Thursday, April 17, 2008

Seahawks From Round 7

by: Michael Steffes

In my continuing series on where the current Seahawks come from, we move along to the illustrious seventh round picks. Truth be told, there aren't a whole lot of stars coming out of the 7th round, but it is worth discussing it anyway.

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Here are the current Seahawks chosen in the 7th round

The first thing that jumps out is that there is a whole lot of wait and see with the seventh rounders. Because the list is so small, I am just going to break down each player.

First, Jordan Kent.... Maybe the most potential out of the group but also the most raw. Only played football a few seasons, but was a lock down defender on the b-ball court and a track star. Expect this year to be critical in his development. Also, expect to hear that a lot in looking at the rest of the players. UPDATE... It would appear I have made another critical error. Kent was taking with the absolute last pick of the 6th round. Just for kicks I am going to leave him here. Also, I think there are a lot of sixths to talk about.

Ben Obamanu.... He looks to be the favorite to be the third receiver this year. Last year he amassed a little more than 100 yards and scored. He looked much improved by the time the Green Bay game rolled around. I would think by the end of this year he will be the one we say is the best of this bunch.

Steve Vallos.... Played on the practice squad last year. Not even a lock to make the roster this year. However, what does bode well for him is that he plays center, and back up Chris Gray is likely to call it quits soon. I think we will know about how Vallos has progressed on draft day. If a center is taken, he will likely be gone. If not, he will have to become a legit NFL player this year so that he can take over the versatile back up role next year.

Mike Green... Mr. Green is currently the best of the bunch. Mr. Green is also a former Mr. Irrelevant. Coming over in a trade from Chicago, Green was finally healthy last year and he contributed. This team has a bunch of veteran safeties, and if they take a good young player like Kenny Phillips, Green may become irrelevant again.

"Fudge Plackemier"... The pudgy punter has been a valuable addition from the 7th round, but he looks like he will have to fend off a variety of competitors to remain. Plack excels at pinning a team a deep, but he remains inconsistent when punting from his own end. Between him and Josh Brown, another 7th rounder, the Seahawks put the opposing teams in a good starting spot way too often last year. I think Plack has a make or break camp in front of him, if he survives, I expect him to develop into one of the better punters in the league.