It makes for quite a laundry list, boys and girls, these latest Seahawks signees. I waited until today to write about the group, as earlier I saw no less than three different lists with a total of about 16 names.
As of this writing, there are an Oceans’ Eleven that have been signed. Clearly a few of those reported as signees were invited to visit. Some of them may yet sign, but the numbers are stacking up already. So let’s go in alphabetical order – mainly because when you can lead with an Algernon, you do it.
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Algernon Brown, fullback, Brigham Young University. 6’1″ and 250 pounds, Brown is certainly seen as a blocking back, as he had only 16 carries in his senior season. As a junior, he tallied 709 yards on 127 carries, with 11 touchdowns, and for his career caught 35 passes for 285 yards. He has more to his game than the bulldozer setting.
Tony Bridges, cornerback, Mississippi. 6’0″ and 185 pounds, Bridges saw his fine junior year production (three interceptions and nine passes defended) drop off in 2016, as he recorded just four pass defenses in six starts. And yes, I know Bridges comes before Brown, but Algernon has a chance to be a lead blocker and it just fit.
John Gibson, cornerback, Missouri. 5’10” and 186 pounds, Gibson had three picks and broke up five more passes in 2016 for the Tigers. He turned a 4.50 40 on his pro day, and will have to flash some special teams skills to stick with a team suddenly loaded with defensive back prospects.
Skyler Howard, quarterback, West Virginia. 5’11” and 208 pounds, Howard is one of those kids of whom the coaches say, “He’s a football player.” Well, yes, they all are. He ran for 10 touchdowns and threw for another 26 in the offense-happy Big 12. His 146.6 quarterback rating looks great until you see Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield at 196.
Otha Peters, linebacker, Louisiana-Lafayette. 6’0″ and 238 pounds, Peters had 94 tackles, 11 for a loss, and 2 sacks as a senior for the Ragin’ Cajuns. He added about 10 pounds to his frame since the end of the season with the obvious understanding that the players are bigger and fast than in the Sunbelt Conference.
Hayden Plinke, tight end, University of Texas – El Paso. 6’4″ and 264 pounds, Plinke bounced through two other schools until he found a home in El Paso. He led the Miners in receiving last year, snagging 38 balls for 456 yards and eight touchdowns. He’s also rated as a decent blocker, but reportedly needs some work on technique in routes and blocking. He’s in the right place!
Darreus Rogers, wide receiver, University of Southern California. 6’1″ and 216 pounds, Rogers is the rare player who didn’t lose an inch or two under the tape measure of the NFL Combine. He pulled in 56 catches for 696 yards and four touchdowns for the Trojans. He projects as a possession receiver, as you could probably tell from that 12.4 yard per catch average.
Jordan Roos, guard, Purdue. 6’4″ and 302 pounds, Roos is the offensive lineman the 12s have been craving. Well, another of them. Here’s something that sets him apart: he had 41 reps at the NFL Combine. That’s bench pressing 225 pounds 41 times, in case you need the explanation. That is also six more repetitions than any other offensive lineman at the Combine. Fellow Boilermaker Cliff Avril will be pulling for him. Okay, Roos may be pulling for Eddie Lacy, but you get the picture.
Calvin Steyn, tackle, Weber State. 6’4″ and 322 pounds, Steyn started every game for his two years as a Wildcat. He earned 2nd team All Big Sky Conference honors as a senior, and was a team captain.
Tyrone Swoopes, tight end, University of Texas. 6’4″ and 246 pounds, a few years ago he was a prized quarterback prospect. He was used almost exclusively in a wildcat style package as a senior, and scored seven touchdowns in the 18-wheeler package for the Longhorns.
He has the size for a tight end, and ran a 4.65 40 at his pro day. Just remember that word – wildcat.
Nick Usher, linebacker, University of texas – El Paso. 6’3″ and 235 pounds, another Miner signed by the Seahawks. in 2015, Usher played as a defensive end where he recorded 10 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and 5 quarterback hurries. In his senior year he moved to the outside linebacker spot, and lead the Miners in tackles for a loss (10), sacks (5.5) and quarterback hurries (5). Anyone else see a pattern with this kid?
We all know it’s not very likely this iteration of an Ocean’s Eleven won’t all be Seahawks when they visit Green Bay on September 10th, but they’ve got the chance. It’s all Angry Doug needed.