Seahawks Sign Nine Not Drafted

Washington OLB/SS Evan Benjamin

After the draft is over, personnel moves continue. The Seahawks have done their homework, and nine players who were not selected over the weekend will get their first chance to make an impact in the team's upcoming minicamps. Seahawks.NET has the inside take on these nine not drafted.

Full Name: Evan Benjamin School: Washington Pos: OLB

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 215 40: 4.65 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Led the team in tackles the past two seasons when he was a full-time starter. Senior numbers included 109/7/4 after 105/10/2.5 as a junior.

Pos: Explosive yet under-sized linebacker with potential in the defensive secondary. Scrapes well laterally, displays range to the sidelines and flows to the play. Stays with assignments, has a burst of speed and is explosive at the point. Works hard to get involved in the action.

Neg: Marginally instinctive in coverage. Gets caught up in the wash moving laterally. Struggles getting off blocks.

Analysis: A hard-working prospect who plays with a lot of energy, Benjamin has potential at strong safety if he improves his skills in coverage.


Full Name: Matt Henshaw School: Florida State Pos: TE

Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 248 40: 4.79 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Posted career-best numbers as a full-time starter last season with 21/177. Part-time player the prior two years.

Pos: Well-rounded tight end with marginal upside. Stays square, anchors in pass protection and blocks with good pad level. Quickly releases into routes and settles into the open seams on the field.

Neg: Marginal playing speed, strength and productivity.

Analysis: Flashing ability, Henshaw’s best shot is as a third tight end in the NFL.


Full Name: Kevin Hobbs School: Auburn Pos: CB

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 195 40: 4.37 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Former walk-on from Texas Southern
was a solid player for the Tigers at both cornerback and safety. Not a dominant player, the Tampa, Fla., native showed the burst on Auburn's 3/23 Pro Day that NFL teams long for from their defensive backs. Running back-to-back 40-yard dash times of 4.37 seconds with a fastest time of 4.34 at least one scout's watch, a standing broad jump of 11 feet, 1 inch and a vertical leap of 39 ½ inches, Hobbs showed that he has the physical ability to play on the next level. He said following the workout that he couldn’t be happier about his performance.

”It couldn’t have gone any better,” Hobbs said. “I’m blessed. I just thank God for what happened. I worked hard so I wasn’t really nervous. I prepared well and just did what I knew I could do.”

Working out in Orlando with Tom Shaw, Hobbs had been timed at better than 4.4 seconds on several occasions while running on a track. Back in Auburn for a little over a week and staying with McClover, Hobbs said he told his fellow teammates they better be ready to watch when he lined up for his 40-yard sprint on artificial turf in Auburn's indoor facility.

“I wasn’t surprised,” Hobbs said. “I knew. I told them they better get their video cameras out today because I was going to show them a little something. Everything is working out for me just like I wanted it to. I’m just blessed and thankful for this opportunity to show what I can do.”


Full Name: Lance Laury School: South Carolina Pos: OLB

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 233 40: 4.70 Year: 5Sr

Bio:  Co-recipient of the team's Outstanding Linebacker Award during spring practice, Laury was slated to be a starter and key figure on the defense in his senior year after appearing in all 11 games as a backup in 2004. Posted the following numbers at South Carolina's March 15 Pro Day: 40-Yard Dash: 4.70. 225 Lb. Bench Press Reps: 23. Vertical Jump: 35 1/2. Broad Jump: 9'7". 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.22. 3-Cone Drill: 7.25.


Full Name: Travis Lulay School: Montana State Pos: QB

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 216 40: 4.76 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Four-year starter named All-Conference and All-Academic player the past two seasons. Passing numbers included 57.5%/2,629/17/10 as a senior, when he also led the team in rushing with 133/611/4. Posted a career-high 3,485 yards passing as a junior.

Pos: Athletic quarterback with the ability to make plays with his feet. Poised in the pocket, buys time for receivers and has a nice sense of where his targets are. Does not force throws, leads receivers over the middle or lets them run to the corner passes. Natural looking off the safety, goes through progressions and senses pressure in the pocket.

Neg: Mainly operates out of the shotgun. Has a bit of a wind-up and elongated throwing motion. Does not have a quick release or big arm. Marginally accurate outside of 15-yards.

Analysis: A productive quarterback, Lulay offers marginal upside on the next level and must quickly make an adjustment to a pro passing offense.


Full Name: Garrett McIntyre School: Fresno State Pos: DE

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 252 40: 4.83 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and has won All-Conference honors every year since. Senior totals included 29/12.5/7 after 46/10.5/7 as a junior.

Pos: Undersized, hard-working one-gap lineman who plays with great intensity. Has outstanding first-step quickness and makes plays up and down the line of scrimmage. Quickly reads the action and locates the ball. Plays with excellent pad level, wedges between blocks and nicely redirects to ball handlers.

Neg: Engulfed at the point or easily controlled by opponents. Possesses only a short-area burst of speed and is not effective in pursuit.

Analysis: A respected team leader who is all business, McIntyre lacks the great physical skills yet could find a home as a backup lineman\special-teams player.


Full Name: Kyle Ralph School: North Carolina Pos: G

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 300 40: 5.28 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his senior and junior seasons.

Pos: Heavy-footed blocker best in confined quarters. Quick off the snap and jolts opponents at the point. Fights throughout the action, displays good hand punch and works until the whistle blows. Seals opponents from the play with body

Neg: Rarely finishes blocks. Marginal athlete with limited footwork and ability in space.

Analysis: A mauling blocker with limited range, Ralph is best suited as a back-up for a ball control offense in the NFL.


Full Name: Pat Ross School: Boston College Pos: C

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 301 40: 4.97 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter and All-Big East player as a junior.

Pos: Hard-working, durable blocker with an excellent feel for the position. Quick into blocks and explosive at the point. Quarterbacks the offensive line, remains alert and helps out teammates. Effectively uses angles and walls defenders from the play. Can slide in space and adjust on the inside.

Neg: Lacks the dominant base, and is not a finisher who opens up the middle of the field.

Analysis: Dependable and durable in college, Ross is a prospect with marginal upside. Must add bulk to his frame, but intangibles, work ethic and toughness make him worth keeping around.


Full Name: John Syptak School: Rice Pos: OLB

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 241 40: 4.70 Year: 4Sr

Bio: All-Conference selection as a senior after leading the team with 72/9.5/3.5. Posted 69/15/8 as a junior after 81/12/4 as a sophomore, when he first broke into the starting lineup.

Pos: Hard-working collegiate defensive end with potential at linebacker. Quickly gets off the snap with a good first step, keeps his pads low and displays a fluid change of direction. Wedges between blocks and plays with reckless abandon.

Neg: Easily knocked from his angle of attack or handled at the point. Likes to pin his ears back, take off up the field and then overruns the action.

Analysis: A fiery competitor productive on the college level, Syptak must learn to be effective in reverse to have any chance of sticking at the next level.

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