The 2017 NFL Regional Combine: Seattle Preview – Who Will Be Next?

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).

Brandon Williams/Google Images

Brandon Williams/Google Images

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).


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.

Benson Mayowa/Google Images

Benson Mayowa/Google Images

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:



                                                        DEFENSIVE BACKS

Kahlen Branning/Google Images

Kahlen Branning/Google Images

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


                                                       DEFENSIVE FRONTS

Anthony Zappone/Google Images

Anthony Zappone/Google Images


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




Jadrian Clark/Google Images

Weber State quarterback Jadrian Clark (10) looks downfield to pass against Montana in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, in Missoula, Mont. Weber State defeated Montana 24-21 in overtime. (AP Photo/Patrick Record) ORG XMIT: MTPR117


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



                                                              PASS CATCHERS

Cordell Harris/Google Images

Cordell Harris/Google Images


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


                                                         BALL CATCHERS 

Ronnie Green/Google Images

Ronnie Green/Google Images


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


                                                          OFFENSIVE LINE

Dustin Stanton/Google Images

Dustin Stanton/Google Images


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


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