Originally written August 15, 2012 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
Undrafted Free Agents Earlier today I weighed in with a 2012 NFL draft rookie report card after the Seahawks first game in the NFL pre-season. These 6 guys are players who are looking to either impress the Seahawks enough to keep them or put enough solid performances on tape that some other team will be interested in giving them a chance. For some this preseason will be the only taste of the NFL that they will every get to experience.
Don’t feel bad for them, I’d give my right arm for that experience.
Listed in Alphabetical order by last name Rishaw Johnson #63 Rishaw Johnson attended California University, not to be confused with the University of California (Cal). He is a big dude but this rookie guard needs to find a way to stay on his feet, far too often he ends up on the ground and that is a really hard place to block from. Cordarro Law will be looking to make an impact for the Seahawks this season. Photo: Seahawks.com I was impressed by his awareness on the field when he does stay on his feet. It doesn’t matter if he is blocking someone or not he is always surveying the field to make sure no one sneaks by. Kyle Knox #43 This linebacker out of Fresno State was the most impressive undrafted free agents Saturday in my opinion. Kyle Knox showed an ability to stay under control while on special teams and the patience to let the play come to him rather than to over pursue. That said he mad a huge mistake on the kick return for a touchdown. As he was running down the field in his lane he let the blocker bait him into jumping out of his lane and into a teammate’s (which was compounded by the fact that another player was in that lane making 3 Seahawks total) clearing a way for the beginning of the return. If he had stayed in his lane at the very least it would have slowed the return down and given the coverage team more of a chance. That’s just a rookie making a rookie mistake playing a position he hasn’t had many reps at during camp, I’m not going to be too worried about it at this point. Cordarro Law #47 This kid out of Southern Miss showed an outstanding ability to pursue the ball carrier from the backside but other than that I was pretty disappointed in his play. To me it looked like most of the time he was just going through the motion; like there was something he’d rather be doing, which he might get the chance to very soon. He held on a kick return and got himself caught up inside on an off tackle run. Sean McGrath did a lot right on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE) Maybe Cordarro Law will turn it around and get a practice squad invite but at this point I would be absolutely shocked if he does anything more than that. Sean McGrath #45 The undrafted free agent tight end out of Henderson St. Sean McGrath did a lot right on Saturday. Sean did a good job of selling the play action and sneaking out into his route, I’d like to see him wait another split second before his release but that is just nit picking at this point in his young career. His blocking was a bit shaky, I noted a really good block that he made and then watched him completely miss a block. McGrath showed enough that I want to see more. Lavasier Tuinei #19 He’s in a tough spot, the chances of University of Oregon’s Lavasier Tuinei making the Seahawks roster as a wide receiver are slim to non, but getting a chance to be on the practice squad for the Seahawks could be a possibility. Tuinei stood out to me on special teams showing his willingness to fly down the field during kickoffs yet stay under control enough to make a tackle.
All in all it was a mixed bag for the undrafted free agents.
At this point I’m not going to hold my breath for another Doug Baldwin but there could be a developmental player or two in the group. CLICK HERE NOW TO CHECK OUT THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS CLUBHOUSE AT NWSPORTSBEAT! © Brett Bivens for North West Sports Beat, 2012. | Permalink | No comment | Follow NWSB on Twitter or join US on Facebook for real-time updates OR... | Share This on Twitter | Share NWSportsBeat.com on Facebook Post tags: 2012 Seahawks Draft, Cordarro Law, Doug Baldwin, Kyle Knox, Lavasier Tuinei, NFL draft, Rishaw Johnson, Seahawks, Seahawks Blog, Seahawks draft picks, Seahawks rookies, Seahawks roster, Sean McGrath, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Seahawks Blog, Seattle Seahawks Training Camp, State Of The Seahawks
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