDX says:

      I keep wondering what they are going to do about Kendricks. I don’t see them bringing him back except at maybe a minimum salary. Not surprised by this. Also means they’ll get out of basic D more of the time.

  23. It’s also interesting that Pat Kirwin latest mock draft had the Seahawks drafting Isiah Wilson at 27

    • Rob Staton says:

      Not surprised. A great match.

    • TatupuTime says:

      Would absolutely love for that to happen. He’s the guy I want most. That’s a great prospect at 27 and would fit in well with the line. Seems unlikely given the off-season, but not often a tackle like that is available with Seattle’s pick (and he very well could be gone already).

  24. Kingdome1976 says:

    What do you guys think of Malik Harrison being our eventual Kendricks replacement.

  25. Sea Mode says:

    Lol, Bears signed Ifedi 2 days ago to play Guard and I totally missed it. 😂

  26. Sea Mode says:

    Ok, this is getting desperate. Team going to any lengths (except, I guess, paying up…)

    https://twitter.com/SeahawksUnited_/status/1245979987859169280

  27. Rob Staton says:

    Just recorded the latest interview…

    Cesar Ruiz, Michigan center.

  28. TCHawk says:

    At some point I’d like a refresher on the guards. Rob, your post-combine tiers (which I love by the way), have Lewis, Stenberg, Lemieux, and Simpson in Tier 5, and Adeniji in Tier 6. How do Hunt and Dotson fit into this hierarchy, and have your preferences changed? Would any of those slip to Day 3?

    • Rob Staton says:

      I will do a new tier list for sure. It will look very different.

      • TCHawk says:

        Great. I can’t wait. One thing I’ve been trying to weigh is not just the talent level, but how their talent/skills fit into the Seahawks needs. This is for the OL, but also for the REAL needs on defense, especially pass rush. On the draft simulator I commonly have the option of picking Davis/Okwara/Zuniga/Uche/YGM first. My current preference is Okwara, Zuniga, Davis, Anae, or Greenard, in that order (just for pass rush) because I want it to come from the front four DL. I know Davis is not really a pass rusher, but I would still pick him before Anae or Greenard. Do you consider team needs and fits in your tiers, or just talent?

        • Rob Staton says:

          Just talent really. Which is how I think it is in a real war room — but they will identify target positions and try to identify the areas in a draft where they can find solutions.

  29. Chris says:

    A couple of trades:
    Sent #27 to the Giants for #’s 36, 99, and 110.
    Then I sent #36 and #101 for #45 and #76.

    #45- Raewkon Davis DT/DE
    #59- Jabari Zubiga DE
    #64- Robert Hunt T/G
    #76- Isaiah Wilson T/G
    #99- Can Akers RB
    #110- Devin Duvernay WR
    #133- Thadeus Moss TE
    #144- Bryce Hall CB
    #214- Travis Gipson DE

    My focus going in to each of the mocks that I do now, focuses on Raekwon Davis with my first pick just because of his uniqueness. I also didn’t mean to go so offense heavy in the middle of the draft, but I just saw so much good value, and thought that surely one of Hunt or Wilson could play either guard or tackle spot given their versatility. I know Rob has stated many times before that Wilson won’t be there late, so feel free to sub in Damien Lewis, Logan Stenberg, or Shane Lemieux in that spot instead.

    Please share your thoughts!

    • TCHawk says:

      That’s a good draft. When I’ve tried them, Wilson is going by 59 or 64, and Akers by 80. I like the Davis and Zuniga picks there. I’d rather pick Aiyuk by 76, than Duvernay at 110, and maybe Akers would fall to #99. I’d rather have the best guard available at 133, instead of Thadeus Moss. I like Hall and Gipson there.

  30. Gaeleck says:

    32.Cesar Ruiz C Michigan
    35.Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB LSU
    46.Joshua Uche OLB Michigan
    59.Damien Lewis G LSU
    64.Rashard Lawrence DT LSU
    214.Josh Metellus S Michigan

    Some wheeling and dealing, including 2021’s 1st rd pick, but my OCD brain loved the symmetry of this draft and I think all are in their realistic range.

