Seahawks Rookie Minicamp Draws To A Close


May 10, 2013; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Jared Smith (66) waits to snap the ball during a rookie minicamp practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks concluded their rookie minicamp yesterday afternoon. It’s a chance for the draft picks and rookie free agents to get a jump start on learning the offensive and defensive schemes, but it’s tough to draw other conclusions about the players.

There’s no pads, and the workouts are strictly non-contact. Plus, there’s no veteran players here to compare the rookies too. So while it’s easy to say that a player stood out, it difficult to tell if that is because they are going to be playmakers on Sundays, or just because the others in camp at the position  were simply lesser players.

Here’s some notes from the three days of camp:

  • If you’re looking for a list of those players who attended, the official roster was tweeted as a couple pics by Curtis Crabtree on Friday:
  • Most of the players at this mini-camp are non-roster players. These players were there officially as a tryout. It’s hard to believe that more than 1 or 2 will be added to the roster.
  • Pro basketball player turned TE Darren Fells, who was cut last Wednesday, was present as one of the players who were there as a tryout.
  • It’s notable that 2nd year LB Korey Toomer was present for this training camp. A 2012 5th round pick, Toomer didn’t make the team out of training camp, but was on the practice squad for most of the year.
  • Jared Smith, the former defensive tackel who’s trying to make the switch to offensive line, spend the mini-camp playing center.
  • As we expected from the moment that he was drafted, Spencer Ware is going to be a FB. He spent most of the mini-camp at the position.
  • TE Luke Willson was one of the stars of the minicamp. He showed great hands and route running, as well as tremendous speed.
  • The early lead for the battle to be Russell Wilson’s backup is now owned by Jarrod Johnson. He impressed throughout the weekend. I’ll have more on him in the coming days.
  • Pete Carroll mentioned after practice that Jordan Hill is likely to be the team’s nose tackle in passing situations. This was the role that Clinton McDonald played last year, and could mean that McDonald’s roster spot is in jeopardy.