Looking at late round, high upside players

Tuesday, April 17, 2018




One thing Seattle has done a lot of in the past is select high upside, highly athletic players, especially in the later rounds.


You may well have heard of SPARQ before, it is a formula developed by Nike which measures a players athleticism by outputting a single score. Funnily enough, Pete Carroll actually had some involvement in the development of the calculations, so it’s no surprise that Seattle shows an interest in high scoring SPARQ guys.


But who are they?


For this article, I am not going to include guys with early round grades. The purpose of this piece is to highlight some names that only the deepest of draft followers will likely recognize, guys that will be picked up in the 3rd day (round 4-7) as well as priority undrafted free agents. I can absolutely guarantee that several of these names will become Seahawks either via a later round pick of via (undrafted) free agency.


Let’s break it down by positon to keep it simple.




Name                          SPARQ             Likely Round


Peter Pujals                 123.7               UDFA

Reggie Bell                 116.8               UDFA

Andrew Elffers            104.1                UDFA

Quinton Flowers         103.1                UDFA

Danny Etling               100.9                7th


None of these names really jump out at me as 'Seahawky' types to be honest but they score high regardless.


Running Back


Name                          SPARQ             Likely Round


Trenton Cannon            141.9               7th/UDFA

Mike Boone                  140.4               UDFA

Kalen Ballage               136.6               4th

Bo Scarbrough             134.5               5th

Ryan Green                  132.5               UDFA

Josh Adams                 132.0               4th/5th

Justin Jackson             129.9               5th/6th

Ryan Nall                      125.6               UDFA

Chase Edmunds          124.8               UDFA

John Kelly                    124.3                4th


Seahawks look for the following from running backs - between 5"10 - 6"1, 215 - 230 pounds, 35"+ vertical, 4.65 or quicker 40 time. Out of those players above Kalen Ballage (Seahawks have met and worked him out), Bo Scarbrough and John Kelly especially jump out. Although all the names will be considered given their draft investment, some are taller or shorter than the typical size but Seattle may want to try different things at RB this year.


Wide Receiver


Name                          SPARQ             Likely Round


Dylan Cantrell               141.1               6th

Jordan Smallwood        136.8               UDFA

Justin Watson               132.6               UDFA

Jacob Sannon              129.5               UDFA

Saeed Blacknail           129.2               UDFA

Teo Redding                 128.5               7th/UDFA

Jaelon Acklin                128.4               UDFA

Kahlil Dawson              128.0               UDFA

Caleb Scott                  127.8               UDFA

J’Mon Moore                 127.7              4th

Michael Gallup             124.4               4th

Allen Lazard                 123.8               4th


Seattle is quite varied in the types of receiver they have shown interest in historically but the names that jump out to me from that list are Dylan Cantrell, Kahlil Dawson, Michael Gallup and Allen Lazard.


Tight End


Name                          SPARQ             Likely Round


Tyler Conklin               125.2                 5th/6th

Jaylen Samuels           123.5                UDFA

Garrett Hudson           119.8                UDFA

Mark Andrews             115.2                UDFA

Tyler Hoppes               114.7                UDFA

Matt Flanagan              113.9                UDFA

Dalton Schultz              113.4               4th

Nathan Marcus             111.9               UDFA

Marcus Baugh              107.4               UDFA


With Seattle needing depth at tight end a lot of these names make sense.


Offensive Tackle


Name                          SPARQ             Likely Round


Korey Cunningham     133.7                7th

Brian O’Neill                 117.0               4th (possibly earlier)

Gerhard de Beer          110.2               7th/UDFA

David Steinmetz           108.3               UDFA

Tyler Howell                  108.1               UDFA

Connor Hilland             107.8               UDFA

Christian DiLauro         107.0               UDFA


Tackles typically can do 27 reps, a 31" vertical and a 9" broad. However, with Tom Cable now off the team it's hard to gauge if those parameters were set by him or John & Pete. These names, however, stand out to me - Korey Cunningham, David Steinmetz & Tyler Howell.


Offensive Guard


Name                          SPARQ             Likely Round


Dejon Allen                 110.8               7th

Ryan Hunter                110.6               UDFA

Wyatt Teller                  109.6               4th

Jashon Robertson       107.6               UDFA

Adam Ploudre             107.5               UDFA


I'm not convinced any of these names would make it out of camp, but would be surprised if none of them are picked up via UDFA.


