At #111, the Seattle Seahawks select CB Walter Thurmond from Oregon! The guys at Walter Football give this pick an A. His biggest weaknesses are related to durability, but nothing seems too risky. Some Highlights from Rob Rang’s scouting profile:
Run Support: Rare willingness to meet the ballcarrier in run support for a cornerback. Evades blockers easily with lateral quickness and vision. Squares up and makes tackles in space.
Man Coverage: Low and fast coming out of his stance. Quick feet and re-directs easily and closes on the ball with a burst. Relies too much on his athleticism in coverage. Marginal punch in press coverage and too often allows receivers into their route for a corner of his size and long arms.
Tackling: Reliable open-field tackler who breaks down in space to make the secure stop against smaller, quicker athletes. Good effort in pursuit and will lay out to make the tackle.
From Mocking the Draft’s write-up:
Final word: Make no mistake about it, when Thurmond was healthy, he was one of the more dynamic playmakers on defense in the country. Consider that as a sophomore he defended 23 passes. That went along with 103 tackles, with 75 unassisted, and five interceptions.
But staying healthy has been an issue for Thurmond. He was slowed during the 2008 season with a pelvis injury. Combine that with the 2009 injury and Thurmond unfortunately gets the injury prone label.