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Seahawks draft, fifth-round reboot

On to the fifth round of the John Schneider Draft Experience:

2010SS Kam Chancellor (Virginia Tech)Overview: The Detroit Lions traded this pick, 133rd overall, and defensive end Robert Henderson to the Seahawks for Sims and a seventh-round pick. Seattle ended up with Chancellor. The Lions picked Willie Young in the seventh round.

Sims has started every game for the Lions since the trade. Chancellor is one of the best safeties in the league.

Willie Young? He just signed a three-year deal with the Chicago Bears after starting 15 games last season for the Lions.

2011CB Richard Sherman (Stanford)FS Mark LeGree (Appalachian State)Overview: Getting in position to select Sherman was the result of another swap with Detroit. The Lions sent Seattle their third- and fourth-round picks and flipped slots in the fifth and seventh rounds to acquire a second-round pick. They selected Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure. He has gained 807 yards in two seasons.

2012LB Korey Toomer (Idaho)Overview: Toomer started his rookie season on the practice squad, then finished it on the injured reserve because of shoulder surgery. Toomer spent last season on the reserve/non-injury list. Pete Carroll said after the Super Bowl parade that Toomer is “on his way back.”

2013DT Jesse Williams (Alabama)DB Tharold Simon (LSU)TE Luke Willson (Rice)Overview: Williams and Simon missed all of last season because of injuries. Williams had knee surgery that ended his year in training camp. Carroll said Williams is doing “really well” and Williams is currently back in Seattle after spending time in his native Australia during his rehabilitation.

Simon has had big toe injuries to both feet. Toe surgery put Simon on the PUP list last season. Carroll said after the parade that Simon also needed toe surgery on his other foot. With the departure of Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond, Simon will have a chance to be in the mix, if he can get healthy.

Willson was a pleasant surprise. He showed good speed and became a matchup problem for linebackers in coverage, particularly the burly San Francisco linebackers. Willson had 20 catches for 272 yards and a touchdown (in San Francisco). He’s a solid backup to Zach Miller. The next steps for Willson will be an increased understanding of the offense and becoming a better blocker.

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