In the final period of Tuesday’s OTA session,
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And one of the lasting impressions from the rookie minicamp last month was rush-end
As Wilson put it after Monday’s practice, “The draft went extremely well to add some of the guys we’ve added.”
That it did, and that they did – and in a year where it appeared the rookie class would be up against it on a team that is so young, so talented and so deep.
“The ones we picked, we picked for a reason,” offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said after Tuesday’s session. “And once they’re able to get up to speed and learn it, we hope to be able to use their skills. Coach has been known for that all the way back to his days at USC, playing guys earlier and playing them as freshmen.
“That’s one of the cool things about coach and his philosophy and his belief system. It’s what we’re all about here. We’re all about competition. Whether you’re a first-rounder, a last-rounder or a no-rounder, you’re going to have an opportunity to play. So if you’re willing to come and put your best foot forward and compete for it, you’ve got an opportunity.”
Ah, those no-rounders. It’s a group that already includes wide receivers
“Dion Bailey has certainly caught my eye,” defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said. “I’ve been impressed by the way he’s picked up the defense. I’ve been impressed by the way he communicates. I’ve been impressed by the way he goes after the ball.”
And they’re in addition to Richardson and Britt, the team’s selections on the second day of the draft; and third-day picks Marsh, Pierre-Louis, wide receiver
“They’re all still learning, but there’s definitely splash plays they’re able to make,” Bevell said. “Richardson caught a nice ball (Monday). You see Norwood catch some balls. Britt is doing a good job in there. So it’s nice.”
And the Seahawks almost have a second rookie class waiting in the wings because of the players selected in the previous two drafts that have been limited or sidelined with injuries – defensive end
“That’s the part that totally fires you up as a coach,” Quinn said. “As you go through these offseason drills it’s, OK, of these guys who’s really going for it and trying and saying ‘I want make my mark and help this team.’ I’ve felt that from some guys.
“That doesn’t come easily, there’s a lot of work and conditioning to go into that. So for those guys who are starting to understand how hard to go and to finish at practice, that’s something that’s always cool to see.”
There also was something cool to see over Quinn’s shoulder as he was talking – the veterans still out on the practice field helping the rookies.
“That part you take great pride in, too, knowing that they’re trying to help their group become as good as it can be,” Quinn said. “That’s competition at its truest sense. It’s not competing against the guy they’re going against, but competing to see how good they can be and they want their unit to be that good.”