With the NFL Draft less than a month away, we take an up-close look at some prospects who might fit well with the Seattle Seahawks.
The NFL Draft is fast approaching and teams all around the NFL are working furiously to put together their draft boards. For the Seahawks, this is a crucial year for GM John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll. The last couple of drafts have produced more depth than superstars, but with their high-priced young core now causing annual salary cap constraints, they find themselves needing to hit on a couple starter-quality players this time around.
So let’s take a look at some players who may appear to be a fit in Seattle, regardless of round.
- Height – 6’4″
- Weight – 303 lbs
- Arms – 34 3/4″
- 40 yard dash – 5.17
Long and strong, Cooper moves well laterally and gets to second level well. Praised by coaches for his leadership skills. Also known for his toughness. Loves a challenge.
Needs to improve his awareness of stunts and blitzes. Plays too upright at times. Only average athletically and needs to refine his technique. Only played two years at a high level after starting his career at a junior college and then Bowling Green.
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HOW HE WOULD FIT WITH THE SEAHAWKS:
Cooper played in the shadow of potential #1 overall pick left tackle Laremy Tunsil at Ole Miss, but really turned heads with his performance at the East-West Shrine Game and reportedly looked good in position drills at his pro day this week. He’s long and looks the part of NFL right tackle, but may not possess the high ceiling of some other prospects.
Currently projected mostly as a 4th or 5th round pick, which is where the Seahawks spent two picks on O-linemen last year (Mark Glowinski and Terry Poole, both fourth rounders).
Cooper is a bit of a project, but with veteran J’Marcus Webb signed on as a free agent and presumed to be the favorite to start at RT, the Seahawks may be looking for young players they can groom to be future starters up front. Cooper certainly looks like a better prospect than Poole did last year.