An interview with Vanderbilt’s Dayo Odeyingbo

Check out the blog post from earlier discussing the latest on the offensive coordinator search by clicking here. However, I figured we could all use a break from the subject. So here’s my interview with Vanderbilt’s extremely talented Dayo Odeyingbo.

The Senior Bowl is right around the corner and he’s definitely one to watch in Mobile.

Please take a look and hit the like button on YouTube to help spread the word.


  1. Gohawks5151

    Thanks for changing the subject and preserving our sanity. This kid is a star. Any idea on his draft range? Some good guys going to Mobile this month!

    • Rob Staton

      He has a shot at R1

  2. cha

    Crap interview Rob. You didn’t ask him if Pete Carroll has approached him about the Offensive Coordinator position Rob.

    Just kidding. Great stuff.

    I liked the confidence he demonstrated. He’s going to do what he does best in the Senior Bowl drills, not try to ‘reinvent the wheel.’

    • Big Mike

      Yeah didn’t ask him if he’d like to be converted to C either. Sad

  3. TomLPDX

    Good interview, thanks again for continuing to do this. Bummer about the combine.

    • Rob Staton

      Thanks. I hope people keep listening. Ten times more people watch the podcast than these — so I’m curious if there’s an interest.

      • JD

        Huge interest Rob! I have been busy with work but these are so interesting and such a great insight for us in the draft process. It takes out a lot of mystery about the player’s personality and it is an incredibly cool thing when they are drafted by the team.

        Your work is amazing and it is very much appreciated. Thanks for everything you do.

        • Rob Staton

          Thanks JD

      • TomLPDX

        I hope so. I always try to remember to go to youtube to watch and like your stuff. When you embed it here, does it get the same view count? I know we have to go to youtube to “like” it…which I am going to do now.

        • Rob Staton

          Yeah, all views count the same. It’s OK to watch on here.

      • Sea Mode

        I have a couple theories.

        Perhaps many hold off until after the Super Bowl to satisfy their football craving with purely draft-related content.

        I know I, for one, as a Seahawks fan am a bit preoccupied with the OC hire crisis right now to focus on something else (football-related, I mean). Once the Senior Bowl week kicks off, especially with no Pro Bowl, prospect interviews will seem more relevant to me.

        Also, I suspect that if you were to publish the interview within a short piece refreshing readers’ memories of his talents (and maybe a bit of bio/backstory, if special), they might be more excited to listen in. Or, in this case, re-present the thoughts and clips you shared on him earlier:

        Just some ideas. As always, appreciate the work you put in.

        • Sea Mode

          And yeah, simply the obvious, like you said: there are more Seahawks fans than draft fans, so the Seahawks content is automatically relevant to a much wider audience from the get-go.

  4. Chris Wood

    Great Interview Rob, curious where you think he would fit in our line up? Would he primarily line up as a 5T then kick in as a 3T sometimes? His length and strength are a crazy combo.

    I found it interesting when Pete was having his end of season press conference and he was listing off all the players he was excited to have back next year. He listed almost everyone on the DL from Dunlap, Reed and even Robinson except for Green and Collier.

    I’m hoping that’s a clue to what they may view as a FA or Draft need.

    • Rob Staton

      That’s probably because they are both easily replaceable!

      I think he’s a classic inside out type. Great length and agility but has the size to play well inside. Mostly 5T though.

  5. charlietheunicorn

    Not sure how much total money for each buy, but how about bringing in 2 Chargers OL:
    Forest Lamp at LG and Dan Feeny at C, both are UFA as of right now…… I know Lamp had some fans on here from his draft and a proper center with size would make run blocking so much easier.

    Probably take 15-18M to get it done total, which would provide multiple young players on the interior and enable the rest of the guys Seattle has to be the back-up RT and LT or depth pieces for the LG, C and RG.

    Brown (33, 6’4″ 303), Lamp (26, 6’4″ 309), Feeney (26, 6’4″ 305), Lewis (23, 6’3″ 322), Shell (28, 6’5″ 324)

  6. charlietheunicorn

    Thank the gods, Larry Scott got fired…. finally. (according to report I read)

  7. Zxvo3

    Great interview Rob. Keep up the good work! Each one of these interviews bring a side of the prospects we don’t see. I wish we could get a shot at drafting him. He seems pretty underrated by the media but I doubt he is by NFL front offices.

