Author: Rob Staton (Page 1 of 377)

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Combine day four recap: Offensive linemen impress plus my thoughts on what happens next for the Seahawks

The Seahawks will be able to bolster their O-line in this draft

This was an impressive day at the combine, both in terms of players excelling during drills and wowing with their sheer size and length. There are appealing first round options and this will undoubtedly go down as one of the richest offensive tackle drafts in years. However, there are also good options in the middle rounds.

Firstly, the big names. It’s frankly unbelievable that Amarius Mims at 6-7 and 340lbs ran a 4.33 short shuttle. In comparison, Michigan cornerback Josh Wallace — who is 155lbs lighter than Mims, ran a 4.35. Aaron Donald, at 285lbs, ran a 4.39.

This should be considered a more headline-grabbing achievement than Xavier Worthy running a 4.21 forty. It’s barely believable that Mims has this level of agility at his size. Granted, there are concerns about his lack of playing time in college and he didn’t do on-field drills today after hurting his thigh running the forty yard dash (an impressive 5.07). However, there typically aren’t humans like Mims on the planet and he deserves to be considered an elite talent with major upside. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility he has a Tyron Smith type career given his body, athleticism and upside.

Unsurprisingly, Taliese Fuagu and Troy Fautanu both excelled.

Fuagu is never going to blow you away as a tester but on the field he moved with light feet and quickness. We know on tape he’s a brutal mauler so seeing him get around as well as we did here should cement his placing firmly in the top-14. It will be a bit of a surprise if he lasts beyond the New York Jets at #10.

Fautanu ticked off plenty of boxes today — firstly measuring with ideal 34.5 inch arms (retaining the possibility he sticks at tackle) before jumping a 32.5 inch vertical and a 9-5 broad. The ideal baseline for explosive testing is a 31 inch vertical and a 9-1 broad jump, so Fautanu is an outstanding athlete. There’s a very real possibility he will be drafted by Seattle at #16 — not just because of his familiarity within the scheme either. He’s extremely aggressive, he can play multiple positions, he’s an explosive athlete, he’s a high character individual and he has the necessary length. He is a legit top-20 pick in any draft.

Tyler Guyton also performed well during drills and performed a 34.5 inch vertical. I thought Joe Alt’s workout was unspectacular and Olu Fashanu didn’t do anything after hurting himself in the 40. Perhaps the most interesting thing with Fashanu was the revelation that he only has 8.5 inch hands on a 6-6, 312lbs frame. That’s exactly the same hand size as Kenny Pickett — but he wasn’t 6-6 and 312lbs.

JC Latham passed the eye test and I like the comparisons to Tristan Wirfs. He will almost certainly be a top-15 pick and could be an option for the Seahawks if he lasts to #16 (I don’t think he will).

The thing that was perhaps most pleasing about the O-line drills were the number of players who really stood out and could be available later on. This was particularly true at center. I recently wrote about the position, noting a trend that is probably important:

Ryan Grubb and Scott Huff had Parker Brailsford at Washington last season and he’s 6-2 and approximately 280lbs. In 2022, Corey Luciano (6-3, 307lbs) started at center for UW. The Seahawks have used Evan Brown (6-2, 302lbs) and Austin Blythe (6-2, 298lbs). In Baltimore, Tyler Linderbaum has started the last two years and he’s 6-2 and 296lbs.

Brown, Blythe, Luciano and Linderbaum all ran excellent short shuttles and you’d expect the same of Brailsford.

Whether it’s John Schneider, Mike Macdonald, Grubb or Huff — they’ve all worked for a team with a center carrying a certain profile.

If the Seahawks are looking for very athletic, undersized centers with either explosive testing results and/or great agility testing, we learnt today that this class has some good options.

Tanor Bortolini was superb during drills, exploding off the snap and looking quick and decisive during pulling drills. He excelled in every drill and put on a testing masterclass. He ran the fastest short shuttle (4.28) and three cone (7.16), jumped a 32.5 inch vertical and a 9-4 broad and even ran a 4.94 forty. He’s 6-4 and 303lbs and based on what he showed today, he’s a fantastic developmental center.

Dyland McMahon and Beaux Limmer also had excellent workouts. McMahon in particular fits the bill at 6-3, 299lbs with explosive athleticism (33 inch vertical, 9-7 broad) and solid agility testing (4.45 short shuttle).

A lot of Seahawks fans want the team to invest in Jackson Powers-Johnson, the biggest name center in the class. However, he’s 328lbs and looks every bit of it. He was bulky and sluggish during drills today, didn’t run a forty and didn’t do any agility testing. It’s hard to imagine him in Seattle’s scheme, he skipped Oregon’s Bowl game (something John Schneider railed against last week) and I’m just not sure he’s as good as some people have been suggesting. For me, he’s not a first round pick and the Seahawks would be better off taking a chance on one of the names listed above.

I thought Sedrick Van Pran had a very good workout after a somewhat underwhelming 2023 season. He looked the part and can probably play guard or center.

The great thing about the combine is it also chucks out names you want to go and study. I thought the Michigan duo Trente Jones and Trevor Keegan had excellent performances. I haven’t studied Jones — but he jumped off the screen to me during drills. Keegan, meanwhile, I have watched and saw him as tough, safe and steady. During drills I saw a level of mobility I didn’t expect so a review session is in order. A lot of teams are going to be attracted to tapping into Michigan’s loaded draft class and this pair feel like they could be a couple of legit sleepers. Gottlieb Ayedze also had a very impressive workout and I can’t wait to watch his tape.

Finally — fair play to Zach Frazier. He broke his fibula towards the end of the season yet worked out at the combine. That’s astonishing and speaks to his toughness and desire to compete. He clearly wasn’t 100% but was out there anyway, running through drills. He’s the toughest center I watched on film and he loves to get after defenders. Teams will like him a lot — and he fits Seattle’s apparent size preferences.

It’s pretty clear the Seahawks will have opportunities, not just at #16, to add talented offensive linemen in April. While a lot of people tend to fetishise the drafting of O-liners early — it’s worth remembering that most of the top lines in the league generally include quality players found outside of the first frame. This class can help you build a good O-line — but it doesn’t have to be with the #16 pick.

What happens next for the Seahawks?

I’ve got a hunch that something’s brewing. Or at least, that John Schneider is trying to get something brewing.

A year ago Schneider said immediately after the 2023 draft that getting an extra third round pick for 2024 was critical. At the time, I remember thinking it’s because they wanted the ammunition to go and get a quarterback if they needed to trade up. Chucking a second rounder away in the Leonard Williams trade changed my thought process slightly but I’ve since squared the circle in my mind.

I think after the Cleveland win they saw an opportunity. The 49ers were on a three-game losing streak, the Seahawks were first in the NFC West. I think they thought they could contend in a wide-open NFC and they simply whiffed in their evaluation of both their own team, the 49ers and the opportunity. That has now been brutally exposed and they might’ve just wasted a pick on a 10 game rental.

However, if the intention a year ago was ‘we see quarterbacks in this class we might be prepared to trade up for’ — they might’ve since returned to that thought. Yes, a deal is now harder to strike. I’m not sure not having your second rounder, though, is a deal breaker.

The Seahawks met with Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye and J.J. McCarthy at the combine. When asked why on 710 Seattle Sports, Schneider said:

“We have to be ready for anything. We don’t know if a certain trade will go down, or something happens, I mean, you guys have seen players fall in the past and we’ve seen teams be able to jump up and have successful trades moving up into the top-10 to draft guys and, so yeah, you just have to be prepared for everything.”

Nobody really picked up on this, with most of the reaction just resorting to the angle of ‘they’re just doing due-diligence’. That answer is a bit more revealing than I think some people realise. He was specifically asked about why he met with the top quarterbacks and his answer directly referred to ‘teams jumping up into the top-10 successfully’. I’m not sure why you’d meet with Maye or Daniels on the off-chance the Raiders move up to get one of them. My interpretation of that answer, at least, was that they’re meeting with those players in case the Seahawks want to consider moving up.

In another answer during that interview, Schneider also mentioned he hadn’t been able to watch much of any of the on-field drills during the first two days of the combine because he was meeting with agents. Then, he said he was looking forward to watching the quarterbacks throw. He also said the final two days at the combine are typically when a lot of trade talks take place between teams.

I just get a really strong sense that the Seahawks might well be considering a bold, aggressive trade up to get a quarterback. I don’t know whether they’ll be able to pull it off. It’d be very expensive. However, I think there’s a little bit of smoke.

Here’s Peter King, writing in January:

“As for teams anxious to deal up for a quarterback, let’s see if Minnesota, at 11, moves aggressively to sign Kirk Cousins (I doubt it),” King wrote. “Then it’s Denver at 12, Vegas at 13, Seattle at 16 (I bet Seattle tries to move up) in the derby for young quarterbacks.”

Here’s Jeff Howe, writing this week from the combine:

“J.J. McCarthy represents the start of the second tier of QBs, as teams view a tier-drop from Daniels to here. Still, there’s a chance he goes as high as the fourth pick if a team gets anxious enough to select him and decides to trade up with the Arizona Cardinals, whom league sources view as willing to move down.

It’s conceivable the New York Giants (No. 6), Atlanta Falcons (No. 8), Minnesota Vikings (No. 11), Denver Broncos (No. 12), Las Vegas Raiders (No. 13), Seattle Seahawks (No. 16) and Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 20) could be in play for McCarthy. Even if it’s just two or three of those teams, it makes a trade up the board more likely, and the action on McCarthy could kick-start the draft-night drama.”

Ian Rapoport, when reporting that the Seahawks and other teams had met with Daniels and Maye, added in his tweet:

“So these are the teams potentially in the market for a top QB.”

Now let’s consider some other speculative angles. Schneider mentioned in the 710 interview how teams had successfully traded into the top-10 to draft quarterbacks. This includes the two players we know Schneider really liked — Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen. The Chiefs moved from #27 to #10 to select Mahomes. The Bills traded up from #12 to #7 to select Allen.

Given the success of these two players, especially Mahomes, I have to believe that if Schneider sees a player or players in this draft class that he rates as highly as he did those two, it stands to reason that he would be prepared to aggressively pursue them.

Then there’s the Geno Smith report from Jordan Schulz last week, stating:

The Seahawks have informed Geno Smith he will be on the roster in 2024 under his current contract. I’m told Smith has received commitment from Seattle’s front office.

