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Seahawks Sign 12 Undrafted Rookie Free Agents

The 11 players drafted last week aren’t the only rookies who will try to make their mark with the Seahawks in 2019. In addition to this year’s draft class, the Seahawks also signed 12 undrafted free agents this week, players who like the draft picks will begin their Seahawks careers with rookie minicamp this weekend.

Rookie minicamp will also include tryout players, as well as cornerback Simeon Thomas, a member of Seattle’s practice squad last year who is eligible to participate because he has not accrued a full season of experience. In total, the Seahawks are expected to have 68 players participating in minicamp.

Here are the undrafted rookies signed this week:

QB Taryn Christion, South Dakota State, 6-1, 228

A starter for three and a half seasons for the Jackrabbits, Christion was one of college football’s top quarterbacks at the FCS level and posted a 33-11 record as a starter. Christion set seven career records at South Dakota State, including completions (814), passing yards (11,535), passing touchdowns (104) and total offense (13,050 yards), as well as six single-season records, including completions (279), passing yards (3,714), passing touchdowns (35) and total offense (4,049). Christion also rushed for 1,515 yards and 26 touchdowns during his college career.

CB Derrek Thomas, Baylor, 6-3, 192

Thomas has ideal size for a Seahawks corner, not just in height, but also his arms which measured 33 ¾ inches at the NFL scouting combine. Thomas, who began his career at Temple, switched from receiver to cornerback in 2016, then after the 2017 season went to Baylor as a graduate transfer. He started 11 of 13 games for Baylor last year, recording 21 tackles, one interception and seven pass breakups.

WR Terry Wright, Purdue, 5-10, 177

Wright caught 49 passes for 671 yards and five touchdowns in two seasons with the Boilermakers, and had a 19.9 yards-per-catch average last season. Wright also ran track for the Boilermakers.

CB Davante Davis, Texas, 6-2, 203

A year after Poona Ford made an impact as an undrafted free agent, the Seahawks hope another Texas product can help their defense. Davis started 12 of 13 games in 2018 for the Longhorns, earning All-Big 12 honorable mention recognition after recording 42 tackles, four for loss, one interception and eight pass breakups.

RB Adam Choice, Clemson, 5-9, 209

Choice was a team captain in 2018 and won his team’s Most Inspirational Player award after a senior season in which he rushed for 548 yards and seven touchdowns on 77 carries. Choice rushed for 1,250 yards and 14 touchdowns on 239 carries in his Clemson career while being a part of two National Championship-winning teams. He’s cousins with former NFL running back Tashard Choice.

SS Jalen Harvey, Arizona State, 6-0, 203

Harvey spent three seasons as a receiver, catching 58 passes for 961 yards and two touchdowns, then made the switch to safety last year. Harvey finished second on the team in tackles with 70 despite missing three games, and had four double-digit tackle games.

DT Jay-Tee Tiuli, Eastern Washington, 6-3, 340

A Federal Way High School grad, Tiulu was a first-team All-Big Sky Conference selection in 2016. He missed the following season due to injury, but bounced back to earn conference Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2018, recording 38 tackles, 6.5 for loss, four sacks and one forced fumble.

G Demetrius Knox, Ohio State, 6-4, 314

Knox started the final 20 games of his college career at right guard before sustaining a foot injury late last season. He earned third-team All-Big Ten Conference honors in 2018 as part of a line that allowed the third fewest sacks in the conference despite a school-record 561 pass attempts. 

DT Bryan Mone, Michigan, 6-3, 366

Mone was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection last year, recording 13 tackles, 1.5 for loss while starting 11 of 13 games played at nose tackle. He finished his Michigan career with 43 tackles, five for loss, two pass breakups and two fumble recoveries.

TE Mik'Quan Deane, Western Kentucky, 6-3, 237

Deane had 44 catches for 530 yards and a team-leading six touchdown receptions in 2018. His signing gives the Seahawks two undrafted players out of Western Kentucky along with George Fant, a 2016 signee who was a basketball standout before playing football during his final year of college.

TE Justin Johnson, Mississippi State, 6-3, 235

A standout receiver in high school, Johnson converted to tight end in college, and as a senior he averaged 14.0 yards per catch and started all 13 games. Johnson had 35 catches for 357 yards and three touchdowns during his college career, with the bulk of that production coming in 2018 when he had 17 catches for 238 yards and a touchdown.

WR Jazz Ferguson, Northwestern State, 6-5, 228

After beginning his college career at LSU, Ferguson eventually transferred to Northwestern State, where in 2018 he caught 66 passes for 1,117 yards and 13 touchdowns, earning third-team AP All-American honors. He was also named Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Year last season. His older brother Jaylon, a defensive end at Louisiana Tech, was selected by Baltimore in the third round of this year’s draft.

Seattle Seahawks rookies arrive at team headquarters ahead of the club's three-day minicamp for 2019 draft picks, undrafted rookie free agent signees, and tryout players.

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