  8. clbradley17

    Just noticed that the 2021 NFL Combine is cancelled! At ESPN: “The NFL’s coaches, scouts and personnel executives will not descend on Indianapolis in February for the annual scouting combine, as the league has altered the event to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

    This year, all on-field workouts will be conducted at on-campus pro days, and Monday’s memo outlines that the league will try to have as much uniformity in the on-field drills as possible to give teams the ability to compare the workouts from one site to another.

    All interviews between the prospects and team officials will be conducted virtually, as will the psychological testing. in-person exams are expected to be conducted over a two- or three-day period. The memo said more specifics will be sent to teams in the weeks to come.”

  9. millhouse-serbia

    How would you prioritize KJ, Carson and Griffin in FA?

    I would be ok if they dont re-sign any of them.

    • Sea Mode

      Whoever’s willing to play on a cheaper deal relative to their position. Probably Carson.

      • Mick

        Depends quite much what are your options. If KJ wants a lot of money I would let him go. I would keep Carson only on a very low salary. But if I find a healthy alternative in FA, I let him go too. And Griffin wouldn’t take how much I’d pay him, so I’d let him go too. It would be nice to find a CB in the draft, Rob surely knows better what’s available there.

  10. millhouse-serbia

    Chris Cluff (chawk talker) made good point in his latest article…

    Reed is probably most “interesting” player on this roster if we speak about new cap space and draft value via trade…

    We would save 9mil by trading him and Chris thinks we could get day 2 pick for him…

    “How important is he for this team” vs “cap space + some picks(in year where we dont have 1st and 3rd)”

    • Sea Mode

      Interesting idea as far as recouping picks and cap space, but the problem is that you have to turn right back around and use either one or the other to replace him (and hope the new player is just as productive). He’s not a game-wrecker on his own, but with better edge rushers (Clark before and Dunlap now) he’s shown he can be disruptive and get sacks, and is solid vs. the run (to my eye test at least). He just turned 28 a month ago and is not even top-10 DT contract by APY in the league (#15). I think that’s fair value.

      At this point, it’s a “no” from me. I just think we need to be building up our DL around the two best pieces we currently have, Dunlap and Reed, and not subtracting. As Rob proposed the other day, the best plan right now for the way PC wants to play is to invest in the trenches on both sides of the ball.

      For (likely) a mid-late R3 pick, not worth it. If someone wants to blow our socks off with a late R2-early R3 pick, then that’s a different story, but it would be a huge surprise if anyone offered that.

      • millhouse-serbia

        I agree with all you wrote. Problem is that this is last chance to get something for him. And its big question will we be able to sign him after next season.(or re-sign him now to lower cap hit and ad 2,3 years).

        Poona played a lot 3t in second half of the season. Maybe Reeds succesor is allready on the roster. And Poona is UFA next year. Who would you rather have on roster from 2022 to 2024 Poona or Reed (doubt we can pay both)?

        • Rob Staton

          There’s no reason at all why they couldn’t retain both if they wanted.

          But as I said in my other comment, the idea you could get any meaningful draft stock for a 29-year-old Jarran Reed with one year left on his contract isn’t realistic.

          • millhouse-serbia

            I am speaking about 2022 season… You think they would be willing to pay two DT’s 10+mil?

            • Rob Staton

              Poona Ford is not getting +$10m a year.

              And neither is a 30-year-old Reed.

    • Rob Staton

      It’s simply not realistic to think you’re going to get a second day pick for a defensive tackle like Reed, who turns 29 this year, with one year remaining on his contract.

      Aside from that, the Seahawks see him as a major leader on their team.

      The only players the Seahawks can get day 1/2 draft stock in return for are Wilson, Adams, Lockett and Metcalf. Maybe Wagner. That’s the reality of the situation I’m afraid.

      • millhouse-serbia

        Yes, i agree they see him as a major leader(and dont agree about trade value i am with seamode about it) … But if SC is 175-180 they will need to create at least 10-15mil(they can do it by restructuring some of the contracts) in cap space just, to close out 53 roster without re-signing any of Chris, KJ or Shaquill(or adding some other big name from oitside) …(Poona 3m, Dunbar 2mil and 10players around 1mil)… And we all agree they need more draft capital…

        And if you ask me Dunlap or Reed i choose Dunlap…

        • Rob Staton

          With respect Millhouse, last year you told us they couldn’t sign two pass rushers. Then they spent more than $50m.

          They can keep Dunlap and Reed. It’s not an either/or.

          If they want to create salary cap space then they’re going to have to be creative, not hack away at the roster and create even more holes. That’s obvious.

          By all means disagree on Reed’s draft stock. Perhaps you can tell me the last time a player with Reed’s profile and age, playing defensive tackle, with a year on his contract, was traded for a day two pick?

