Saturday, April 24, 2010
Flurry of moves in the NFC West
By Mike Sando
RENTON, Wash. -- NFC West teams are making four choices in a seven-pick span from late in the fourth round into the fifth round.
I've listed the players chosen in the chart.
The big news in the division Saturday surrounds the Seahawks' acquisition of veteran running backs LenDale White and Leon Washington. NFL Network cameras just showed Seahawks coach Pete Carroll putting general manager John Schneider in a mock headlock while Schneider spoke on the phone. Carroll then delivered a few faux punches to Schneider's ribs. Carroll was clearly happy with the team's ability to land a couple of veteran running backs.
Washington brings added value in the return game. Carroll has been known to covet "gadget" players, one reason Clemson's C.J. Spiller could have been a possibility in the first round. Washington fits the gadget mold because he's explosive and on the short side at 5-foot-8.
"Washington is an explosive change-of-pace runner who places a lot of pressure on opposing defenses," the Scouts Inc. profile on Washington reads in part. "He can get downhill quickly and press the hole. He can turn upfield after the catch and can adjust to balls outside his frame. He has the speed to turn the corner. He's very dangerous in space."
That report was written before Washington suffered a serious leg injury requiring surgery. Washington has said he expects to be ready for training camp.
These moves obviously affect running back Julius Jones. We'll talk to Carroll at some point Saturday to find out what he's thinking.