Seahawks Draft Picks 2013
Christine Michael (2) 62
STRENGTHS – Michael has a solid, compact frame and does not shy away from contact inside. He consistently falls forward for extra yards and can make himself small to get through tight spaces. He has good vision and is quick to get upfield after his initial cut.
WEAKNESSES – Michael is an average athlete with limited elusiveness and acceleration. He is not a threat in space because of his lack of top speed, and shows limited tackle-breaking ability. While he tends to fall forward, he often has his weight too far in front of him, which causes him to lose his balance on cuts. He is not a competitive blocker and does not carry out his fakes well on play-action. He has limited experience running a true route tree and is not a reliable threat in the passing game.
SUMMARY – As a junior in 2011 Christine Michael was having a productive season until he broke his right tibia in October and missed the remainder of season. Based on his senior film Michael may not be fully recovered from last year’s injury, as he was a huge disappointment to evaluate. While he has the size and frame of an NFL RB he lacks the burst needed to consistently get through tight spaces before they close, and is not a threat running outside or in space. His ineffectiveness on 3rd down was even more disappointing, as he did not display the aggressiveness or technical skills needed to be effective in blitz pickup, and he tended to give up on plays before completing fakes and pass routes. How he performs in the spring will be critical to his draft status, as teams at this stage must be wondering if his lackluster 2012 was due to lingering effects from his injury last year or simply an accurate depiction of his limited skill set. While I expect him to be drafted on day three, based off film study he presents better value as a priority free agent.
Jordan Hill (3) 87
STRENGTHS – Quick and active, Hill makes more plays than expected and is constantly around the ball. When he maintains leverage, uses hands aggressively and gets hands on blocker first, he can jolt offensive line run blocker, holds ground and flashes ability to shed and make the tackle. His initial quickness helps him to shoot gap to get backfield penetration to disrupt plays in backfield. When offenses pull the offensive linemen over him and try to “reach block” him, he bursts into backfield to make tackle behind the LOS. On outside runs he gets started towards the ball quickly, accelerates to full speed fast and has the playing speed to chase down the ball carrier outside along sideline in pursuit. He uses strong, quick hands to defeat one on one pass blocks well when he has space to work with. An instinctive defender, Hill consistently reads and reacts to the play quickly and looks surprisingly comfortable and aware when he drops off the ball into short area coverage when they zone blitz.
WEAKNESSES – Hill is not only an under-sized defensive tackle, but on film he looks and plays even smaller than his measured size. While he can be effective taking on run blocks and anchoring when he gets his hands on offensive linemen first, he can be completely dominated and ridden out of the play when they get ahold of him first. Additionally, the offensive linemen he will face in the NFL are even bigger and stronger. He lacks the size and playing strength to anchor or split double team blocks. At the Senior Bowl he really struggled as the linemen were able to lock up on him fast and he was a non-factor much of the three padded practices in Mobile.
SUMMARY – A highly competitive player, Hill was constantly around the ball making more tackles than expected when I began evaluating him. Although he does not have the size and playing strength to be an effective two gap defensive tackle, his combination of quick feet, good hand use and athleticism make him well suited to being an “under tackle” in a 43 defense or a defensive end in a 34 defense similar to that played by San Diego and Pittsburgh. Overall, I would not draft Hill early because of his struggles producing once a blocker locks up on him. However, on the third day of the Draft he would be a valuable pick because he has many of the traits to be an excellent backup and contribute on special teams. If he improves his playing strength and produces more when taking on offensive line blockers he could become a starter similar to Brandon MeBane.
Chris Harper (4) 123
STRENGTHS – Harper is a big, physical receiver that excels at using his frame to shield the defender from the ball. He is physical against press coverage and is able to run through contact and stay on his line. When the ball is in the air, he shows the ability to consistently high point and adjust to the ball in the air, as well as secure catches while absorbing big hits. He displays outstanding hands, as he naturally and quietly plucks every ball without letting it get into his body. Harper is also an aggressive runner after the catch, showing better than expected straight-line speed and the ability to consistently break tackles in the open field with his power. He is a competitive blocker that does an excellent job of locking out and keeping his feet moving to sustain blocks in space.
WEAKNESSES – Harper does not have quick twitch explosiveness, and will struggle to create consistent separation at the next level. He tends to get into his break too upright, and because of his long legs he struggles to change directions fluidly or accelerate out of his cuts to create space against man coverage. While he has good long speed, he does not accelerate to top speed quickly and is not a threat to stretch the field vertically. After the catch he at times runs with the ball exposed, leaving him susceptible to strips.
