Seattle Seahawks: Mid-Season Rook Report

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Undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls cant be stopped, rushing for 169 yards against the Bengals
Undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls can’t be stopped, rushing for 169 yards against the Bengals

Back in the Seahawks Preseason, we reviewed the Seahawks incoming rookies, in our Rook Report series.  As the training camp progressed, many rookies made a name for themselves and carved out a niche on the team.

Currently, 6 rookies are on the 53 man roster and additional four are on the practice squad waiting for their chance to make it to the big show.  Here is the status on those rookies as they now have 8 games under their belt.

Rd 2,      Clark, Frank DE Michigan

Clark a dominant force in pre-season, could be a potential superstar
Clark a dominant force in pre-season, could be a potential superstar

Frank Clark was the highest draft pick by the Seahawks, being taken in the late 2nd round.  Clark looked outstanding in preseason, and shows encouraging signs of stardom.   He has limited reps in game time, but that mainly is a function of being the backup to Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril.  In his 3 game appearances, he has logged 3 tackles, including one for a loss. Expect to see much more from him this season.

Rd 3,      Lockett, Tyler WR Kansas State

The diminutive Tyler Lockett has played like a giant for the Hawks this year.  The Seahawks had traded up in the 3rd round to grab this talent, and has provided 1st round results. Tyler’s game changing contributions have occurred on both offense and special teams.  Lockett has 20 catches on 27 targets for 253 yards and a touchdown.
On 24 punt returns, Tyler has 195 yards including a 57 yard touchdown; he added another 356 yards on 14 kick returns, including a 105 yard TD vs Chicago.  His 805 all-purpose yards ranks 8th in the NFL ahead of the Saints Mark Ingram and just behind Steelers Antonio Brown.  The sky is the limit for this young man in the 2nd half of the season.

Rd 4,      Poole, Terry OG San Diego State

Terry Poole impressed offensive line coach Tom Cable, so much so that he was given a lot of playing time in the pre-season.   Having been relegated to the practice squad, Cable intends to use a defacto “red-shirt” season on Poole to teach him the zone blocking scheme’s and the culture of the line play in the NFL.

Rd 4,      Glowinski, Mark OG West Virginia

Versatility is the name of the game for this former Mountaineer.  Originally a tackle, Glowinski has the athleticism that is ideal for a Seahawks guard.  Cable has had Glowinski flipping between the left and right guard positions to turn him into a “super sub” capable of playing 4 Oline positions.   Mark has not seen action, but he has been fast-tracked to step in case of injury.

Rd 5,      Smith, Tye CB Towson St

Smith was the most impressive rookie defensive back in the Seahawks preseason camp.   He has looked like a  discount Richard Sherman at times, and heck if in his career he can be 1/2 as good as Sherman, he will have a long NFL career.   Smith got to see some play in “garbage time” during the Chicago game registering 1 tackle.

Rd 6,      Sokoli, Kristjan DT Buffalo

Converted Dlineman Kristjan Sokoli learns to play offensive guard
Converted Dlineman Kristjan Sokoli learns to play offensive guard

The 6′ 5″ Albanian is one of Cable’s pet projects.  A former defensive lineman in college, Cable has transformed him into an offensive lineman in the mold of J.R. Sweezy.   Sokli  runs a Forty yard dash in 4.86; this goes along with a 38-inch vertical and 31 bench-press reps.  This superior athleticism along with a high motor is a work in progress, with the expectation of a payoff next year.

 

UDFA,   Rawls, Thomas RB Central Michigan

Rawls is quite possibly the steal of the entire draft/free agency period in 2015. Undrafted because he played at a small college (Central Michigan), he has rewarded the Seahawks for their diligence in leaving no stone unturned.  The Hawks have been looking for a replacement to Marshawn Lynch for years and may have just found him.

While former running back Robert Turbin was a good backup, this kid Rawls has shown star talent; so much so, that workout warrior Christine Micheal and Rod Smith were sent packing.  Rawls has played in 8 games with 376 yards on 69 attempts. This includes a game against Cincinnati, where he ran for a Hawks rookie record 169 yards and a touchdown. While a having a slightly different running style, we may be looking at Lynch’s replacement in coming years.

UDFA,   Farmer, George  CB  USC

The Seahawks have been famous for having players switch positions.  J.R. Sweezy used to be a defensive lineman, now he is an offensive lineman.  Richard Sherman used to be wide receiver and now he is a cornerback, Farmer is following in Sherman’s footsteps.

College football is full of 6-foot-plus, extremely athletic receivers, but finding corners with speed, height and arm length—all musts for a Seahawks corner—can be difficult.   Coach Pete Carroll has decided that Farmer’s combination of size and speed is well suited to take a chance on him as a practice squad project.

UDFA,   Short, Kevin CB Fort Scott CC

Short has a nose for the ball.  With 10 interceptions at Fort Scott CC, earned a look from the Hawks coaching staff.  Originally, Short had signed with Kansas City; however, the 6-2, 190-pound Corner Back fits the body mold of the Seahawks Legion of Boom. He is looked at as a project similar to Farmer.

UDFA,   Williams, Kasen WR  Washington

Former UW Husky Kasen Williams, had a 15-yard touchdown reception in the preseason finale against the Raiders that surely helped him land a spot on the practice squad.  The Hawks are a fan of his height, size, and play-making ability.  He is currently on the practice squad to add depth to the crowded wide receiver corp.

 

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