Add another name to the visit list
Texas A&M tight end Jace Sternberger will be travelling to the VMAC on April 11th according to Jared Tokarz.
So far the other reported names visiting Seattle are Parris Campbell (WR, Ohio State), Darnell Savage (S, Maryland), L.J. Collier (DE, TCU) and Dre Greenlaw (LB, Arkansas.
Sternberger is a terrific pass catcher from the tight end position. He’d not been on my radar for the Seahawks because he’s not the best run blocker and he lacks length. If you’re drafting him it’s to be a move-TE who can get down the seam, exploit zones and provide a reliable target. He’s only 6-4 and 251lbs with 32 inch arms. That’s not exactly a Y-TE profile.
That said, he had a good game as a blocker against Kentucky and he is a weapon in the passing game. His short shuttle time (4.31) matched Drew Sample’s as the sixth best at the combine and was a bit quicker than Irv Smith Jr’s 4.33.
(Trevon Wesco at 267lbs — considerably heavier — ran a 4.38 short shuttle and has to be a name to watch)
It really comes down to what they’re looking for. Nick Vannett and Will Dissly are both long, big tight ends. Sternberger isn’t. If they’re looking for a different type he’s an option. In a deep class at the position, however, there are plenty of good blocking TE’s who can make plays in the passing game.
Sternberger doesn’t have exceptional traits or speed (he ran a 4.75, the 11th best forty by a tight end at the combine). He does make some very difficult catches look easy though. He’s a natural running routes and does an excellent job shielding defenders to gain position to make a play. He’s very good at contorting his body and adjusting in the air. He always finishes runs and he’s tough to bring down. There’s just nothing outstanding about his athletic profile even if his tape as a pass catcher is excellent.
He’s a fun player to watch and he certainly makes up for the lack of pure speed and size with quick, technical routes and he’s fluid enough to latch onto mismatches at the second level and win as a big slot. We’ll see if he’s a fit in Seattle but as a prospect — in the right scheme — he can be a weapon at the next level.
Nick Perry is visiting the Seahawks
According to Jason La Canfora the meeting will take place this week. Perry is an old Pete Carroll recruit at USC who’s been with the Packers since entering the league in 2012. He had some productive seasons without ever really threatening the leagues best. He has 32 career sacks.
Athletically it’s not a big surprise Seattle chose Bruce Irvin instead with their first round pick. Perry had an explosive workout (38.5 inch vertical) and ran a good forty yard dash (4.64 at 271lbs) but his 4.66 short shuttle wasn’t good at all. That’s a key test for Seattle EDGE rushers and defensive linemen.
Perry was cut by Green Bay so won’t impact Seattle’s 2020 comp picks. For that reason he’d be a decent addition. They’re scraping the barrel now for available pass rushers and anyone who comes in will likely get a low salary. This will be Perry’s first visit and might be his only option. He’s only 28 (turns 29 in April) so there’s time for a career resurrection. A one-year contract to prove he’s healthy and can be productive could rejuvenate his earning potential in 2020.
It feels like the Seahawks will add a receiver and a pass rusher before the draft (and possibly a defensive tackle). We’re in ‘draft hedge’ territory now though. Clearly D-line and receiver are big targets in the draft. Tight end and safety/nickel too — plus they’ll get a cornerback at some stage after trading down to accumulate more picks.
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