October 20, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans wide receiver Robert Woods (2) catches a touchdown in the first half of the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks Draft Target Profile: WR Robert Woods


With the QBs done, I want to now turn my attention to the wide receivers. I’m of the belief that the Seahawks are likely to address the position on day 2 of the draft (rounds 2-3), so I’m going to concentrate my efforts for these profiles in that range. Lets kick this off with USC WR Robert Woods.

Woods is the type of player who, in most years, usually find himself being pushed into the bottom of the 1st round as the draft’s 3rd best WR. Not this year. A very deep WR class will likely push Woods down in to the range where he’s going to be available at the end of round 2.

I think perhaps that’s Woods keeps popping out to me as being such a good fit for the Seahawks. Seattle would be getting a player a round later than he would go in any other draft. That type of value is appealing, and it allows the team to fill more than 1 need with a top level talent.

At 6-1, 190. Woods has good, but not great, size. He could use some bulk in his shoulders to help him challenge for balls, and his frame has the room for that to be added without it being a determent. He’s also got long arms and soft hands helping him establish a large catch radius.

Woods is an extremely polished route runner. He’s very quick in and out of his breaks. Watching his speed within his routes, you’d think he was a smaller 5 ft 9 inch west coast offense style receiver, and not a taller player who can fit into almost any offense.

Woods isn’t a perfect prospect though. He isn’t strong in the air when challenged by a DB. He’s never going to be a guy who can go up an “win” every jump ball situation.

One of the problems with scouting Woods comes from an ankle injury that required surgery in December of 2011. He didn’t appear as explosive for in 2012 as he did in 2011, and there were reports out of USC that the ankle was still bothering him.

If the ankle was a problem, but is now healthy (or can be made “right” by another surgery) the Woods will offer a much greater return on his draft investment than his 2012 tape would indicate, which would make him a major steal in round 2. If his ankle is going to be a constant problem throughout his career, it could be a major red flag.

Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Pros

  • Polished route runner
  • Great hands
  • Good open field runner
  • Good unselfish blocker downfield

Cons

  • Not a “burner” of a deep threat.
  • Possible lingering problems with his Ankle
  • Not strong in the air on “jump ball” situations

2012 game film from 5 games:

Game film provided by NFL Draft BreakDown

Tags: Robert Woods Seattle Seahawks

  • Hawkman54

    What they need is a SPEED wr that can consistently challenge a D vertically. That provides two offensive weapons helping the offense, the opening of the underneath and the deep threat. Need to look further.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      I agree that would be ideal, but simply upgrading the position group as a whole is also required. Limiting the options to only deep threats is needlessly shrinking the talent pool.

      Plus, getting a intermediate threat like Woods might make Sydney Rice expendable in a year or 2. That’s a lot of money that could be saved to help the team hold on to guys like Earl Thomas, Sherman and Russell Wilson.

  • http://www.facebook.com/justin.forger Justin Forger

    OK, my comment didn’t post, lets try this again!!!

    • 12thMan_Rising

      Sorry about the trouble. Let me know if it’s a continuous problem so I can get our tech team involved. Hopefully it was just a 1 time thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/justin.forger Justin Forger

    I understand the whole value thing if he’s there at the end of the 2nd round, but Woods offers nothing that we don’t currently already have in either Rice, Tate, or Baldwin. Whether it’s good route running, decent size, or being a possession reciever. We need a WR with elite speed to stretch defenses, and/or a bigger outside target at split end (think Mike Williams). If it’s to come in the form of the draft, that would be a guy like Tavon Austin, or Justin Hunter. Tavon Austin would add a totally different dimension to this offense. Of course, he would have to be a 1st round pick. Hunter may still be there in the 2nd when we select. It all has to do with what we end up doing in FA first. It would be great to get a WR that possesses both attributes like Mike Wallace. He’s a guy we sould be paying top dollar for, not Sidney Rice. Although I like Rice, he isn’t a true #1, and shouldn’t be paid like one. No other team would be paying Rice what we do, especially with his injury history! I think Rice, and Miller need to take a pay cut in my opinion. My point is, Woods wouldn’t be a major uprade (if any) to what we already have, so we would be wasting a 2nd round pick on depth at the WR position. Again, depending on what we do in FA, I would have to go Tavon Austin (WR) in the 1st, and DT in the 2nd. Maybe a guy like Sylvester Williams. That’s assuming both Sheldon Richardson, and Sharrif Flyod are off the board already at #25. Who knows, we can always dream for a Wallace, and Henry Melton via FA since we do have $18+ million in cap space. Then we could concentrate on OLB, TE, RT, and G… Rice’s contract (along with a few other overpaid players) should be expendable after next year, or 2014, so we can pay guys like Sherman, Thomas, and Wilson! I should be a writer for #12THMANRISING!!! Hook me up Keith, haha.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      I’m not going to disagree with you that other players will make a bigger impact. Of course they will. Austin in particular would be interesting, but I don’t think he’s on the board when Seattle picks.

      I’m not trying to say that Woods is a definite must-pick or anything like that. I’m just profiling guys that I believe will interest the Seahawks, should be available when the Seahawks pick, and will represent decent value at that spot. I’m planning on profiling 5-6 receivers at this point, and may do more as we get closer to the draft.

  • http://www.facebook.com/justin.forger Justin Forger

    We have about 10 picks this year I believe, and not a lot of roster spots. I know it’s not their style, but this would be a great year to package some mid-late round picks to teams that are rebuilding, etc., and move up in the earlier rounds to get some more impact players!

    • 12thMan_Rising

      to even make your point stronger, We’re going to be awarded 2 compensatory picks as well. 12 picks total. no way 12 rookies make this team.

  • ricefield

    A Mike Wallace would be nice but not a necessity in this offense. I think either the offense or defensive line additions are more important, whichever players grade higher. It would be a waste of select a WR @ #1. Increasing the pass rush and stopping the run and better offensive line play will help this club more than a 4.3 WR. Bundling picks is a great idea. The problem is that of the 12 draft choices 6 are 7th rounders. What their value is above my pay grade. I grew up in the Black & Blue division and love strong line play. Love the observations Justin. Keep it up. Good luck with the writing.

  • Ol Swede

    Wood would be a good addition, plus he would provide needed flexibility in the future when a couple of high dollar contracts expire. Plus, salary wise he would be a better choice than a couple of our current receivers, with at least the same talent.