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By Miles Liatos Sports Radio KJR
The unconventional Seahawks drafts are becoming the conventional topics of conversation.
The Daily Schnoz hosted six guests from the cities of the colleges in which the Seahawks drafted from. Here are three of the players the Seahawks talked about today.
Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M
Not many expected the Seahawks to draft a runningback with their first pick. Jimmy Burch from the Ft. Worth Star Telegram mentioned character issues Michael incurred while at Texas A&M.
Michael also suffered a broken leg his senior year and tore his ACL in his junior year. He returned his senior year to carry only 88 times for 417 yards in a limited role. Michael was also suspended at one point for violating team rules.
The combination of issues resulted in less playing time for Michael, and it didn’t seem to hurt the Aggies.
“They had arguably the most success they had there in fifty-something years,” Burch said.
But on tape, Michael could be the most explosive player in the 2013 NFL draft. The injuries are a concern, but the talent is there.
“I talked to (NFL Network Analyst) Mike Mayock at A&M’s pro day and he thought he was the most talented RB in the draft,” Burch said.
Jordan Hill, DT, Penn St.
The Seahawks drafted a player who may fill a niche in the Seahawks offense, like Jason Jones did in 2012.
Hill is a 6’1”, 303-pound player, but the way he plays wouldn’t suggest such a big body to anchor the defensive line.
“He does not overwhelm people. He does not beat them up,” Mike Poorman from StateCollege.com said.
Hill piled up 4.5 sacks last year, using his quickness and agility to dart around linemen. Although unable to participate at the combine because of knee swelling, Hill has indicated he is ready to play.
But it may be an uphill road before he is ready to start.
“He would have to work to be a starter. He’s much more of a roatation guy for you folks … I think if he had a four to five year career, that would be nice,” Poorman said.
Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State
Mitch started off his brief interview with Joel Jellison of the Manhattan Mercury by asking him if it’s fair to compare Harper to Anquan Boldin.
“I think that’s a fair comparison,” he said. “[Harper] doesn’t like that comparison much. He’ll tell you he’s more like Andre Johnson, more of a complete receiver.”
If Harper is anything close to Johnson, the Seahawks will be delighted to have drafted the 6’1” receiver in the fourth round.
Carroll liked Harper, he said, because he was different from other receivers the Seahawks have on their current roster. The “tough, physical guy” will compete for a spot in the wide receiver rotation in 2013.
But being the tall ball-grabber isn’t the only attribute for Harper. Although he can “Jump up with anybody and go up and get a ball”, he is a versatile player.
Jellison said he can play in the slot or outside as an X-receiver.
“I think that’s what makes him more complete as a receiver,” Jellison said.
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