Seahawks 2007 Draft: As It Happened!


Posted Apr 30, 2007


Exclusive stats and analysis for all of Seattle's 2007 draftees...

Seattle Seahawks 2007 Draft

ROUND

PLAYER

POSITION

COLLEGE

2 (55)

Josh Wilson

CB

Maryland

3 (85)

Brandon Mebane

DT

California

4 (120)

Baraka Atkins

DE

Miami (Fl.)

4 (124)

Mansfield Wrotto

G/T

Georgia Tech

5 (161)
Will Herring
LB/S
Auburn

6 (197)

Courtney Taylor

WR

Auburn

6 (210)

Jordan Kent

WR

Oregon

7 (232)

Steve Vallos

G/T

Wake Forest

SECOND ROUND (55th PICK OVERALL)

With the 55th pick in the second round, the Seattle Seahawks select Maryland CB Josh Wilson (5'9", 188 pounds). For the second straight season, Tim Ruskell drafts a mighty-mite cornerback with his first pick (Kelly Jennings in 2006). Wilson has great speed, kick-return ability, and could begin his rookie campaign in the nickel.

.NET Draft Review

Ryan Rigmaiden: A bit of a surprise pick with Wilson. I thought there would be much better value with some of the defensive ends on the board. Florida's Ray McDonald, Texas' Tim Crowder or Georgia's Charles Johnson would've been better options at this point, in my opinion.

Wilson's size (5'9") is a bit of a concern, but he has the talent to push for a nickel spot right away. His added value as a return man is a definite bonus, but his value on defense is uncertain at this point. I believe the injury problems the 'Hawks dealt with late in the year last season led to this pick. By no means did the team want to go through that again, hence the selection of Wilson.

Scout.com Player Profile: A feisty cornerback with top athleticism and a good degree of intelligence, Wilson offers terrific upside. May start his NFL career as a kick returner, yet has the abilities to develop into a starting cornerback.

Biography: Full-time starter the past two years, receiving both All-Conference and All-Academic honors since his junior campaign. Senior totals were 55/1/12, with a 27.3-yard average on 31 kick returns, bringing one back 100 yards for a touchdown. Junior numbers were 73/1/8.

Pos: Fast cornerback who also impacts the game returning kicks. Displays speed in every direction, possesses a nice move to the throw and positions himself to defend the pass. Plays heads-up football, reads receiver’s eyes and locates the ball in the air. Runs step-for-step with opponents anywhere on the field and shows the ability to recover from mistakes. Has opposing quarterbacks throwing away from him.

Neg: Misjudges his pass defenses on occasion. Undersized and loses out in battles. Very quick out of his backpedal.

By the Numbers (courtesy of NFLDraftScout.com)

Campus:
4.28 in the 40-yard dash … 350-pound bench press … 495-pound squat … 300-pound power clean … 36½-inch vertical jump … 28 7/8-inch arm length … 8 7/8-inch arm length … Right-handed.

Combine: 4.42 in the 40-yard dash … 1.56 10-yard dash … 2.58 20-yard dash … 4.43 20-yard shuttle … 11.64 60-yard shuttle … 7.07 three-cone drill … 26½-inch vertical jump … 10-foot broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times.


THIRD ROUND (85th PICK OVERALL)

With the 85th pick in the third round, the Seattle Seahawks select Cal defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (6’1”, 305 pounds). Filling a desperate need with the unknown post-microfracture status of Marcus Tubbs, Mebane can stop the run and penetrate offense lines to pressure quarterbacks. Mebane stood out at the Senior Bowl, and started 31 of his 41 games at Cal.

.NET Draft Review

Ryan Rigmaiden: A very solid pick, especially considering that CB wasn't a huge need with Seattle's first pick in this Draft (55th overall). Mebane isn't overly big (6'1" 300), but he's solid stacking the run and is quick enough to be a one-gap player. Mebane is also an experienced player, starting since he was a freshmen. He's definitely a Ruskell-type DT, being that he's a squatty defender that plays hard every down and above his athleticism, which is not elite. He'll be involved in Seattle's defensive tackle rotation immediately.

