In my story today, NFL hopefuls looking to get noticed will travel to the Seattle Seahawks headquarters this Saturday to participate in the Seattle Regional Scouting Combine.
Regional combines provide a chance for players to ply their trade before veteran talent evaluators. After meeting application requirements and paying a $225 fee, players who attend these events and perform well may be invited to attend the NFL Super Regional Combine, which will be held at Cowboys Stadium on April 7 and 8. There, players have an opportunity to work out in front of current NFL team scouts and player personnel directors.
Maurice Shaw is one of the more than 300 players who will compete at the event. At 6-10 and 265 pounds, Shaw played basketball professionally in Europe, was an early entry into the NBA draft and entertained crowds while a member of the Harlem Globetrotters.
Now, at 28 years old, the Lincoln High of Tacoma graduate is attempting to make the switch to football.
“Football’s always been my first sport growing up,” Shaw said. “But since I grew so much, everybody always told me to play basketball because there’s less of a chance of getting injured and all of that. But it wasn’t working out. So I just decided why not? I’m older now, and I’m just going to give it a shot.”
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated ranks Seattle’s front office No. 5 in his list of the NFL’s top 12 front office decision makers. Banks: “As one rival personnel executive told me, the Seahawks have "forged a new identity for themselves,'' and are willing to target the kind of player they want, even if he doesn't carry a consensus grade or he represents out-of-the-mainstream thinking. General manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll have been good together in their three years, and they have two playoff berths and two postseason victories to show for it. Seattle still has eight draft picks remaining in this year's lottery, plus some cap room to maneuver in free agency. The Seahawks are in great position to challenge San Francisco in the division and for conference supremacy, and this is a rivalry that should only grow and intensify in coming years.”
KJR’s Mitch Levy talked with Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin in this audio link.
ESPN’s Chris Sprow believes the Rams can challenge in the NFC West. I agree. The Rams have a legit defense and will be better on offense. I think some people are sleeping on St. Louis. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.
Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell voices his opinion on the new helmet rule. Campbell: “The way I ran the football, the way I played, I played football with my whole body, which I think the game should be played at certain positions like running back,” Campbell told Comcast SportsNet Houston on Thursday. “I do not think (the rule) is going to last. I think people want to see the running back running the football. I thought we were getting back to that, but pretty obviously we're not; we're getting farther away from football.”
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com writes that Tennessee receiver Cordarelle Patterson has the most “wow” factor among the skill position players available in this year’s draft. Patterson comes in at No. 11 on Rang’s big board.
Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin gets schooled in one-on-one by his younger brother in the latest Fresh Files. Check out the video below.