SUMMARY – Chris Harper may not be as highly touted as several of the other receivers in this draft class and may not have comparable production numbers because of inconsistent QB play at Kansas State, but he clearly has the physical skill set to start at the next level. He consistently wins 50/50 balls because of his ability to get inside positioning and outplay defenders for the ball in the air, and he is able to create separation with physicality on his breaks and subtle push offs before the ball arrives. He has a outstanding hands and a huge catching radius, and is an extremely competitive runner once the ball is in his hands. The biggest question on Harper’s game is whether or not he will be able to create consistent separation, as he tends to get a bit stiff when changing directions and lacks the ability to accelerate out of his breaks. While his lack of innate explosiveness will likely prevent him from ever becoming a true #1 receiver, but he should develop into a highly productive #2 receiver that stays on the field in all situations because of his blocking .
Therold Simon (5) 138
STRENGTHS – Simon has above average height for a CB. He shows the ability to jam at the line of scrimmage, looked to use his hands well to jam and is very physical at the LOS. He flips his hips quickly and his solid footwork enables to him change direction well in maintaining solid coverage. He showed the ability to close quickly on throws and shows solid ball skills in knocking the ball away. He shows the ability to play tight coverage over the middle without penalty. Simon has the awareness and reacts well when ball carriers are going towards the side & will take the angle to force them to go towards the sideline.
WEAKNESSES – There were times in the games that I viewed where Simon seemed disinterested on run plays and also looked to avoid the contact. In coverage he shows the closing speed, however against the run he does not show the explosive ability to go up and make the tackle. On tape, Simon showed the lack of speed to maintain coverage down the field and his vulnerability on deep coverage. Simon will need to improve on disengaging blocks in the open field. This is either due to lack of strength or the lack of want in going for the tackle. In the Florida game he was blocked by the QB & did not seem to show the effort to break from it.
SUMMARY – Simon is a tall, physical corner who likes to jam at the LOS. He shows very quick hip flip and his footwork allows him to change direction well in maintaining coverage over the middle and medium routes. On tape he looked to have the tendency to be vulnerable to getting beat down the field on deep routes. He has very good ball skills and reacts and closes quickly on throws on his side of the field. He shows very good awareness and intelligence when the ball carrier is going up the sideline and will take a solid position and force the ball carrier to run towards the sideline. While Simon can be a physical player, there were times where he seemed to take plays off, especially on run plays. His lack of effort to close on the ball carrier or make the blow up hit when the opportunity presents itself makes me question his toughness and lack of want. He will also need to improve on disengaging from blocks in the open field. Whether this is because of lack of effort or lack of strength, either way he will need to improve. Overall, Simon is a very good corner that will be physical at the line, can maintain coverage over the middle and has very good ball skills and combined with his height will make him a very attractable player to NFL teams. At this point he does not show the overall skill set to be a starter from day 1, but the talent level is there to become a starter in the near future.
Spencer Ware (6) 194
STRENGTHS – Ware has the quickness and explosive ability to hit the holes quickly after the hand-off & has very quick feet that enable him to make quick cuts, both when running the ball and when running routes. Ware is a tough physical runner, he is not afraid of contact and will lower his shoulder and churn his legs for the extra yards. Ware is an asset out of the backfield on screen plays, he has the ability to catch the ball and turn quickly up-field and does so smoothly.
WEAKNESSES – Ware needs to run lower to the ground and while he does lower his should upon contact, he needs to run lower from the start. Although he is quick to hit the holes once he gets to the 2nd level he does not have another gear and therefore he will not be a big play threat. He is also not an elusive runner and therefore he is more of a north/south runner than east/west and Ware needs to cut more consistently. He tends to make one cut to the open hole and then lower instead of making any more cutbacks. Blocking skills looked poor on film. This could either be due to the lack of skill in that area or the lack of effort to throw a block.
SUMMARY – Ware is a tough, physical runner. He has the ability to hit the open hole quickly and will lower his shoulder and keep his legs moving to pick up the extra yardage. Ware could be a reliable option on short yard and goal line situations because of his toughness. Ware’s lack of elusiveness makes him more of a North/South runner over an East/West runner. He can be used as a target out of the backfield on screen passes as he has the ability to catch the ball and turn simultaneously to give him more opportunity to gain YAC. Because of his lack of a 2nd gear he is not a guy that is going to be a big play threat, and once he makes his first cutback that tends to be it. He will need to become much more consistent in that aspect in order to be a more productive player at the next level. His blocking skills will also need to improve if he’s going to be used in more situations than short yardage and goal line situations. Overall Ware is a guy that will give you toughness and pick up the tough short yards and also a target as a receiver out of the backfield. He projects as a developmental player and has an opportunity to see time on some 3rd down situations.
5(158) – Luke Wilson, TE, Rice – Seattle Seahawks
7(220) – Ryan Seymour, G, Vanderbilt
7(231) – Ty Powell, DE, Harding – Seattle Seahawks
7(241) – Jared Smith, DT, New Hampshire – Seattle Seahawks
7(242) – Michael Bowie, OT, Oklahoma State – Seattle Seahawks