Originally posted on Seahawk Addicts  |  Last updated 7/2/12

When Pete Carroll and John Schneider were given the keys to the organization, they made a commitment to make each transaction with a definitive purpose – to improve their roster with each roster change. They value each draft pick as well as each free agent signing they make. The same goes for undrafted free-agent signings. Many other teams will come to terms with random undrafted players, not putting the effort to bring the most talented players in; that isn’t the case with Carroll and Schneider.

In 2010, they brought in guys such as Jeff Byers and Josh Pinkard. In 2011, last season, they brought in the likes of Doug Baldwin and Ricardo Lockette. Some of these players, particularly from the 2011 UDFA class, made an impact during their rookie campaigns. Its guys like Baldwin and Lockette that are often labeled “diamonds in the rough”, and they emerge every year throughout the league. Without further ado, which 2012 undrafted free agents should we keep tabs on as training camp unfolds? I give you three names:

Rishaw Johnson, G

Johnson is an offensive guard from a small school, California (Pa.) University. By June, he was seen taking snaps with the first-unit offense. Enough said, right? For an undrafted rookie, any rookie for that matter, being able to take snaps with the first-team after only one month is tremendous. During Pete Carroll’s webcast with the fans on May 25th, he was asked which player we should watch for during August’s training camp. Of the 90+ players on the roster, Carroll singled out Johnson as the player to watch. Realize this was back in May, prior to when Johnson began taking snaps with the first-team. "We liked him going through the later rounds of the draft," Carroll said. "He's just a long ways down the road of understanding how to play the game." At 6’ 3”, 313 pounds, Johnson has a chance to make a huge impact in the future. The fact that he is already receiving high praise from the head coach gives him the biggest chance of any undrafted rookie on the team to make the cut in late August.


Cordarro Law, DE

Law is a defensive end from another small school, Southern Mississippi. His athleticism is incredible for a defensive end, so much so that he drew positive remarks from the skill-position players. The Virginia Mason Athletic Center, as you may know, has a small basketball court where the wide-receivers and defensive backs often play. One day Law came over “to play”, and roars of laughter came from the receivers. Little did they know Law brought his A-game and hooped them, making jump-shot after jump-shot and even dunking on them. “He’s a big-time athlete”, says Sidney Rice. Two weeks ago when the receivers and quarterbacks went to the University of Washington to run routes and catch passes, Law joined them and was able to keep up. It is clear that his athleticism is top-notch, and that’s something Carroll values in his defensive ends. Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin may be 1-2 on the roster, but Law is definitely in the running for the third spot behind them.


Phil Bates, WR

Bates comes from Ohio University (another small school, see the trend here?). What makes Bates such an intriguing prospect is his unique skillset. Make it known right now; Bates is no ordinary receiver off the street. Need a wide receiver that has good size/speed (6-1, 200, 4.48 40-yard dash), runs crisp routes, jukes like a runningback, and can throw the ball like a quarterback? Bates is your man. Over the course of his football career, he has been thrust into a variety of roles and has flourished in each of them. Sure, the Seattle Seahawks might already be stacked at wide receiver. But given Carroll’s creativity with play calling and trick plays, he might be willing to keep a spot open for a player with the versatility of Bates. Might the “Isaiah Stanback” experiment come back one more time, but with Bates this year? Time will tell, but it’s a definite possibility given Carroll’s past.

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Steve Spurrier becomes special assistant to South Carolina AD

Brent Musberger wants you to bet on Joe Lunardi’s bracketology

Unranked Duke uses big first half to beat No.13 Louisville

MLB reportedly close to rule preventing collisions at second base

USOC says athletes concern about Zika shouldn't attend Games

Von Miller shares support for embattled Johnny Manziel


The Panthers had to use a silent snap count at the Super Bowl

Report: Lakers would fire Byron Scott to hire Luke Walton

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Seahawks’ Frank Clark rips Cam Newton ‘that boy a b—‘

Report: Tom Thibodeau has 'always wanted' Knicks job

Report: Luke Walton will not consider coaching offers until offseason

Daniel Bryan says goodbye to WWE during in teary retirement speech

Paul George delivers great line about driving by Kobe Bryant

WATCH: Oklahoma beats Texas on Buddy Hield's 3-pointer

Andre Drummond hits 70-foot buzzer beater to end 3rd quarter

Duke's Allen appears to intentionally trip Louisville's Spaulding

Candidates for New York Knicks head coaching job

Attorney alleges Johnny Manziel ruptured ex-girlfriend's eardrum

Jeanie Buss may clean house in Lakers’ front office

Lisa Ann wants to reward Emmanuel Sanders for Super Bowl win

WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan to announce retirement

Nine best and worst players from 2015 NFL playoffs

Rodman wants Phil Jackson to know he’s ready to coach Knicks

Wade Phillips trolls Cam Newton with dabbing tweet

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker