Seahawks sign Jimmy Staten and Kiero Small

Posted May 16, 2014

On the first day of their rookie minicamp Friday, the Seahawks signed two of their third-day selections from last weekend’s NFL Draft – defensive tackle Jimmy Staten and fullback Kiero Small.

And then there were six. Unsigned Seahawks draft choices, that is.

Friday afternoon, the first day of the team’s three-day rookie minicamp, fifth-round draft choice Jimmy Staten and seventh-round pick Kiero Small signed their contracts. Sixth-round draft choice Eric Pinkins had signed his deal earlier in the day.

Staten, a defensive tackle from Middle Tennessee State University, got word last Saturday during his graduation ceremony that the Seahawks had made him the 172nd pick overall in the NFL Draft.

At this minicamp, the 6-foot-3, 311-pound Staten is working on the No. 2 defensive line with fellow tackle Andru Pulu and ends Cody Bauer and Adham Talaat. Dewayne Cherrington and Michael Brooks, who finished last season on the practice squad, are the tackles on the No. 1 defensive line.

“We’d like to play him inside, at the three-technique, and give us some good big-man play there,” coach Pete Carroll said of Staten at the conclusion of the draft. “We think he can play some at the five-technique (end spot) as a swing position for him, but we’d really like for him to really solidify a spot inside. We’re looking for a big-body guy, so that’s why we’re happy to have him.”

Small already has picked up a nickname: Biggie Small, because the 5-8½ fullback weighs 250 pounds. But if his efforts Friday are any indication, he is capable of being more than a lead blocker.

“He’s a total thumper, man,” general manager John Schneider said after the Seahawks made Small their final draft choice. “He’s super tough, plays really low, digs guys out. He’s seriously tough.”

Not to mention signed, along with Staten and Pinkins.

Still unsigned among the team’s nine draft choices are wide receivers Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood, tackles Justin Britt and Garrett Scott, defensive end Cassius Marsh and linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis.