Sep 14, 2013; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks full back Kiero Small (36) rushes as Southern Miss Golden Eagles defensive back Kelsey Douglas (6) attempts a tackle during the first quarter at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Kiero Small could be starter for Seahawks in 2014


His name is Kiero Small, but the former Arkansas fullback is anything but.

In fact, he is something like a walking bowling ball that most defenders would like nothing to do with.

Small stands 5-foot-8, but weighs a whopping 244 pounds and, trust me, that’s 244 pounds of pure muscle.

The Seahawks picked him up in the 2014 NFL Draft, with the 12th pick in the final round — and they might have landed a real steal.

Small is a physical beast who, despite his height disadvantage, is not afraid to run defenders over when he has the ball, or pancake them when he doesn’t.

He also has a pretty sweet cutback move up his sleeve, which he performed against Florida:

Kiero Small 2

At Arkansas, he was the lead blocker for Alex Collins, who rushed for 1,026 yards in 2013, and Jonathan Williams, who racked up 900 yards on the ground the same year.

How was Small so effective blocking for a team that finished 21st in the nation averaging more than 208 rushing yards per game?

For one thing, he doesn’t stop using his legs.

He is always moving around, with his head on a swivel, looking for someone to hit.

Here he is against South Carolina:

Kiero Small 3

And when he has the ball in his hands, he does the same thing, running through tackles rather than falling down in front of them.

Take a look at what happened when Alabama DB Bradley Sylve tried tackling Small in the open field last season:

Kiero Small

The Seahawks main full back in recent years has been Michael Robinson, but he may not return to play in the NFL next season, especially if the Seahawks can’t work out a contract with the veteran.

That leaves Derrick Coleman and Spencer Ware as the only other true full backs on the roster.

Small will have to work hard to start next season, but he has a better chance than some people think.

In fact, of all the Seahawks draft picks, he is probably alongside Justin Britt in having the best chance to start for Seattle come Sept. 4.

Training camp is just around the corner. Now it’s time to see which rookies will make an impact right away.

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  • Isaac Mashiah

    TIME TO LOOK MORE
    CLOSELY AT HOW YOUR SEAHAWK 90 MAN ROSTER IS SHAKING DOWN

    I must
    tell you first that you first must agree with me on the following 3
    facts.

    1. 35 of the 90 players are
    locks to make the 53-man roster Aug 31st (see below for the list of 35).
    Trust me; it’s hard to argue with these 35 being locks.

    2. 23 of the 90 are very likely
    to be practice squad material or released (see below for the list of 23).
    Sorry to bust their bubbles so early. But who knows, if we are surprised
    from this group, well, I guess that means something good. Don’t worry if
    you don’t recognize a few names; that’s probably par for these guys
    anyway.

    3. Assumes the following
    per-position-group amounts.

    QB – 2 RB – 5 Oline – 9 TE – 3 WR – 6 DLINE – 10 LB – 6 DB – 9 ST – 3 = Total 53

    Yes, I
    followed last year’s amounts EXCEPT, well, I added one WR and deducted
    one D-Linemen. I know, I know. But had to give the WR’s their props.

    OK –
    that leaves 18 spots for 32 players. That means 14 MORE must end up practice
    squad

    material
    or released by Aug 31st. He
    He, the math works out!

    Now…
    This 18 spot battle is the beef of this analysis; where the huffing and puffing will
    really be taking place over the upcoming 10 weeks or so… Let’s give ‘em
    all our support! After all, they’ll be bustin their *sses off for you and
    me. Onward and upward towards SB 50 !!!

    18
    spots for 32 players

    DEFENSIVE
    BACKFIELD – Competing for one
    of 4 spots among 7 players

    Safety

    Johnson,
    Jeron – Front Runner

    Bailey, Dion UFA

    CB/ Safety

    Shead,
    DeShawn

    Pinkins, Eric

    CB

    Jefferson,
    A.J.

    Simon, Tharold

    Adams, Phillip

    LINEBACKERS
    - Competing for one
    of 2 spots among 6 players

    LB
    - Mike

    Coyle,
    Brock UFA

    Farwell, Heath – Front Runner

    LB
    - Outside

    Morgan,
    Mike

    Toomer, Korey

    Pierre-Louis, Kevin

    Taylor, Mike UFA ’13

    DEFENSIVE
    LINE – Competing for one
    of 5 spots among 7 players

    DE

    Schofield,
    O’Brien – Front Runner

    DE/DT

    Scruggs,
    Greg – Front Runner

    Marsh, Cassius

    DT

    Williams,
    Jesse

    Staten, Jimmy

    LEO

    Jeffcoat,
    Jackson UFA

    Mayowa, Benson

    OFFENSIVE
    LINE – Competing for one
    of 2 spots among 3 players

    T

    Bailey,
    Alvin – Front Runner

    Gilliam, Garry UFA

    G

    Van
    Roten, Greg

    QUARTERBACK
    - Competing for one
    spot among 2 players

    Jackson,
    Tarvaris

    Pryor, Terrelle

    FULLBACK
    - Competing for one
    of 2 spots among 3 players

    Coleman,
    Derrick

    Small, Kiero

    Ware, Spencer

    WIDE
    RECEIVER – Competing for one
    of 2 spots among 4 players

    Rice,
    Sidney

    Lockette, Ricardo

    Norwood, Kevin

    Matthews, Chris

    35 LOCKS

    ST -
    Hauschka, Steven

    ST – Gresham, Clint

    ST – Ryan, Jon

    O-Line – Unger, Max

    O-Line – Jeanpierre, Lemuel

    O-Line – Carpenter, James

    O-Line – Sweezy, J.R.

    O-Line – Okung, Russell

    O-Line – Bowie, Michael

    O-Line – Britt, Justin

    QB – Wilson, Russell

    RB – Lynch, Marshawn

    RB – Turbin, Robert

    RB – Michael, Christine

    TE – Miller, Zach

    TE – McCoy, Anthony

    TE – Willson, Luke

    WR – Harvin, Percy

    WR – Baldwin, Doug

    WR – Kearse, Jermaine

    WR – Richardson, Paul

    D-Line – McDaniel, Tony

    D-Line – Avril, Cliff

    D-Line – Bennett, Michael

    D-Line – Mebane, Brandon

    D-Line – Hill, Jordan

    LB – Wagner, Bobby

    LB – Irvin, Bruce

    LB – Wright, K.J.

    LB – Smith, Malcolm

    DB – Thomas, Earl

    DB – Chancellor, Kam

    DB – Maxwell, Byron

    DB – Sherman, Richard

    DB – Lane, Jeremy

    23 CURRENTLY
    DUBBED PRACTICE SQUAD MATERIAL OR TO BE RELEASED

    O-Line
    - Schilling, Stephen

    O-Line – Smith, Jared

    O-Line – Hauptmann, Caylin

    O-Line – Isles, Nate

    O-Line – Irwin, Bronson UFA

    QB – Daniels, B.J.

    QB – Price, Keith UFA

    TE – Allen, Rashaun

    TE – Helfet, Cooper

    TE – Dixon, Chase UFA

    WR – Price, Taylor

    WR – Walters, Bryan

    WR – Bates, Phil

    WR – Clark, Arceto

    D-Line – Boatright, Kenneth

    D-Line – Smith, D’Anthony

    D-Line – Brooks, Michael

    D-Line – Cherrington , Dewayne

    D-Line – Pulu, Andru UFA

    LB – Miller, Horace

    DB – Parks, Terrance UFA ’12

    DB – Fenner, Chandler UFA ’12

    DB – Auguste, Akeem