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Seahawks draft notebook: Spencer Ware could be in fullback role

By Jayson Jenks
Seattle Times staff reporter

The Seahawks surprised many by drafting Texas A&M running back Christine Michael in Friday's second round. They surprised again by drafting another running back, LSU's Spencer Ware, in the sixth round on Saturday.

But the Seahawks see the 5-foot-10, 230-pound Ware as a fullback. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Ware will begin his career as a fullback. Ware played some fullback as a freshman at LSU.

Ware rushed for 367 yards (3.9 yards per carry) as a junior last year and scored one touchdown. He played in a reduced role as a tailback after rushing for 707 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore. Michael Robinson is Seattle's only fullback on the roster.

"We're hoping we can groom him as a fullback that can play tailback," Carroll said.

Best nickname?

There could be a battle for best nickname out of this draft class. On one side is Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams, who goes by "Tha Monstar."

In the other corner is Jared Smith from New Hampshire. Smith played defensive line at UNH, but the Seahawks drafted him as an offensive guard. They did the same with J.R. Sweezy, another seventh-round pick, last year.

Smith's nickname: Fat Rabbit.

"One of my really good friends, who was on the team, came up with it," Smith explained. "Since I'm quick, I can move, and I can catch running backs and stuff while I was playing defense, people said I was fast as a rabbit. And I was also fat."

Linebacker

not a priority

One of Seattle's areas of need entering the draft seemed to be at linebacker. The Seahawks return K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner, but veteran Leroy Hill hasn't re-signed with the team and isn't expected back.

Carroll said linebacker "was not necessarily a priority," and the draft showed it. Seattle took one linebacker — Ty Powell from Harding — in the seventh round. Carroll said he liked what Seattle has with young linebackers, including Malcolm Smith and Korey Toomer.

"We're very young, and we're very athletic," Carroll said. "The guys can run like crazy. We're really fast at the spot ... we feel very good about it."

From the area

• Former Washington State receiver Marquess Wilson was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round with the 236th overall pick. Wilson left Washington State with three games left in the season after claiming "physical, emotional and verbal abuse." That led to a review of the program, which eventually exonerated coach Mike Leach and his staff. WSU quarterback Jeff Tuel signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent.

• Former Skyline and Azusa Pacific offensive lineman Luke Marquardt signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent. San Francisco offensive line coach Mike Solari attended Marquardt's pro day at Azusa Pacific.

Jayson Jenks: 206-464-8277 or jjenks@seattletimes.com

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