Seattle Seahawks Select Cincinnati Safety Mike Tyson With No. 187 Overall Pick In 2017 NFL Draft

The Seahawks added their third safety in the past two days, drafting Cincinnati's Mike Tyson with their first of two sixth-round picks.

The Seahawks continued to add safety depth with their first of two sixth-round picks, selecting University of Cincinnati safety Mike Tyson. Or, perhaps they added depth elsewhere in the secondary. While safety was Tyson's college position, he noted that the Seahawks already have talked to him about coming in ready to compete at cornerback.

Tyson described himself as a "very physical, competitive player, versatile. I just want to get the job done and do anything to help the team. Wherever they need me to do to help the team, I'll do it… They told me to be open to all (positions), but be ready to compete at press corner. They told me to stay open to all defensive back positions."  

Tyson, who is 6-foot-1, 207 pounds, is from Norfolk, Virginia, which is also the hometown of Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor.

"He's a legend down here in Norfolk," Tyson said. "I followed him throughout Virginia Tech and the NFL… I used to be a real big Virginia Tech fan back in the day. "

Last season, Tyson recorded 46 tackles, five interceptions and 4.5 tackles for loss in 10 games for the Bearcats. Already in this draft the Seahawks have added Michigan safety Delano Hill in the third round and Colorado safety Tedric Thompson in the fourth round, as well as Central Florida cornerback Shaquill Griffin in the third round.

As for that famous name, Tyson said he is asked on nearly a daily basis if he is named after the boxer, or if he too can box. In fact, Mike Tyson is a family name—he's a third-generation Mike Tyson, and he has a 3-year-old son with the same name.

"I get that question at least once a day," he said. "If I meet anybody new, that's probably one of the first things they ask me. Am I related to Mike Tyson? Can I fight like Mike Tyson? Who's the real Mike Tyson? When they ask me who's the reason Mike Tyson, I tell them, 'Both of us are real, he boxed, and I play football.'"


Photos of new Seahawks safety Mike Tyson from Cincinnati.

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