I thought it curious of the timing of this, given the combine had already started. It’s also interesting that no other reporter has been able to follow it up — including some who are well connected to the Seahawks front office.

It’s possible they checked on the trade market and there wasn’t one for Smith, thus this news emerged. However, here’s another thought. What if they’ve been non-committal because their intention is to trade up for a quarterback? You keep Geno Smith on the roster so you retain an ideal bridge to the future, especially as you look to install a brand new offense in 2024. Then, in 2025, the new guy takes over. Just as Mahomes did in Kansas City.

It would especially make sense if the apple of their eye was a younger player such as Drake Maye or J.J. McCarthy.

It also stands to reason that you’d be non-committal if you were open to letting the rookie compete for the starting job, even if your expectation is that Smith remains the starter this year.

I appreciate this is a speculative theory. However, I truly believe two things:

1. John Schneider is itching to draft a quarterback. It’s why he keeps mentioning only drafting two in 14 years.

2. I don’t believe he will just muddle along with soon-to-be 34-year-old Geno Smith, waiting for the ideal QB to fall into his lap whenever that will be, kicking the can down the road. He’ll know as well as anyone that there are three ways to land a top quarterback. You’re either bad enough to pick early, you trade up, or you get lucky and one falls into your lap when they had no business being available.

It’s very possible he has every intention to trade up and just can’t make it happen. Going from #16 to #3 or #4 will be incredibly difficult and expensive. He’d have to sacrifice an enormous draft haul and even then — he could still be outbid by the Giants, Vikings, Broncos, Raiders or someone else.

However — unless he intends to pick earlier than #16 in the future (I doubt that’s the plan), it’ll only get more expensive the later they pick.

You all know my thoughts on this quarterback class by now. You will know I haven’t been enamoured with Drake Maye or J.J. McCarthy. Schneider might be. Maye, physically and creatively, feels very much like a Schneider quarterback. In terms of personality and character, he fits like a glove.

Then there’s McCarthy, a player who Mike Macdonald and Jay Harbaugh will know all about and I suspect, given Jim Harbaugh announced he should be the #1 pick recently, they’ll have strong feelings about him.

Listen to this segment of an interview I did with Scot McCloughan a year ago. For those who aren’t aware, McCloughan used to work for the Seahawks. Ron Wolf, as with Schneider, was his mentor. He’s considered one of the best talent evaluators in the business. I asked McCloughan what he looks for in a quarterback:

When I listen to that, I think of McCarthy based on what I wrote about him yesterday.

You saw that Jeff Howe article I linked to earlier. The Seahawks were mentioned with McCarthy. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Seahawks moved up to #3 or #4, knowing they could get one of Maye or McCarthy, before giving them a year behind Geno Smith this season.

I’m not predicting it. I’m just saying it wouldn’t surprise me.

Until the Seahawks have a long term answer at quarterback, it will be the #1 priority every off-season. Only once you’ve eliminated the possibility of addressing that problem in a given off-season, should you consider anything else.

It could be that Schneider will look at trading up and might settle for Michael Penix Jr instead. That might even be the more sensible plan. Perhaps they’d have to trade up for Penix Jr? Jeff Howe’s article suggests not, but who knows? I do think, though, that Seattle’s GM has his eye on this quarterback class. If he can’t make things happen, then I think it’s very plausible they’ll just take one of the very interesting offensive linemen at #16, such as Troy Fautanu, Amarius Mims or Taliese Fuagu, or someone like Chop Robinson or Jared Verse.

A lot of people say to me the Seahawks aren’t ready to trade up for a quarterback. You’ll never be 100% ready. You’ll never have a flawless roster and the ideal QB to move up for. They’ve spent the last two drafts pumping up their roster thanks to the Russell Wilson trade. Eventually, you have to make your move. You bring in a quarterback who can elevate your team so you can cover flaws. You fix holes in free agency and the draft and you manage things. All of the current top contenders do this.

Even the 49ers, currently starting a late seventh rounder at quarterback, traded heaven and earth to get into the top-three in 2021. They knew eventually they’d have to do something, that inaction wasn’t an option. The Trey Lance trade also highlights the risk involved. That’s why you need a good talent evaluator in charge, with the conviction to make the right move at the right time.

Personally, I trust Schneider if he decides to move up.

For anyone who says the roster isn’t ready for this kind of aggressive approach, I’d challenge them to consider the following. You’ve invested a top-10 pick at left tackle. You’ve drafted and paid a receiver with top-tier potential. You just drafted another highly rated receiver with a top-20 pick and you also used two other high picks on talented running backs. They might pay to keep Leonard Williams to match with a top-five pick at cornerback, two recent second round picks at pass rusher plus Uchenna Nwosu.

The cupboard isn’t bare. Their biggest needs are basically interior O-line, safety and linebacker. None are premium positions. Safety and linebacker are positions where your new Head Coach has elevated the performance of players in Baltimore. Your new offensive staff could be challenged to turn Anthony Bradford and Olu Oluwatimi into quality players. As we’ve been noting over the last few days, there are good players in this class to be had in the middle/later rounds at safety and interior O-line. Linebacker’s a black hole — but you might’ve had to go the veteran route there anyway.

The Seahawks might not have a 49ers level roster but who does? This isn’t a ground zero rebuild situation. They’ve been building for two years already. Now they have a staff who might be able to actually get something out of this team.

Back to the quarterbacks, I think a ‘top-four’ are emerging within the league, rightly or wrongly. I think Schneider will look at the dynamic, uber-playmaker Jayden Daniels and see similarities to a quarterback in Baltimore. Mike Macdonald’s defense sure benefitted from the scoreboard pressure Lamar Jackson created. In Drake Maye, I think he’ll see his type of gunslinger — with the character to match. In J.J. McCarthy, he may well see a winner who excels on third downs and has the ‘alpha’ vibe Scot McCloughan talked about. Plus, his Head Coach and Special Teams coordinator have excellent intel on him.

Exhaust attempts to trade up for a quarterback, assess willingness to turn to the likes of Michael Penix Jr, or settle on taking the best O-liner or pass rusher at #16? I think that could well be the thought process.

Note — I will produce TEF results for the O-line class once they’ve done the bench press tomorrow

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Live blog: Combine day four (Offensive linemen)

Welcome to the 2024 NFL combine coverage on Seahawks Draft Blog

On the final day of workouts I’ll be reacting live to everything happening in Indianapolis as the offensive linemen test and do drills. I will also post a recap article at the conclusion and we’ll do a final combine live stream.

Keep refreshing this page for updates

The workouts begin today at 1pm ET (10am PT).

Measurement notes

— Amarius Mims should be getting far more attention as an extremely high pick. He is 340lbs and barely has an pound of bad weight on his frame. He looks like an AI creation for the perfect offensive lineman. He has 36.5 inch arms, 11 1/2 inch hands and a near 87 inch wingspan. His tape is excellent. He could legitimately be one of the best offensive tackles in the league and he is a once in a generation physical specimen. Let’s see how he tests but too many people are focusing on other linemen. Mims is legit.

— Olu Fashanu has 8.5 inch hands. That is… weird.

— Like Mims, JC Latham needs more attention. He is another colossus — 6-5, 342lbs, 35.5 inch arms, 11 inch hands, 84.5 inch wingspan. You don’t find players very often with this level of size and mobility.

— Job done in the measurements for Troy Fautanu. He has 34.5 inch arms on a nearly 6-4, 317lbs frame. That will be enough for teams to consider him a likely top-20 talent.

— Graham Barton is 1/8 inch away from having 33 inch arms — a good result for him.

— Zak Zinter is nearly 6-6, 309lbs and has 33.5 inch arms. All very good marks for his stock.

— Overall, this really is a stunning class of offensive linemen for size/length. I can’t recall anything like it. It’s going to be very tempting for teams, including the Seahawks, to tap into what could be an extremely rare OT class.

Offensive line forty’s (group 1)

10 yard splits in brackets

Isaiah Adams — 5.22 (1.80) & 5.24 (1.82)
Joe Alt — 5.07 (1.74) & 5.05 (1.73)
Gottlieb Ayedze — 5.01 (1.76) & 5.01 (1.72)
Karsen Barnhart — 5.26 (1.78) & 5.22 (1.76)
Cooper Beebe — 5.05 (1.76) & 5.03 (1.75)
Keaton Bills — 5.41 (1.90) & 5.38 (1.90)
Tanor Bortolini — 4.99 (1.74) & 4.94 (1.69)
Andrew Coker — 5.39 (1.90) & 5.37 (1.85)
Brandon Coleman — 4.99 (1.73) & DNR
Frank Crum — 5.00 (1.70) & 4.94 (1.69)
Olu Fashanu — 5.11 (1.77) & DNR
Troy Fautanu — 5.01 (1.71) & 5.05 (1.72)
Blake Fisher — 5.21 (1.82) & DNR
Jeremy Flax — 5.67 (1.96) & 5.65 (1.97)
Javon Foster — 5.30 (1.79) & DNR
Taliese Fuaga — 5.20 (1.77) & 5.14 (1.78)
X’Zauvea Gadlin — 5.51 (1.90) & 5.51 (1.91)
Nick Gargiulo — 5.26 (1.78) & 5.26 (1.78)
Delmar Glaze — 5.21 (1.79) & 5.23
Tylan Grable — 4.99 (1.70) & 4.96 (1.69)
Garret Greenfield — 5.30 (1.82) & 5.23 (1.77)
Tyler Guyton — 5.19 (1.76) & 5.21 (1.76)
CJ Hanson — 5.00 (1.76) & 5.02 (1.78)
Christian Haynes — 5.03 (1.75) & DNR
Christian Jones — 5.05 (1.78) & 5.07 (1.78)
Matthew Jones — 5.21 (1.87) & 5.23 (1.88)
Trente Jones — 5.19 (1.79) & 5.17 (1.81)
Trevor Keegan — 5.28 (1.81) & 5.25 (1.78)

Olu Fashanu says he isn’t going to do anything else today after one forty run. He says he has a right thigh injury.

O-line vertical jumps (Group 1)

Remember — 31 inches is the ideal mark for explosive testing.

