Seattle Seahawks 2013 NFL Draft Review

Christine Michael

Christine Michael projects to back up Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin if he plays to his talent level. One of the most naturally gifted running backs in the draft, he has good vision and cutting ability. He is strong and powerful and breaks tackles with a low pad level. Michael catches checkdowns and swing passes naturally in his hands but he needs work as a pass protector. He does have an injury history. Jordan Hill is more polished than Jesse Williams and will be counted on to help immediately, especially with the surgery to Greg Scruggs. Seattle wants more pressure from the inside to rush the passer. He has long arms and uses his hands effectively. A penetrator, he could complement Brandon Mebane. He is a good technique player who is disruptive. Quick and athletic, he plays with a low pad effort. Chris Harper is getting reps with the first team during OTAs. He has shown that he can get separation from coverage with his strength and run after catch ability. He was productive in mini camp, catching two touchdown paasses including one where he laid out for the ball. A competitive receiver, he has good hands but is still a work in progress having started his career as a quarterback. Jesse Williams is getting work as a three technique defensive tackle then a move to a five technique to see how he plays outside. Seattle sees him as a two down player. He will get a shot at replacing Alan Branch who was not re-signed. Williams needs work on his technique to elevate his game. He has shorter arms than ideal for the position, but has a strong upper body. Tharold Simon was arrested on charges of public intimidation the week of the draft. He started just one year at LSU. Tall and rangy with long arms, he has an abundance of physical talent including long speed to cover down the field. He does a lot of grabbing and holding receivers. His hands are inconsistent and he gets high in his backpedal. Luke Willson has been the talk of the Seahawks’ OTAs with his downfield speed and good hands. He has good run after catch ability. He is a good route runner with the ability to separate from the defender. A tough inline blocker, he is a talented athlete who was drafted in the 4th round by the Toronto Argos (Canada) and spent time in Blue Jays’ training camp. Spencer Ware has been getting reps at fullback. A tough and physical back, he will drop his shoulder and run through a tackler. He is a good sized running back who is athletic and catches the ball well out of the backfield. Ryan Seymour is an athletic guard with good change of direction. He flashes some power and explosiveness. In college he was a three year starter. Ty Powell is a three time transfer who is over aged and has some off field red flags. He had a good Combine workout. Powell plays with effort but is a high risk talent. He moves well in space. Jared Smith is a try hard blue collar worker with long arms and big hands for the position. He moved to offensive center from defensive tackle like JR Sweezy’s move last year. Michael Bowie is a developmental offensive tackle who started at Oklahoma State before he was dismissed for violating team rules. He then transferred to Northeastern (OK) State. GRADE: AVERAGE.

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