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-gay 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 (Courtesy of NFLDraftScout.com)
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.