2013 Draft – Seattle’s Picks in the Last Two Rounds

I had to go run some errands during the sixth and seventh rounds, so here's the guys the Seahawks picked up while I was out and about:

Round Six, 16th Pick (194th Overall): RB Spencer Ware, LSU

Another high school QB who converted to another position in college, Ware had a pretty good career at LSU despite being stuck in a backup or RB-by-committee role for much of his time there.  He isn't very fast (4.62 forty time), but he's a strong, punishing runner who doesn't go down on first contact and could develop into a strong short-yardage back.  He also excels as a receiving threat.

Round Seven, 14th Pick (220th Overall): G Ryan Seymour, Vanderbilt (6'5, 300 lbs)

The Seahawks didn't pick a single offensive lineman until the seventh round, but regardless Seymour is a promising choice.  He started 35 games at Vanderbilt and took snaps at every position on the o-line last season.  His natural position is guard, but he served as the backup center and held up reasonably well when he was asked to play both tackle positions. 

Round Seven, 25th Pick (231st Overall): DE Ty Powell, Harding (6'2", 249 lbs)

Powell entered the draft with a fifth round grade, but Seattle was able to wait until the seventh round to snap him up.  Yes, he played Division II ball, but he's an intriguingly athletic and versatile prospect.  He played three different positions at Harding: defensive end, linebacker, and safety.  Sure, he probably didn't play all those positions equally well, but how often do you hear about a DE who can play a little safety, too?

With his size, quick burst off the line, and 4.6 forty speed, Powell will likely be competing for a spot as a backup Leo DE and/or situational pass rusher in the nickel package.

Round Seven, 35th Pick (241st Overall): DT Jared Smith, New Hampshire (6'3", 302 lbs)

Smith is this year's J.R. Sweezy, a high-motor defensive lineman whom Tom Cable plans to convert into an offensive lineman for the Seahawks.  Smith isn't terribly huge or fast, but he appears to have enough drive and athleticism to be a potentially strong fit in Cable's zone blocking scheme.  Given Sweezy's rapid development last year, it'll be interesting to see how Cable's new pet project fares this offseason (and how Sweezy progresses this year, for that matter).

Round Seven, 36th Pick (242nd Overall): OT Michael Bowie, Northeastern State (6'5", 330 lbs)

Bowie started his college career at Oklahoma State who won the starting job at left tackle late in his junior year and was projected to return to start at the same position his senior year, but was cut from the program after violating unspecified team rules.  Whatever the reason for his dismissal, there's no denying that Bowie has definite potential.  He didn't allow a single sack of Brandon Weeden in 2011 (anyone who watched the Browns last year knows how difficult that is), but regardless he doesn't project as much more than a developmental prospect at this point.