That was Keith Price throwing to former University of Washington teammates Kasen Williams, DiAndre Campbell, Michael Hartvigson and Jesse Callier today during UW's packed pro day at the Dempsey Indoor facility next to Husky Stadium.
There were at least a third more NFL scouts and media types than I've seen at any of the multiple UW pro days I've attended previously. Today's attracted far more than were at Jake Locker's pro day a few years ago.
The latest NFL contingent at UW included Seahawks general manager John Schneider, coach Pete Carroll and most of his assistant coaches, including just about all of the defensive staff, led by new coordinator Kris Richard. Even linebackers Bobby Wagner, Kevin Pierre-Louis and Brock Coyle were watching from the track that circles the turf field. (Wouldn't read too much into that; the players appeared to be there just because they were in town and to see friends).
Carroll and Schneider spent a chunk of time during the workouts talking to Huskies coach Chris Petersen. Carroll said that chat and others yielded invaluable information on players' backgrounds and personalities beyond the 40-yard dash times, shuttle runs and high jumps the Seahawks and every other NFL team can measure for themselves.
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UW's Danny Shelton -- who said he was headed to Cleveland for a pre-draft visit and declared "I see myself as the first defensive tackle out there" -- plus linebacker Shaq Thompson, cornerback Marcus Peters and pass rusher Hau'oli Kikaha were the star attractions of this pro day. It came two days after offensive line coach Tom Cable was representing the Seahawks across the country at Florida State's pro day.
Thompson spent a while talking to GM Schneider after his drills.
Price, Washington's career leader in touchdown throws who is without pro job two seasons after his last UW game, remains an NFL curiosity.
Price spent last spring in Seahawks minicamps for a couple weeks, but was not going to get any preseason snaps once Terrelle Pryor signed with Seattle. So the Seahawks cut him well before training camp. He then was out of football until Saskatchewan of the Canadian Football League signed him as a never-used, third-string passer late last season.
"All I know was it was cold as hell out there," Price, a native of Compton just south of Los Angeles, said with a smile of November and December on the Canadian prairie.
Price looked bigger in his upper body and torso and threw strongly today; the video clip above included two of his maybe five passes that hit the ground. His best throws were consecutive deep post routes to Williams and Campbell, the first one 55 yards in the air in stride to Williams and the other 60 yards into Campbell's sprint. Price threw short out routes, long outs, crossing routes, roll-out throws on the run and goal-line fade routes, too. A couple throws were behind receivers -- on an out and then a crossing route to Hartvigson. Another sailed far over Williams' head on a deep out. But generally Price looked as sharp as the holder of 11 UW records while throwing for now-former coach Steve Sarkisian's Huskies should.
I asked Carroll what Price needed to get into the NFL.
"I think he's really close," Carroll said. "He really is a QB. He's got the poise and the stature and the mentality of handling the position. He's very cool and calm about stuff. He's very articulate around the huddle, calling stuff at the line of scrimmage. He's got a very good presence and all of that. Very accurate thrower. He's not a big-arm thrower, but a very accurate thrower. You can see it on the deep ball; he threw the ball 60 yards out here. So he ripped it.
"I think it's just a matter of time. He's got to get his break and get his opportunity to show it. He has a lot of stuff that is hard to find. The intangibles are there."
Well, then, hearing that praise, is there any part of Carroll and the Seahawks curious enough to give Price a second chance by signing him this spring for minicamp in June and maybe even training camp in late July? Especially with veteran backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson currently shopping the league as an unrestricted free agent?
"Yeah. Yeah," Carroll said. "He did well again today."
(Full disclosure: I am an unabashed Keith Price supporter, from my previous job getting to know him as far more than a football player. Read why here.)
As for the Seahawks starting quarterback, Russell Wilson, Carroll said again that talks on a new contract beyond Wilson's rookie one due to end after the 2015 season are "ongoing" and on track.
My sense from asking Carroll and Schneider since February and hearing their answer is a big deal with barge loads on guaranteed money for Wilson could be done by late April.
OTHER NEWS BITS FROM UW PRO DAY
Carroll said the re-signings of free agent fullback Will Tukuafu and defensive tackle Jesse Williams on Wednesday were long in the works. And they aren't the last of what Seattle intends to do.
"There's still a number of things we want to get done," Carroll said. "It just takes time. It's working. Everything's going great.
'There's a few signing that will happen. They take time."
One could be at center. The Seahawks have met with free agents Stefen Wisniewski from Oakland and Chris Myers from Houston, among others, as possible replacements at center. Max Unger, Seattle's former two-time Pro Bowl center, left for New Orleans last month in the Seahawks' trade for tight end Jimmy Graham and their first-round draft choice this month.
I asked Carroll if philosophically he would be OK with a rookie out of that draft (as a second-round pick or one of the other 10 selections in later rounds Seattle has) potentially starting this fall at center. Can a first-year player step right into this Seahawks offense, make all the right calls and have the command of veteran fellow linemen and synchronicity with Wilson required?
"We've had rookies start everywhere over the years. It just depends on the guy," Carroll said. "If that happened, the guy is going to have to be really good, have his act together and all that, would have to beat out guys who've been in our system (such as current would-be starter Patrick Lewis, a signing last August and then again last October).
"It's a lot to ask a guy, yes. That position could be the key position, as the quarterback of the front. So that's a lot to ask a young guy."
The re-signing of Tukuafu gave thought to Derrick Coleman and how the starting fullback until he broke his foot warming up for the Oct. 21 game at St. Louis last season is recovering.
"Yeah, he's supposed to be great," Carroll said of Coleman, who is one of the Seahawks' top special-teams players. "Supposed to be full go by the time we get going."
The coach said Tukuafu will do as he did last season after Seattle signed him midseason following his injury settlement with San Francisco: playing fullback and on the defensive line, usually at tackle.
"Will's going to do everything. I think Will's value is that he is so flexible. We plan on going further. He's big; he's 280, you know. He can go to the tight-end position in blocking situations. We are going to see how far we can expand his role."
Asked if he still expected to re-sign Jackson as Wilson's backup Carroll said, "I hope so." Jackson is an unrestricted free agent and has visited Miami, before the Dolphins re-signed backup QB Matt Moore.
Carroll had said last week he was hopeful the Seahawks would be re-signing free-agent center-guard Steve Schilling, who was one of four centers to play for the Seahawks last season before his season ended in early Novermber because of a knee injury. But indications this afternoon were that Schilling, who went to Bellevue High School in the Seattle suburbs then played at the University of Michigan, won't re-sign and was likely to retire. Schilling then told the Seattle Times today he is indeed going to retire after four seasons in the league, the first three as a backup in San Diego.
A VERY MINI MINICAMP
Carroll confirmed the Seahawks will only be on the field for one of the three days announced as the team's mandatory minicamp days: June 16, 17 and 18. Carroll wouldn't specify which of those three days the Seahawks will be on the field. The NFL docked Seattle two of three days of on-field practice work after determining too much hitting and contact went on during last year's mandatory minicamp.
The Seahawks' organized team activities (OTAs) are May 26-27, May 29, June 1-2, June 4 and June 8-11.
The first day the players can hold their own organized offseason workouts is April 20. Wilson is taking his receivers to Hawaii after then for his annual spring passing drills, after two years bringing his guys down to Hermosa Beach, California.
--You can listen to all of what Carroll had to say today at UW here: