Seattle Seahawks' Undrafted Free Agents: Need-to-Know Info for Every Signee
The 2014 NFL draft is over, but the Seattle Seahawks aren't done adding rookie talent to their roster. The Seahawks will now complete with the other 31 NFL teams to sign the best of the undrafted players.
The Seahawks have done very well signing and developing undrafted talent under head coach Pete Caroll. This includes wide receiver Doug Baldwin and strong safety Jeron Johnson, among many others. The team even released a presentation to agents and players earlier this week, in an effort to recruit the best undrafted players to come and play in Seattle.
Never seen this before. The #Seahawks have sent agents a brochure recruiting undrafted free agents, how they keep & develop UDFAs. Clever.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 6, 2014
The Seahawks were able to fill each of their roster needs during the draft, so they are free to focus on signing the best players available now, without worrying about position. Look for the Seahawks to go after the players with the most overall athleticism of those who were not drafted.
This space will be updated with all the information on each new addition to the roster, so check back often for the latest details on the Seahawks’ undrafted free-agent signings.
Keith Price, QB, Washington
According to his own twitter account, the Seahawks stayed local with their first undrafted free agent, signing University of Washington quarterback Keith Price. Price was once thought to be a potential early draft pick, but two sub-par years in a row torpedo'd any idea of him being a potential franchise quarterback in the NFL.
Weight: 204 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.99 sec.
Price i a dual-threat quarterback with excellent agility and escapeability. He has an adequate NFL arm and throws well on the run. He is a solid competitor who managed to keep his team in games against much more talented teams like USC and Oregon.
Price is undersized at 6'1," and displayed occasional accuracy issues. He doesn't have a quick release of the football because of a somewhat elongated throwing motion. Price also consistently failed to get past his second read in college before bailing on the pocket, leading him to not see open receivers downfield. He lacks the top end speed of other running quarterbacks.
Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas
According to ESPNTexas' twitter feed, the Seahawks have added Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat as an undrafted free agent. Jeffcoat was a surprise undrafted player. Many analysts, including NFLDraftScout, had him as a potential third-round pick. If he lives up to those evaluations, the Seahawks will have gotten a steal signing Jeffcoat as a undrafted player.
Weight: 247 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.61 sec.
Jeffcoat has a great first step and is a natural pass rusher. He also uses his hands very well to prevent blockers from latching on.
Jeffcoat struggles with his pad level at time, playing too upright and losing leverage. He is also a bit undersized for a defensive end, leading to concerns that he will struggle to hold up against the run.
Dion Bailey, FS, USC
USC free safety Dion Bailey has signed with the Seahawks according to John Boyle of the Everett Herald. He was a linebacker until his final year in college before transitioning to safety.
Weight: 201 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.62 sec.
Vertical Jump: 34 inches
Bailey has great natural instincts for the game from his time as a linebacker, and thus plays the run better than most safeties his size. He is also a natural and smooth athlete, capable of sticking with quick receivers while in coverage.
Not overly physical, Bailey lacks the explosive pop that is normally associated with Seattle defenders. Bailey also has limited experience as a safety, and lacks the size to regularly play up near the line of scrimmage in the same way he did in college.
Montana inside linebacker Brock Coyle has signed with the Seahawks John Boyle of the Everett Herald. Coyle going undrafted was a bit of a surprise. His impressive workouts before the combine made him a late riser up many draft boards, and NFLDraftScout had him projected to go as early as the fourth round.
Weight: 235 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.60 sec.
Coyle was extremely productive in college, leading him team in tackles in each of the last two seasons. He also demonstrates good instincts, reading play action and the run quickly and closing with great speed and good pursuit angles. Coyle has a great motor and never gives up on the play, showing solid pursuit effort from all over the field.
Played against a low level of competition in college, and it is unclear if he will look as smooth and fluid when playing against bigger and stronger athletes. He also sometimes gets lost in traffic, and can be slow sledding blockers, forcing him to make more ankle tackles than would seen necessary.
Jimmy Legree, CB, South Carolina
South Carolina cornerback Jimmy Legree is a surprising signing by Seattle. He lacks the length and athleticism that the Seahawks typically look for at the position, was he wasn't a highly regarded prospect. NFLDraftscout.com had him ranked as the 608th best draft prospect this year.
Weight: 192 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.66 sec.
Vertical Jump: 35.5" inches
Legree is a high effort player with natural instincts for zone coverage. He shows great awareness of opposing route-tree and passing lanes leading to plenty of pass breakups and tackles.
Legree doesn't appear to be a natural in man-coverage, often getting turned around or losing track of his man on double moves. Perhaps this is because he doesn't have great speed or quickness, and tries to anticipate the receiver's moves rather than simply reading and reacting.
Bronson Irwin, OG, Oklahoma
Bronson Irwin is the type of player typically associated with Seattle. He didn't test particularly well in any of the physical workouts, which suggests he doesn't have a high ceiling as a prospect. Irwin made up for his lack of athleticism in college by playing technically sound football.
Weight: 316 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.20 sec.
Irwin is a versatile player who can play at both guard and tackle. He has shown to be extremely durable and never missed a start due to injury in college despite playing in every game in each of the last three seasons. He plays with a nasty streak that cannot be taught, and is a high effort player that gets the most out of his limited athleticism.
Irwin appears to be heavy footed, and is often slow to react to faster defenders. He try to compensate with a all-or-nothing approach that leads to spectacular pancake blocks and complete misses that appear about equal in number.
Chase Dixon, TE, Central Arkansas
Central Arkansas tight end Chase Dixon is an interesting prospect for a lot of reasons. Except for being one inch shorter, he is incredibly similar physically to wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who take taken by the Carolina Panthers in the first round. Other than that, very little information on Dixon is available.
Weight: 238 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.62 sec.
Dixon has excellent measurables, which should translate into him being a dynamic threat in the passing game.
He looks more like a big wide receiver than a tight end, which suggests that he made struggle when asked to line up as an in0line blocker.
Garry Gilliam, OT, Penn State
Garry Gilliam tore his ACL during the 2010 season, and a subsequent infection in his knee cost him the 2011 season as well. ESPN reported back in early April that many teams learned his had declared for the draft only when he showed up at Penn State's pro day, which might partly explain why he went undrafted.
Weight: 306 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.92 sec.
A former tight end, Gilliam moves better than his workout numbers suggest. He is a very smooth runner for a player his size, making him a great candidate for Seattle's zone-blocking scheme. He also has a good kick step, allowing him to get out in front of speed rushers.
Gilliam is relatively new to playing on the offensive line, and his technique shows his inexperience at time. He needs to get better at using his hand and keeping defenders away from his body.
Andru Pulu, DT, Eastern Washington
Andru Pulu was originally reported to be an offensive tackle, but that has since been updated to defensive tackle, which makes much more sense. The Seahawks signing a 6'1" offensive tackle given Tom Cable's preferences for length along the offensive line was very confusing.
Now that he is accurately label as a defensive player, Pulu's signing makes a lot of sense for Seattle. His measureables, including his height, are fairly similar to those of nose tackle Brandon Mebane.
Weight: 322 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.08 sec.
measureables taken from NFLDraftscout.com
Pulu's measurables suggest that he is a decent, though not great, athlete for a player his size. His lack of height will help him generate leverage by insuring he always has a lower pad level than blockers, provided that he has enough first-step power to take advantage of it.
Pulu is short for an NFL tackle, and lacks the length typically associated with the position. Like Mebane, Pulu may be best suited to becoming 2-gapping run defender.