Podcast: Players to watch in CFB, Seahawks thoughts

August 31st, 2016 | Written by Rob Staton

Topics covered:

— What the Vikings will do without Teddy Bridgewater
— Trevone Boykin
— The offensive line situation
— The play of the Seahawks running backs, including Troymaine Pope, Alex Collins, and Christine Michael
— Why Alabama football has dominated college football
— Who to watch this season as the 2016 college football year kicks off
— Who to follow for the 2017 NFL Draft

86 Responses to “Podcast: Players to watch in CFB, Seahawks thoughts”

  1. East Side Stevie says:

    Saints signed Paul Kruger

  2. Volume12 says:

    Trevor, thanks man. Responding to your post on the last thread.

    Any position in particular?

    2 of my favorite players are Illinois DE Dawaune ‘DJ’ Smooth and Arkansas DL Deatrich Wise, Jr.

    I know Rob is a big fan of Pitt OL Adam Bisnowaty, but that Pitt O-line overall is one to monitor. I actually like the guy next to Bisnowaty better. OL Dorian Johnson.

    • Volume12 says:

      VA-Tech WR/TE Bucky Hodges, ‘Bama LBs Ryan Anderson and Rashaan Evans. Houston EDGE (SAM) Tyus Bowser, ‘Bama WR Ardarius Stewart, ND DT Jarron Jones, Mid Tennessee St CB Jeremy Cutter, UCLA EDGE Takkarist McKinley, W. Kentucky WR Taywan Taylor, Oregon St OL Sean Harlow, Arizona OL Freddie Tagaloa, Utah St RB Devante Mays, Texas RB D’Onta Foreman, Ohio St CB Gareon Conley, Udub LB Azeem Victor, Oregon CB Tyree Robinson, Texas A&M EDGE Daeshon Hall, Florida CB Quincy Wilson, Iowa St DL Jhaustin Thomas, Michigan DL Taco Charlton. Just to name a few.

      Just holler my man. So glad to have ya back!

      • Volume12 says:

        Couple safeties. LA Tech S/CB Xavier Woods, LSU S Ricky Jefferson, Texas A&M Justin Evans.

      • Aaron says:

        Big fan of Ryan Anderson. Can’t wait to see what he has in store for 2016.
        Also, excited to see Tre’Davious White. Thought he could have been a first round pick last year. Desmond King also. Not that I think either will be on the board at seattle’s first pick; nor do we pick CBs that high.
        Anyone have an opinion on Da’Shawn Hand? Think I’ll watch some of him next.

        • Volume12 says:

          Not sure either one has the length either. Thought White was better in 2014.

          King I like as a hybrid S/NB.

          Michigan St DL Malik McDowell is a top 10 talent IMO, but apparently has ‘character concerns.’ Hmmm…

          Da’Shawn Hand is a freak. But, I need to see more of him before I can say conclusively. However, I like what I’ve seen so far.

          Check out USC RB Justin Davis. Perfect for a ZBS. Doesn’t gear/slow down when he cuts. Shifty, but explosive too.

          And there’s something in the water down in the swamp. Florida just pumps out these D-linemanj. Your gonna hear a ton about DT Caleb Brantley, rightfully so, but DT Joey Ivie is a stud. Has the passion, motor, and personality that could appeal to Seattle.

      • Trevor says:

        Thanks Vol that is awesome!

  3. Volume12 says:

    I wonder if JS was scouting LB/DE Mike Neal at the GB vs SF game last week. They had interest in him during FA IIRC.

  4. New Guy says:

    A little OT, but… Tyler Ervin – a SDB pre-draft fave – looked good playing for the Texans against the Cardinals this week.
    Having another great returner like him around would be wonderful to offload little Lockett. Frankly, it’s hard to imagine him in another jersey other than the Seahawks. He was Round 4, pick 119.

    .

  5. Nathan says:

    What do people think about Bridgewater’s injury and how it hurts us.

    It’s just made Green Bays run to the #1 seed a whole lot easier.

    Playing us is their only hard game, and it’s at Lambeau.

    The Cards also get to play Minnesota(their ‘harder’ game for winning the division last year) while we get the ‘easier’ game for fisnishing 2nd which is a trip to Lambeau.

    On another, I got to see my first every football game on the weekend, when the CFB visited Sydney.

    Had a great time.

    • DC says:

      Green Bay & Carolina have become our top rivals imo so it seems right that we play them again. Bring it!

