2013 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Seahawks
When healthy, Texas A&M running back Christine Michael can be a special talent. Unfortunately, injuries plagued his collegiate career and he must prove to NFL decision-makers that he can rebound.
Michael saw limited action as a senior because of problems with his head coach. As a sophomore, he broken his right leg and in his junior season, he tore his ACL. Fumbled often and battled with those issues at the Shrine Game.
Runs very hard to the point where he can be reckless with his body, especially during collisions. Has a really nice cut and jump-cut. Can evade defenders in the backfield and find daylight. Hits the hole hard and has a definite knack for finding cut-back angles. Excellent anticipation and vision. Great leverage and lateral movement skills.
Limited experience as a pass catcher. Will probably begin his career as a two-down option in a backup/reserve role. Pass protection is average at best.
Michael projects as a third to fourth round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Penn State Nittany Lions defensive tackle Jordan Hill is an excellent one-gap pass rusher. Although he is one-dimensional currently, his excellent agility and burst off the line could contribute as a rotational player immediately.
Slightly undersized and will need to get more stout at the point of attack. Lacks the frame to anchor. In the right scheme, he would be used sparingly in specific situations. Fires off the line. Great leverage, stays low, and digs into a blocker's chest. Will be pushed around on run plays and by larger and stronger offensive linemen. Run down towards the end of games.... [Read More
Kansas State wide receiver Chris Harper is a former transfer from the University of Oregon. With average size and speed, Harper will have to rely on his good hands and smooth running style to make the jump successfully in the NFL.
Despite lacking ideal height, Harper is well-built at 229 lbs. He can handle press coverage, release and accelerate downfield cleanly. Sells head fakes and jukes when running routes. Not going to run away from most defenders and will have to rely on his route running and fluidity. Has a very natural tempo when running his routes. Can secure the ball with his hands away from his frame. Above-average feel and body control when going after the catch. Doesn't offer much YAC potential and will likely peak as a WR2. Could show more effort after the catch.
Harper is very competitive and must remain under control of his emotions. Tough and willing to work the middle of the field. Underwhelming as a blocker and must bring same level of competition to multiple aspects of his game that don't involve catching the football. Former quarterback so he has a good feel for coverage and finding the soft spots in zones.
Harper projects as a fourth round pick in the ... [Read More
University of Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams is a very thick prospect with a well-balanced game. He does not have many glaring weaknesses and can contribute both against the run and pass.
Williams is quick in short spaces and really gets after the action. Finds himself in the mix and fights for position until the whistle. Not physically dominant, but he can impose his will on guys if he can get good hand placement. Williams is an average athlete and may not ever grow into anything more than a rotational player. Needs to bring high energy late in games and usually starts far better than he finishes. He'll need to add muscle to his lower half. Strong upper body can overpower defenders with the proper leverage. Must lose baby fat and add more muscle to really push blockers into the backfield.
Good snap anticipation. Still new to the game of football after growing up in Australia. Decent ceiling as he continues to learn the finer techniques. Very good tackler when someone gets in his zone. Really explodes into the ball-carrier and can punish opponents if he has any forward momentum.
Williams projects as a second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft but could slip a bit d... [Read More
LSU cornerback Tharold Simon is a prospect with elite height and above-average fluidity in his lower half. Likely slid slightly in the draft after being arrested on the opening night of the 2013 NFL Draft. Very good length and flips his hips cleanly. Thin in his lower half. Needs to add more strength. Can quickly locate the football. Has receiver background in high school. Above-average hands. Average burst. Long strides. Footwork could be more precise. Still raw. Better in man-to-man, whether it is press or off-man.... [Read More
Rice Owls tight end Luke Willson is a height and speed prospect. He ran very impressive 40-yard dash times (4.57 and 4.46) at his Pro Day. Strength and blocking are the weaknesses. Lots of upside as a vertical threat. Willson will likely need seasoning before hitting the field. Was the No. 2 TE on his team. Struggled with injuries during his senior season. Drafted by the CFL last year. Spent time with the Toronto Blue Jays in Spring Training. Must add more lower body strength. Can't hold the edge or anchor.... [Read More
LSU running back Spencer Ware is a former high school quarterback who blossomed into a solid contributor for the Tigers offense. Average speed. Lacks a second gear. Well built. North-south runner. Good patience when hitting the line. Can break arm tackles and churns legs through contact. Moves the pile. Below-average lateral agility. Failed a drug test. Upright runner and absorbs too much contact. Average burst and quickness. Not naturally elusive. Great fit for a run-first, power offense. Must find a way to contribute on special teams.... [Read More
Vanderbilt Commodores offensive guard Ryan Seymour has good height and is a bit underweight. Will need to add more strength to his frame, particularly in his upper body. A nice fit in a zone-blocking scheme. Above-average footwork. Struggles anchoring down. Sufficient arm length and good hand size. Nice jump off the snap. Tough mentality. Bigger defenders can have their way with him at times. Solid awareness, but can be a step late sliding over for blitz help. Quick enough and has the foot speed to get to that second level and lay down reliable blocks.... [Read More
UNH Wildcats defensive tackle (or offensive guard) Jared Smith is a highly developmental prospect from the FCS. Five-technique on defense. Could start at the offensive line. Has experience with both. Average athleticism. Good short-area burst. Can play a one-gap role and press the A-gap to create pressure. Stays low, uses great leverage. Sloppy tackling technique. Lunges instead of moving feet. Must add some bulk to lower half, especially if needed to anchor as a guard. Good frame, has more room to grow.... [Read More