Garret Greenfield: 38.5
Tylan Grable: 36.5
Tyler Guyton: 34.5
Brandon Coleman: 34
C.J. Hanson: 33.5
Christian Haynes: 33
Tanor Bortolini: 32.5
Troy Fautanu: 32.5
Javon Foster: 32.5
Nick Gargiulo: 32.5
Olu Fashanu: 32
Taliese Fuaga: 32
Frank Crum: 31.5
Trevor Keegan: 30.5
Keaton Bills: 29.5
Karsen Barnhart: 29.5
Blake Fisher: 28
Matthew Jones: 28
Joe Alt: 28
Jeremy Flax: 28
Cooper Beebe: 27.5
Anim Dankwah: 27.5
Trente Jones: 27
Gottlieb Ayedze: 26.5
Javion Cohen: 26.5
Delmar Glaze: 25.5
Andrew Coker: 25.5
Isaiah Adams: 24.5
X’Zauvea Gadlin: 24

Garret Greenfield’s 38.5 inch vertical is the best mark by an offensive lineman for 20 years.

Offensive line broad jumps (Group 1)

The minimum for an ideal explosive testing mark is 9-1. As you can see, this is a very explosive group. And this is only group one!

Tylan Grable: 9’9″
C.J. Hanson: 9’7″
Brandon Coleman: 9’6″
Frank Crum: 9’6″
Garret Greenfield: 9’5″
Troy Fautanu: 9’5″
Gottlieb Ayedze: 9’4″
Tanor Bortolini: 9’4″
Joe Alt: 9’4″
Karsen Barnhart: 9’3″
Taliese Fuaga: 9’3″
Cooper Beebe: 9’1″
Olu Fashanu: 9’1″
Trente Jones: 9’1″
Trevor Keegan: 8’11”
Tyler Guyton: 8’11”
Javon Foster: 8’10”
Delmar Glaze: 8’8″
Javion Cohen: 8’8″
Matthew Jones: 8’7″
Christian Haynes: 8’6″
Isaiah Adams: 8’6″
Keaton Bills: 8’5″
Nick Gargiulo: 8’5″
Jeremy Flax: 8’4″
X’Zauvea Gadlin: 8’0″
Andrew Coker: 7’10”

O-line group 1 on-field drills

Joe alt looked stiff on his wave drill, his footwork wasn’t great and he slipped at one point. Cooper Beebe looks big and bulky but moves as well as you can expect for a chunky guard. He has very short arms which will put off some teams but he’s a very good player.

Tanor Bortolini looked terrific during the wave. Easy movements, very mobile and quick. He’s extremely explosive with his vertical and broad jump and he ran a 4.94. Impressive workout so far.

Troy Fautanu looked really comfortable in his set, he can sit down in his position with the right bend and move around. He didn’t change direction quite as well as Daniel Jeremiah was trying to make out but you can just see the natural leg bend.

Taliese Fuagu had a sensational wave drill. His change of direction at his size — wow. What movement skills. So fluid and athletic. Tyler Guyton also excelled in the wave — just smooth, easy movements. Effortless.

Christian Haynes had a really good rep — another O-line with easy movement skills and got around the field nicely. Trente Jones and Trevor Keegan, two of the Michigan offensive linemen, also did really well in the first on-field drill.

Fair play to Zach Frazier, out there doing drills so soon after recovering from a serious injury. He’s a dude on tape — and he loves to hit people in the face (supposedly what Ryan Grubb wants up front).

The NFL Network having Shaun O’Hara on the field producing actual analysis on the offensive linemen is a breath of fresh air after three previous days of what I’d call ‘areseing about’.

The long pull and deep pull drills feels a little bit of a dog and pony show, given the main aspect of a play like this is an ability to find a second level player to block and execute. They’re really just running around a cone. Fuagu and Guyton again looked really mobile.

I’m really impressed with the movement skills of Jones and Keegan from Michigan. They are really standing out here.

Chris Ballard is down on the field, the Colts GM, watching the O-line drills closely. Can well imagine the Colts being in the O-line market at #15.

Christian Haynes is having a nice workout. He’s a bit top-heavy with his frame but he’s moving nicely enough. I’m constantly draw to the Michigan pair of Jones and Keegan. I need to study Trente Jones more. They both look the part.

On this next bag drill, this is the one that a year ago everyone kept getting wrong and the Eagles O-line coach got all hot and heavy about it. Gottlieb Ayedze did his rep really well — good feet, nice punch, an excellent slide. Tanor Bortolini did so well too — he’s having a very impressive combine and showing off all the kind of traits you want in a modern, athletic center. Zach Frazier is clearly not 100% but he’s muscling through his drills like a champ.

A lot of the kicks on these reps are too shallow. The O-liners are rushing through the final stage and just need to chill, be patient and complete the rep. Trente Jones, unsurprisingly, did it very well.

Fuaga — sensational rep on the left tackle version of the pass rush drop. Ticking every box as he goes through his session. People keep harping on about Joe Alt and Olu Fashanu. Group think. Fuaga, Mims — they are the top two for me.

I didn’t like Joe Alt’s mirror drill. No real depth to his kicks. Just extremely ‘meh’ from Alt today. Cooper Beebe had a much better rep, as did Tanor Botolini — who is one of the big winners today. He has fantastic physical potential based on what we’re seeing today.

Fautanu had a good rep, seemed very much in control. Didn’t klick his heels, very balanced, made it look easy. Impressive.

Gottlieb Ayedze is someone I really need to study, I think he’s had an impressive on-field session.

The first O-line group have now concluded their workouts.

Offensive line forty’s (group 2)

10 yard splits in brackets

Jarrett Kingston — 5.02 (1.73) & 5.03 (1.73)
Brady Latham — 5.32 (1.84) & 5.32 (1.80)
Matt Lee — 5.05 (1.82) & 5.04 (1.76)
KT Leveston — 5.40 (1.88) & 5.38 (1.85)
Beaux Limmer — 5.22 (1.75) & DNR
Christian Mahogany — 5.14 (1.74) & 5.15 (1.76)
Mason McCormick — 5.15 (1.75) & 5.08 (1.71)
Dylan McMahon — 5.10 (1.77) & 5.11 (1.75)
Amarius Mims — 5.07 (1.78) & DNF
Jacob Monk — 5.09 (1.74) & 5.12 (1.76)
Jordan Morgan — 5.05 (1.70) & 5.07 (1.70)
Drake Nugent — 5.23 (1.83) & 5.32 (1.86)
Patrick Paul — 5.14 (1.77) & 5.24 (1.84)
Prince Pines — 5.34 (1.82) & DNF
Dominick Puni — 5.48 (1.86) & 5.36 (1.86)
Andrew Raym — 5.42 (1.94) & DNF
Roger Rosengarten — 4.92 (1.73) & DNR
Kingsley Suamataia — 5.06 (1.74) & 5.04 (1.74)
Nathan Thomas — 5.20 (1.76) & 5.21 (1.78)
Sedrick Van Pran — 5.20 (1.77) & 5.23 (1.77)
Caedan Wallace — 5.22 (1.77) & 5.16 (1.74)

Amarius Mims pulled up during his second forty yard dash. Prince Piles also pulled up and had an ugly fall after running his second attempt. Then Andrew Raym had an injury. What’s going on?

Offensive line broad jumps (Group 2)

Mason McCormick: 9’9″
Caedan Wallace: 9’8″
Dylan McMahon: 9’7″
Roger Rosengarten: 9’5″
Layden Robinson: 9’3″
Amarius Mims: 9’3″
Matt Lee: 9’3″
Jordan Morgan: 9’2″
Beaux Limmer: 9’2″
Brady Latham: 9’2″
Kingsley Suamataia: 9’2″
Charles Turner III: 9’1″
Christian Mahogany: 9’1″
Jacob Mon: 9’0″
KT Leveston: 9’0″
Dominick Puni: 8’11”
Nathan Thomas: 8’11”
Jackson Powers-Johnson: 8’8″
Sataoa Laumea: 8’8″
Drake Nugent: 8’5″
Andrew Raym: 7’11”

Offensive line vertical jumps (Group 2)

Beaux Limmer: 36.5
Mason McCormick: 35.5
Dylan McMahon: 33
Christian Mahogany: 32.5
Jackson Powers-Johnson: 32
Jarrett Kingston: 31.5
Charles Turner III: 31
Caedan Wallace: 31
Matt Lee: 31
Roger Rosengarten: 30
Dominick Puni: 30
Prince Pines: 30
Drake Nugent: 29.5
Jacob Monk: 29.5
Patrick Paul: 29
Brady Latham: 29
Kingsley Suamataia: 28
Jordan Morgan: 28
KT Leveston: 27.5
Layden Robinson: 26.5
Sataoa Laumea: 26
Amarius Mims: 25.5
Nathan Thomas: 25
Andrew Raym: 24.5

O-line Group 2 on-field drills

JC Latham didn’t run a forty but he looks fantastic in terms of his massive, well proportioned frame. Beaux Limmer had a fantastic wave drill — very easy change of direction, fluid mover, another player who looks the part of a modern center. Dylan McMahon also had a really good rep.

Jackson Powers-Johnson also didn’t run a forty. I thought his wave was a struggle at times — his feet got caught underneath him and he stumbled. He isn’t a mobile center — he’s very bulky and built like a big block.

Roger Rosengarten moved very quickly through the wave but he was bending his waist and didn’t show natural bend.

Charles Turner had a really good wave drill — the LSU center. He got a roar of approval from the coaches.

If Tanor Bortolini was an impressive performer at center from the first group, Beaux Limmer is really standing out here. A great athlete, explosive off the snap, very quick and decisive with his movements.

Rosengarten has a shape to him I didn’t expect. He’s mid-heavy if that makes sense. Not a big base or substantial upper body. Sedrick Van Pran isn’t the most athletic but he just looks like a dude.

I liked watching Jarrett Kingston on tape and I think as someone with some guard/tackle flexibility he’d be a really useful option. Dylan McMahon, like Limmer and Bortolini, just looks the part of a center Seattle’s/Washington’s/Baltimore’s scheme has bee using.

There are a lot of positives for Jackson Powers-Johnson but this isn’t his setting. He’s extremely big and lacks mobility. He looks pretty scheme-specific. Sedric Van Pran, another bigger guy, just has a better proportional frame and is handling the drills a lot better.

On the pass rush drop, Dylan McMahon had a really good rep — dropping in the proper way with a decent punch. This was Jackson Powers-Johnson’s best drill of the session so far but he still looks almost ‘too’ bulky.

Too many of the players in this drill again are not kicking out and providing the right kind of depth in their drops. This second group has been less impressive as the first one.

Miami center Matt Lee had a really good rep when they switched to the left side. JC Latham’s was fairly good — but you can’t stop looking at his amazing frame. It’s so impressive. McMahon’s second rep was as good as his first — he’s had a great session.