Scout.com Player Profile: A defender with a nonstop motor, Mebane offers potential in a variety of systems. Has the mental makeup to play on the nose yet could also be effective as a conventional tackle.

Biography: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his junior and senior campaigns. Totals last season were 52/10/4 after 39/9.5/7 the prior year.

Pos: Explosive interior lineman who consistently gets penetration behind the line of scrimmage. Gets off the snap with a terrific first step, plays with leverage and good pad level. Tenacious, keeps his feet moving up the field and goes very hard. Shows the ability to alter his angle of attack and rarely is off his feet. Fires through the gaps upfield, forceful and flashes power, bull-rushing opponents off the line. Closes to the action with a burst of speed.

Neg: Marginal hand technique and does not do a good job protecting himself. Handled at the point or turned from the action by larger opponents.

By The Numbers

Campus: 5.09 in the 40-yard dash … 375-pound bench press … 515-pound squat … 324-pound power clean … 25-inch vertical jump … 4.41 20-yard shuttle … 33-inch arm length … 10 5/8-inch hands … Right-handed.


FOURTH ROUND (120th PICK OVERALL)

With the 120th pick in the fourth round, the Seattle Seahawks select Miami defensive tackle Baraka Atkins (6’4”, 278 pounds). Atkins played end and tackle at Miami, but his role in Seattle will be to rotate in with Patrick Kerney, Bryce Fisher and Darryl Tapp on the edges.

.NET Draft Review

Ryan Rigmaiden:
A bit of a surprise pick here with Baraka Atkins. Some scouts loved him, some weren't impressed with his production. He has solid size and comes, speed and comes from a big program (which Ruskell loves), but he's a bit of a tweener, not possessing the speed to consistently turn the corner and lacking the size to play DT on a permanent basis. Atkins is a terrific pick for depth, however. He's versatile enough to play both positions and push our current starters for playing time. I see him as a solid DE that's much better vs. the run than the pass at this point, but has the potential to start.

Scout.com Player Profile: A physically gifted prospect with the ability to be used as a two-gap lineman, Atkins comes off a disappointing senior campaign. Never met the expectations scouts had of him, and is close to being labeled as an under-achiever. Offers starting potential at the next level, but has yet to show the fire or motivation.

Biography: Four-year starter whose senior totals included 43/12/5 after 40/5/1.5 as a junior.

Pos: Nice-sized, athletic defender who has yet to take his game to another level.

Plays with good pad level, displays speed in every direction and penetrates up the field, creating havoc. Fluid changing direction, makes plays down the line and redirects to the action. Agile, splits blocks and rarely is off his feet. Plays with terrific balance and body control.

Neg: Does not chase hard to get involved in the action, nor is he a physical defender. Has a lot of tackles broken. Controlled at the point by tight ends.

By The Numbers

Campus: 4.84 in the 40-yard dash … 350-pound bench press … 425-pound squat … 300-pound power clean … 4.67 20-yard shuttle … 7.02 three-cone drill … 31-inch vertical jump … 9-foot-4 broad jump.

Combine: 4.76 in the 40-yard dash … 1.69 10-yard dash … 2.79 20-yard dash … 33-inch vertical jump … 9-foot-3 broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 22 times.

FOURTH ROUND (124th PICK OVERALL)

With the 124th pick in the fourth round (acquired from San Francisco in the Darrell Jackson trade), the Seattle Seahawks select Georgia Tech guard Mansfield Wrotto (6’3”, 316 pounds). Wrotto was a three-year starter at defensive tackle for the Yellowjackets, and moved to the other side of the line as a senior. However, the coaches tried to move him in his junior year, but injuries to other DTs forced Wrotto to stay put. This is an obvious future pick for Seattle, as Wrotto’s amazing physical potential has to be mitigated by his inexperience at a need position for the Seahawks.

