Day five of the NFL Combine wrapped up today, and in theory teams should have a better idea of what positions are full of talent and which are lacking. Hypotheses are being confirmed and disproven everyday and it looks like one that many around the league had coming into the combine is one hypothesis that has so far been confirmed.
Leading up to the combine not many disagreed with the supposition that there was a dearth of talent among the offensive tackle pool, and so far nothing has happened to disprove that. It is very well known throughout the Pacific Northwest that offensive line coach Tom Cable salivates over athleticism when it comes to his lineman. Although taking a look at this draft class may leave Cable with cotton mouth. Very few lineman period let alone tackles exhibited much athleticism when they had their turns to strut in front of GM's and coaches, however the Draft's top o-line prospect Ryan Ramczyk sat out the physical portion of the combine as he is nursing a hip injury.
Defensive back, possibly just as big of an issue for the Seahawks in terms of depth, featured plenty of talent. Pretty much all of the top end prospects lived up to their billing, and if anything could sum up the position group it would be that there are some freakishly athletic boys looking for an NFL roster. The Seahawks under John Schnieder and Pete Carroll have never taken a corner before the fourth round, but they might not be able to hold themselves back this year.
That should be great news as Earl Thomas is coming back fro ma broken leg and Deshawn Shead is coming back from serious injury as well. Connecticut corner Obi Melifonwu may be the man the Seahawks find to hard to resist as he's big at 6-foot-4 which they like, and turned in a video game like work out. Melifonwu had a 44" vertical leap, 4.4 40 time, and an 11'9" broad jump. Safe to say Pete will interview him immediately.
With that said, when it comes to their first draft choice, if the Hawks hold onto it, they should definitely avoid looking for an offensive tackle. There just is no one talented enough to justify the pick. Although the pick should not be used on a DB either, I would expect them to go linebacker when they are on the clock.
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