Jarrett Kingston, JC Latham, Sataoa Laumea and Dylan McMahon did well in the mirror’s the NFL Network actually showed, before cutting off for a commercial break and then a few minutes of absolute waffle from Charles Davies.

I think that’s it. I think they basically went to a commercial, we missed the end of the session, and that’s your lot. Awful.

Let’s end the live blog here. Another year of feeling like my ears want to run away from my head listening to the combine coverage. Live stream shortly, O-line (and combine/Seahawks) review coming up.

Combine day three recap: Michael Penix Jr shines, receivers run fast & my thoughts on J.J. McCarthy

Michael Penix Jr and Spencer Rattler show off their arms

In terms of pure arm talent, it was always expected that these two would perform the best during on-field throwing drills today. They didn’t disappoint. However, it wasn’t just the pure power that made for two successful throwing sessions.

Anticipation is critical at the next level and teams want to see evidence of it, even when you’re throwing in this setting. It was noticeable how often Penix Jr and Rattler would throw their passes before the receiver’s break — putting it on the money and allowing them to catch in stride.

The accuracy of their throws was top notch aside from the slightly trickier fade session at the end — with the ball consistently firing out of their hands with good velocity. This was a big difference to Bo Nix, for example, who just seemed to play well within himself. Nix also struggled with anticipation, releasing the ball only when he could see the whites of the eyes of each target.

Penix Jr really flashed on the deep-ball throws at the end, flicking his wrist to deliver passes 60-65 yards downfield with touch. He made it look effortless, in a way only really Joe Milton could match.

I still think Penix Jr is a really difficult projection in terms of working out where he might be taken. On the one hand, you have this elite arm that can drive layered passes into the most improbable of windows. You can take 20 throws from last season alone and hold it up against any of the elite NFL quarterbacks and what they put on tape in college. He elevated Washington to new heights and delivered critical, big-time wins against Oregon (three times) and Texas.

On the other hand, there are some legit question marks about his ability to extend plays and get out of the pocket, whether he can be patient and take what a defense offers rather than needing to rely on the explosive play and while Ian Rapoport is reporting the medical checks produced good news — we don’t know how individual teams will asses the results. He also had a stretch during the 2023 season where he didn’t play with any consistency — watching his completion percentage sink in the process.

Look at what Jeff Howe said about Penix Jr after consulting with team sources at the combine:

The performance in the loss in the national championship game highlighted teams’ greatest concerns with Penix. While under constant pressure from Michigan’s pass rush, Penix’s mechanics and accuracy were a major issue, and he took a beating that clearly impacted his game. That element, because of Penix’s injury history (two torn ACLs, two season-ending shoulder injuries), really worried teams.

On the positive side, Penix has a great arm, throws a good deep ball, largely played very well in clutch situations and is believed to be a strong leader. If he can buck the injury history and improve the mechanical breakdowns while under duress, evaluators believe he can develop into a starter.

Penix’s draft stock is a matter of which qualities teams will prioritize. The belief is he’ll be a fringe second/third-rounder.

Whoever takes him will be excited. You can’t help but love the arm and it’s a difference making ability he possesses. It’s special. I also understand the concerns. It’s why it’s really difficult to get a read on how early — or late — he’ll be taken. What I would say, though, is if the Seahawks take him at any point, you won’t hear any complaints from me.

As for Rattler, I think it’s strange how little attention he gets. Even during the broadcast today, it felt like Kedon Slovis — who was distinctly average — was getting more praise. He has a high level of natural talent, he has a really good arm and he’s the one player in this class who played in a pro-style offense in a pro-style setting (facing regular pressure behind a horrendous O-line).

There’s a lot to like about Rattler and while he has to answer questions about what went wrong at Oklahoma (plus he’ll be asked about the immaturity issues he showed during that period) — in the right setting I think he can succeed and start in the NFL.

I’m not sure the Seahawks will draft him. They’ve placed such an enormous focus on character since 2022 that I think when they do draft a quarterback, it’ll likely be someone who is somewhat flawless in this regard. I hate to say it but the best landing spot for Rattler is probably the LA Rams. Sit behind Matt Stafford, be coached by Sean McVay. The scheme would suit him. It’s a great fit, potentially in round two.

I have things to say about J.J. McCarthy

When I watched his throwing session, it was exactly as expected. There’s nothing physically spectacular about McCarthy. He’s a good athlete, he doesn’t have a bad arm. It’s just not great. A few too many passes early on were inaccurate, the deep-balls were fairly unimpressive but there were also some good throws too.

My immediate reaction after he threw was to again question why there’s so much hype about him, with the latest talk even being that he could be part of a four-quarterback run to start the draft.

And then it hit me.

The NFL Network had him in the booth with Rich Eisen and Daniel Jeremiah for an interview. I was blown away by McCarthy’s charisma, confidence, maturity and manner. He just has ‘it’. I bet that sounds ridiculous to some of you, how can you change an opinion based on that? It’s hard to explain, but I have. I’ve never done it before. If you also watched it, you probably felt the same.

I guarantee McCarthy has gone into those meetings at the combine and blown everyone away. I bet when scouts visited Michigan’s facility over the last two years, they were wowed. I bet when owners get in a room with him — they will want this guy at the forefront of their franchise.

After the interview, McCarthy stuck around for the second throwing session. When Xavier Worthy ran his record-breaking 4.21 — he was one of the first to sprint over and congratulate him, despite not even being part of the group. It was all so natural, too. Worthy embraced him like a close friend, not two individuals who played for different teams at opposite ends of the country. He was just giving off a vibe that he was ‘the guy’. Not because he was trying to make it so, it was just naturally happening in this setting.

There is an intangible quality to McCarthy which shouldn’t be underestimated. Then you start stacking aspects up. Statistically he is the top QB in this class on third downs and completion percentage when scrambling. He just won the National Championship as the captain and leader of the offense. He’s been well coached at a serious program. He’s athletic.

The throwing sessions are hard to follow because the NFL Network does a bunch of interviews, they chit-chat about everything and anything but the workouts and there are a ton of commercials. When they cut some replays together to play out during McCarthy’s interview, I took the chance to check his technique. Footwork? Flawless. Throwing motion? Very good.

Imagine you’re a team needing a quarterback. You’ve got this guy who, even at 21, is going to walk into your building and probably just make everyone love him on day one. He has a history of success in college. He’ll be one of the guys but quickly establish a leadership position. You won’t need to spend forever fixing his technique and when he gets on the field, you’ll back him to win key moments on third down and on the move.

I’m telling you now — if a team is prepared to pay Kirk Cousins $40m a year next week coming off an achilles injury, someone is going to take a chance on this guy very early in round one. Maybe even top-five. They will believe in him as a person and they’ll believe as a player he’ll produce a base-line performance that, as a worst case scenario, they can live with.

He isn’t Tom Brady as a player, not even stylistically. Nobody ever will be Brady. But you know what? Watching how he carried himself today, there were Brady vibes. Some team is going to convince themselves of that and fall in love.

His ceiling, physically, will have some limitations. He isn’t a Mahomes, Allen, Herbert or Stroud type. He’ll need a supporting cast to really succeed at a high level, as he did at Michigan. But having him will be better than not having him for some teams picking near the top of round one. I do think there’s a chance someone takes him before Drake Maye. I do think someone could trade up for him. I do think a lot of teams are going to leave Indianapolis on a plane tomorrow night and they’re going to want this guy in their building.

And I do think the Seahawks could be one of them.

Bo Nix didn’t impress

As noted earlier, he just played within himself. He never let it rip — his throws all felt really safe and his workout lacked any kind of dynamism. The deep balls weren’t impressive, the anticipation wasn’t there and you just ended up wanting more. I thought this was a round three pick performance — but his production at Oregon, personality and the importance of the position likely means round two. It’s hard to get excited about what he showed here.

This is a fantastic receiver class

We all knew it was a real position of strength going into the combine — but so many players elevated their already high stock in Indianapolis. I suspect by the time I’ve done some tape review post-combine, I’ll have 18 receivers with a second round grade or higher.

Xavier Worthy breaking the combine forty-yard-dash record was an electrifying moment and one of the all-time great combine spectacles. His lap of honour after running a 4.21 was joyous. I need to go back and re-watch Worthy and Texas team mate Adonai Mitchell, who also ran an excellent 4.34.

Jacob Cowing was a big blog favourite pre-Senior Bowl but I thought he underwhelmed in Mobile. However, here he ran a 4.38 and showed excellent catching technique. He’s adept at separating and I was probably too reactive to the Senior Bowl workouts in dropping him down the board.

Keon Coleman ran one of the slower forty’s (4.61) but I thought he really impressed during drills. He lacks speed but shows great body control and ball-tracking.

Ladd McConkey running a 4.39 could elevate him into the first round conversation, Ricky Pearsall had an unreal testing session and I need to consider bumping his grade up. Across the board so many players ran well — which has always been a big thing for the Seahawks at this position.

This is such a deep class I wonder if it’ll re-set the receiver market in free agency? Ever since Christian Kirk’s record breaking deal two years ago, the price of receivers has exploded. The Justin Jefferson’s of this world will still get mega paydays, obviously. With so much cheap talent in this draft class, though, you have to wonder if teams will be less inclined to throw money at the position for older players in 10 days time.

If there was one player who I thought underwhelmed a bit at receiver it was Troy Franklin. Given how fast others ran, a 4.41 forty with his frame was a bit disappointing. Plus his on-field drills were sloppy including a really poor gauntlet.

A final word on the receivers — I love how determined Rome Odunze was to run a 6.6 in the three cone (see below). Everything about Odunze is absolutely first class. I agree with the people suggesting some teams might view him as WR1. He is en elite person as well as a sensational football player.

Thoughts on the running back class

There are no obvious ‘stars’ or high picks among this group — but I think they did fairly well during drills and if nothing else, a few players pass the eye test.

Blake Corum looked absolutely stacked and moved well with it. I don’t want to go too over the top with this kind of thing after my J.J. McCarthy notes — but Corum does just give off a star vibe. I’m sure he’ll do a great job for Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman in LA as a second or third round selection.

I’m really eager to watch Isaac Guerendo and Jaylen Wright — two well-sized top-testers who I haven’t studied on tape. Guerendo ran a 4.33 at 6-0 and 221lbs, while Wright managed a 4.38 at 5-10 and 210lbs. You can’t ignore that combination of size and speed.