          • clbradley17

            Totally agree with you Rob about wanting to renegotiate Reed, Dunlap and a few others if possible to create cap room and keep good players for longer instead of depleting the roster. If Brown is healthy and wants to keep playing to his late 30s like Whitworth, he’s another candidate, as is Lockett if they want to keep him.

            Was doing some reading at PFF about RB Williams of NC, and found some more to show how outstanding he is according to their records. Not only did he break their all time score for a RB, he “averaged 0.48 broken tackles per rushing attempt in 2020, which is also a PFF College record, and he did so while leading all backs in the percentage of runs that picked up a gain of 10 or more yards (26.8%). The balance Williams possesses is truly special. Despite ranking 19th in the FBS in carries, Williams racked up four more runs that included 10 or more yards after contact than anyone in the country (23).

            Williams was certainly productive as a sophomore, with nearly 1,000 yards and 56 broken tackles on 165 carries. He’s taken his physicality to another level this season, however. He’s got the highest broken-tackle rate in the country after forcing 63 misses on 134 attempts. His yards after contact per attempt number has seen a bump from 4.2 to 4.6, and his yards per carry average has gone from 5.7 to 7.0. Williams has put himself in the conversation as being the top back in the class. In the context-free projection, which assumes that Williams will be deployed in the pros in the same way he was deployed at UNC, Williams has a very good median projection, with statistical comps equal to Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara and Derrick Henry as a runner.”

            Looking at the Senior Bowl invitees, I see at least 2 RBs that we may take day 2 or 3 if we miss out on Williams. Kylin Hill of Miss.St. had a great junior year with 1350 yds and a 5.6 yd. avg., but was barely used under new pass-happy coach Mike Leach and opted out after 3 games. Rhamondre Stevenson of OK is 6′ and heavier than Williams but looks fast for a power back and also makes defenders miss or runs over them.

            Really looking fwd. to the Senior Bowl practices in a few days and who separates themselves among the RBs, WRs, OL, DL and DBs. Hoping JS can trade Adams for at least a mid-1st rounder in the draft, and maybe trade at least one other player for a day 2 pick. Can’t see us trading Russ this year since it would cost us 7 mil more than his 32 mil cap hit with all the guarantees. Could see it after next year when we would save 11 mil under his 37 mil cap hit in 2022. If we do get a mid-1st pick for Adams, would you like to see us get a dominant DL like Nixon or McNeil, or drop down and get more picks and RB Williams or Harris?

  11. Bankhawk

    Great interviews, Rob!

    • Mick

      If I may add, what we get is quality content from a pro working in the field.

      • Rob Staton

        Thanks guys 👍🏻

  12. Trevor

    Heading into last off season I felt we had the draft capital and cap space to turn the team into an SB contender. But they had the worst off season in the PC / JS era IMO.

    This season I have no idea how the improve the roster much less turn them into a contender with little cap space and no draft capital. Maybe they will pull a reverse and find some of that old magic from the early PC/ JS era.

    Priority #1 -Hire a young creative OC and get Russel Wilson on Board.
    Priority #2 -Trade Jamal Adams and try to recoup a 1st round pick and release or Trade Diggs. Then Sign Keanu Neal and Malik Hooker at a much cheaper price. If you can’t get Hooker then keep Diggs.
    Priority #3 Sign a Dominant LG in Scherff or Thuney
    Priority #4 Re-sign Chris Carson to team friendly deal and draft a young talented RB on day #2
    Priority #4 Sign Sherm or another veteran CB
    Priority #5 Find a Legit WR #3 Option that cannot be David more in 2021
    Priority #6 Find a developmental LT to at least give you an option in a year
    Priority #7 Re-work Bobbys deal to reduce cap hit (consider trading him if you can get a 2nd round pick for him) / Let KJ walk if he wants a big $ deal. Love him but there are bigger needs and we just spent a 1st round pick on an LB.

    How does all that get done with 3 draft picks and very little real cap space?

    • Big Mike

      In my opinion……

      #1 – almost zero chance cuz Pete wants a yes man
      #2 – almost zero chance cuz Pete would be admitting tacitly to making a mistake in the first place
      #3 – quite possible as Pete has mentioned the position as a priority
      #4 – who knows? Will depend on the market for him and what he asks for. My gut tells me the market won’t be strong due to injuries and he’ll eventually have to come down off of overly high demand
      #5 – they may try but they can’t seem to ever get this right. My totally a guess here is that they count on Dorsett for the position
      #6 – that would be nice but their draft history makes me think there’s about a 5% chance of that coming to fruition
      #7 – likely they are able to reduce Bobby’s cap hit imo. As for KJ, that’s going to be one of the more interesting things to watch this offseason. My guess is he doesn’t get the 10 per he wants but as to who he gets that lesser amount from, who knows?