  31. Hawk Meat says:

    Hypothetical: What happens to the 2021 draft if the college football season is cancelled?

  32. Frank says:

    Using the same simulator that Rob had going I traded the first Hawks first pick and traded 3rds to the Bears (assuming they where in the QB market) for both of there 2nd round picks. To have 4 2nd round picks.
    Resulting in
    43 Josh Jones
    50 Clyde Edwards Helaire
    59 prince Tega Wanogho
    64 Brandon Aiyuk
    133 Bryce Hall
    144 Natani Muti.
    I was a bit bummed that I wasn’t able to find pass rushers as late in the 2nd frame as I anticipated, but I liked loading up on 4 picks in round two.

    • You took two tackles and no DLineman though?

      • Kingdome1976 says:

        Exactly what I thought

        • Frank says:

          Yeah, I miss judged thinking some Edge players would make past 50, and Josh Jones was too good to pass up at 43. Given the projected run on edge players I’d definitely prioritize that first pick as an edge, but at 43 there where 4-5 options and by 50 the cupboards where barren.

  33. Loomi g for the best trade back options. If we traded back with Detroit for 35 and 85 the poi ts are 216 (27) for 220 (35 & 85).

    • Rob the one thing I have realize that the Seahawks aren’t the normal they do things that you don’t expect when it comes to the draft. and even though it isn’t a big need I am guessing that John and Pete probably love Jeremy Chinn what round would you place him in. Since I am locked down at the house these days I have been watching a lot tv and just got done watching Killing Eve season 1 I actually liked it. My question for you is have you seen either Peaky blinders. Or copper

  34. TCHawk says:

    Here’s my latest draft:

    52. Raekwon Davis
    59. Jabari Zuniga
    64. Brandon Aiyuk
    71. Cam Akers
    84. Logan Wilson
    101. Robert Hunt
    133. Davon Hamilton
    144. Zack Moss
    214. Derrek Tuszka, DE. North Dakota State
    234. Kevin Dotson,G Louisiana

    I’m not sure if Hamilton at 133 is realistic, but if not I’d go with Gipson there. Any reactions?

  35. DC says:

    The current regime has drafted 10 RBs in 10 years & stuck to their preferred physical profile. The results? The best of them has been Carson, selected in the 7th round.

    Is this the year they broaden their parameters a bit?

  36. Tecmo Bowl says:

    Great interview! Thought it was cool Damien got excited when Rob mentioned CEH. Lewis sounds like he loves football.

    Coach O is running a top notch program that preaches brotherhood. Similar to PC that way. The class LSU graduated to the NFL is impressive! Talent at damn near every position.

    Lewis is the RG equivalent of Jarran Reed. Juco to Sec to Sea! Hopefully we can get one of Hunt or Lewis in the 3rd.

    • GerryG says:

      Wasn’t coach O on Pete’s staff back in the day before he got the Ole Miss opportunity?

      • Tecmo Bowl says:

        Yeah coach O was with PC at USC from 01-04. I bet USC is kicking themselves for choosing Helton over Orgeron!

    • Kingdome1976 says:

      On a side note I would love to play you a game of Tecmo Bowl. I’ll be SF and you can be whoever you want.

      • Tecmo Bowl says:

        Wish Tecmo Bowl could be played online. SF huh. I’d go with da Bears! Sweetness and Singletary all day!

  37. Steve Nelsen says:

    Rob, these interviews are so enjoyable. Thank you.

