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Team scouts talk about CB Thurmond, DE Wilson and S Chancelllor

Seahawks area scout Eric Stokes, who covers the West Coast, talked about his evaluation of Oregon cornerback Walter Thurmond this morning.

And Mike Yowarsky, Eastern Region Director of college scouting, talked about defensive end E.J. Wilson and strong safety Kam Chancellor.

Despite Thurmond suffering an injured right knee early his senior season, Stokes said he had been evaluating Thurmond the past, two seasons because he thought Thurmond might come out after his junior season.

Stokes also said he thought Thurmond might have been a late first-round pick had he not injured his knee, and that Seattle got good value with the pick.

"Walter would have probably been a late first, second-round type of player. It's unfortunate that he was hurt in the third game of the year against Cal, but definitely from a talent standpoint where we were able to get him, and that he could particularly be a starter."

Stokes said with the team's move to playing more press and man defense scouts are looking for guys who can flip their hips and cover.

"Back in the day of the Tampa-2, you're looking for zone guys," Stokes said. "You rely more on instincts. Whereas, when you're trying to put a premium on playing more Man, you want guys that can run, are good athletes, loose and speed is a premium. You also have to have a little size."

Stokes said Thurmond is a perfect combination of a physical corner who can run, and compared him to former Seahawks corner Willie Williams.

"You're talking about a guy who has excellent instincts in zones, but he can also play man-press, and he can turn and run with guys," Stokes said. "You're getting a really well-rounded player, a very polished player. A guy that his going to bring a lot of versatility, that's what is so exciting about him."

Yowarsky said Wilson was kind of a sleeper who both the scouts and defensive line coach Dan Quinn liked. Wilson will be a strong-side end who can kick down at times and play inside.

"He's more of a power guy," Yowarsky said. "As of now, he's a better run defender than pass rusher. In terms of pass rusher, he's power. He's not a speed/take-off guy."

On Chancellor, Yowarsky said the Virginia Tech product played mostly free safety and a little corner early in his career, but likely will be a strong safety for Seattle.

"He played a little bit out of position in terms of free, but he was their best free," Yowarsky said. "In terms of the player, he's an in-the-hole run player and coverage-wise more of a short zone. (We) don't want to really match him up in the slots man-to-man -- that's not his thing. His best thing is coming down hill and hitting people."

Yowarsky also said they liked the fact that Chancellor played quarterback in high school.

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