Saturday, April 24, 2010
The Seahawks' thinking on CB Thurmond
By Mike Sando
RENTON, Wash. -- The Seahawks' trade for LenDale White cost them virtually nothing.
The team moved back seven spots in the fourth round as part of the deal, then took Oregon cornerback Walter Thurmond with the 111th pick, acquired from Tennessee for White, defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson and the 185th pick.
Seattle gave up the 104th and 176th picks.
The Seahawks needed cornerback depth. They have not re-signed Ken Lucas. Former starter Kelly Jennings doesn't fit the size profile Seattle's new leadership values. Thurmond is listed at 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds -- not huge, but he's known as good against the run.
Thurmond would have been a higher choice had he not suffered a blown knee as a senior. The injury history suggests Seattle will not expect much from Thurmond for the next year or two, but he could be a player the team develops.
Such is the nature of drafting players in the middle to later rounds. Those with the most talent tend to come with baggage of some sort. The knee injury is what held back Thurmond.