Seattle Seahawks' Mike Hass Catching On?

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer IJune 22, 2009

CHICAGO - AUGUST 7:  Mike Hass #83 of the Chicago Bears looks on during a preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs on August 7, 2008 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Recent reports out of the Seattle Seahawks' Organized Team Activities suggest Mike Hass is a Pro Bowler waiting to happen.

Tell that to T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Tell that to Deion Branch and Nate Burleson.

Hell, send Logan Payne an e-mail.

The fact is, this isn't news. In fact, to anyone who knows about Mike Hass and his under valued abilities, it's getting fairly repetitive.

Let's be honest. Receivers aren't what they used to be.

No longer do they make rosters based on being able to actually catch the ball. No, instead, their ability to succeed in the NFL is based on their talent after they catch the ball.

Interesting, considering half the receivers in the league can't do the first.

I won't get into specifics. This isn't a Mike Hass shrine.

If you want the stats, awards, and gaudy adjectives, go to Wikepedia.

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Research Hass on ESPN.com. But don't expect me to serenade you with quotes about his awesome catching ability, refined route-running, his leaping ability, body control, or extremely underrated elusiveness.

After all, this is an article. Serenading you would be quite difficult.

So too, though, is it for Mike Hass to latch onto an NFL team.

Pac-10 record books. Check.

NFL practice squads. You got it.

Game-day active list. You betcha.

But a single catch in the NFL-not so much.

All you hear about in the offseason about Hass every year, is how sensational he is with the ball, and how he has the best hands on every team he's practicing with.

So, why then, is he constantly out of a job?

Is a 4.6 40 time really that slow?

Is Hass so ordinary when it comes to athletic ability, that the Chicago Beats preferred to throw caution to the wind and start Devin Hester as their true No. 1 receiver?

Are you seriously telling me that, in the past few years, "talent" such as Devery Henderson, Rashied Davis, and Brandon Lloyd were so good that they deserved a spot above this guy?

Realistically, the only edge these guys have on Hass (and we're really only talking about Henderson), is their speed and/or athleticism.

And if we're really going to talk about athleticism, I'll stop you right there.

Just look at the film. Hass is a superb athlete.

He makes defenders miss, leaps for balls, makes acrobatic catches, and scores touchdowns at will.

He's made the transition, speed be damned, and he's catching everything coaches (and quarterbacks) can throw at him.

It's about time someone tosses him an actual contract.

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