      • Big Mike

        Oh and the second #4 – if not Sherm, likely someone else

        • Jordan E

          I love KJ but hes simply not worth signing for the budget. Jordyn Brooks needs the opportunity for more game time and KJ will not be cheap.

          We need that money for CB, OL and RB. Cap is going to be really tight this year.

          • TomLPDX

            If JS offered KJ $6M/yr for 2 yrs, would you take it?

    • Bankhawk

      It’s a great list, Trev. I’d be down with that program 💯 if wishing could make it so, but I fear we won’t get but a small fraction of it this off season.

  13. Denver Hawker

    Rob- I know these interviews don’t get the same fan fare, but I really appreciate them. It’s one thing to see the highlights and combine stats, it’s another to get a window into their character and understanding of the game. I find myself biased toward the players you interview simply for that reason. You do a great job framing questions and positioning open ended comments to get them talking. I also imagine their surprise of your knowledge given the accent probably invites the warm conversation.

    • Rob Staton

      Thanks — really appreciate you saying that.

      I’ve got another one lined up for Friday… not a player this time, though…

      • cha

        That sounds fantastic. Great stuff Rob.

        • Jordan E

          Looking forward to it. Thanks again Rob!

      • Big Mike

        Dave Canales?

        (Sorry man, sometimes it’s just too easy)

  14. Happy Hawk

    Great Interview. Rob why do you think Dayo is ranked so low on almost all mock draft sites? Playing at Vandy? Not a lot of film and data on him? PFN has him around the 120 ranked player mark? I want him under the radar going into the draft.

    • Rob Staton

      Vandy and a lot of the National types blag like crazy

  15. JJ


    Just to confirm you would rather have us go to youtube to watch the video than watch it on the blog?

    • Rob Staton

      No… you can watch it on the blog. But if you have a chance to hit the like button on YT that would be much appreciated.

  16. Gohawks5151

    I sure some of you have heard this already. I don’t usually listen to Stacy and Heaps but I thought this whole hour was interesting. Heaps is a pretty big Russ guy obviously but he seemed to have a pretty good view overall of the situation. Fowler, who I don’t think is a media mouthpiece for anyone, was also interesting. Most interesting to me:

    – Job not going expected to be filled for a few weeks. Casting a wide net that may include some names from teams still in it.

    – Former Head Coaches were sought out from the start. An easier power dynamic for Pete to trust?

    – Adam Gase was runner up to Bill O’brien for the OC job at Bama. Many have lamented Pete not being like Saban in this regard. Good news?

    – Ideal candidate will marry play action with run game. Someone with shades of GB and SF scheme. Someone from outside the organization. Someone that will refresh Russell.

    • All I see is 12s

      Honestly that all sounds great. Let’s see it happen

    • Rob Staton

      Although some of that is encouraging… you also have to balance that out with candidates like the Raiders RB coach they interviewed.

      So I appreciate Jason’s insight and I’m sure John or someone else in the FO has given him an honest assessment of what they want. We’ll see what actually happens though.

      • Gohawks5151

        I have no expectations man. Just wait and see.

    • Scot04

      Packers Luke Getsy might be interesting, read somewhere they have him design up 3rd down plays. We all know how bad we are on 3rd down. I hope they still try to get interview with Kafka, but I think Getsy could be a similar type hire.

    • Mick

      “Who we fighting?” says it all. He was a mentality monster.

    • cha

      Kraken have their first free agent signing.

      Seriously, if they don’t bring him in as a celebrity spokesperson and shoot some viral videos based on this, they’re missing out.

      Come one guys, make it happen.

  17. cha

    Gregg Bell
    Voted for Brandon Beane as executive of the year. He’s built Buffalo into the best team I saw in person this season.

    Voted Pete Carroll for coach of the year for how he got the #Seahawks to fully buy in—even to get their family, friends tested—to be NFL’s only COVID-19-free team

    That’s embarrassing. Gregg, are you a football reporter or a medical procedures reporter? Because I can’t tell.

    • Pran

      Pete has a tough grip on Seattle media unfortunately. not sure what it is but may be losing access i guess

    • Mick

      I mean, he had to find an excuse, it’s like a Portuguese journalist voting CR7 best player of the year. Too bad the COVID-free doesn’t bring us an extra draft pick.

    • Big Mike


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