Next Man Up

Seahawks’ Rookie Mini-Camp has concluded and there are plenty of things to be fired up about. Mitch Levy from KJR got Dan Quinn on the show and Quinn gave his perspective of what he’s seen in camp and previously on film.

Michael Bennett

Quinn praised his versatility and said he will once again be utilized in a variety of places.  He’ll be used as a LEO (Chris Clemons’ position; split out wide), 5-Technique DE (Red Bryant’s old spot; lined up outside of the right tackle’s right shoulder), and he will kick inside on nickel downs. It’s safe to assume he’ll have a larger role.

Cassius Marsh

Pete Carroll and Dan Quinn both were raving about Cassius Marsh. He was said to be easily the most active guy in the three day camp, and gave tremendous effort as always. As an inside rusher, he has very quick feet and is good with his hands which will help him to develop into the role. When asked whether he was more of an inside (DT) or outside (DE) guy, Quinn said he’s more of a quick inside guy. Presuming he makes the team, he’ll take on a similar role to Michael Bennett.

Jesse Williams and Jordan Hill

Both are healthy and have had great offseasons, according to Quinn. After their first “redshirt” seasons (both were placed on injury reserve), they will both be used strictly on the interior. Jordan Hill is more of a 3-Technique, while Williams is more of a 1-Technique, or nose tackle.

Nickel corner position

Jeremy Lane is the likely successor of Walter Thurmond as the the nickel corner, but Phillip Adams and Akeem Auguste will also be in the mix. Lane has gametime experience at both outside corner and as a nickel. Akeem Auguste has shown a lot of potential in practice and workouts, while Phillip Adams has played in 53 games and can return punts.

Bruce Irvin

This year, Bruce Irvin will be a SAM (strongside linebacker) in their base package, and a RDE LEO (right defensive end LEO; Chris Clemons’ role) in nickel packages. They want to get him snaps. His first year he was a backup LEO and was more of a rusher. He got a good amount of sacks, but was still somewhat of a disappointment. Last year he moved to SAM and was also used as a nickel DE and dropped into coverage. This year look for Bruce Irvin to finally dig out a role and show his versatility. They want to feature him as a rusher.

 

That covers the bases on returning players on the defensive line, as Dan Quinn is a defensive line guru. Aside from the Dan Quinn interview, there are plenty of other players who have had good camps and hope to carve out roles on the team.

 

Kevin Norwood and Paul Richardson

Paul Richardson sat out the last two days with a sore shoulder suffered on Friday. (Let the “too small” narratives begin.) Norwood, as a result, got a ton of targets and was lauded for having nice, soft hands. Although Norwood isn’t a superior athlete, he’s a good, strong pass catcher and has gotten a clutch label from his days at Alabama. He’ll likely be a similar player to Jermaine Kearse. Not overly athletic, but will make the most of his opportunities and will high point the ball and catch the redline balls that Seattle emphasizes so much. As athletes, Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood aren’t much alike. Physically, he’s a freak. He’s more of an investment at this point than Norwood is, because his production will probably spike in two or three years. To me, his weight is not a problem, as he weighs at least 7 pounds more than DeSean Jackson, although D-Jack is about 2 inches shorter. By the time games roll around, Richardson plans to be at about 190 pounds.

Kevin Pierre-Louis

Listed at 6’0″, 236, Kevin Pierre-Louis is a beast.  Three inches shorter than Kam Chancellor, and three pounds bigger. Not that 40 times are indicative of a player’s skill, but KPL posted the fastest 40 time of any linebacker. Compared to Navarro Bowman by Todd Brunner, KPL is as fast, athletic, and agile as they come. He’ll immediately starting competing as the WILL (weakside linebacker). Pierre-Louis has experience at both outside linebacker positions, so he has the versatility to be switched or fill in if need be. This was John Schneider’s favorite pick (as well as mine) and for good reason. He’ll ease the pain of a Malcolm Smith or K.J Wright departure if it comes down to that.

Kiero Small

Kiero Small is said to have looked very impressive as a blocker and should be a little bowling ball out there on special teams. He is a legit candidate to win the fullback job because he such a big body and good blocker, and because he can also catch out of the backfield. Combined with his versatility on special teams, I think he has an edge on Coleman. Assuming Small wins the job, Ware and Coleman could duke it out for the last spot. I’ll echo Schneider’s words – dude is a thumper.

Justin Britt

Justin Britt has impressed with technique and footwork, and Carroll said he’ll “be right there with Michael”, so that’s yet another competition to watch out for. An offensive line of Okung/Bowie/Unger/Sweezy/Britt is an improvement over the suspect line of Okung/Carp-McQuistan/Unger/Sweezy/Giacomini. However, that is making the assumption that Britt wins the job over Bowie which is by no means a lock.

Eric Pinkins

Eric Pinkins was featured at both cornerback and safety during camp. He was at safety more, but that’s because Carroll said he wanted to get a good look at him at both spots. They want to get as much information about him that they can before OTAs. The Dolphins also talked to Pinkins during the draft process about playing cornerback, so the Seahawks aren’t alone in their thinking that he could hack it there. Pinkins got burned a couple times at corner (Paul Richardson bomb, among others)  but he’s still adjusting to the bump and run. His Pro Day measurables were insane (4.44 40, 39″ vertical, and 25 reps of 225).

Jimmy Staten

Jimmy Staten has lost about 10 pounds since he’s been drafted according to Carroll, but he looks slated to take on a Tony McDaniel type role. Carroll said he thinks he can “play real tough inside for us on first and second down plays” which is very encouraging for his chances of making the team or practice squad.

Garry Gilliam

This year’s edition of Jared Smith and J.R. Sweezy, Gilliam is a former tight end. You can see his tight end background in his quickness and agility. He’s been tried at left tackle. He’ll likely battle Alvin Bailey for the backup left tackle spot. Alvin Bailey and Michael Bowie played very well in their time on the field last year. Bowie had time at both LG and RT, and Bailey got some time as a sixth offensive lineman against teams like San Francisco.

Keith Price

Price looked good for the duration of the three days and threw plenty of pretty deep balls. The Dawg in me really wants him to make the team. It’s going to be an uphill battle, as Daniels, Jackson, Pryor, and of course Wilson are ahead of him on the depth chart. Price may be able to carve out a backup role if Pryor can be utilized at another position (which is somewhat doubtful) and if he can beat out Daniels.

Garrett Scott

Scott never got to participate due to several missed physicals, but he’s yet another guy that could backup Okung at left tackle. He has experience at both guard positions and both tackle positions.

 

*Hat tip to Danny Kelly of Field Gulls and Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times for some of the quotes I pulled from

 

– Michael Ajeto

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