    • CharlieTheUnicorn says:

      The Vikings will still have a strong defense and might punish the Packers. I was thinking the Packers would go 12-4 or so …. this doesn’t change my assessment. Seattle has to beat the Cardinals and hope for a little help from a Packers stumble in a game or two. I’m thinking 11-5 or 12-4 Seattle.

      I’m not seeing the Panthers going better than 10-6, to many losses in players via injury or FA.
      They should win the NFCS however, so they will play at least one game at home.

      Any team in the NFC does not want to play as a WC and 3 games on the road in the playoffs… way to hard to win out .. to get the SB 51.

      • Nathan says:

        The packers have 1 hard game in their schedule, against us.

        I even had a dollar on them going 16-0 and winning the whole thing, I don’t think it will happen but the return is $1000.

        Look at what an easy drawer did for Carolina.

        If anyone’s going 15-1 this year, it’s the packers.

    • East Side Stevie says:

      wow you live in Austrailia? And who was is that played Cal & Hawaii right?

      • Nathan says:

        Yes mate.

        Yeah Cal did it pretty easily in the end.

        • Volume12 says:

          I feel awful for Teddy B. At least he didn’t have any nerve damage. While he wasn’t great, he probably just took Minnesota from a legit contender in the NFC to a 7-9, 8-8-8 season.

          It does help us, but never in the way you want it to or wish.

          Unfortunately, it just opens the door for another team to emerge.

          Remember, there’s been at least 4 teams that didn’t make the playoffs the previous year that will going back like 7-8 years if not longer

          Not that they have any bearing on us , but I think Houston is gonna be a very, very good team.

  6. Nathan says:

    Are these still on itunes?

    Can’t find it.

  7. CharlieTheUnicorn says:

    Couple of guys of interest were cut recently on the cut from 90 to 75,
    some have been mentioned in previous months or years as fits with Seattle (Draft or FA).

    DE Stephen Paea from Washington
    LB Zordan Zumwalt from Steelers (I could see him being brought in to bolster LB depth)
    S Antone Exum from the Vikings
    FB Jeff Luc from the Bengals (Guy I’ve kept my eye on for awhile, could be a fit)
    DT Alameda Ta’amu from the Bills (A very big and powerful man, who can plug the holes playing DT. probably more a 3-4 NT, than anything else….. )

    • Volume12 says:

      Exum I can’t see. He’s just never been good. At least to me.

      Luc either. Big, stiff, too slow.

      Zumwalt is interesting. He was recruited by PC and Kenny Norton,Jr when they were at USC. He would get home from school and Norton would be waiting on his couch with Zumwalt’s mom. When he still in college at UCLA, coaches told him to ‘tone done his physicality’ during practices. He’s also been a very good ST’s player for Pittsburgh.

    • Kenny Sloth says:

      The only ones i see as options are the UW dt’s

  8. nichansen01 says:

    Just looked at Green Bay’s schedule. Yup they’ll go 16-0 or maybe 14-2 if the Seahawks can beat em and that Minnesota Defense catches Rodgers on an off day for one of their games.

  9. Volume12 says:

    Watch that Clemson vs Auburn game ya’ll.

    Seattle did attend a couple of Auburn’s practices last year too.

    • Nathan says:

      Is there a game today/tonight?

      I’m looking at the tv guide and it says college football, but on the college football website there is no game listed for thursday.

      • Nathan says:

        Never mind, looks it’s converted it into aussie time for me.

        Think we get USC vs Bama on tv here.

        • Volume12 says:

          That ‘Bama squad is absolutely loaded with NFL level talent.

          I mentioned him above, but USC RB Justin Davis is so underrated. Probably won’t do much against that D, but he’s interesting.

          USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster might be the next Anquan Boldin. Kid is physical!

  10. Volume12 says:

    Looking forward to this Tennessee vs App St game tonight.

    Tennessee CB Can Sutton, LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, and that 2 headed monster in the backfield. RBs Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara.

  11. C-Dog says:

    CFB is about to kick off, thank goodness. Another way too early simulated mock draft from Fanspeak. I think PC/JS tend to go a bit hormone indentifying and addressing need areas via the draft and occasionally FA. In 2013 they wanted more pass rush, signed Avril, Bennett, drafted Hill. In 2016, needed interior OL, DL, and RB. Drafted 3 OL, 2 DL, 3 RBs. Looking ahead, I think edge/LB, and corner might be the big targets, but an opportunity to add another offensive weapon, versatile DL, possibly TE once again, and more depth at OL could also be likely.

    Fanspeak presently allows for trades for a limited time. I pulled the typical JS trade back twice, and got a couple more 3rd, and mid rounders. 3 LB, 2 CB, 3 OL, 2 big target pass catchers, and a long athletic DE/DT.

