I fully acknowledge the unconventional nature behind the rationale for a ‘46’ package, but after the Week 11 victory in New Orleans, Carroll made a splash with his players and the media, reportedly unveiling his vision for the team in the locker room post game. He placed an emphasis on being “uncommon” with how they do things compared to the rest of the league.
In his third rodeo as an NFL head coach, it's becoming less of a secret Carroll is willing to reach into the bag of tricks and do things his way,install his schemes and create his brand of championship football in the NFL.
Or go down swinging.
It’s fitting Carroll unveiled his vision after a loss to the Saints, an organization that ignored the white noise and embraced uniqueness in their quest to win a super bowl.
The Seahawks’ continued persistence towards upgrading the line of scrimmage this offseason and Carroll’s desire to fortify the defensive front should prove as a factor on draft day.
Carroll proved with Red Bryant he knows how to develop a cornerstone defensive lineman out of what looks to be a misplaced talent. If the Seahawks are willing to take the chance of making Ellis a crucial piece to a 997-pound puzzle in the middle of the Seahawks defense, Curry and Clemons could have a whole lot of space to run free to the quarterback in 2011.
The Seahawks made something out of nothing with their no-stone-unturned approach in 2010, creating a role at anchor of the defensive line for an unheralded, talented prospect.
If Carroll is willing to stay true to form in 2011, the Seahawks may take Ellis at the end of the second round, maybe a bit of a reach, or find a way to maneuver down into third round. If Ellis falls to the fourth and Seattle is successful in waiting until pick No. 96, he would be an absolute steal.
When asked at the combine what he brings to the table, Ellis called himself a physical specimen. That’s nearly impossible to argue. It’s clear in his interview’s he just wants to play football, be a pro bowler and win a super bowl. No team will complain about those goals.
He was later questioned about if coming from a small school would make his transition into the NFL more difficult. He admitted his technique coming out may not be ideal, then followed with “but at Hampton, we’ve got heart.”
Heart that is a legitimate sleeper the Seahawks should target in the 2011 draft.