Here's an updated look at potential draft picks reported to be visiting or have visited the Seahawks in advance of the NFL Draft April 28-30.
As was noted in this space last week, the focus of NFL teams for the next few weeks is pretty much solely on the draft, which will be held April 28-30.
And with the combine and many Pro Days having been completed, the final stage — visits by players to team facilities — is in full force.
As noted last week, various reports detailed six players who apparently had visited the Seahawks (teams do not have to confirm the visits publicly).
Since then, reports of a handful of other players making visits have surfaced.
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Here is a recap:
DL Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech: Generally considered a top 50 pick, Butler was reported by NFL.com to be visiting the Seahawks today, apparently one of the 30 official visits Seattle will have prior to the draft. The 6-3, 323-pound Butler is considered a nose tackle/three-technique tackle and could serve as a replacement for Brandon Mebane, though some question how much of a nose tackle he would really be. Wrote Pro Football Focus of Butler: “Butler has the tools to be a good NFL run defender, most likely as a 3-4 defensive end. While he’s listed at 325 pounds, he doesn’t play like a prototypical nose tackle as his game is more about length disruption than anchoring down at the line of scrimmage.’’
WR Daniel Braverman, Western Michigan: A slot receiver who declared early for the draft, Braverman was reported by the NFL Network scheduled to have a visit with Seattle this week. Braverman is generally regarded as a mid-to-late round pick. Seattle sets pretty set at the slot position with Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett but is always looking to add competition everywhere and adding a receiver in the mid-to-lare rounds makes some sense.
TE/WR Terenn Houk, BYU: Houk is a graduate of Enumclaw High generally regarded as likely an undrafted free agent. A 6-5, 225-pounder, Houk played both tight end and receiving roles at BYU, and is coming off his best season as a senior when he had 37 catches for 490 yards. Houk was lightly recruited out of Enumclaw and didn’t put up significant stats at BYU until his junior season. But his skillset and increasing production the last two years figure to intrigue teams looking for a sleeper as a UDFA.
Here are six players previously reported as having visited, or expected to visit, with the Seahawks:
RB Derrick Henry, Alabama: Henry was the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner and a player who could go as high as the first round.
DL Jonathan Bullard, Florida: Bullard played just about everywhere on the defensive line but could be a three-technique tackle (the Athbya Rubin position) or a base end (Michael Bennett) and is generally considered a second/third-rounder.
OT Lene Maiava, Arizona: Arizona’s starting right tackle in 2015, he has also played guard and is generally viewed as likely going the undrafted free agent route.
LB Christian French, Oregon: French played an outside linebacker/defensive end role at Oregon similar to that of Bruce Irvin with the Seahawks and also was briefly a tight end.
CB Rashard Robinson, LSU: Robinson is one of the bigger wildcard players in the draft and probably the prototype of the kind of player a team would want to bring in for a pre-draft visit, having been suspended indefinitely by LSU for “multiple’’ teams rules violations in 2014 and not playing last season before declaring for the draft. Obvious off-field issues aside, he intrigues teams with his size (6-1-1/2, 171) and then showing he was in good shape at the combine, running a 4.49 40. A likely late-round pick.