NFL teams are allowed to meet with 30 prospects each year, not including local ones, and it seems as though the Seattle Seahawks have just about hit their limit. (Note that reported lists are sometimes uncomfirmed and conflict with one another at times, which you’ll see below.)
One important thing to note about pre-draft visits is that they are so close to un-predictive of actual draft/signing results that they might as well be meaningless in that regard. They are meaningful in that they tip off – to a degree – what Pete Carroll and John Schneider are looking for in prospects, but the vast majority of pre-draft visits do not end up with the particular team you’re looking at pre-draft visits for. Many prospects meet with a lot of teams, and only one team can have said player, at least in the beginning.
It’s like when you go on a first date with someone and in your head you might be thinking, “This person is seeing me. They must really like me.” But in reality, that person could be seeing a ton of other people. They could be on a first date with you but planning a fifth date with somebody else. The Seahawks have gone on first dates with all of these guys, but in their heads they might already be in commitment mode with a player who isn’t even on the known radar.
I recently read somewhere (can’t find it now, but if you find it please link it in the comments) that the New England Patriots have drafted almost 0% of their reported pre-draft visits over the course of a long period of time under Bill Belichick. I think there was only one name in those years that they were known to have visited with and then drafted. Teams also don’t want to tip their hands. If you love a prospect before meeting with him, why meet with him? If you like a prospect but want to get more information to see if you love them or actually dislike them, then meet with them. Some of the names below are probably now crossed off of Seattle’s draft board.
But, they did meet with them, and that is something we are all free to note for this month’s draft and undrafted free agency period.
Looking at their 2016 pre-draft visits, the Seahawks met with Germain Ifedi (1st round), Rees Odhiambo (3rd), and Zac Brooks (7th). They also met with George Fant and Christrian French, who they signed after the draft. Still, they met with guys like Derrick Henry and Vernon Butler and opted to take Ifedi over them. They didn’t meet with Jarran Reed, C.J. Prosise, Nick Vannett, Quinton Jefferson, Alex Collins, Joey Hunt, or Kenny Lawler, but drafted all of those guys.
So the pool of guys they could draft includes some of the names below, and many, many, many names that are not listed below. But it’s interesting to know who they have met with regardless, and these are the reported names we know.
Some of them have a scouting report by Alistair Corp linked beside them and I recommend those for extra reading on these players. These potential – but probably not really gonna happen – future Seattle players:
Seattle Seahawks Pre-Draft Visits (Courtesy WalterFootball)
Kyle Allen^, QB, Houston (WOR, PRI)
Abdullah Anderson, DT, Bucknell (WOR)
Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State (WOR)
Andrew Brown, DT/3-4DE, Virginia (PRI)
Tony Brown, CB, Alabama (PRO)
Will Dissly, TE, Washington (COM)
Leighton Vander Esch, ILB, Boise State (PRI)
Poona Ford, DT, Texas (PRI)
Dallas Goedert^, TE, South Dakota State (WOR, PRI) – Alistair Profile
Shaquem Griffin, OLB, Central Florida (COM)
Derrius Guice, RB, LSU (PRO)
Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama (PRI)
Khalid Hill, FB, Michigan (PRI)
Manase Hungalu, ILB, Oregon State (WOR)
Natrell Jamerson, S, Wisconsin (PRO)
Keith Kirkwood, WR, Temple (PRI)
Cole Madison, OT, Washington State (PRI)
Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA (PRO)
Ryan Nall, FB, Oregon State (COM)
Nick Nelson, CB, Wisconsin (PRO)
Foye Oluokun, OLB, Yale (PRI)
Dante Pettis, WR, Washington (PRO)
Jacob Pugh, 3-4OLB/OLB, Florida State (PRI)
Ed Shockley, ILB, Villanova (PRI)
Simeon Thomas, CB, La.-Lafayette (PRI)
Kemoko Turay, DE/3-4OLB, Rutgers (PRI)
Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa (SR)
Names that WalterFootball did not have listed, but seem to have met with Seahawks per Alistair:
Ito Smith, RB, Southern Miss
Devron Davis, CB, UTSA
Breeland Speaks, DL, Ole Miss
Jullian Taylor, DL, Temple
Demone Harris, DE, Buffalo
Zaire Franklin, LB, Syracuse