.NET Draft Profile

Ryan Rigmaiden: I have nothing against Mansfield Wrotto, because I think he can be a fine pro in a few years, but to pass on Boston College's Josh Beekman is a mistake. Wrotto is as raw as they come. After starting along the defensive line and only playing offense for one season, he's got a long way to be before being a finished product. He's a above average athlete that will need need a redshirt year and shouldn't be counted on this season. I just don't see how you select him ahead of a proven guard like Beekman.

Scout.com Player Profile: Displaying consistent improvement as the year went on, Wrotto is a developmental project with good upside. Played tackle in college, but better off in confined quarters at guard.

Biography: Former defensive lineman who started every game at right tackle as a senior.

Pos: Stout, wide-bodied blocker who shows a lot of potential on the offensive line. Quick off the snap, fights with his hands and is strong at the point. Turns defenders off the ball, keeps his feet moving and stays with blocks. Makes terrific use of blocking angles and is patient in pass protection.

Neg: Not light on his feet, struggles sliding out to protect the edge and displays minimal skills blocking in motion. Stands to improve his overall body strength.


FIFTH ROUND (161st PICK OVERALL)

With the 161st pick in the fifth round, the Seattle Seahawks select Auburn linebacker Will Herring (6’2”, 229 pounds). It is known that the Seahawks were looking at linebacker-to-safety prospects at the Combine – they talked to at least Juwan Simpson from Alabama about that – and Herring could be that kind of player. There isn’t the size to move to the NFL as a linebacker. He played safety at Auburn until his senior year, when the move was made to right outside linebacker.

.NET Draft Profile

Ryan Rigmaiden: Another interesting pick. Herring was much lower on my boards and I honestly feel there are several other players more deserving of this pick. I guess that's why Tim Ruskell is the GM and we're in here speculating his picks. Herring is undersized, and will have to gain some weight in order to be anything more than a backup. I expected Seattle to grab a linebacker to help the special teams and overall depth, but I'd rather have had Oklahoma's Rufus Alexander or Mississippi's Rory Johnson.

Scout.com Player Profile: A productive player on the college level, Herring looks best suited as a conventional strong safety or a backup in a zone system. Will never be starting material and must produce on special teams.

Biography: Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors last season. Led the team in tackles as a senior totaling 72/9.5/1.5 when he also intercepted two passes. Totaled 69 tackles as a junior, again leading the team. Played both linebacker and safety at Auburn.

Pos: Intelligent defender who plays heads-up football. Efficient, diagnoses the action and makes a lot of smart plays on the field. Moves well laterally, keeps the action in front of him and displays coverage skills in a small area. Wraps up tackling.

Neg: Not strong, easily blocked from the action and has tackles broken. Does not show top recovery or closing speed.

By The Numbers

Campus: 4.57 in the 40-yard dash … 2.62 20-yard dash … 1.55 10-yard dash … Bench pressed 225 pounds 18 times … 308-pound power clean … 36½-inch vertical jump … 10-foot-5 broad jump … 3.99 20-yard shuttle … 6.56 three-cone drill … 32 1/8-inch arm length … 9¾-inch hands … Right-handed.


SIXTH ROUND (194th PICK OVERALL)

With the 194th pick in the sixth round, the Seattle Seahawks select Auburn wide receiver Courtney Taylor (6’1”, 209 pounds). Injuries affected Taylor’s 2005, but he rebounded in 2006 by leading the Tigers in receptions. He’s a decent-sized guy without an “elite gear” downfield, but he runs routes well, knows how to fight through traffic and should fit Seattle’s offense. Taylor started 33 of his 50 games, holds the school career receptions record (153), and will work hard on special teams.

.NET Draft Profile

Ryan Rigmaiden: For the second straight year, the 'Hawks select an Auburn wide receiver. Taylor has great hands and makes the circus catch look easy. But he's only scored three TDs in the past two years, raising some questions as to how effective he'll be at the next level. Like Obamanu last year, Taylor isn't a speed threat, but can be a solid possession receiver on short and intermediate routes. I like this pick, but can't figure out what's wrong with TEs Ben Patrick and Michael Allan. Both are solid prospects that would fill a need.

