From Montlake to the pro’s
Now that the NFL draft is over and done with there is still the matter of how these players will fit into their new teams.
In this following post I’ll write about Alameda Ta’amu, Senio Kelemete, Cort Dennison, Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar.
I’ll talk about how each player will do in the NFL and his chances of making the team.
Ta’amu was chosen in the 4th round by the hated Pittsburgh Steelers. The fact the Steelers have already signed him and traded up for him is good for his chances of making the team. Nobody is 100% but he is pretty close to that.
Ta’amu is a big defensive tackle who at Washington dominated at times but was poorly used.
He is a natural for a 3-4 defense but Nick Holt ran a 4-3 defense which didn’t fit Ta’amu’s needs. The Steelers are one of the best teams for Ta’amu look for him to have a long successful career in Pittsburgh. Today he signed a 4-year deal worth nearly 2.5 million dollars.
Senio Kelemete was chosen in the 5th round by Arizona Cardinals. While at Washington Kelemete was a three year starter on the offensive line. I think Kelemete has a good chance to stick around for the Cardinals and provide depth.
He is a former wrestler who was also team captain for two years.
He was also all conference as both a guard and left tackle showing that he can play multiple places on the offensive line.
Kearse like Polk also went undrafted.
Kearse signed to play with the hometown Seattle Seahawks as the road to making the team as an undrafted free agent is tough. Last year the Seahawks saw Doug Baldwin make the team and flourish despite being undrafted.
I’d say his chances of making the Seahawks squad are a long shot.
If he can make it though he will provide some big plays. I do think someday Kearse can play in the NFL for somebody.
Devin Aguilar another receiver from the Huskies who had a great career for them also went undrafted.
Aguilar will be going to the Tennessee Titans who have former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and Huskies legend Jake Locker. Aguilar who spent his entire college career as the #2 or #3 receiver will have a long shot to crack the roster.
In fact I don’t see an NFL future for Aguilar but as always on these predictions like this I hope I’m wrong.
He was a good steady Husky who had good hands.
Personally my favorite Husky on the team. When my blog was just getting started he’d go out of his way to chat with me, giving me tidbits on the team and we still hold a nice friendship.
Dennison signed with the Miami Dolphins as he also went undrafted. Dennison was a tackling machine while with the Huskies. I think Dennison has a long shot to make the team.
He is undersized for a middle linebacker and way too slow for an outside linebacker.
He was great on special teams while at Washington and as Isiah Kacyvenski proved for years that the final spots are often determined by special teams.
I’d say Dennison has as good a shot as Kearse which is very low but its still a shot.
I wish all these Huskies nothing but success in their football careers and life. This group helped turned the Huskies from 0-12 to back to back bowl games.
This group did a lot for this program and they were good guys off the field as well. Those are my thoughts on the Huskies in the aftermath of the 2012 NFL Draft.