Seahawks signed seventh-round DT/OG Jared Smith to a four-year contract.
Seahawks OL coach Tom Cable worked out Smith as an offensive lineman before the draft and liked what he saw. An obvious project, Smith played defensive tackle at New Hampshire and recorded four sacks with three kick blocks as a senior. He could help his chances by blocking a field goal or PAT in the preseason.
Coach Pete Carroll stated at rookie minicamp that the Seahawks will use sixth-rounder Spencer Ware at both tailback and fullback.
Ware's primary position will be fullback, but he reported at 218 pounds and plays with some violence, like a poor man's Marshawn Lynch. "He's going to work at both," Carroll said. I want him to learn to play fullback for us and compete at that spot. We know he can run, he's a really aggressive tough runner. We love that about him. So we are trying to transfer that nature to the fullback spot."
Seahawks signed seventh-round OG Ryan Seymour to a four-year contract.
A pure guard at 6-foot-5, 300, Seymour showed some athleticism (5.09 forty) and strength (30 bench reps) before the draft, despite receiving little to no buzz. He'll compete for a job behind James Carpenter, J.R. Sweezy, and John Moffitt.
Seahawks signed fifth-round TE Luke Willson to a four-year contract.
Although Willson had scant college production, the Seahawks have had success with projects like him. He's a measurables freak at 6-foot-5 and 251 pounds with a 4.51 forty time and 38-inch vertical. Seattle currently lacks a dynamic pass-catching tight end. Willson is a prospect to monitor in long-term leagues.
Seahawks signed No. 137 overall pick DT Jesse Williams to a four-year contract.
Considered a first- or at worst second-round prospect by draftniks, Williams fell in the draft after undergoing three college knee surgeries. (Alabama players are awfully banged up.) The Seahawks didn't mind, snagging him as a fifth-round value pick. He'll help replace Alan Branch as a two-down run plugger.
Seahawks signed fourth-round WR Chris Harper to a four-year contract.
The Seahawks' coaching staff is projecting Harper as a future "X" receiver, a position currently manned by Golden Tate. Tate is entering a contract year, so Harper could ascend to the starting role as soon as 2014 if he shows well in practice as a rookie. In games, he'll be fighting for snaps on special teams.
Seahawks agreed to terms with No. 231 overall pick DE/LB Ty Powell on a four-year, $2.209 million contract.
A 6-foot-2, 249-pound former defensive back, Powell has 4.64 wheels and blocked four kicks as a senior. That could translate to a regular role on special teams as a rookie, though he'll have to show well in camp to crack the Seahawks' loaded roster. The club has stated Powell is viewed as a long-term candidate to play the "Leo" hybrid position in Pete Carroll's defense.