Welcome to Seattle Korey Toomer…Idaho outside linebacker

Seahawks 5th round selection (154 from NYJ)

Name: Korey Toomer
Position: OLB
College: Idaho
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 234
40 yard dash: 4.54

Coming into the draft the Seahawks were without a 5th round pick. Their pick was sent to the Buffalo Bills in the trade for Marshawn Lynch.

The Seahawks acquired this pick when they moved down 4 spots in the second round and added the pick 154 as well as a 7th rounder (232).

Toomer was selected 154th overall today in the 5th round

Korey Toomer is a player who wasn’t on the NFL radar before his senior season. In his final year of eligibility he earned All-WAC Conference second team honors.

He is a versatile player who has played DE, LB and DB in the college level as well as had a few carries at running back. Toomer can use his athleticism in coverage, an area the Seahawks linebackers struggle in mightily, as well as special teams.

I expect him to make the team and contribute right away on special teams but it will be a year or two before he is ready to play outside linebacker for the Seahawks in a starting capacity.

That’s assuming he can develop into that type of player, and that he can continue his growth.


Korey Toomer is another player with potential and a player who is on the rise.

Korey Toomer

Korey Toomer can cover well and could play in nickle situations this season. (Photo Credit -

Korey is a very athletic young player who moves well. He is lanky and needs some serious time in the weight room to add some mass to his frame so he will be able to take on blocks at the NFL level.

Coach Carlisle (Seahawks strength and conditioning coach) will have his work cut out for him. 10-15 more pounds of solid muscle should also give him some added durability, he was redshirted in the 2010 season due to injury.

Though this pick doesn’t excite me as much as some of the other outside linebackers, I would have taken Danny Trevathan out of Kentucky with the pick, it makes sense because a player like Danny struggles in coverage.

Korey Toomer can cover well and could play in nickle situations this season.

Danny Trevathan is a better player right now but Korey Toomer appears to have a higher ceiling. Once again we are talking about the Seahawks developing talent, something they are very good at.

Expert Analysis


Toomer possesses good range and shows enough athleticism to hold up in space, where he needs to develop IS more above the neck.

PER CBS Sports

Toomer didn’t score an invite to the Combine, but scouts took notice when he ran a 4.53-second 40 and posted a 42-inch vertical at Idaho’s pro day. A second-team all-conference pick in 2011, Toomer missed the previous season due to injury. He didn’t just return, Toomer was the Vandals’ most versatile player in 2011, playing two linebacker spots, defensive end and even saw a few snaps at fullback. His time on the offensive side of the ball included three touchdowns against Utah State. The Las Vegas native spent two seasons at Arizona Western before transfering to Idaho for the 2009 season.

The Seahawks still hold 4 picks today.

Sixth: 2nd, 172nd
Sixth: 12th, No 181st
Seventh: 18th, 225th
Seventh: 25th, 232nd

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  • Nukkemdmusic

    Odds are u let these boys play and the best players will play the drafts over everyone picked in the draft are pros now so its who has the better potential now some of the best players in the NFL came from small schools. So lets not go off size and how popular there names are lets just wait and see when the season starts..

  • Richardfg7

    The Seahawks have a very good scouting department and do their homework on guys they pick. They have a plan for this young man. 

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