DB DeShawn Shead Makes the Active Roster


Jul 27, 2013; Renton, WA, USA; It’s pretty much impossible to see Shead in this picture but his left arm is in the far right of the frame. It’s hard to find a picture of the man. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

As we approach the Seahawks big matchup with the Saints, it’s worth taking a look at the newest member of the Seahawks active roster. DeShawn Shead has been around this team for a while now and  will finally get his chance to make an impact in the wake of Walter Thurmond’s suspension and the quick arrival/departure of Perrish Cox.

Age: 25

Height: 6′ 1″

Weight: 220 lbs

Position: DB

Number: #35

College: Portland State

Method of Acquisition: Signed as an undrafted free agent 2012

Years Pro: 2

40 yard dash time: 4.53

NFL career stats: 0 GP 0 GS

Shead is the prototypical big defensive back that this defense uses. He is versatile, showing the ability to play both corner and safety in the past. In college he was primarily used as a strong safety, but he is likely to see more time at corner with the Seahawks. Shead looked like he had a decent chance of making the 53 man roster out of training camp because he showed well and played multiple positions but ultimately he was one of the toughest cuts to make. In order to keep him around the Seahawks had to offer him a little bit more than your average practice squad player but it appears to have been a wise decision. It’s not clear exactly how much of him we’ll see on Sunday, but it’s good to see him get his shot.