I didn't want to enter the world of complete homerism because when I read through the Giants, Eagles, Patriots etc. team threads I get utterly sick and feel like throwing up. You'd think that each team was destined to go 16-0 and that EVERY DRAFT PICK THEY MADE WAS THE BEST DRAFT PICK EVER! That's not my style...
With that said, how can I not brag about the Seattle Seahawks? Is there an organization headed in a better direction? You've got THE BEST Front Office in the NFL (Pioli who?) with guys like Ruskell (The Wizard), Reinfeldt, Leiweke and one of the league's best owners in Paul Allen. What more could you possibly ask for?
When we last left off, the Seahawks had just gotten utterly jobbed by the refs in the fiasco that is known as Super Bowl XL. After months of warranted bitching, it's back at it and this time the 'Hawks are going to win it all in Miami. The players are extremely focused and while, unlike Matt Shumate, I don't have any sexy quotes to throw at you, let's just say that the Bald Legend Matthew Hasselbeck is FOCUSED. Now, let's take a look at the draft, shall we?
1) Kelly Jennings/CB/Miami - This pick was expected for quite a while so I've been really watching Jennings closely. I liked what I saw at the Senior Bowl and he obviously had a good showing at the Combine (not that any of that matters to Ruskell) I think of Jennings as just a solid, consistent corner. I don't see him snagging 6 INT's a year, or 4 even. I just see him as a guy that you can count on to keep things in front of him. High character guy so it's not shocking why the Hawks picked this guy. The Seahawks really don't need much else when you consider how good their pass rush figures to be with the additions of Julian Peterson and...
2) DARRYL TAPPDATASS/DE/Virginia Tech - Words can not describe the love I have for this pick. Easily my favorite pick of the NFL Draft. This guy is Lofa Tatupu, only at defensive end. Yeah yeah, he's undersized and he ran a poor 40 time, that's nice, who cares? None of that stuff really matters. What matters most is the guy is a playmaker and is always around the ball. Factor that in with the fact that he's got insanely long arms and you see why Seahawks brass aren't worrying about his lack of size. The guy's a hustler and that's all you need to be a force in the Seahawks defense. Huge character guy comes from a military family. Great pick and I expect big things from Tapp as a situation pass rusher in Year 1. Who knows, maybe he even beats out Bryce Fisher (a solid DE) for a starting spot.
3) Nate Burleson/WR/Vikings - When people evalutate the Seahawks draft, why do they always leave out Burleson? IMO better than nearly every WR in this draft and a perfect fit for the West Coast Offense. Ruskell and Holmgren absolutely love this guy and they got him for a pretty sweet deal at that. I'm expecting a lot of 7 yard slant patters that are going to turn into 25 yard gains with Nate. With Burleson the Seahawks are now looking at the possibility of having two receivers gain over 1,000 yards in the same season. Another fine move by the wizard known as Tim Ruskell.
4) Rob Sims/OG/Ohio State - This pick I am "mehhh" about. Guard isn't really a need despite losing Hutchinson. The man, the myth, the legend Floyd "PORK CHOP" Womack should be able to fill in perfectly and unlike others I am not expecting a huge dropoff. Womack has played extremely well at LT in the past and as Mark Schlereth once stated so brilliantly "you can get a hobo off the train to play guard." Sims is a high character guy like every guy the Seahawks draft/bring in so it's not too surprising. They really like him and expect him to challenge for a job NEXT season when Womack is yet again an FA. We'll see what happens but to me Sims is nother more than nice depth.
5) David Kirtman/FB/USC - Another "mehhh pick". Kirtman is from the state of Washington and is another high character guy so this should come as no surprise to anyone. I really like converted Carson Newman TE Leonard "The Hydrant" Weaver at the FB position, but competition never hurts. Mack can't go on forever but he should be great for 1 or 2 more years. Kirtman is the perfect WCO fullback but I'd really like to see Weaver get a chance.
6) Mike Green/S/Bears - Insurance for Ken Hamlin who is back and practicing at the team's Minicamps. Green is an average safety with starter experience so it's better than drafting a safety in the 6th especially if Ken just can't go or isn't really the same. Not really expecting too much from Green, but the same was said when the team picked up Marquand Manuel off waivers from the Bengals a couple years back.
7a) Ryan Plackemeier/P/Wake Forest - WOOOOOOO A PUNTER!!!!!!!!!! Let me put on my "homer mask" for a sec here... PLACKEMEIERISGONNABDABESTPUNTEREVER!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously... words can't describe how little I care about this draft pick... but this face can! :mellow:
7b) Ben Obomanu/WR/Auburn - AKA the guy that'll get cut in Training Camp.
In retrospect, a pretty sexy draft for the Seahawks when you consider they picked 31st. I love the TAPPDATASS pick and I think Jennings will be a solid NFL corner. The team doesn't really have any holes and did a great job of keeping it's core FA's.
Sure Hutchinson got away but he's replaceable, same goes for Jurevicius and Manuel. Some other teams are really going to have to step up in order to pose a serious threat to the Seahawks. If not everyone else can just go :suicide: because the Seahawks are winning the Super Bowl this season.
Before I go, some serious Matt Hasselbeck/Lofa Tatupu idol worshipping is in order...
:wearenotworthy: :wearenotworthy: :wearenotworthy: :wearenotworthy: :wearenotworthy: :wearenotworthy: MATT & LOFA
A little btw action is in order here...
|The Seahawks have finished their first minicamp practice of the 2006 offseason. DE Grant Wistrom (shoulder), DT Marcus Tubbs (calf), DE Jeb Huckeba (feet), DB Jordan Babineaux (shoulder), WR Darrell Jackson (knee), WR Jerheme Urban (foot), DE Joe Tafoya (shoulder), TE Jerramy Stevens (knee), WR Alex Bannister (clavicle) and SS Michael Boulware (knee) did not practice.|
The big news, of course, was that FS Ken Hamlin is back on the field. He picked off a pass from backup QB Seneca Wallace today, an encouraging sign for the team.
That's pretty nice to see...
Also, Jeff was nice enough to pass this along to me, a great write up...READ THIS!
Hey just signed up from another draft site and its nice to see I'm one of the only Seahawks fans here :HELP: . This must be a relatively new site...
Hey David what are your thoughts on the Hawk's next year 1st round draft pick...?