Scout.com Player Profile: A savvy pass-catcher who makes the most of his abilities, Taylor will not “wow” anybody from his game film but has enough ability to make it at the next level.

Biography: Senior totals included 54/704/2 when he moved back into the starting lineup. Totaled just 22/278/1 as junior, struggling with an ankle injury. Sophomore totals were 43/737/6, when he was an every-game starter.

Pos: Productive pass-catcher with potential as a fourth wideout at the next level. Sells routes, gets separation from opponents and runs well laterally. Effortlessly makes the reception in stride, lays out for the difficult reception and displays soft hands. Knows where the sticks are on third down and gets past them to make the important catch. Gets vertical in a crowd to make the reception.

Neg: Not a downfield threat who stretches the defense. Drops some catchable balls on occasion.

By The Numbers

Campus: 4.62 in the 40-yard dash (wind-aided) … 4.66 40-yard dash (against the wind -- 8 MPH) … 34-inch vertical jump … 32 1/8-inch arm length … 9¾-inch hands … Right-handed.


SIXTH ROUND (210th PICK OVERALL)

With the 210th pick in the sixth round, the Seattle Seahawks select Oregon wide receiver Jordan Kent (6’3”, 209 pounds). The second consecutive receiver chosen by Seattle, Kent is a developmental prospect who shows ability underneath. His athleticism is undeniable – Kent lettered in football, basketball and track in 2005-2006, the first Division I athlete to do so in four years (North Texas' Adrian Awasom), and the second since Deion Sanders at Florida State in 1987-1988.

.NET Draft Profile

Ryan Rigmaiden: Kent is an amazing athlete with impressive size (6'4" 220). He's lettered in basketball, track and football, but has only played the latter since 2005, making him one of the most raw prospects in the entire Draft. There's no doubt he has potential, but because the game is so new to him, it's hard to imagine him making an impact this season. However, his size, speed, hands and overall athleticism make him a terrific developmental prospect. Look for him to be on Seattle's practice squad throughout the season with a chance to blossom in 2008.

Scout.com Player Profile:

Biography: Became a starter during his senior season and posted 44/491/4, receiving All-Conference honors. Spent his first three years at Oregon playing on the basketball and track teams.

Pos: Nice-sized, athletic receiver with a lot of upside. Nicely adjusts to the errant throw, makes the reception away from his frame and looks the ball in.

Tall, strong target who wins out for the jump ball or out-muscles opponents for the difficult reception. Flashes a burst of speed.

Neg: Lacks the second gear or ability to get separation downfield. Rounds off routes and not quick into breaks. Must pick up the blocking intensity.

By The Numbers

Campus: 4.43-40-yard dash (electronic) … 4.48 in the 40-yard dash … 4.04 in the 20-yard shuttle … 34-inch vertical jump … 235-pound bench press … 335-pound squat … 254-pound power clean … Five percent body fat … 35-inch arm length … 9 7/8-inch hands … Right-handed … Wears contacts.


SEVENTH ROUND (232nd PICK OVERALL)

With the 232nd pick in the seventh round, the Seattle Seahawks select Wake Forest G/T Steve Vallos (6’2”, 297 pounds).

Scout.com Player Profile: A competitive overachiever, Vallos is a marginal athlete with limited upside. The versatility to back-up at several positions gives him an advantage.

Biography: Four-year starter who has been used at both tackle spots as well as offensive guard.

Pos: Hard-working, limited-area blocker who is best on the inside. Patient, effectively uses angles and seals defenders from the action with body positioning. Jolts defenders with his hands, keeps his feet moving and uses all his assets to their maximum. Works hard until the whistle blows and plays with a nasty streak.

Neg: Lacks balance, struggles in space and cannot adjust to defenders.


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