NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson details players from northwest teams who have received new contracts at the NFL level. This year we saw quite a few standouts from all four Northwest teams (Oregon, Washington, Oregon State, Washington State) get drafted. Jordan Poyer (OSU), Markus Wheaton (OSU), Dion Jordan (UO), Kiko Alonso (UO), Kyle Long (UO), Kenjon Barner (UO), Desmond Trufant (UW), and Marquess Wilson (WSU) went in the draft.
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 Editor and Insider Chris Anderson recaps where the Oregon Ducks went in the NFL Draft this year. Five players were drafted from the University of Oregon in 2013, marking the most players in four years that were previously Ducks. Headlining the crew of drafted players was Dion Jordan, who was selected as the No. 3 overall pick by the Miami Dolphins. Kyle Long also went in the first round, being the 20th pick overall and going to the Chicago Bears.
NWSB Insider and Washington State Cougars’ blogger Jordin Ereth talks about Marquess Wilson being selected by the Chicago Bears in the 2013 NFL Draft. Everyone with a pulse is aware of Wilson’s disastrous departure from Washington State last fall, and because of that his stock was guaranteed to slip. But 236th? That’s no slip, that is a plummet. There were 26 receivers taken before Wilson, so apparently NFL owners believe that Wilson’s incredible upside wasn’t worth the risk…
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, 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.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks Blogger Brett Bivens recaps the team’s third round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft. Williams is a defensive tackle who eats up blockers and stuffs the run. A nose tackle if you will. This is the player who fits the mold of a guy like Alan Branch who left during free agency in a way. I like this pick a lot. The Seahawks’ defense just got a lot tougher to run against.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks Blogger Brett Bivens recaps the team’s fourth round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft. Actually I love this pick. As soon as Seattle makes their selection in any round I got back to my notes to see what I thought of the player before Seattle drafted him. Chris Harper impressed me. Like Brett said, this is a great pick by the Seahawks who needed to add depth at wide receiver.