Outside Linebacker: Seahawks draft prospects, post combine
By Derek Tweedy
Leighton Vander Esch – 6’4″ – 256 lbs. – 4.66 sec. 40 – 4.15 sec. 20 yard – Boise State
A one year wonder in college who looks like a top 5 pick based on traits alone. However, he looks very raw still. He was caught short stepping the lateral movement drill. During the change of direction and shed drill, he was smooth through the bags. Displayed great lateral movement over the bags and shed very well too. Cheated the mirror drill, but still looked good in his movement. He was thinking too much in every drill. You see the natural gifts, but also see the flaws. All the talent in the world, just has to let his football ability take over and he will be special.
Mike McCray – 6’4″ – 243 lbs. – 4.76 sec. 40 – 4.25 sec. 20 yard – Michigan
McCray looked smooth in his drills, just not overly fast or athletic. He looked kind of nonchalant. This guy feels like Robinson Cano to me. Highly capable football player, he just looks like he is too relaxed. Looks like he isn’t putting in any effort. I can’t decide if that is good or bad. It really works for Cano. Physically, he looks the part, and is athletically gifted. I would take him, but I struggled watching him in the drills.
Uchenna Nwosu – 6’3″ – 251 lbs. – 4.65 sec. 40 -DNP 20 yard – USC
This was a guy who rushed the passer in college, but he looked great going through the shuffle and shed portion of the drill. Nwosu is super thick and doesn’t look natural in the movement drills, but he is definitely capable. He will need to work on his back pedal to get more depth in his drop. He looks like he is just scratching the surface. This guy might end up a pro bowler when he figures it all out.
Dorian O’Daniel – 6’1″ – 223 lbs. – 4.62 sec. – 4.07 sec 20 yard – Clemson
O’Daniel can play. He looked really good in his drills. Moves like a safety. Every drill he looked fluid and fast. But his hands weren’t great, and he looks a little small. Not sure he can sift through traffic. With a free run, this guy is a good football player. With the move toward undersized linebackers, this guy could get over-drafted for his passing down skill set.