NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks blogger Brett Bivens gives you his opinion on who will be the backup quarterback to Russell Wilson in Seattle. The release of Josh Portis after his alleged DUI helped to clear some things up, as Brady Quinn will likely step into the role due to his experience and talent. Don’t count out Jerrod Johnson, though, as he does has a unique skill set that could prove valuable in Seattle.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks Blogger Brett Bivens recaps his thoughts on the four-game suspension of Bruce Irvin. After watching Winston Guy and Brandon Browner get suspended last season, as well as Richard Sherman fighting suspension for using Adderall, you’d think Bivens would have been smarter. The initial assumption in the minds of fans was probably that Irvin was taking steroids, but this just doesn’t make sense to the 12th man.
NWSB Insider Brett Bivens gives you some feedback from the recently concluded Seahawks mini-camps. He points out Jerrod Johnson isn’t your average rookie, trying to make it in Philadelphia and Pittsburg the last two seasons. Luke Willson. There was not a lot of video of him playing floating around the internet at the time he was drafted, he looks like a nice compliment to Zach Miller. Jesse Williams, The Monstar has a huge upper body.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks’ blogger Brett Bivens talks about Seattle’s 2013 NFL Draft class in comparison to the classes of other teams. I do not believe you can grade a draft class for at least 3 years. Before that you are grading the team on player potential and not production. There is a reason Mel Kiper works for ESPN and not an NFL franchise. Maybe later this offseason I will take a look at the 2010 Seahawks draft class, the first class of the Pete Carroll and John Schneider era.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks Blogger Brett Bivens gives us his take on the team’s final pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. With the final selection, the team chose Michael Bowie, a tackle out of Northeastern State. There’s not a lot of footage on this young man, so Bivens uses his conference call to form an opinion. Bowie says that he’s learned from mistakes he made in college, and looks up to Russell Okung in the pros.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks Blogger Brett Bivens recaps the team’s seventh round pick, Jared Smith. One thing to look for when watching small school players play is if they are the best player on the field. With Smith, you can absolutely see that he is the best player on the field. Smith is a DT out of New Hampshire. Last season as a senior, Smith led the team with nine tackles for a loss, four sacks and three blocked kicks and earned multiple postseason honors.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks Blogger Brett Bivens recaps the team’s seventh round pick, Ty Powell. Brett says most experts feel Seattle could look to him as a depth option as a situation pass rusher behind Chris Clemons, Bruce Irvin and Cliff Avril. Powell recorded 40 tackles, with 15 for loss, and 8.5 sacks during his senior season. Powell is the first player from the Arkansas school to be drafted in 30 years. Powell played defensive end, linebacker and safety at Harding.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks Blogger Brett Bivens recaps the team’s seventh round pick, Ryan Seymour. Brett says most experts feel Seymour’s versatility could be a key for his hopes of making a crowded roster with Paul McQuistan, James Carpenter, John Moffitt and J.R. Sweezy all returning at the position. The Seahawks selected Seymour with the pick they received when they sent Barrett Ruud to the New Orleans Saints last year.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks Blogger Brett Bivens recaps the team’s sixth round pick, Spencer Ware. Brett says most experts feel Ware is another running back the Seahawks have brought in who has a colorful history that includes suspensions. This one is drug related, not punching related, not gun related (Marshawn Lynch). Worst case scenario is that Spencer doesn’t make the team and Michael Robinson has a new fire lit under him.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks Blogger Brett Bivens recaps the team’s fifth round pick, Luke Willson. Brett says most experts feel he offers upside but must commit to football and find a team willing to develops his skills. He had a heckuva pro day. 4.49-40, 38″ vertical, 23 bench, 4.24 short shuttle and 7.03 L drill. He’s an accomplished baseball player who spent time in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He grew up in Canada, and plays hockey too.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks Blogger Brett Bivens recaps the team’s fifth round pick, Tharold Simon. Brett says Simon could be the annual Seahawks diamond in the rough, and he loves this pick! Tharold might be the player who replaces Brandon Browner one day. He got in trouble with the law this week but by all accounts it will work itself out and not amount to anything major.