Ray Davis was a lot of fun to watch at Kentucky, he had a good Senior Bowl and while he wasn’t a great mover during drills — he looked physical, tough and kind of led the group during the session.

Trey Benson looks like a smooth athlete, he ran a blistering 4.39 forty at 6-0 and 216lbs and he just looks the part. He got around the bags well, he showed subtle movement when changing direction and I’ll definitely be going back to review his tape.

Audric Estime was the big disappoint, only running a 4.71. I think he’s a talented, athletic runner but this time won’t help his stock. He might provide value to someone if he falls a bit.

You would hope the Seahawks are done drafting running backs at this stage — but there are a few players to admire here, even if it’s not a highly touted class.

If you missed the day three review stream, check it out below. You’ll enjoy the discussion!

Live blog: Combine day three (QB, WR, RB)

Welcome to the 2024 NFL combine coverage on Seahawks Draft Blog

Throughout the next few days I’ll be reacting live to everything happening in Indianapolis. I will also post a daily recap article and a daily live stream.

On top of that, Robbie Williams is attending the combine and will provide insight from his perspective inside Lucas Oil Field.

Keep refreshing this page for updates

The workouts begin today at 1pm ET (10am PT).

Running back forty yard dash times

Emani Bailey — 4.67 & 4.61
Trey Benson — 4.39 & DNR
Blake Corum — 4.53 & 4.58
Isaiah Davis — 4.59 & 4.58
Ray Davis — 4.53 & 4.58
Audric Estime — 4.72 & 4.72
Isaac Guerendo — 4.33 & DNR
George Holani — 4.52 & 4.53
Bucky Irving — 4.56 & 4.58
Dillon Johnson — 4.68 & 4.76
Jawhar Jordan — 4.56 & 4.60
Dylan Laube — 4.57 & 4.54
MarShawn Lloyd — 4.46 & DNR
Kendall Milton — 4.62 & 4.66
Keilan Robinson — 4.42 & 4.43
Cody Schrader — 4.61 & 4.69
Jaden Shirden — 4.46 & 4.46
Tyrone Tracy Jr — 4.49 & 4.51
Kimani Vidal — 4.47 & 4.46
Michael Wiley — 4.56 & 4.52
Jaylen Wright — 4.44 & 4.38

Having arrived home from work and come straight into the combine stuff, I’m going to grab something to eat while watching drills for the running backs. I’m not going to post live notes on these workouts as a consequence but will do for the quarterbacks and receivers.

Of course, there’s not anything to actually review because once again the NFL Network is messing around instead of analysing drills. Joey Mulinaro doing impressions? This event, and the coverage of it, is totally different these days for all the wrong reasons.

Wide receiver broad jumps

Adonai Mitchell: 11’4″
Jermaine Burton: 11’1″
Ryan Flournoy: 11’0″
Anthony Gould: 10’9″
Jalen Coker: 10’8″
Keon Coleman: 10’7″
Cornelius Johnson: 10’7″
Jalen McMillan: 10’7″
Xavier Legette: 10’6″
Troy Franklin: 10’4″
Ladd McConkey: 10’4″
Lideatrick Griffin: 10’4″
Bub Means: 10’2″
Luke McCaffrey: 10’1″
Javon Baker: 10’1″
Jacob Cowing: 9’11”
Jha’Quan Jackson: 9’10”

Wide receiver vertical jumps

Jalen Coker: 42.5
Xavier Legette: 40
Bub Means: 39.5
Adonai Mitchell: 39.5
Anthony Gould: 39.5
Ryan Flournoy: 39.5
Troy Franklin: 39
Jermaine Burton: 38.5
Keon Coleman: 38
Cornelius Johnson: 37.5
Jalen McMillan: 37
Javon Baker: 37
Jacob Cowing: 36
Luke McCaffrey: 36
Ladd McConkey: 36
Lideatrick Griffin: 35.5
Jha’Quan Jackson: 32

Running back broad jumps

Jaylen Wright: 11’2″
Isaac Guerendo: 10’9″
George Holani: 10’7″
Audric Estimé: 10’5″
Keilan Robinson: 10’5″
Tyrone Tracy Jr.: 10’4″
Kendall Milton: 10’4″
Trey Benson: 10’2″
Kimani Vidal: 10’0″
Isaiah Davis: 9’11”
Ray Davis: 9’11”
Michael Wiley: 9’11”
MarShawn Lloyd: 9’10”
Dylan Laube: 9’10”
Braelon Allen: 9’9″
Dillon Johnson: 9’9″
Jaden Shirden: 9’9″
Emani Bailey: 9’8″
Bucky Irving” 9’7″
Daijun Edwards: 9’6″

Running back vertical jumps

Isaac Guerendo: 41.5
Tyrone Tracy Jr.: 40
George Holani: 39
Jaylen Wright: 38
Audric Estimé: 38
Kimani Vidal: 37.5
Dylan Laube: 37
MarShawn Lloyd: 36
Kendall Milton: 35.5
Blake Corum: 35.5
Ray Davis: 35
Jaden Shirden: 34.5
Isaiah Davis: 34.5
Emani Bailey: 33.5
Trey Benson: 33.5
Michael Wiley: 33.5
Keilan Robinson: 33
Cody Schrader: 33
Braelon Allen: 32
Dillon Johnson: 31.5
Bucky Irving: 29.5

Quarterback forty times (Group 1)

Only Sam Hartman is running a forty yard dash among the first group of QB’s. J.J. McCarthy is not running.

Sam Hartman — 4.80 & 4.82

Fair play to Hartman, he’s doing everything — runs, jumps. I like his personality and his hair. He’s an easy guy to root for.

Wide receiver forty times (Group 1)

Javon Baker — 4.54 & 4.55
Jermaine Burton — 4.46 & 4.48
Jalen Coker — 4.58 & 4.57
Keon Coleman — 4.64 & 4.62
Jacob Cowing — 4.41 & 4.38
Ryan Flournoy — 4.44 & 4.48
Troy Franklin — 4.41 & DNR
Anthony Gould — 4.40 & 4.41
Lideatrick Griffin — 4.45 & 4.44
Jha’Quan Jackson — 4.54 & 4.42
Cornelius Johnson — 4.45 & DNR
Xavier Legette — 4.47 & 4.39
Luke McCaffrey — 4.47 & 4.50
Ladd McConkey — 4.43 & 4.40
Jalen McMillan — 4.49 & 4.48
Bub Means — 4.49 & 4.43
Adonai Mitchell — 4.35 & DNR

On field drills for QB’s and WR’s in Group 1

I really liked Jacob Cowing on tape and dropped him a round after an underwhelming Senior Bowl and concern about how small he is. However, he looks sharp out on the field today — running a 4.38 and showing good catching technique on the gauntlet. He’s a very polished, reliable player who gets open and here he’s showing a great ability to catch the ball away from his body.

Ladd McConkey looks great. He could sneak into the back end of round one after running a 4.40. He just looks like he has a bit of class to him. Adonai Mitchell, who ran a great 4.35, tripped on his gauntlet. Troy Frankin’s rep was all over the place.

Here’s McConkey’s gauntlet:

Last year, with CJ Stroud, Will Levis and Anthony Richardson throwing, we saw real velocity on passes. My initial thoughts watching JJ McCarthy and Bo Nix is there’s a noticeable difference. And that’s fine — it’s not what they are. But Daniel Jeremiah saying McCarthy has a live arm and ‘needs to take something off his passes’ just doesn’t resonate for me.

Keon Coleman really impressed in the gauntlet drill:

I wish Bo Nix would let it rip. It’s all very safe from him at the moment. Joe Milton isn’t even throwing with accuracy with no defenders on the field. I don’t see him as a NFL quarterback and I’m surprised how many people seem to view him as a mid-round flier.

McCarthy has been off with his placement a couple of times. Unlike Nix, I think he’s trying to arm things out. Overall, and we’re not onto the deep-range throws yet, there’s not been much to get excited about.

The NFL Network is overhyping an uneventful workout from Devin Leary. McCarthy continues to have at least one pass on every set of throws that is off-target.

I don’t think the quarterbacks are throwing with enough anticipation on these throws. They’re waiting until the receivers turn their heads, rather than putting it into a spot for them to run through. There’s been little to get excited about here. Let’s get to the deeper throws.

Nobody is owning this session and saying, I’m the alpha here. Watch this.

Devin Leary’s deep-balls hung in the air too much. McCarthy threw two deep where he kind of just put everything into it and it was way off target. The third gave the receiver a chance but he had to slow down right at the end to allow the pass to catch him up. Joe Milton’s final deep ball was a cannon. Nix’s first deep throw was a good one, the second was awful and a bit of a duck and the third just fluttered downfield and was off target. I’m ready to see Penix do this. Milton had an extra go at the end and he just launched it downfield for about 65-70 yards.

The first session underwhelmed. Milton’s deep-throws were fun. I thought Nix struggled and failed to shine in any way. McCarthy was pretty hit and miss. I’m not sure why the NFL Network got so excited about Devin Leary and Sam Hartman, bless him, doesn’t look like he has NFL quarterback traits. It was a far cry from the gun show we saw 12 months ago.

NFL Network now saying McCarthy had ‘an outstanding day’ and that Nix had a ‘good day’. at this stage, critical thinking is gone from the broadcast. It’s just fluff. Everyone is doing well, apparently. This isn’t analysis. This is just being nice for the sake of it.

I’ll write about this more in the review piece — but this interview with McCarthy is a key reason why teams will like him. He is incredibly level-headed, charismatic and likeable. You can imagine him leading a team. His footwork was very good in the throwing session, his mechanics are sound. There is a base level with McCarthy that is reassuring and teams will buy in thinking the worst case with him is still decent. I’m just not sure he has a great ceiling.

I’m extremely bored of the relentless Michigan talk, though.

