Bios of players chosen by the Seahawks in rounds 4 through 7
LB, Mississippi State
6-3 | 246 pounds | 4th round (99 overall)
An instinctive player, Wright started at both weakside and strongside linebacker in college. He also will have a chance to try his hand as a pass-rushing end in Seattle’s defensive scheme. Wright had nine sacks in college, and coach Pete Carroll said that while at USC, he used linebackers Clay Matthews and Brian Cushing as pass rushers from the weakside defensive end spot .
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6-5 | 216 | 4th round (107)
Durham caught only 64 passes in his college career and was not among the 329 players who were invited to the scouting combine in Indianapolis in February. But he’s fast for his size, which is reminiscent of starting wideout Mike Williams. “We like Kris because he’s 6-5,” Carroll said. “We wanted another big guy to give us the effect that Mike gives us out there, and to not lose that in case Mike’s not available. We saw him in a very special way.”
6-2 | 195 | 5th round (154)
Sherman came out of Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif., becoming only the second player he knew from his high school to attend Stanford. He played wide receiver his first two years at the school before suffering a knee injury, taking a medical redshirt, and then changing to cornerback. He was drafted to fit Seattle’s emphasis on press coverage from its corners. “This is a big, tall, long, athletic kid,” Carroll said. “He’s a wonderful kid that can play for us, and I’m real excited.”
FS, Appalachian State
6-0 | 211 | 5th round (156)
Legree was lightly recruited out of a small high school in Georgia with 28 seniors in his graduating class. Appalachian State was the only school to offer a scholarship, and he became a three-year starter with 22 career interceptions. “Great ball skills, a tough guy,” general manager John Schneider said. “He’s got great range, and he’s a good hitter, and we’ll be able to do some cool stuff with him.”
6-0 | 207 | 6th round (173)
Maxwell plays a position known for its speed, but strength is a big part of Maxwell’s game. “Last guy out of the weight room,” Schneider said. “The strength coach really likes this guy at Clemson.” Maxwell was a highly recruited player from South Carolina. He suffered a knee injury that kept him from playing his senior year of high school, and another knee injury caused him to redshirt his freshman season at Clemson in 2006. “Byron is a big, stud corner that makes hits and tackles and plays very well at the line of scrimmage,” Carroll said.
6-4 | 292 pounds | 7th round (205)
He goes by the nickname “Pep” which was given to him by an uncle because of his nonstop energy. He started the past two seasons at LSU, and while he didn’t have any sacks in that time, the Seahawks see him as well-suited to playing the strongside defensive end position, which requires a big-bodied run stuffer like starter Red Bryant.
6-0 | 226 pounds | 7th round (242)
He had an up-and-down college career filled with injuries. He is the younger brother of Steve Smith, the former USC receiver now with the Giants. Extremely fast, he is like a running back at linebacker and Carroll already foresees an immediate role in the Seahawks’ nickel defense. “This is one of the best athletes at his position in the draft,” Carroll said.