When teams bring in players for a pre-draft visit, you have to wonder if it’s a smokescreen or do they have legitimate interest.
But more than anything, I think pre-draft visits confirm the area of needs for a specific team. So it’s no surprise that you see a lot of tight ends/big receivers, defensive linemen and defensive backs on the Seattle Seahawks list of players visiting the VMAC leading up to the draft
And Seattle uses its pre-draft visits to focus on potential undrafted free agents they’d like to bring into camp.
Teams can have up to 30 players in for pre-draft visits. In addition to that, teams can also have a local day for area prospects. The Seahawks had their local day on April 5, and I’m still working to confirm all 21 players that visited the team’s facility.
So the following is a list of players and the source that confirmed they have visited Seattle. If you see others that I have missed add them to the comments section, and I will continue to update the list leading up to the draft.
ProFootballTalk.com also is tracking visits of draft prospects for every team here.
Devin Aguliar, WR, Washington – Source: Twitter. At 5-11, 200 pounds, Aguliar is a late-round prospect who has shown ability as an inside receiver.
Josh Bellamy, WR-CB, Louisville – Source: Scout.com. At 6-0, 205 pounds, Bellamy also can play corner, and ran at 4.42 in the 40-yard dash at his pro day.
Will Blackwell, DL, LSU – Source: Twitter. At 6-4, 314 pounds, Blackwell was a first-team, All-SEC selection as a left guard for LSU.
Ron Brooks, CB, LSU – Source: Scout.com. At 5-10, 190 pounds, Brocks is an experienced corner who played in a lot of LSU’s nickel and dime packages.
Michael Brockers, DL, LSU – Source: Scout.com. Brockers is a beast against the run at 6-foot-6, 322 pounds, but sill has room to develop as a pass rusher.
Lamont Bryant, TE, Morgan State – Source: Twitter. At 6-5 and 225 pounds, Bryant appears to be more of an H-back with good athleticism.
Derek Carrier, WR-TE, Beloit – Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Another big receiver who can run.
Derrick Coleman, RB, UCLA – Source: Detroit Free Press. At 5-11 and 230 pounds, Coleman ran for 765 yards and a team-high 11 touchdowns his senior season. Coleman also is hard of hearing.
Matt Conrath, DL, Virginia – Source: Scout.com. At 6-8 and 290 pounds, Conrath is a big dude who likes he would be a perfect fit at 5-tech defensive end. Conrath was a first-team, All-ACC selection who finished with 64 tackles and blocked three field goals at Virginia.
Claude Davis, DE, University of South Florida. Source: Tampa Bay Times. At 6-2, 235 pounds, Davis finished with six sacks his senior season.
Donnie Fletcher, CB, Boston College – Source: Twitter. At 6-1, 200 pounds, Fletcher fits the prototype as a big cover who can press for the Seahawks. Fletcher finished with 35 tackles, five pass breakups and two interceptions in 2011 for the Eagles.
Brandon Hardin, CB, Oregon State – Source: Scout.com. Hardin missed all of last season because of shoulder surgery, but at 6-2 and 220 pounds, teams like his size and speed.
Chandler Harnish, QB, Northern Illinois – Source: Twitter. Harnish doesn’t have prototypical size at 6-2 and 220 pounds, but he threw for 3,216 yards, 28 touchdowns and six interceptions for NIU as a senior.
Justin Helwege, WR, Central Washington – Source: Twitter. Hewege finished with 51 receptions for 717 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior. A big receiver at 6-5, 218 pounds.
George Iioka, S, Boise State – Source: Twitter. They already have Jeron Johnson, so why not add his backfield mate Iioka. At 6-4, 225 pounds, Iioka would be a nice backup for Kam Chancellor.
Jeremy Lane, DB, Northwestern State – Source: NFLMocks.com. At 5-11, 180 pounds, Lane is a track athlete who played press corner at Division II Northwestern State.
Logwone Mitz, RB, Washington State – Source: Seahawks.com. The son of former Seahawks defensive end Alonzo Mitz.
Jon Opperud, OT, Montana – Source: Twitter. At 6-7 and 300 pounds, the Portland, Oregon native is likely a tackle prospect at the next level.
Nathan Palmer, WR, Northern Illinois – Source: Twitter. At 5-11 and 197 pounds, Palmer finished with 47 catches for 695 yards and seven touchdowns in his senior season at Northern Illinois.
David Paulson, TE, Oregon – Source: Twitter. At 6-3 and 246 pounds, Paulson prepped at nearby Auburn-Riverside High and is considered more of an H-back.
Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State – Source: Twitter. At 6-3 and 222 pounds, Quick is an explosive route runner with good ball skills.
Mike Ryan, OT, Connecticut – Source: NFL.com. At 6-5, 328 pounds, Ryan can move and has pretty good feet.
DeShawn Shead, SS, Portland State – Source: The Oregonian. At 6-1, 220 pounds Shead ran in the mid 4.5s in the 40-yard dash at his pro day and posted a 38-inch vertical jump.
Brad Smelley, TE, Alabama – Source: Twitter. At 6-3 and 230 pounds, he looks like more of a movement tight end.
Korey Toomer, LB, Idaho – Source: NFL.com. Toomer ran a 4.53 and 4.55 40-yard times at his pro day, and posted a 42-inch vertical jump.
Danny Trevathan, LB, Kentucky – Source: Twitter. Trevathan is in the Malcolm Smith mold as a speedy outside linebacker.
Lavasier Tuinei, WR, Oregon -- Source: Twitter. At 6-5, 209 pounds, Tuinei is a big receiver that can stretch defenses vertically.
Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State – Source: Scout.com. At 6-foot and 241 pounds, an instinctive linebacker and good tackler with better-than-average coverage skills.
Renard Williams, DT, Eastern Washington -- Source: Twitter. At 6-1 and 302 pounds, Williams has some pass-rush ability from inside. Played locally at South Kitsap High in Port Orchard, Wash.