Wide receiver broad jumps (second group)

Tez Walker: 11’2″
Xavier Worthy: 10’11”
Ja’Lynn Polk: 10’9″
Ricky Pearsall: 10’9″
Johnny Wilson: 10’8″
Malik Washington: 10’6″
Devaughn Vele: 10’6″
Brian Thomas Jr.: 10’6″
Rome Odunze: 10’4″
Isaiah Williams: 10’3″
Tahj Washington: 10’2″
Jamari Thrash: 10’0″
Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint: 9’11”
Brenden Rice: 9’11”

Wide receiver vertical jumps (second group)

Malik Washington: 42.5
Ricky Pearsall: 42
Xavier Worthy: 41
Tez Walker: 40.5
Rome Odunze: 39
Brian Thomas Jr.: 38.5
Isaiah Williams: 38
Ja’Lynn Polk: 37.5
Johnny Wilson: 37
Brenden Rice: 36.5
Devaughn Vele: 36
Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint: 35
Tahj Washington: 35
Jamari Thrash: 34

Quarterback broad jumps

Joe Milton III: 10’1″
Michael Pratt: 9’6″
Spencer Rattler: 9’0″

Quarterback vertical jumps

Kedon Slovis: 39
Joe Milton III: 35
Michael Pratt: 36
Spencer Rattler: 32
Sam Hartman: 28.5

Quarterbrack forty times (Group 2)

Spencer Rattler — 4.96 & 4.97
Austin Reed — 4.83 & 4.87
Kedon Slovis — 4.60 & 4.56

Michael Penix Jr did not run a forty or do the jumps. Kedon Slovis with a 39 inch vertical and a 4.56 forty — who knew?

Wide receiver forty times (Group 2)

Rome Odunze — 4.47 & 4.45
Ricky Pearsall — 4.41 & 4.42
Ja’Lynn Polk — 4.53 & 4.52
Brenden Rice — 4.51 & 4.50
Brian Thomas Jr — 4.34 & DNR
Jamari Thrash — 4.46 & 4.48
Devaughn Vele — 4.54 & 4.48
Tez Walker — 4.36 & 4.41
Malik Washington — 4.47 & 4.52
Isaiah Williams — 4.64 & 4.64
Johnny Wilson — 4.53 & 4.58
Roman Wilson — 4.41 & 4.40
Xavier Worthy — 4.25 & 4.22

Xavier Worthy unofficially equalled John Ross’ record of a 4.22 forty. It was an electrifying moment — with the crowd exploding and Worthy taking a lap of honour with everyone rushing to congratulate him. It was a great moment — and he did it effortlessly. He came across very well when interviewed, explaining how much having the record meant to him, asking for his split and discussing how his training had prepared him for success.

I really like the catching technique from Brian Thomas Jr and Jamari Thrash on the gauntlet. Cupping their hands to the ball.

Xavier Worthy, after running his forty, isn’t doing any drills. It’s not clear why but he’s already packed up and leaving the field.

Spencer Rattler is throwing with better anticipation than the first group. One of his passes was low and forced Brenden Rice to make a nice grab. Yet the first few throws from Rattler are coming out with a lot more conviction than Bo Nix’s. Michael Penix Jr is also already showing off easy arm strength.

Xavier Worthy ran an official 4.21 which is the fastest time in combine history, beating John Ross’ 4.21. It really was a fantastic moment that will last forever — seeing Worthy run off in celebration.

Watch how Rattler is throwing before his receiver turns on the break. He is throwing with anticipation. The first group kept waiting to see the whites of the eyes of the receivers before throwing. Penix Jr is also throwing with way better anticipation — he just threw an absolute dime.

Rattler and Penix Jr are showing off their arms. They look terrific — well placed passes, great velocity, anticipation. Good start for both.

I love the Xavier Worthy story but please can we see some quarterbacks throwing?

The ball is flying out of Penix’s hand. This is the stuff. This is what you want to see. It’s absolutely night and day compared to the first group. And Rattler is going toe to toe with him — he just doesn’t quite have Penix’s arm (who does?).

Rattler’s first deep ball fluttered a bit but the second had excellent depth and trajectory, the receiver couldn’t run underneath it. Penix’s first deep throw was an absolute beauty. His second was an absolute beauty. It’s so easy. Easy arm strength. Flies downfield, with accuracy. Michael Pratt’s deep balls were not impressive.

Rattler had another go and threw a nice final deep ball. They didn’t let Penix have another go for some reason. Either way, job done. There’s absolutely no question that the two best arms, by far, unsurprisingly, belonged to Michael Penix Jr and Spencer Rattler.

Day three is in the books. I’ll be jumping on a live stream with Robbie Williams at 4:45pm PT so join us for that. Review article to come too.

Combine day two recap: Ben Sinnott and the tight ends provide some good news

This is a really intriguing (but small) tight end class

The Seahawks currently only have one contracted tight end for 2024 — and you could argue Will Dissly could/should be a cap casualty with a $10m salary. Thankfully, the tight ends at the combine showed they can come to the rescue.

Over the years we’ve talked about the fact that most of the top TE’s in the NFL tend to test well in the short shuttle and record a fast time in the 10-yard split. A shuttle in the 4.1-4.2 range is exceptional and anything faster than a 4.5 is good enough. A 1.5 split is superb. Here are some notable examples:

Rob Gronkowski — 1.58 (10), 4.47 (ss)
Travis Kelce — 1.61 (10), 4.42 (ss)
George Kittle — 1.59 (10), 4.55 (ss)
Mark Andrews — 1.54 (10), 4.38 (ss)
T.J. Hockenson — 1.63 (10), 4.18 (ss)
Sam LaPorta — 1.59 (10), 4.25 (ss)
David Njoku — 1.61 (10), 4.34 (ss)

From this select group the average 10-split is a 1.59 and the average short shuttle a 4.37.

Further to this, we’ve identified that in the Carroll/Schneider era, a lot of focus was placed on agility testing (short shuttle & three cone) at the tight end position:

Luke Willson — 4.29 (ss), 7.08 (3c)
Will Dissly — 4.40 (ss), 7.07 (3c)
Nick Vannett — 4.20 (ss), 7.05 (3c)
Anthony McCoy — 4.57 (ss), 6.99 (3c)
Zach Miller — 4.42 (ss), 7.01 (3c)
Jimmy Graham — 4.45 (ss), 6.90 (3c)
Greg Olsen — 4.48 (ss), 7.04 (3c)
Colby Parkinson — 4.46 (ss), 7.15 (3c)
Gerald Everett — 4.33 (ss), 6.99 (3c)
Noah Fant — 4.22 (ss), 6.81 (3c)

That’s an average short shuttle of 4.38 and an average three cone of 7.00.

Here’s the 2024 class of tight ends:

Theo Johnson — 1.55 (10), 4.19 (ss), 7.15 (3c)
Devin Culp — 1.55 (10)
Tip Reiman — 1.55 (10), 4.26 (ss), 7.02 (3c)
Jaheim Bell — 1.58 (10)
Tanner McLachlan — 1.58 (10)
Ben Sinnott — 1.59 (10), 4.23 (ss), 6.82 (3c)
Ja’Tavion Sanders — 1.59 (10), 4.32 (ss)
Cade Stover — 1.59 (10), 4.45 (ss)
Jared Wiley — 1.62 (10), 7.19 (3c)
Dallin Holker — 1.66 (10), 4.21 (ss), 6.83 (3c)
Brevyn Spann-Ford — 1.67 (10), 7.38 (3c)

From these results, I’d suggest Theo Johnson, Ben Sinnott, Tip Reiman, Ja’Tavion Sanders and Cade Stover are all very intriguing — while several others who didn’t complete all the tests — such as Jaheim Bell and Tanner McLachlan, could easily get into the mix in terms of comparing physically to the league’s best.

It might not seem like an extensive list — but consider that a year ago, in a seemingly high quality tight end class, only five tight ends (including star rookie Sam LaPorta) tested in this range. We now have a legit five already, with the potential for more in a supposed down year at tight end.

There was one clear star of the day and that was Kansas State’s Ben Sinnott. He was one of the more fun players to watch last season but there wasn’t a huge expectation that he would produce a combine performance where, like Braden Fiske a day earlier, he would be on a different level to everyone else. He produced a complete performance — testing brilliantly to start and during drills he was sharp into his breaks, he maintained speed throughout his routes, he tracked the ball well and showed consistently strong hands. He attacked every rep and the best word to describe him was ‘dynamic’.

He also produced an outstanding 40 inch vertical and a 10-6 broad (both the best measurements of the group). Theo Johnson was second in both categories (39.5 vertical, 10-5 broad). Based on what we saw today, I think they both deserve second round grades. Johnson also had an excellent combine.

Look how Sinnott compares to LaPorta:

Sam LaPorta
Height: 6-3
Weight: 245
40: 4.59
10: 1.59
Vertical: 35
Broad: 10-3
Shuttle: 4.25
3c: 6.91

Ben Sinnott
Height: 6-4
Weight: 250
40: 4.68
10: 1.59
Vertical: 40
Broad: 10-6
Shuttle: 4.23
3c: 6.82

Brock Bowers, the biggest name tight end in the draft, didn’t workout or test.

A so-so day for the defensive backs

The cornerback drills always go on too long, with too many coaches being indulged — each wanting to run their own variation of basically the same handful of drills. There were a few standout performances but it didn’t feel like there was a top-10 pick among the group.

I thought Kamari Lassiter was the big winner. He didn’t run a forty or do the jumps but a 6.62 three cone is a blistering time. Jaxon Smith-Njigba basically covered his lack of pure speed with a 6.57 three cone a year ago. Lassiter could equally propel himself into top-20 contention with that fantastic testing result.

It wasn’t just a great three cone though — he also excelled during drills, looking smooth throughout and he passes the eye test with his frame. He was always likely to go in the top-35, now it’s just a case of how high will he move up board?

Kalen King had a rough Senior Bowl and running a 4.61 forty didn’t help. However, I thought he performed well during drills — appearing to be very controlled and natural with his movements and you could see there’s a player in there. If he’s destined to fall into day three because of an under-performing pre-draft process, he could provide real value. On this evidence, he just needs coaching up.

Unsurprisingly Terrion Arnold looked the part and confirmed he’ll likely be a first round selection with his on-field workout. Jarvis Brownlee Jr. has good size and movement skills — I liked his transition and ability to cover ground quickly. I want to watch more of Daequan Hardy and Marcellas Dial after their performances today.

The other three names I want to mention are Texas’ Ryan Watts — who outperformed expectations with his testing. He had the second best three cone (6.82) and a decent 4.13 short shuttle. Watts also jumped a 40.5 inch vertical. Most impressive, though, are his obscene 34.5 inch arms on a 6-3 and 208lbs frame. You can work with this guy. I liked him on tape and have long thought he was a day-three sleeper. Mike Sainristil was someone I really liked on tape review pre-combine and he had a good workout, plus plenty of praise on air for his character. I’m hoping to get a chance to interview him before the draft. Finally, after an underwhelming 2023 season, I thought TCU’s Josh Newton had a good on-field performance.