Offensive Center


Name                          SPARQ             Likely Round


Scott Quessenberry    117.0                4th

Austin Golson              100.9               UDFA

Casey Dunn                 100.5               UDFA


I don't think Joey Hunt makes it to the 53 man roster, one of these 3 could potentially replace him.


Defensive Tackle


Name                          SPARQ             Likely Round


Jullian Taylor                132.9                UDFA

Sebastian Joseph        131.9                UDFA

James Looney              131.8               6th

Lord Hyeamang            129.7               UDFA

Bilal Nichols                  119.2               5th

Foley Fatukasi               118.4               4th/5th

Andrew Brown              118.0                5th/6th

Breeland Speaks          117.4                UDFA


Every single one of these guys intrigues me somewhat, especially Julian Taylor and Sebastian Joseph, both are very athletic and may well be bought into camp.


Defensive End


Name                          SPARQ             Likely Round


Tyquan Lewis              140.8               4th

Ade Aruna                   133.8               4th/5th

Kylie Fitts                     131.9               4th

Leon Jacobs                130.1               4th/5th

Joe Ostman                 129.0               7th

Antonio Simmons         128.9               7th/UDFA

Peter Kalambayi          127.6               6th/7th

Jacob Martin                125.8               UDFA

Marcell Frazier             123.4               7th/UDFA


With the depth at EDGE looking pretty thin, again, a lot of these names intrigue me. I wouldn't be shocked with an early pick, a late pick and one or two UDFA's being bought in to compete this summer.




Name                          SPARQ             Likely Round


Matthew Thomas         149.8                7th/UDFA

Oren Burks                  143.1                 6th/7th

Zaire Franklin              138.9                 UDFA

Genard Avery              134.2                4th/5th

Fred Warner                 132.3                4th

Marcus Newby            127.7                UDFA

Emmanuel Smith         127.4                UDFA  

Micah Kiser                 126.2                4th


Another area the Seahawks are thin with depth, I'd be surprised if one or two of these guys aren't in Seahawks camp uniform this summer.




Name                          SPARQ             Likely Round


Christian Campbell     139.8               7th/UDFA

Keion Crossen            137.5                UDFA

Emmanuel Moseley    134.6                UDFA

Avonte Maddox          132.9                4th

Jordan Thomas           132.5               6th/7th

Tafon Mainsah             132.2               UDFA

Cameron Roane          132.2               UDFA

Andre Chachere          129.5               7th

Dane Cruikshank         129.2               UDFA

Trevon Mathis              126.6               UDFA

Grant Haley                 123.4                5th

Tony Brown                 123.4                4th

Tre Herndon                123.3                UDFA

Darious Williams         123.2                7th

Tarvarus McFadden    121.8                4th/5th


Seahawks typically look for 32"+ arms, however they've proven a couple of times it's not an absolute necessity, especially for nickel corners. Dontae Johnson who was signed last week only has 31 1/2 inch arms for example.


Names that really jump out at me, though, are Christian Campbell (33 1/2), Jordan Thomas (32), Andre Chachere (31 3/8) and Tarvarus McFadden (32 1/2) all really jump out at me. I'm confident at least one of those 4 will be picked up.


Strong Safety


Name                          SPARQ             Likely Round


Troy Apke                    147.0               5th

Terrell Edmunds          138.9               4th

Warren Long               135.1               UDFA

Trayvon Henderson     132.0               6th

Foyesade Oluokun      128.6               7th

Asantay Brown            126.9               UDFA

Trey Marshall               125.1               UDFA

Steven Parker              124.9               UDFA

Siran Neal                   122.5               6th

Tray Matthews             121.5               7th/UDFA


Any of these guys could be bought in to compete in training camp, Troy Apke is a name to watch with one of the many 5th round picks the team currently holds.


Free Safety


Name                          SPARQ             Likely Round


Joshua Kalu                 134.2                 7th

Godwin Igwebuike      133.4                  4th/5th

Jordan Martin              133.0                  UDFA

Jamar Summers          126.6                  UDFA

Natrell Jamerson          123.3                 7th

Ryan Neal                     122.4                 UDFA

Robert Taylor                121.5                 UDFA

Anthony Sherrils           119.6                 UDFA

Tray Mitchell                 119.4                 UDFA

Tyree Robinson             119.0                 UDFA


If Earl is moved, expect to see one or two of these names on the 90 man roster. Natrell Jamerson is picking up a lot of attention at the moment across the league and I suspect he goes earlier than he is currently projected here.



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