Scott Eklund, Recruiting Editor, Dawgman.com
DT Brian Price, UCLA -- Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll knew about Price from his days at USC and that will help him make a decision on whether to take the physically imposing interior defensive lineman. While he isn’t a standout at rushing the quarterback, Price does have the ability to split double-teams and the bulk to hold his ground against the run. He causes a lot of problems up front for blockers and could play the nose or the three-technique defensive tackle position in Seattle’s scheme.
Brian McIntyre, Editor-in-Chief, NorthwestFootball.net
DT Torell Troup, Central Florida – The 6-3, 314-pound Troup has the size and strength to fend off double-teams and keep blockers away from Lofa Tatupu, and the speed and motor to penetrate into opposing backfields from the “3” technique. Will not be just a two-down player in the NFL, and would look very good paired next to Brandon Mebane.
Doug Farrar, Publisher, NorthwestFootball.net
RB Toby Gerhart, Stanford --The near-Heisman winner has to answer questions about his ability to burst through the line at to the second level in the NFL, but he had the tools to do it. Gerhart takes a while to get yup a head of steam, but he’s as solid bouncing off a first tackle as you’d expect from a 6-0, 230-pound player. He maintains good foot churn while waiting for a gap, and exhibits surprising first-cut quickness when making an inside turn.
He’ll never blow anyone away with his outside speed, but the Seahawks already have running backs for that – what they need now is the proverbial “rolling ball of butcher knives” in power situations in the backfield. At the NFL level, he may be most valuable as a goal line threat and in taking quick passes downfield – not many safeties are going to enjoy tackling this guy. In the end, Gerhart’s foot quickness in short areas is the thing that will allow him to separate from your average big guy who can’t make the professional jump.