The safeties lacked star power — at one point the NFL Network showed highlights of Minkah Fitzpatrick’s combine and it just highlighted there was nobody like him testing today. Still, the group did well catching the football during drills — high-pointing far more consistently than the cornerbacks and looking pretty similar during the transition drills.

Tyler Nubin didn’t run a forty but looked solid enough moving around the field. I can well imagine him fitting in Mike Macdonald’s defense but think he’ll be taken in the #50-65 range. Dadrion Taylor-Demerson ran a blistering 4.41. I loved his tape but had no idea he tested this well — I’ll go back and review him to see how high I need to bump him up.

Dominique Hampton from Washington looked like a dude and tested well, running a 4.14 short shuttle, a 6.83 three cone and jumping a 39 inch vertical. He ran a 4.51 which is more than acceptable.

I reached out to a source at UW to ask about Hampton, who I haven’t fully studied but will do after the combine, and I got this reply:

“Freak of nature, smart, consistent and he’s a great dude. Quiet killer. Our defense scheme funneled the vast majority of plays to the strong safety by design and he was good enough in that key position for us to go to a Championship”

Sounds to me like the kind of guy that fits in Macdonald’s defense. In particular, I like the idea of a ‘quiet killer’ at safety rather than a ‘noisy peacock’.

Malik Mustapha didn’t workout which was a shame although I thought Jaden Hicks and Kitan Oladapo both showed well enough to remain intriguing. I still remain unconvinced by Kam Kinchens, who I’ve given a fourth round grade.

I think this is a position where you can find cheap, contributing value in the mid-to-late rounds. That’s what you need to look for in the modern NFL at safety — at a time when the entire league is treating the position, financially, like it’s the running back of the defense.

Other notes

I thought Drake Maye and Bo Nix both gave excellent interviews during their media sessions. Reports said Maye in particular wowed teams with an alpha personality — but I think both quarterbacks will have their admirers and carry A+ character marks. Maye just screams ‘John Schneider style quarterback’ for what it’s worth.

Ian Rapoport reported positive news on Michael Penix Jr’s injury outlook but it all felt very agent-led. Hopefully he’s right and all concerns have been quelled.

Tony Pauline, however, reported bad news on the medical checks of Payton Wilson and yesterday’s standout Braden Fiske.

Diani Russini said on the Athletic football podcast that she’d heard from one source that the top four picks could all be quarterbacks — with presumably the Cardinals trading down.

Finally, I found this clip interesting. JJ McCarthy was asked on CBS which three receivers he’d like to throw to most in the NFL. His first answer was Jaxon Smith-Njigba:

Of all the players he could’ve said — Justin Jefferson, Tyreek Hill, Ja’Marr Chase, Ceedee Lamb, Mike Evans — or from the Seahawks, DK Metcalf — he went with Smith-Njigba, a former Ohio State receiver.

Granted, he refers to a 2021 game where JSN led Ohio State in receiving yards in a loss to Michigan. It was still a curious choice — either speaking to how much respect Smith-Njigba commands (while hinting that the Seahawks have a real player on their hands) or could it be, possibly, his way of sending a ‘come and get me’ plea?

After all, what if McCarthy enjoyed the ‘Harbaugh way’ so much at Michigan, he sees this as his best chance to get back to it? John has Lamar Jackson and Jim now has Justin Herbert. Working for Mike Macdonald, the former Michigan DC, could be McCarthy’s best chance to ‘get back in the system’. The pair know each other. It’s an interesting thought.

If you missed my day-two recap stream, you can watch it here:

Live Blog: Combine day two (Defensive backs & tight ends)

Welcome to the 2024 NFL combine coverage on Seahawks Draft Blog

Throughout the next few days I’ll be reacting live to everything happening in Indianapolis. I will also post a daily recap article and a daily live stream.

On top of that, Robbie Williams is attending the combine and will provide insight from his perspective inside Lucas Oil Field.

Keep refreshing this page for updates

The workouts begin today at 3pm ET (12pm PT).

Introductory notes

Today is probably my least favourite day of the combine. Every year, the NFL allows too many DB coaches onto the field. They all want to do their own individual drills, many of which are just variations of the backpedal and transition or the ‘W”. The day drags like crazy and in the past, the DB sessions have gone on way too long. With the new addition of the tight ends to this day, it could be a slog.

If you missed it earlier, I posted a video discussing the possibility of the Seahawks trading up for a quarterback. Check it out here. You can also check out my day one combine review here.

If you want to see measurement info for the DB’s and tight ends, click here.

One of my favourite players among the DB’s — cornerback TJ Tampa — has 32 1/8 inch arms. That’s good length for him at 6-1 and 189lbs. He is seriously underrated. I’ve been higher on Ryan Watts than most and he has incredible 34.5 inch arms at 6-3 and 208lbs. Blog favourite Malik Mustapha looks good at 5-10, 209lbs. I will also be keeping a close eye on Kitan Oladapo and Tyler Nubin today at safety.

There were concerns about Brock Bowers being shorter and smaller than advertised but he quelled those concerns by measuring at 6-3 and 243lbs. There’s doubt as to whether he’ll do any testing or drills today. Cade Stover is 6-4 and 247lbs. Expect him to test better than anyone expects today. I like him a lot.

Kool-Aid McKinstry is not testing today after it emerged he had a Jones fracture that need work. Cooper DeJean isn’t working out either, as he’s still recovering from an injury suffered during the season.

40 yard dash cornerbacks

Kris Abrams-Draine — 4.44 & 4.50
Terrion Arnold — 4.51 & 4.55
Mj Devonshire — 4.45 & 4.48
Marcellas Dial — 4.47 & 4.55
Willie Drew — 4.48 & 4.47
Renardo Green — 4.54 & 4.50
Myles Harden — 4.52 & 4.51
Daequan Hardy — 4.39 & 4.39
Cam Hart — 4.50 & 4.59
Khyree Jackson — 4.50 & 4.52
DJ James — 4.43 & 4.46
Isaiah Johnson — 4.64 & 4.66
Elijah Jones — 4.45 & 4.48
Jarrian Jones — 4.38 & DNR
Kalen King — 4.61 & 4.62
Dwight McGlothern — 4.47 & DNR
Max Melton — 4.39 & 4.40
Quinyon Mitchell — 4.33 & 4.38
Josh Newton — 4.52 & 4.52
Andru Phillips — 4.48 & 4.57
Deantre Prince — 4.39 & 4.42
Nehemiah Pritchett — 4.36 & 4.38
Ennis Rakestraw Jr — 4.54 & 4.51
Decamerion Richardson — 4.34 & 4.36
Mike Sainristil — 4.47 & DNR
Chau Smith-Wade — 4.54 & 4.57
Tarheeb Still — 4.52 & 4.53
Ryan Watts — 4.53 & 4.53
Nate Wiggins — 4.29 & DNR

Nate Wiggins injured his groin running the forty and had to be helped back into the locker room. He said he felt it ‘pop’ and that ‘it was on fire’. Then he came back out and said it was a hip-flexor.

Cornerback broad jumps

Max Melton: 11’4″
Andru Phillips 11’3″
Khyree Jackson: 11’1″
Elijah Jones: 10’11”
Mike Sainristil: 10’11”
Renardo Green: 10’10”
Cam Hart: 10’10”
Isaiah Johnson: 10’9″
Jarrian Jones: 10’9″
Terrion Arnold: 10’9″
Marcellas Dial: 10’9″
Decamerion Richardson: 10’8″
Nate Wiggins: 10’7″
Daequan Hardy: 10’6″
Chau Smith-Wade: 10’5″
Deantre Prince: 10’5″
Ryan Watts: 10’5″
M.J. Devonshire: 10’4″
Kalen King: 10’2″
Quinyon Mitchell: 10’0″
Myles Harden: 9’10”
Dwight McGlothern: 9’7″

Cornerback vertical jumps

Elijah Jones: 42.5
Daequan Hardy: 42.5
Max Melton: 40.5
Marcellas Dial: 40.5
Jarrian Jones: 39.5
Cam Hart: 39.5
Isaiah Johnson: 38.5
M.J. Devonshire: 38.5
Quinyon Mitchell: 38
Renardo Green: 37.5
Kalen King: 37
Terrion Arnold: 37
Khyree Jackson: 36.5
Myles Harden: 35.5
Kris Abrams-Draine: 33.5
Dwight McGlothern: 32

Cornerback on-field drills

As is typically the case, the initial backpedal drills were not great. The transition wasn’t smooth, they often weren’t running properly down the line and several jogged. Ryan Watts, a player I’ve liked since seeing him flash in games for Texas, had the final rep and for me — it was one of the better ones.

Jarvis Brownlee Jr had a good rep on his second attempt. They’ve gone to commercials so think that’s our lot for backpedals.

We’re now watching an interview with Notre Dame Head Coach Marcus Freeman, who seems to be the latest college coach making contacts by attending the NFL combine so he can get out of the hell hole that is the NIL-era version of college football.

Brownlee looks especially smooth with his transition compared to a lot of the other cornerbacks. Very loose and comfortable. Kamari Lassiter, who didn’t run a forty, looks the part with his length and lean frame. He is moving pretty well out there. Daniel Jeremiah is getting carried away talking about Max Melton based on a good forty. He’s already bumped him up to a third and then a second. The tape didn’t show that and he’s not been that smooth in transition, at least for me.

Terrion Arnold looks good when transitioning, his ‘W’ drill was nice and precise and he’s having a good session. Jarvis Brownlee Jr has stood out to me with his frame, athleticism and twitchy movements. Josh Newton continues to have a good workout after a slightly underwhelming 2023. I’ve enjoyed every one of Ryan Watts’ workouts so far. He could be a nice day three flier.

It’s been difficult to track the workouts on the NFL Network. They did an interview with Chris Ballard, now it’s an interview with the new Michigan Head Coach and the commercials keep on coming. We’ve seen very little of the drills and received almost no serious analysis of what’s actually going on.

A Seahawks scout or coach has been among the cornerbacks throughout their on-field workouts. It looks like he might be timing the drills, maybe for the whole league.

