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Seahawks Meet With Injured Prospects
Even some players aren't interested in divulging who they're scheduled to meet with.
"I really don't think that needs to be out there," Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford said when asked what team's he spoken with.
Others simply haven't used their Under Armour Combine de-coder rings yet to figure out what teams want to meet with them.
"I'm not sure," Cal running back Jahvid Best said. "They give you a sheet that just has a room number on it. I haven't checked out the room numbers yet."
With the Seattle Seahawks having two picks in the top half of the first-round, the top quarterbacks and offensive tackles have most likely met with the Seahawks' coaching staff, along with the more highly-rated running backs, defensive linemen and defensive backs.
In addition to head coach Pete Carroll informally speaking with his former players from USC, the Seahawks likely prioritized meeting with underclassmen and seniors who skipped or weren't invited to the Senior Bowl, and players who are coming off serious injuries.
Below are three such players, two who won't work out at the Combine and one who skipped the Senior Bowl, who have divulged meeting with the Seahawks at the Combine.
Eric Decker, WR, University of Minnesota: Decker measured in at 6-3 and 217 pounds, with 31" arms and 9 1/8" hands on Friday. He put up 15 reps on the bench press on Saturday, but that would be the extent of his workout, as he had Lisfranc surgery on his left foot last October.
Decker started 40 of 41 games for the Gophers, finishing his college career with 220 receptions for 3,000 yards and 24 touchdowns. Decker battled through leg injuries in 2008 to haul in 84 passes for 1,074 yards and 7 touchdowns, and was named second-team All-Big Ten in 2008 and 2009.
"I'm going to get some surgery March 15 and get my plate and screw removed," Decker said on Friday. "Dr. Anderson said by June, I'll be 'no restrictions' working out, and by fall camp I'll be 100 percent."
Decker carries a mid-round draft grade, and if he's picked in April, it won't be the first time a professional sports team called his name on draft day. The Minnesota Twins drafted him in the 27th round of last year's draft.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech: Thomas was measured at 6-3 and 224 pounds, with 33" arms and 10 1/2" hands, the largest among receivers at the Combine. Unfortunately, he had surgery last Sunday to repair the fifth metatarsal in his left foot and was unable to participate in any drills.
Georgia Tech's Pro Day is March 15, but Thomas won't attend. He's hopeful to be able to work out for scouts before the draft, and not being physically capable of working out for scouts in Indianapolis has been hard on him.
"Once I did it (broke the bone in his foot), I felt real bad. I started crying because I wanted to participate in stuff like this. It just hurt my heart."
Thomas had hoped to go in the first-round (ESPN's Mel Kiper had him going 21st to the Cincinnati Bengals), though he acknowledged that he needs to answer questions about his speed before that happened.
"I thought I had a great chance, actually," Thomas said of be drafted in the first-round. "I had started talking to teams. I'm not really getting bad feedback (about the injury). A lot of people I've talked to say I'm OK. Just go do treatment and rehab and come back and do what you can and I should be fine.
"All I can do now is get healthy and hopefully have a pro day."
Corey Wootton, DE, Northwestern: Wootton nearly entered the NFL after his junior season, receiving a late first/early second-round grade from the NFL's advisory committee.
Wootton had planned to sit down with his parents and college coach after the Wildcats' Alamo Bowl game to discuss what he should do, but the 6-6, 270-pound defensive end tore his right ACL in the game, making the decision for him.
Despite the severity of the injury, Wootton didn't miss a game in 2009, playing at less than 100% to set a school-record with 49 starts over his 4+-year career. (Wootton received a medical hardship year after injuring his neck after 3 games, including two starts, as a true freshman in 2005.)
Primarily playing left defensive end in a 4-3 defense, Wootton was credited with 155 tackles (94 solo), including 38 for a loss, 19.5 quarterback sacks, four passes, and four blocked kicks, which isn't surprising when you're 6-6 and have 34 3/4" arms.
Wootton's size and athleticism have piqued the interest of several 3-4 teams, and Wootton thinks he can add the necessary bulk to play the "5" technique.
"I would feel very comfortable" Wootton said of playing in a 3-4 defense. "I feel I can play the run pretty well, I've showed people I can play at 285. So I'm willing to do whatever any team wants me to do.
"I have a frame I can add a lot of weight on, and not add too much fat onto it."
Wootton skipped the Senior Bowl to focus on getting healthier for the Combine, and will participate in all the drills at Lucas Oil Stadium on Monday.
"I'd say I'm about 90 percent now," Wootton said. "I'm doing all the drills, but I'm still not 100 percent."
In addition to writing for NorthwestFootball.net, Brian McIntyre blogs daily at Mac's Football Blog. You can follow Brian on Twitter, and if you'd like to e-mail him, you can always do so by clicking here.
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