  38. DC says:

    Can’t… stop… drafting

    27. Raekwon Davis, DT Alabama
    59. Bradlee Anae, DE Utah
    64. Van Jefferson, WR Florida
    101. James Lynch, DT Baylor
    133. Logan Stenberg, G Kentucky
    144. Joshua Kelley, RB UCLA
    214. Trevis Gipson, DE Tulsa

  39. Had my favorite one so far. Have good results when I trade 27 for 85 and 85.

    35…Jaelen Reagor
    59…Josh Uche
    64…Raekwon Davis
    85…Cam Akers
    101…Robert Hunt
    133…Bryce Hall
    144…Amik Robertson

    • Spencer says:

      This would be Seattle letting the board fall to them. If all of those players are there at those spots (doubts on Uche, Davis, Hunt, and Hall). But it’s a great way of addressing the DL without reaching for guys and still tapping into the talent of the draft.

      Although Hall and Robertson seem redundant with 4 CBs already on the roster.

    • Bigten says:

      As much as I love Raegor and agree that you don draft in the order of your needs, I don’t think DL is addressed enough here. As it currently stands with our offseason. Uche is someone I like, and want, but he is not going to be an edge or fix our edge problem. Situational rusher who can also drop into coverage is where he is going to be. Unless we pick up Griffen or Clowney, not seeing us not grab a true edge or DE. Also, I know you love Amik, but him and Hall would be to much capital at DB that early. Amik for a late round flyer (6th or 7th)? Or another DB to play slot late I could see.

  40. Kingdome1976 says:

    Since everyone seems to be posting sims I thought I would try and post one that seems reasonable and one that I feel position wise we should consider. 4 rounds only.

    SEA 34.
    Yetur Gross-Matos

    SEA 59.
    Ross Blacklock

    SEA 64.
    Prince Tega Wanogho

    SEA 75.
    Bryan Edwards

    SEA 101.
    Hunter Bryant

    SEA 133.
    Zack Moss

    SEA 144.
    Damien Lewis

    Yes I think Matos is better than the other DE options.

  41. Tecmo Bowl says:

    Its weird how the RB’s in this class aren’t getting more round 1 discussion. Dobbins, Taylor, CEH, Swift look like they have day 1 talent to me.

    In the draft where Alex Smith went #1 and Rodgers fell #24, 3 RB’s went in the top 5. Ronnie Brown, Cedric Benson(RIP) and Cadllac Williams. Bet we never see 3 RBs in the top 5 ever again.

    • I find it strange as well. Maybe the media is unaware. Or, maybe the position is that undervalued.

      • drewdawg11 says:

        Taylor and swift have first round traits and are legitimate first round talents, Dobbins and Clyde are probably second round guys who may fall down the board into the mid to late second or early third. Akers seems like a round 2-3 guys as well. I just don’t think Dobbins and Clyde can put up the speed numbers that people expect from a first round pick.

  42. Hawk Meat says:

    Am a huge husky fan, was wondering if anyone has any early insight on Joe Tryon (class of 2021). 6-5, 262.

    If its off topic, I won’t post stuff like this again. Just let me know, I was just thinking some people might have studied him incidentally while studying other players.

    Was wondering if anyone sees him as a legit prospect and what round you think he will go in!

    • drewdawg11 says:

      Joe Tryon has a legit shot to be a top 40 player next season. The size, the length, the athleticism. I got a chance to watch them practice live last spring and stood 15 feet away as they went through drills. He’s just different. Looks like a player you create on Madden. I would guess that he’s going to run in the 4.7’s but the agility testing is more important. He started off slowly last season and then came on really well. He became unblockable at times. Measurements are going to probably be great, and he’s going into year three on the field. He probably won’t return for his senior campaign.

  43. @FieldYates
    Germain Ifedi’s one-year deal with the Bears if for the veteran salary benefit: $137,500 to sign, a $910,000 base salary with a cap number of $887,500. A wise value add for the Bears for a 25-year old that has started 60 games already.

    Is this possible? Everyone (including us here) spoke about much much more money (maybe even 10+ mil)…

    Why they didnt want him back for that money?

    And watch this..Seattle, Carroll, Solari had 1mil player as a starter over 9mil player…ouch..

    • Rob Staton says:

      I know lots of people hate Ifedi but it seems like the Seahawks spent more money to not get noticeably better. And if they draft a RT anyway, you might as well just have Ifedi.

