— Tony Pauline reports Shalom Luani looks ‘very quick’ as he prepares for the combine. We’ve talked a lot about Luani and he’s one to keep an eye on in Indianapolis. His gritty background, athleticism, versatility and intensity could be an ideal fit in Seattle. He doesn’t get much of a mention in the national draft coverage — but Luani is really good.
— If you don’t include KJ Wright and his 4.71 — Seattle has drafted five linebackers in the Pete Carroll era running an average forty time of 4.48. Clearly they are willing to overlook a lack of great speed if a player has other valuable traits (Wright had unnatural length) — but it’s a safe bet that any future Seattle linebacker is going to have speed as an asset. Bobby Wagner and Malcolm Smith ran in the 4.4’s, Bruce Irvin (4.50), Korey Toomer (4.53) and Kevin Pierre-Louis (4.51) just missed out. It’s worth noting Haason Reddick reportedly ran a 4.47 at his junior pro-day and Jarrad Davis has been timed in the 4.5’s.
— Speaking of Florida’s Davis, he’s under-appreciated. His intensity, attitude and closing speed is as good as it gets. Mel Kiper mocked him to Arizona at #13 but he’s in the minority rating him that highly. Look at what he’s capable of:
Bench pressing Ryan Kelly (#18 pick last year):
Jarrad Davis ain't worried about Ryan Kelly. pic.twitter.com/p6wUnoIg3X
— Justen Gammel (@gamscout) May 3, 2016
Jarrad Davis has some closing speed, I'd say. pic.twitter.com/M0iYIfKXWd
— Jeff Hyde (@FilmDontLie) December 7, 2016
— Landon Watnick (@LandonWatnick) October 5, 2015
Jarrad Davis in coverage 👁👁 pic.twitter.com/qMwfW6N4V0
— kaytranada fan accou (@DaveCapone) January 21, 2017
He’s an A* character:
— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) October 22, 2016
If he really does run in the 4.5’s (link here) — what’s stopping him going a lot earlier than people realise?
— In terms of Kiper’s mock, Haason Reddick was available to the Seahawks at #26 — as was Zach Cunningham, Ryan Ramcyzk and Obi Melifonwu. Five cornerbacks were off the board. This is why it might be difficult to justify a pick at corner unless a freaky ‘under the radar’ athlete emerges. That could be Kevin King if he repeats his 2016 Husky Combine performance in Indianapolis. The value at cornerback might be better in rounds 2-3 for Seattle — and it might be better at linebacker, safety and offensive tackle at #26.
— Washington’s Psalm Wooching has announced he’s retiring from football to take up rugby. As a big rugby fan I look forward to seeing if he can make the transition and achieve his goal of playing in the Olympics.