The Seattle Seahawks will soon join the rest of the league at the NFL Scouting Combine. This is an opportunity for over 300 athletes to show off their strength, speed, agility and football acumen.
Obviously the combine is just one piece of the puzzle. Players are in workout clothes and not in tense game situations. There is certainly pressure to perform, but it is a unique atmosphere that has to be put in context.
Translating a fast time in the 40-yard dash to projected future performances in the NFL requires comprehensive evaluation by multiple sets of eyes.
The challenge with the combine is that executives can become enamored with specific athletic performances. Seattle is in a good position in that it is not desperate for any particular position. However, the Seahawks must continue to make sound judgments and look for talent that can strengthen already talented groups of athletes on the roster.
There are needs to be addressed, including defensive line, linebacker and possibly wide receiver. These are some of the positions that Seattle may be specifically monitoring at the combine.
As athletes go through tests and drills, here are 10 prospects that the Seahawks may want to watch a little more closely.
All projected 40-yard dash times courtesy of walterfootball.com.