      • I was the one who thought they should re-sign him if its for less than 6-8mil apy. Obviously I was so so wrong. But its not the problem because I know nothing about this game. Much bigger problem is that I have/had huge trust in our couches and it turned out they started, for years, player who got 1mil over player who got 9mil. Do we need to start questioning their football knowledge? And dont forgett, Ifedi will play guard (thats what Bears GM said), so none of 32 teams wanted to pay him anything to play tackle.

        • Frank says:

          I wonder if he overestimated his value and underestimated how many good Tackle options are in the draft and waited until the teams had already done there spending? It’s funny Fant got a starting tackle job, and Ifedi had to switch positions.

        • Henry Taylor says:

          Just because the Jets overpayed for Fant doesn’t mean they were wrong to start Ifedi.

          • Just because the Jets overpayed for Fant

            doesnt have anything with

            none of 32 teams wanted to pay him anything to play tackle.

            What is mind blowing for me is that they started him for 4 years and then they didnt want to pay him anything…they choose to pay below average player 3mil over him… now it is really hard for me to find one good reason why they started him for so long if ,its obvious after all this, they dont appreciate his qualities at all…

            • Frank says:

              I’m just surprised they didn’t value Ifedi more for his size/strength/health than they did. I’d have let him determine his market value and beat the Bears offer within reason. I wonder if there looking for more versatile online players with more value in the passing game, or just have a couple draft options they feel good about. I’ve never really understood the Hawks unwillingness to resign O lineman, that they draft high. It’s probably just trying to price control the position with a rookie contract.

            • Henry Taylor says:

              Well you questioned the seahawks evaluative skills because they started a “9m player over a 1m player” so it kinda is relevant that the Jets overpayed Fant…

              And look, as much as I liked Fant, there were plenty of reasons Ifedi started all that time. They rated him very highly as a prospect and wanted to give him every opportunity to develop, he was consistently healthy and continuity is valuable, they liked Fant in the role he was in. Ultimately they decided it was now time to move on which they did for a nice cheap player. I dont find any of this to reflect all that poorly on PCJS.

              • And proof that Jets overpay Fant is? Do you know how much offers Fant had and how high they were? If you dont know then you cant be sure they overpay him. At this moment your statement is only projection and nothing more. Ifedies numbers and futur role are facts.

                • Henry Taylor says:

                  He’s played like 2 games at tackle since his rookie year (when he sucked) so it 100% is an overpay based on what the Jets know about the player. Its them (and apparently you) making the projection not me.

                  Also dude, it’s the Jets. Why does their opinion of Fant make you question Pete and John?

                  • mishima says:

                    Possible they made offers to Fant and Ifedi, but both passed for different reasons w/ different consequences. Seahawks moved on, signed others.

                    Fant wins, Ifedi loses. Oh, well.

      • GerryG says:

        Ifedi’s total lack of market is quite surprising to me. He’s not that terrible. The guy actually has long stretches of solid play (ie you don’t notice him) then gets a penalty and/completely blows a pass pro. I’m not saying I wanted him back, but look around the league, he’s about a normal RT.

        The league must be stoked about the draft at OL

      • cha says:

        I would have taken Ifedi for another year or two at a low salary.

        Feels like there was some unknown factor in play. Something like an attitude problem or a personal issue that really drove his market into the gutter.

        • BruceN says:

          There were some rumors that Russell didn’t care much for his ill timed and drive killing penalties.

      • BruceN says:

        I don’t hate Ifedi but I thought he was a mediocre T. But at vet min contract he’s a much better value than Shell. Not sure Shell is better or even equal. I think the Hawks also misread his market and would’ve signed him in a heart beat at what he signed for, if not a bit more.

        • AlaskaHawk says:

          I agree that Ifedi was somewhere between mediocre and average. Which seems to be the level of talent that Seahawks pick from for the offensive line. None of the free agents they have acquired are giving me confidence that the offensive line will be better this year. Hopefully they will continue to draft offensive linemen.

