With the draft now over, the undrafted free agency signing period has begun. The so called ‘8th round’ is where the Seahawks have had a remarkable strike rate over recent years. In 2016, a large percentage of their 53-man roster were undrafted.
With 11 picks made over the seven-rounds, the Seahawks soon got to adding players. With Quarterback depth and more offensive line options amongst the early announcees*.
Here is a list of three who caught the early attention:
QB Skyler Howard, West Virgina
Former West Virginia QB Skyler Howard being one of the first to reveal his first NFL step was to Seattle. At West Virginia, Howard started the past two seasons. Over that time he threw for about 6,500 yards with 52 TD’s and 24 INT.
Howard, who Pete Carroll labeled a ‘mad bomber’ last night, is a dual-threat QB too. At WVU, Howard ran for 1,105 yards for a further 16 scores. A really productive player in the Mountaineers’s offense. But not without his detractors- Howard once getting into a social-media slanging match with former Seahawk, and West Virginia alum Bruce Irvin.
But with Howard on board, the ‘QB 2’ spot is now for the fighting with Trevone Boykin having off-field issues thus far this off-season.
OL Jordan Roos, Purdue
Another of those signed who were spoken about last night by Carroll and John Schneider was Purdue offensive lineman Jordan Roos.
Roos, a consistent presence for Purdue at guard was someone the Seahawks considered drafting, per General Manager John Schneider. But they didn’t and managed to recruit him to sign a UDFA deal. At 6’4 and 302lbs, Roos would be another big presence to add to the Seahawks offensive line depth. With two picks made at the position this weekend, Roos has a battle to make the 53. But a name to watch all the same with how they coveted him.
ATH/TE Tyrone Swoopes, Texas
Swoopes is the most intriguing signing thus far. At Texas Swoopes was the quarteback but is making a position switch to try and make it in the NFL. At QB, Swoopes had just over 3,000 yards in 4 years at a Longhorns program in somewhat disarray.
The fact he has so comfortably and assuredly switched a position to make it at the next level is a real plus. His maturity to do that is something beyond his years. His path to sticking on the 53 or into the training camp is a tough one. At a position headlined by Jimmy Graham, Swoopes is a intriguing athlete to add to the room. Last year saw TE/WR Tanner McEvoy latch on and later contribute in Seattle. Like Swoopes, McEvoy was a one-time college QB.
Swoopes is a glider of a mover and churns up the yards. At 6’4 and around 240lb, he is a big body to add to the receiver crop. A really interesting name to follow over the upcoming Rookie camps and onwards.
Other Reported Undrafted Signees
- USC WR Darreus Rogers
- BYU RB/FB Algernon Brown
- Arizona State DB Jordan Simone
- Louisiana-Lafayette OLB Otha Peters
- Louisiana-Lafayette OL Eddie Gordon
- Missouri CB John Gibson
- Utah State DB Marquan Ellison
*The Seahawks won’t announce the official list of UDFA signees and Rookie Camp invitees until Monday. This list will be updated with linked names. Usually around 40 to 50 are invited to the rookie minicamp next weekend.