By: Barry Barnes, Founder
It has been three years since the Seattle Seahawks hosted the annual discovery stage of the NFL Regional Combine. The Seahawks are no stranger to the process of the RC as several players either made their roster or practice squad. So, it begs the question – who will be next to hold a roster spot in the NFL after a promising session Saturday?
Several athletes who ventured through the Seattle-held combine experienced moderate success in the NFL such as wide receiver Justin Veltung (2013), running back Demitrius Bronson (currently a professional wrestler) and former defensive back Charles Clay (2014).
Defensive back Brandon Smith (2013) and defensive tackle Zach Minter (2013) had stretches in the NFL before continuing their professional playing careers in the CFL. Smith is a member of the Montreal Alouettes, while Minter battles against him with the Calgary Stampede.
Nevertheless, the toast of the Seattle-held sessions continues to be Seahawks tight end Brandon Williams (2013) and Dallas Cowboys defensive end Benson Mayowa (2013).
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Williams played majority of his career with the Carolina Panthers from 2013-2015 after his RC workout. After a stint with the Miami Dolphins in 2015, the 6-3, 247-pound tight end signed with the Seahawks in 2016 and finished the season with two receptions for 36 yards.
Along with Williams, the Seahawks have two other pioneers from the RC in running back George Farmer and offensive lineman Will Pericak.
Mayowa had a monster season in 2016, the best campaign of his career. The quick and powerful defensive end racked up 25 tackles, including six sacks and a forced fumble.
Before landing with the Cowboys, Mayowa spend time with the Oakland Raiders for two seasons in 2014 and 2015. In 2013, Mayowa was a member of the Super Bowl winning Seahawks club.
With considerable talents spanning from Canada to the midwest, the Seattle-held session should be interesting some athletes from the PAC-10 looking to upstage with unknown gems looking to force NFL scouts to have sleepless nights.
Here’s the list of players who could join Williams and Mayowa in the NFL this fall:
CB Kahlen Branning – Regina, Can.
CB Dejaun Butler – Hawaii
CB Deion Carter – Robert Morris College
CB Kedrick Davis – North Carolina-Charlotte
CB Isaiah Jackson – Western State, Colorado
CB Kennedy Johnson – Linfield
CB Marcus McCoy – Upper Iowa
CB Wayne Morgan – Syracuse
CB Dennis Rufus – Lindenwood
S Davin Collins – Becker
S Julius Rucker – Southern Oregon
S Jason Thompson – Utah
LB James Bernard – Winston-Salem
LB William Johnson – Arizona Christian
LB Anthony Zappone – Slippery Rock
LB Terrance Bush – Bowling Green
DE Calvin Barksdale – Catawba
DE Brandon Hester – Humboldt State
DT Daniel Chism – Benedictine
DT Alex Pace – Cincinnati
DT Ofa Hautau – Belhaven
Austin Apodaca – New Mexico
Jadrian Clark – Weber State
Niko Fortino – Lewis and Clark
Hans Fortune – Puget Sound
Zach Kline – Fresno State
Dakota Prukop – Oregon
Sam Riddle – Linfield
Alex Snyder – Tufts
TE Joshua Cook – Idaho State
WR Jalen Amis – Upper Iowa
WR Theodor Brown – Sterling
WR Tra Chandler – North Carolina-Pembroke
WR Troy Doles – Brown
WR Clifton Glover – Averett
WR Cordell Harris – Occidental
WR Keenan Honore – Central Methodist University
WR Eric Kyle – Glenville State
WR Mark Munson – Angelo State
WR Terrance Owens – Averett University
WR Matthew Retzlaff – Southern Oregon
WR Andre Taylor – Pittsburg State
WR Trevin Wiens – Washburn
WR Darrin Willingham – Southern Oregon
RB Andre Anderson – New Haven
RB Ronnie Green – Southeastern Oklahoma
RB Taku Lee – Keio University
RB Raysean Pringle – Southern Utah
RB Jalen Sublett – Lindsey Wilson
FB Ante Litre – Simon Fraser
OC Lawrence Keys – North Carolina-Pembroke
OG Jason King – Purdue
OG Philip Osa-Mose – Colorado State-Pueblo
OG Dustin Stanton – Oregon State
OT Toreyon Times – Missouri Baptist University