Boston College defensive tackle B.J. Raji is a big dude. And he's another player who Seattle could set their sights on with Michael Crabtree's injury situation.
Raji, considered the top defensive tackle prospect currently in the drafted, measured in at 6-foot-1 ½, and weighed 337 pounds, which is a little higher than the 323 he would have preferred to come in at.
He's benefited from an impressive performance in individual drills during Senior Bowl week, and the fact that there are no elite level prospects at his position this year.
Raji says he'll compete in the all of the workouts at the combine this week, and looks forward to the continued rise of his draft stock.
He had his first interview with New Orleans on Friday. He says he hasn't spoken to any other teams.
Some of the guys he likes to watch that play his position included Chicago's Tommy Harris, the New York Jets' Kris Jenkins and Tennessee's Albert Haynesworth.
"His combination of speed and power kind of keeps a guy off balance," Raji said about Haynesworth.
On the question of whether he's too laid back, Raji had this to say:
"The best way I play football is to try and be myself. So I'm calm before games. I listen to my music. I don't try to get all crazy, because that's now I am in real life. So the best thing for me is to be myself. I play the best when I'm myself."
Here's what Raji had to say on what he hopes to accomplish while at the combine:
"To show guys that I can move for my size. To show that I've kind of recovered from shoulder surgery that I had in '07. And just to prove that I'm one of the guys. I don't think I'm any better than anybody. I'm here to compete. I love to play football. This is where the scouts want me to be, so this is where I am, and I'm going to do everything."
Here's a pretty good interview with B.J. Raji talking to Cincinnati defensive tackle John Thornton.