          I think there would be better line continuity if they drafted their offensive linemen instead of looking for cheap free agents. Granted it takes half a season to train them, but they usually do okay after that. They can save the dollars for the defensive line or wide receivers.

      • WALL UP says:

        It may be that the offer for Shell was the same offer given to Ifedi, and it may have been refused by him. We just don’t know what really happened.

      • You know what a lot of people forget about Ifedi is he started 60 games at right tackle that’s a lot of starts injury free. Got to give him props for that

  44. Wholly crap. I love Damien Lewis. My neighbor is an Alabama grad, married to an Auburn grad. Same accent. Great people. If Damien is anything like them, draft him at 27.

    Thank you for this, Rob. What a pleasure to get to know Damien.

  45. Maybe Seattle trades way down and drafts the LSU OL and RB.

    CEH – RB
    Lewis – OG
    Cushenberry – OC
    Charles – OT

  46. Producehawk says:

    Super interesting. They have adjusted the simulator. For example Isaiah Wilson is in the 40s now. A lot of our favorites have moved up the board. Some have fallen. Nice to see they are being proactive.

  47. @JimNagy
    Florida WR @VanJefferson12 couldn’t run the 40 at Combine (foot injury) but @ZebraTechnology had him as fastest player at the @seniorbowl with max speed of 21.05 mph, which is faster than Devin Duvernay (20.90/4.39), Denzel Mims (20.26/4.38), and Antonio Gibson (20.15/4.39). 🔥🔥 https://t.co/t7Y8nRmonn

  48. John_s says:

    Side note

    Germain Ifedi signed with Chicago for the vet minimum. I was not a huge fan of Ifedi but I figured he would have gotten one team who would have paid him. would you rather have kept Ifedi for maybe Shell’s contract or do you like the moved to Shell?

  49. Producehawk says:

    The rejigger of the simulator makes it interesting. Traded back with the Bengals.
    33
    Isaiah Wilson
    OT Georgia
    trade icon

    SEA 59.
    Julian Okwara
    DE Notre Dame

    SEA 64.
    Raekwon Davis
    DT Alabama

    SEA 101.
    Cam Akers
    RB Florida State

    SEA 107.
    Bryan Edwards
    WR South Carolina
    trade icon

    SEA 133.
    Hunter Bryant
    TE Washington

    SEA 144.
    Kevin Dotson
    G Louisiana

    SEA 147.
    Damien Lewis
    G LSU
    trade icon

    SEA 180.
    J.R. Reed
    S Georgia

    SEA 214.
    Raequan Williams
    DT Michigan State

    SEA 215.
    Trey Adams
    OT Washington
    trade icon

  50. Seahawk65 says:

    There are still teams who need good offensive linemen so the fact they all passed on Ifedi at such a low salary tells you something. For one, it says we probably had the worst RT in the league for the past four years.

    • Bmseattle says:

      It never felt like there was ever a true competition at RT, either.
      They were going to go with Ifedi no matter what.

  51. Gaux Hawks says:

    starting to miss germain ifedi already.

  52. Paul Cook says:

    To me, Ifedi’s market value was soft not so much because of the penalties (horrible), but because he was slow on his feet/not agile enough for the tackle spot. He got beat by ends a lot. He was always better suited for guard.

    • John_s says:

      Seahawks twitter remains undefeated. They were calling JS and PC dumb for not extending Ifedi and letting him go to free agency because he was going to get $15 apy

      • Paul Cook says:

        I was a bit surprised by how low in value the contract was, but never thought his value was that high. You’ve got to protect the QB in this league if you’re a tackle. That’s pretty much purpose number one.

    • Hawkdawg says:

      Yet he didn’t set the world on fire at guard, either. If the NFL market is even moderately efficient, the Hawks did exactly the right thing by not taking that 5th year option, or extending him at anything near what many predicted to be his worth.