    44: R2P12
    EDGE/LB DEVONTE FIELDS
    LOUISVILLE

    66: R3P2
    WR JEHU CHESSON
    MICHIGAN

    76: R3P12
    CB JAMAR SUMMERS
    CONNECTICUT

    94: R3P30
    EDGE/DL DEATRICH WISE JR.
    ARKANSAS

    135: R4P32
    CB CHIDOBE AWUZLE
    COLORADO

    146: R4P43
    TE BLAKE JARWIN
    OKLAHOMA STATE

    148: R5P2
    LB RICHIE BROWN
    MISSISSIPPI STATE

    176: R5P30
    G KYLE KALLS
    MICHIGAN

    212: R6P29
    OT JONAH PIRSIG
    MINNESOTA

    249: R7P30
    OT CHAD WHEELER
    USC

    251: R7P32
    LB JABARI RUFFIN
    USC

    • The Hawk is Howling says:

      Thanks for the write-up C-Dog! I really appreciate people when they take the time to say what they feel about American Football. Much Appreciated! I like reading what you say brother man!

      I don’t follow College Football like I cover and love our Beloved HAWKS! So it’s always great to hear others opinions on what’s going on. Volume12 is the Messiah and Rob Staton is god.

      Hope to read more from you soon!

      • Jesus Hawk says:

        How dare you say that about Jesus and God almighty! He cares so much( By the way I say God is a he because there is no way he could be a girl lady) anyway Rob Staton is not God he’s just the best Gosh Darn Seahawks writer in the world!

        Volume12 on the other hand might be the resurrection of Jesus
        I can admit to that.

        Go Hawks!

    • Kenny Sloth says:

      Please give me Jehu Chesson in the third

      I’ll take that all day

      • The Hawk is Howling says:

        “Drive like Jehu” great rock band from the 90’s from SanDiego. Unfortunately they never signed with the Chargers because of a contract dispute, but hey what’s new?

        Kenny Sloth I Love reading you M8!

  12. ROBERt Las vegas says:

    I would not mind Jordan Zumwalt with the hawks I think he had a good meeting before the draft ..I was surprised he was not drafted by hawks

    • C-Dog says:

      They might try him out. I wouldn’t be surprised if they acquire some lb/edge help via trade soon, as well.

      • The Hawk is Howling says:

        Yeah I believe you’re right. We might find a veteran presence after all the cuts at SAM. What does that stand for? “Smashing All Minions” I think that’s close enough.

        Go Hawks Forever!

  13. Darth 12er says:

    Just curious, I subscribe to this podcast on iTunes. It hasn’t populated yet. I’d like to listen to this at work without using my data. Does it just take some time for it to land on iTunes? 3000 nfl mock draft right?

  14. Volume12 says:

    Wow! This O-line from App St is very good.

    Watch out for LT Colby Gossett.

  15. Volume12 says:

    Nice run by Rawls. Man if we could get a LT!

    LT ?? (Sowell is a placeholder)
    LG Glow
    C Britt
    RG I’fedi Way’
    RT Gilliam

    Backups:

    LT Fant
    LG Odhiambo
    C Hunt
    RG Webb
    RT Webb

    And Terry Poole is still competing too.

  16. Volume12 says:

    Tennessee CB Cam Sutton is a man! This dude has ‘it.’ Him, Clemson CB Cordrea Tankersley, Iowa CB Desmond King, and ‘Bama CB Marlon Humphries are the best corners in the country IMO.

    And DE Corey Vereen might be a better player than DL Derek Barnett.

    • teejmo says:

      That hit by Kennan Gilchrist on Joshua Dobbs in overtime – that was impressive. Sure, Dobbs basically hung himself out to dry, but Gilchrist made sure to teach the Vol QB never to try that again. I think the announcers during the game mentioned him as the Mountaineer’s best chance of a NFL player?

  17. The Hawk is Howling says:

    Well this game is sucking. That scramble by Boykin where he ran 45 yards for a 13 yard gain was definitely Wilson reminiscent. Of frustration

  18. The Hawk is Howling says:

    Hey Volume12! What do you think of the Husky’s cornerbacks?

    Who could you see us realistically drafting with the 32nd pick?

    I’m thinking linebacker or Defensive End.

    • Volume12 says:

      I think they’re both really good. CB Sidney Jones is a tiny bit overrated, but still a quality corner.

      And CB Kevin King is a stud. I could see Seattle really liking him. Has 32″ arms, versatile, not afraid to play the run aggressively, he’s one of the most intriguing corners in all of CFB.

