A week before the NFL draft, Pete Carroll was pumped.
The Seahawks’ new coach likened the annual selection of college players to Christmas, and Carroll couldn’t wait to see which players would end up under the team’s tree on draft morning.
Now, one week after the draft, Carroll and his staff get to take their “presents” out and play with them.
That will happen during the Seahawks’ three-day minicamp that kicks off Friday – the team’s second in three weeks, but the first to include the 12 players added during the draft and the 15 free agent who were signed immediately after the draft.
“The first minicamp, we had a great time,” Carroll said. “We’re going to do the same camp again, and go basically through the same meetings and try to hammer home the basics of it and the foundation of our program.”
It’s just that the number of players in attendance has been spiked considerably for this camp, because the draft was so generous to the well-prepared Seahawks as they parlayed nine picks into those 12 players by working a couple of trades.
Some of the “gifts,” however, will remain under wraps. Cornerback
But this camp – with single practices but also walkthroughs Friday, Saturday and Sunday – will provide the first chance to see the new left side of the offensive line.
“Ben just went through this with the kid at Denver,” offensive line coach Alex Gibbs said of Hamilton tutoring first-round draft choice Ryan Clady the past two seasons with the Broncos. “You can’t throw them out there without someone to guide them.
“We needed a player that had done that, and knew the system that I knew, to help with the transfer. That’s what Ben is for. Ben will line up inside of (Okung) and guide him daily through the whole process. So he’s Coach One, I’m Coach Two.”
Also new is the mix at safety, were first-round draft choice
“We want to put him in a position where he can use his instincts and his range,” Carroll said of Thomas, the 14th pick overall in the draft. “Jordan will be able to play on the other side for us, and that will be good for Jordan, as well.”
Also on display in this “post-Christmas” camp will be wide receiver
The Seahawks also drafted a couple of defensive ends with diverse size and skills – 289-pound bull-rusher
The Seahawks also will have 15 more players in for tryouts during this camp. Why bother? They signed six from the tryout group at the first camp – wide receivers
All part of Carroll’s plan to increase the numbers – and competition – at every position.
“It’s a central theme in this program, is to compete and find ways to battle,” he said. “It’s not to make people feel uncomfortable; it’s to make us the best that we can possible become.”