Official 40 times for cornerbacks

Nate Wiggins — 4.28
Quinyon Mitchell — 4.33
Decamerion Richardson — 4.34
Nehemiah Pritchett — 4.36
Deantre Prince — 4.38
Jarrian Jones — 4.38
Daequan Hardy — 4.38
Max Melton — 4.39
DJ James — 4.42
Elijah Jones — 4.44

Safety broad jumps

Tyler Owens: 12’2″
Jaylin Simpson: 11’1″
Jaylen Key: 10’10”
Evan Williams: 10’6″
Jaylon Carlies: 10’5″
Sione Vaki: 10’5″
Millard Bradford: 10’4″
Cole Bishop: 10’4″
Andre’ Sam: 10’3″
Dadrion Taylor-Demerson: 10’3″
Jaden Hicks: 10’2″
Dominique Hampton: 10’2″
Josh Proctor: 10’1″
Tykee Smith: 10’0″
Kitan Oladapo: 9’9″
Daijahn Anthony: 9’9″
James Williams: 9’9″
Demani Richardson: 9’8″
Patrick McMorris: 9’4″
Kamren Kinchens: 9’2″

Safety vertical jumps

Tyler Owens: 41
Evan Williams: 40.5
Jaylin Simpson: 39.5
Sione Vaki: 39.5
Dominique Hampton: 39
Cole Bishop: 39
Millard Bradford: 38.5
Dadrion Taylor-Demerson: 38
Jaden Hicks: 37.5
Daijahn Anthony: 37
Jaylen Key: 36.5
Kitan Oladapo: 36
Tykee Smith: 36
Andre’ Sam: 36
Kamren Kinchens: 35
Josh Proctor: 32.5
Jaylon Carlies: 32.5
Demani Richardson: 31
Patrick McMorris: 31
James Williams: 30

Safety 40 yard dash times

It’s worth remembering that none of Baltimore’s safeties under Mike Macdonald ran particularly fast times.

Daijahn Anthony — 4.56 & 4.58
Cole Bishop — 4.45 & 4.49
Millard Bradford — 4.47 & 4.42
Javon Bullard — 4.47 & 4.48
Calen Bullock — 4.49 & 4.54
Jaylon Carlies — 4.50 & 4.54
Dominique Hampton — 4.51 & 4.54
Jaylen Key — 4.60 & 4.64
Kam Kinchens — 4.65 & 4.68
Kitan Oladapo — 4.58 & 4.60
Tyler Owens — DNF
Josh Proctor — 4.60 & 4.56
Demani Richardson — 4.60 & 4.61
Andre’ Sam — 4.59 & 4.62
Jaylin Simpson — 4.47 & 4.45
Tylee Smith — 4.48 & 4.46
Dadrion Taylor-Demerson — 4.42 & 4.41
Sione Vaki — 4.62 & 4.62
Evan Williams — 4.61 & 4.62
James Williams — 4.65 & 4.67

Tyler Owens, who did great in the explosive tests, pulled up during his first forty run and it’s been confirmed he’s out for the day. As you can see, several other big name safeties didn’t run including Tyler Nubin and Malik Mustapha.

I asked a source at Washington to tell me more about Dominique Hampton. This was the review: “Freak of nature, smart, consistent and he’s a great dude. Quiet killer. Our defense scheme funnelled the vast majority of plays to the strong safety by design and he was good enough in that key position for us to go to a Championship.”

Sounds like someone the Seahawks could be interested in.

Safety on-field drills

The NFL Network hasn’t shown a lot of the early drills. We saw some transitions — not exactly a worthwhile exercise for safeties — then straight to commercials after an interview with Brandon Beane.

The safeties are now transitioning and then tracking the football. As a group they’ve done an excellent job high-pointing the football, tracking it in the air. It’s been impressive — although Jaden Hicks messed his rep. Kam Kinchens gets a lot of hype, including on this broadcast, but I thought he was one of the most overrated players in college football. He didn’t run fast and he didn’t look comfortable tracking the ball.

Tyler Nubin is out there working out despite not doing testing. It appears Malik Mustapha is simply out of the combine. Kitan Oladapo made a superb catch — we’ve had a lot of great catches in this session. The safeties have some hands. Dadrion Taylor-Demerson just made an outstanding catch off the turf too. Really impressive hands by multiple players.

I like the look of Dominique Hampton and Jaden Hicks in the ‘W” drill. Kitan Oladapo slipped on his plant and limped off injured during his rep. Andre Sam’ showed well stopping and starting. Tykee Smith, like some of the others, looked a bit stiff here.

Tyler Nubin didn’t do testing but a further tape review last week made me believe he’d fit Mike Macdonald’s system and Seattle’s character desires and I think he’s moved well enough on the field to believe he genuinely is the top safety. He’s not a special athlete but he’s in control, his body is well proportioned, he can cover and close. There’s a lot to like — but he’ll likely go in a range where the Seahawks currently have zero picks.

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a million times. There are too many defensive back drills that are too similar. We’re four hours in and we’re just seeing the same thing over and over again. All this means is a later finish, no agility testing for the tight ends and probably most of these DB’s too.

Rich Eisen, Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah are back to their old ways of talking about absolutely anything other than what’s happening on the field.

Calen Bullock looks very thin and light. Not sure you’d want him up in the box much. Dominique Hampton, on the other hand, looks the part. As does Jaden Hicks — he almost has the body type of a poor man’s Kyle Hamilton. Tyler Nubin looked incredibly comfortable running the gauntlet.

I really liked Dadrion Taylor-Demerson on tape but had no idea he was this level of athlete. He’s tested well and shown well in the drills — so it’s time for a bit of tape revision.

That’s the end of the safety drills (and the defensive players at the combine). Next up it’s tight ends.

Tight end broad jumps

Ben Sinnott: 10’6″
Theo Johnson: 10’5″
Jaheim Bell: 10’4″
Dallin Holker: 10’2″
Tip Reiman: 10’1″
Trey Knox: 10’1″
Jared Wiley: 9’10”
Tanner McLachlan: 9’9″
Brevyn Spann-Ford: 9’8″
Cade Stover: 9’8″

Tight end vertical jumps

Ben Sinnott: 40.00″
Theo Johnson: 39.50″
Jared Wiley: 37.00″
Tanner McLachlan: 35.00″
Jaheim Bell: 35.00″
Cade Stover: 34.50″
Tip Reiman: 33.50″
Dallin Holker: 32.50″
Trey Knox: 32.50″
Brevyn Spann-Ford: 31.50″

These are incredible explosive testing numbers for Ben Sinnott. Not sure anyone expected that.

A reminder — the key tests to look out for with tight ends are the short shuttle, three cone and 10-yard splits. We’ll see if anyone does agility testing, seeing as they’ve been bumped to the very end of Friday night to test.

It’s been confirmed that Brock Bowers is not working out today.

Meanwhile, this is interesting:

Tight end forty yard times

10-yard splits in brackets

Jaheim Bell — 4.61 & 4.63 (1.58)
Devin Culp — 4.47 & DNR (1.55)
Dallin Holker — 4.81 & 4.78 (1.66)
Theo Johnson — 4.65 & 4.58 (1.55)
Tanner McLachlan — 4.66 & 4.61 (1.58)
Tip Reiman — 4.64 & 4.64 (1.55)
Ja’Tavion Sanders — 4.74 & 4.69 (1.59)
Ben Sinnott — 4.68 & 4.70 (1.59)
Brevyn Spann-Ford — 4.76 & 4.79 (1.67)
Cade Stover — 4.65 & DNR (1.59)
Jared Wiley — 4.62 & 4.65 (1.62)

There are some really nice 10-yard splits here. Anything in the 1.5’s is impressive.

I’ve paused the workouts to quickly listen to Hugh Millen on KJR. Quick update, Millen was worth it. Always gold.

On these initial drills the word that springs to mind watching Ben Sinnott is ‘dynamic’. Blocking isn’t said to be a strength of Devin Culp’s and we sat that on the sleds. Theo Johnson did a better job and is well sized and athletic. Tip Reiman’s rep on the sled was textbook and managed to get the crowd cheering a sled drill, which is a first. Reiman is built like a block of granite. Great frame. Cade Stover also did an excellent job.

On the gauntlet, Reiman let the ball get into his body a bit too much but he caught everything. I though Ja’Tavion Sanders and Ben Sinnott had a similar rep. Cade Stover is very good at cupping his hands and he showed that here but he didn’t sprint through his gauntlet and was too careful, trying to catch every pass.

Tanner McLachlan moved well on the in-cut drill. His body movements are precise. Sinnott just looked powerful, quick and dynamic on his rep. I’d like to see Cade Stover unlock things in the way Sinnott is doing and just go flat out.

Jaheim Bell looks like a useful move-TE. He ran well on his wheel route and made a good, difficult grab. Theo Johnson is very leggy, he’s a long strider. I’m not sure he can be a dominant pass catcher but he can be a useful contributor. Tip Reiman dropped his pass on the wheel route. Sinnott, again, just looked superb.

The big winner among this group is undoubtedly Ben Sinnott. A complete performance so far. He’s sharp into his breaks, he maintains speed through the route, he’s tracking the ball well and showing great hands.

A.J. Barner is more of a blocker but he’s dropped virtually every pass so far. But then he made a great grab on the fade route, of course. Jaheim Bell made a spectacular one-handed grab. Devin Culp tracked and caught his well. Theo Johnson made an awkward catch and got both feet in which was impressive, given how contorted his body was. Tanner McLachlan’s rep wasn’t well run.

Cornerback short shuttles

Myles Hard — 3.98
Mike Sainristil — 4.01
Kamari Lassiter — 4.12
Ryan Watts — 4.13
Josh Newton — 4.15
Kalen King — 4.16
Cam Hart — 4.24
Chau Smith-Wade 4.32
Josh Wallace — 4.35
MJ Devonshire — 4.35

Remember — Chop Robinson ran a 4.25 at 255lbs.

Cornerback three cones

Kamari Lassiter — 6.62
Ryan Watts — 6.82
Myles Harden — 6.88
Mike Sainristil — 6.99
Josh Newton — 7.01
Chau Smith-Wade — 7.05
Cam Hart — 7.12
MJ Devonshire

Kamari Lassiter’s three-cone should give him a huge boost. That’s a number, to go with the way he did drills, that could/should secure a top-22 placing.

Safety short shuttles

Dominique Hampton — 4.14
Jaden Hicks — 4.37

Safety three cones

Dominique Hampton — 6.83
Jaden Hicks — 6.88

Dominique Hampton had a great day today.

Only two safeties did any agility testing. Big thanks, NFL.

I’m going to end the live blog today, while hoping the tight ends do any agility testing. Fingers crossed. Reaction stream starting shortly, article reviewing the day to come too.

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