      It’s not a good year for OT’s at first glance. But, that position, pass rusher, LB, and CB are the needs I see.

      Remember, Seattle has had 7 drafts under PC/JS right? They’ve picked 8 times in the 3rd round. Only once have they taken a defensive player in that round. Coincidence?

      • The Hawk is Howling says:

        Probably not a coincidence. John Snyder is a clever, crafty, calculated genius. Him and Pete changed us Hawks fan’s life where we once would have been stoked at a 9-7 season to, I expect us to Always Win.

  19. The Hawk is Howling says:

    Maybe next year is the time for us to finally trade up and get a top Tackle in the draft? I think we’re so deep besides linebacker that we could afford to finally make that move? Like that Robinson kid from Auburn because his draft has taken a bit of a tumble.

  20. The Hawk is Howling says:

    Will someone else give praise to the Pope! I think he makes the team he’s obviously the second-best returner on the team. Okay Doug Baldwin was pretty good but he ain’t doing it anytime soon. Pope is smaller and shiftier then the rest of the running back boy’s. Not saying Rawls, Michael, and Prosise aren’t shifty. I think this kid has got something for us. Don’t give me the Collins was drafted in the 5th round and has the college pedigree. Pope had something like 1,800 yards and 20 touchdowns last year in I believe division II. I’m rooting for him
    anyone else out there?

    • Volume12 says:

      Absolutely. What’s not to like about him?

      A lot of people have made the comparison to RB Justin Forsett and I think that’s pretty damn close. He’s got a touch of C-Mike’s burst too.

      • CharlieTheUnicorn says:

        People need to pump the brakes a little bit. He started really churning out yards when Oakland finally put their 3rd team defense in the game. His return was impressive… his ability to hit the hole and explode into the secondary is also impressive.

        I think Collins showed enough to stick on the roster, so now Pope could stick, but then you have 5 RBs… they going to ditch FB Tukuafu or TE Williams? I just don’t see it… both of these guys made some outstanding blocks and plays in the game as well…

        • Volume12 says:

          Sounds a bit like Thomas Rawls last year. Your looking for traits and he has that.

          Yeah, Collins played well too. That’s the dilemma. What to do with Pope? Even if he doesn’t make it in Seattle, dude earned a spot in the NFL.

          • CharlieTheUnicorn says:

            For this year, this team.. he prob doesn’t make the team. The point is, would you keep him as a 5th RB over a player at another position…. he would not even be active most weeks.

            • Volume12 says:

              No, probably not. Would try to sneak him, probably can’t now, onto the PS.

              At the same time, it would not surprise me if they did keep him somehow.

              • The Hawk is Howling says:

                Here is the real deal breaker. Pope also seems to be our back up returner, or am I missing something.

                Okay here is a question for y’all.

                Would you rather keep Collins and Pope and cut the Tight end Williams? Or possibly make a cut somewhere else,! and if so where?

                I want to keep Pope and Collins personally though if it comes down to the two blokes Pope all the way!

                Go Hawks!

                • Volume12 says:

                  Great question.

                  How healthy are Jimmy and Vannett?

                  And Williams might be easier to get onto the PS squad.

                  And you bring up another good point. Both Williams and Pope are significant guys for STs.

                  • The Hawk is Howling says:

                    Exactly Vol! I definitely want to keep Brandon Williams also he is a baller straight up! For example I would keep him over Terrell. So many tough decision to make.

            • The Hawk is Howling says:

              Good points Charlie! I say he is our change of pace back because he is smaller. We are absolutely loaded at the Running Back position and would be happy keeping both Collins and Pope on the roster so no one else snags them up!

              Go Hawks!

            • CharlieTheUnicorn says:

              I look at this as a Spencer Ware situation…. not enough seats at the table for everyone to sit….. but he will get a chance to play in the NFL… and that is incredible from where he came from 2 months ago. A story of NFL dreams realized.

      • The Hawk is Howling says:

        Yeah Vol that was me with the Justin Forsett comparison. Have others made that remark as well? Another note, when the Raiders returned that boot kickoff for a touchdown the Seahawks player right on him and the closest was none other then Tramaine Pope. I think that’s his first name?

        • Volume12 says:

          Nice job on the comp.

          Yeah, on twitter I’ve seen quite a few people say he reminds them of a Forsett type player.

          • The Hawk is Howling says:

            Right Exactly M8! I just want that kid to get his daughter a room full of toys.

            Go Hawks!

            • Volume12 says:

              That’s the #’s game or business decision that intrigues me most on Saturday when it comes time for the 53 man cutdown.

