Talk about taking care of business.
The Seahawks’ second of two picks in the sixth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, the defensive back from San Diego State on Thursday became the first of the team’s nine draft choices to agree to contract terms. And Pinkins wasn’t even at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, because we remained in San Diego to take his finals – one on Tuesday and two more on Thursday.
Pinkins signed his contract Friday, just in time to join the other rookies in the Seahawks’ three-day minicamp.
The money and the first step in making that name for himself will come Friday for Pinkins. And the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Pinkins also is in for a position switch. After playing the “warrior safety” spot for the Aztecs, the Seahawks will take a look at Pinkins as a cornerback.
“This is the best defensive back corps in the league. Why not learn from them?” Pinkins told the San Diego Union-Tribune after he was drafted. “I’ll go up there and learn the playbook and keep my eyes open as a rookie.”
There’s also the possibility that Pinkins will open some eyes. He has the height and length (32-inch arms) that the Seahawks’ coaches like, not to mention the athletic ability – a time of 4.44 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a vertical leap of 39½ inches and 25 reps with 225 pounds in the bench press at his Pro Day workout.
“He’s got a lot of good qualities that we like,” coach Pete Carroll said after the Seahawks made Pinkins the 208th pick overall in the NFL Draft.