The 2012 NFL Draft may be over, but that doesn't mean that the Seattle Seahawks are done. As with most teams around the NFL, the Seahawks continue signing players, even after Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish went to the Indianapolis Colts to close out the draft.
All eyes are on the undrafted free agents now, and Seattle has been busy. According to the latest from ProFootballWeekly.com, confirmed through the Seahawks' own transactions list, the lights weren't even out at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday when these guys were locked up by the 'Hawks:
Ohio WR Phil Bates
McNeese State CB London Durham
California (Pa.) OG Rishaw Johnson
Washington WR Jermaine Kearse
Henderson State (Ark.) TE Sean McGrath
Montana OT Jon Opperud
Portland State DB DeShawn Shead
Cincinnati DE Monte Taylor
Oregon WR Lavasier Tuinei
Purdue K Carson Wiggs
I'd be lying if I said I knew all about all of these guys, but a few names do jump out at me. Kearse was a pretty good receiver for the Huskies, earning honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors as a senior and second team All-Pac-12 accolades as a sophomore and a junior.
He finished his career as the No. 2 all-time UW receiver in receptions (180), receiving yards (2,871) and receiving TDs (29), and he caught five passes for 198 yards and an 80-yard touchdown pass in a wild Alamo Bowl game against Robert Griffin III and Baylor to close out his collegiate career. At 6-foot-2 and 208 pounds, he has acceptable size, and he ran a 4.58 40 at the NFL Combine.
I'm intrigued to see how Kearse does in camp.
Another name I recognize is that of Tuinei, who stands at 6-foot-5 and 216 pounds and was the Rose Bowl's Offensive Player of the Game in the Ducks' win over Wisconsin after posting 8 receptions for 158 yards and two touchdowns. He ran a 4.53 40 at his Pro Day.
According to the Seahawks' online roster, Kearse and Tuinei will be the 10th and 11th wide receivers on the team. Ohio's Bates will make it an even dozen.
I also recognize Wiggs' name, simply because I live in central Indiana, right down the road from Purdue. He's an accurate kicker who also owns the five longest field goals in Boilermakers history (59, 55, 53, 53, 52). He hit a 67-yarder in Purdue's 2011 spring game, and that kick would have been good from 75 yards out. He should give Steven Hauschka some good competition in camp.
The author grew up in Washington State and is a lifelong fan of the Seahawks . He's also a Featured Contributor in Sports with the Yahoo! Contributor Network. You can follow him on Twitter at @RedZoneWriting and on Facebook.
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