              Collins or Pope? Or somehow, someway both? Because they’re 2 guys I like alot on could contribute to this team.

        • The Hawk is Howling says:

          Why did his Mum just name him Robert? I can remember that! Laughing to myself.

    • C-Dog says:

      I think it s going to be incredibly difficult to cut Pope. The guy just made plays all preseason, and can return kicks. There’s something very Seahawky about him. This week I’ve been thinking they probably aren’t going to keep him. After night, I’m almost gearing up for the fact they might be willing to cut Collins to keep him.

  21. CharlieTheUnicorn says:

    Brandin Bryant earn a spot on the 53 in the Seahawks/Raiders game.

    Special Teams – Check
    DL – Check
    Ran a few plays down from back side or plugged the middle up – Check

    Very solid game to my untrained eye. (2nd game in row with some nice plays)

    • Volume12 says:

      QJeff, Clark and LB Kache Palacio were the standouts to me on defense. Palacio is just a really good football player.

      • C-Dog says:

        Palacio looks really good as a linebacker, for sure. QJeff is a fun player to watch, and I think has some definite upside. Love that pick.

  22. The Hawk is Howling says:

    Yeah Palacio had the forced fumble and recoved it! Good for him I bet he’s feeling hopefull right now. He looks pretty burly to boot. Vol? Him or Pinkins for you?

    • Volume12 says:

      Palacio. Hands down. But, he might just be a PS guy for now. I think he could replace KPL down the line.

      MLB Brock Could looks quicker this year too. I like him.

      • The Hawk is Howling says:

        Yeah I’m surprised they didn’t try Brock at Bruce Irvin’s old gig? Is it really that different switching to outside linebacker? Speaking of that are we really going to go with Morgan? Looks that way aye.

        • C-Dog says:

          I think they want a little more length there at the SAM, which is why they’ve toyed with Marsh and Pinkins there.

  23. The Hawk is Howling says:

    Yeah I noticed Brock Coyle on a few plays also.

  24. nichansen01 says:

    Palacio, Coyle, Elliot, Pope and Jeffreson stood out.

    I’m still not seeing what everyone else is in Brandin Bryant. Looks decent but not really a force in anyway. Didn’t make any memorable plays (besides drawing a special teams hold). I don’t think Bryant makes it onto the 53.

    Palacio could… Has looked real good along with Coyle. I don’t know if there is really a place for him.

    I noticed Deandre Elliot got injured after playing really well… Any chance we’re able to stash him on IR? Wouldn’t make it to the practice squad that’s for sure.

    • C-Dog says:

      I like Bryant for the PS. Jefferson is the one that really stood out, outside of Reed, as the DT with upside. Good length, motor, nose for the ball. I think he has a frame that can fill out a bit more, too. He could blossom into more than just a rotational player (which is what I thought he kinda destined to be). They traded next year’s 4th rounder to move up for him, which is telling.

    • teejmo says:

      I saw Elliot jog back to the sideline right before the Seahawks two-point attempt. Pete Carroll said he got an ankle sprain.

  25. The Hawk is Howling says:

    What the preseason really comes down to is are we going to keep or release Russell Wilson? I think Dan McGuire is available.

    Psyche!

    Go Hawks

  26. Old but Slow says:

    Pass protection went downhill, in my opinion, when Webb and Allen were on the right side. There is a good chance that one or both of them will not make the roster. On the other hand, Fant seemed to play well when I watched him, and Odi seemed OK at left guard. Pericak did not make much of a center, which may lock Hunt into the backup spot.

    It is so frustrating to try to watch substitutions when the cameramen are trying to check the players for acne. Give me a shot of both teams, at least briefly, so I can see match ups and changes, especially in pre-season.

  27. The Hawk is Howling says:

    Volume12 you are a fountain of knowledge about this game we all Love! I really like reading anything you have to say. Give your Mum a hug for me and tell her a boy named Cragie is thinking of her and wants you both to be Happy and healthy!

    May her cancer fade away

    • Volume12 says:

      Ahh thank you man. Don’t get me emotional. Means more than you’ll ever know.

      Nothing but love for ya Craigie. ?

  28. TwilightError says:

    Oi! I was saying Thomas Rawls is great and he had a great preseason last year!

    http://www.seahawks.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=112835&start=50#p1684789

    😉

  29. Ground_Hawk says:

    Vanderbilt’s LB Zach Cunningham had a solid game last night. He’s listed as 6-4 230.

  30. Wayne Spurrill says:

    I usually download this podcast from the iTunes. However it is now 3 days since it was posted here and it still isnt available on my usual source. Have you quit posting them there?