      • Azhawkfan says:

        Cliff Avril on KJR mentioned the word entitlement when the subject of Ifedi came up, so maybe more to this.

        • John_s says:

          I remember one things that pissed Sherman off about the change in culture was that in meetings, vets had specific ares they would sit, Ifedi his rookie year sat in one of those areas and refused to move. Small thing but it adds up

  53. Seahawkwalt says:

    Question…Who would you rather have?
    CEH in the 2nd, or Akers in the 3rd
    For me CEH.. I am enamored w him. I’m ok if he’s our first pick. I think he is going to be special

  54. Kelly says:

    Really disappointed with the team direction this off season to be honest. I’ve read your previous articles on it as they have come out and I’m still trying to figure out what the hell they are doing. The lack of blue chip talent is staggering. Honestly if I had to project it right now. This team takes dead last in the division. This team has degraded in talent instead of adding more.

    • Volume12 says:

      This is why I don’t get wanting to trade up for an Isaiah Simmons. There’s not enough on defense to surround him with.

  55. Jeremy Flower espn:

    From @SportsCenter earlier: Cleveland Browns have shown interest in Jadeveon Clowney, and some people around league believe Cleveland got closer with Clowney than other suitors, though nothing ultimately happened from recent talks. Seattle’s offer hasn’t been what Clowney wants.

    • And then this from Jake Trotter who covers Browns for espn:

      Fwiw, Olivier Vernon due $15.5 million next season (none guaranteed). Per Dianna, Clowney willing to go closer to that number, as of last week.

      So they can cut Vernon and save all 15.5mil.

      • cha says:

        Negotiating in the press. Feels like we’re headed towards a resolution of this question one way or another.

  56. Okay here’s another one:

    44 Isaiah Wilson OT Georgia Trade 27 to Colts for 44, 75
    59 Ross Blacklock DT TCU
    64 Brandon Aiyuk WR Arizona State
    87 Jonathan Greenard OLB Florida Trade 75 to NE for 87, 125
    101 Joshua Kelley RB UCLA
    125 Logan Stenberg G Kentucky
    133 Thaddeus Moss TE LSU
    144 Azur Kamara OLB Kansas
    214 Steven Montez QB Colorado

    Seattle trades 27 to Colts for 44, 75. Colts draft Jacob Eason (the second coming of Kelly Stouffer?)
    Seattle trades 75 to NE for 87, 125. NE drafts Jalen Hurts
    Aiyuk at 64 seems too optimistic. Maybe Jefferson from LSU if Aiyuk NA
    Thaddeus Moss at 133. Seems at bit high, but Hunter Bryant went at 132 (ugh).

    • Note: As expected, big run on OTs. In this draft Wirfs 4, Wills 9, Becton 10, Jackson 11, Thomas 14, Cleveland 26 and Jones 34 all gone. Leaving only Niang and Peart behind Wilson. If this is anywhere close to reality, Seahawks had better pray that Wilson lasts…

  57. Rob4q says:

    I really like Virgina WR Joe Reed as a mid or late round pick. Needs work as a route runner, but is a fearless WR and has awesome hands and RAC ability. Could immediately step in as KR/PR and let Lockett just be a WR. Offers ST ability as well. Additionally worked out as a RB at the combine. Watch the KR against Duke in his highlights!

    HEIGHT 6′ 0″, WEIGHT 224 lbs, ARMS 31 1/8”, HANDS 9 3/4”
    40 Yard Dash – 4.47 SECONDS
    Bench Press – 21 REPS
    Vertical Jump – 38.0 INCHES
    Broad Jump – 123.0 INCHES

    https://www.nfl.com/prospects/joe-reed?id=32195245-4527-8280-a5c5-79f0b7e26e35

    Reed was named first-team All-ACC as an all-purpose player and return specialist his senior campaign. He led Virginia in receptions (77-679-8.8, seven TDs) while scoring twice on kickoff returns (24-796-33.2), tied for second in the FBS nationally.