Coach Pete Carroll wastes no time planning roles for rookie draft picks | Seahawks
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll used a three-day rookie minicamp to scheme for ways to use his newest players when the full roster reports for organized team activities May 20.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has a plan to incorporate rookies with the full roster during organized team activities starting May 20. And the basic formula can be seen through defensive tackles Jordan Hill and Jesse Williams.
Hill, a third-round draft choice, played nose tackle at Penn State. That's the position he played during the Seahawks' recent three-day rookie minicamp, and the position where Carroll said Hill looks most comfortable.
"We're already picturing how they could fit in," Carroll said of the incoming rookies. "The way to do it really is we're going to try to champion the strengths they have and put them in situations where they can be successful early and not ask them to do a lot of things that are unfamiliar to them with the thought of trying to build their confidence and a sense that they belong. Then we'll expand.
"That's why, just off of three days work, you'll see Jordan more at nose tackle early in camp. He looks very comfortable there."
Williams, a fifth-round choice, played all over the defensive line at Alabama, but Carroll said Williams will start as a three-technique, meaning he will line up between the guard and offensive tackle. Williams also played nose tackle and more outside as a five-technique in college, but the Seahawks are in need of another three-technique after the departure of Alan Branch.
"We'll probably wind up keeping Jesse at three-technique for a while, then we'll move him to five-technique to see how he does there and then we'll bring him back to nose tackle in time," Carroll said. "He's played all those spots. We like to fit him in as the three-technique and see if he can play first and second down for us. So every guy has a plan like that and we won't ask them to do many things early until they show they can handle that."
More than anything, the rookie camp provided Carroll and his coaches an opportunity to get a feel for the players they drafted.
Luke Willson, a tight end from Rice drafted in the fifth round, had plenty of chances to catch passes down the field, and Carroll said that was by design.
"As far as calling on him to fit a role and be a downfield type of guy and mix in with these fellas and compete for it is pretty cool," Carroll said. "He looked pretty good."
Tharold Simon, a fifth-round draft choice from Louisiana State, fits the mold the Seahawks want from their cornerbacks. He is 6 feet 2 and 202 pounds, but Carroll indicated that Simon didn't arrive in peak shape.
"He's an aggressive kid and has good savvy and can anticipate routes," Carroll said. "I don't know what kind of condition he's in yet, but we'll get him stronger and get him right by the time he's in camp."
Carroll praised wide receiver Chris Harper (fourth round) for having "classy hands" and for his ability to use his 234-pound body to win jump balls. Spencer Ware, a sixth-round choice from LSU, split his time between running back and fullback; the 218-pound Ware played predominantly as a tailback in college.
"Everybody looked like they fit into the role that we had hoped for with a million miles to go," Carroll said.
Two more sign
The day after Carroll singled out former Idaho defensive end Benson Mayowa for standing out during the team's minicamp, the Seahawks announced the signing of Mayowa and former Juanita tight end Victor Marshall, who played at Simon Fraser and the University of British Columbia.
Mayowa, who is 6-3 and 236 pounds, impressed Carroll with his speed off the edge as a pass rusher. Mayowa had three sacks in 11 games as a senior at Idaho last year.
When asked for any surprises after the final day of the rookie camp, Carroll said, "The kid from Idaho looked pretty good. He did a nice job. ... He was a guy that really jumped out. He was rushing the passer and looked pretty fast on the edge."
Ramon Buchanon, an undrafted free agent linebacker from Miami, was released.
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