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Seahawks sign nine undrafted rookies

John Lotulelei AP

The Seahawks had a big draft class with 11 players joining a roster that was good enough to make it to the second round of the playoffs last year.

That doesn’t make for a lot of available roster spots, which means that the nine undrafted players that they signed face even longer odds than some of their brethren in other cities. They’ve got a shot, though, and the Seahawks have proven to be an organization willing to give anyone a shot to win playing time since Pete Carroll and John Schneider came to town.

Here’s the list of players that the Seahawks announced as new members of the team on Sunday: Wide receiver Matt Austin (Utah State), tackle Alvin Bailey (Arkansas), defensive end Kenneth Boatright (Southern Illinois), linebacker Ramon Buchanan (Miami), linebacker John Lotulelei (UNLV), safety Ray Polk (Colorado), guard Jordon Roussos (Bowling Green), running back Dominique Whaley (Oklahoma) and linebacker Craig Wilkins (Old Dominion).

Lotulelei (pictured) is not related to defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, who went 14th overall to the Panthers, but was UNLV’s defensive MVP in 2012. Bailey started 26 games at Arkansas and some graded him as a late-round pick, but he appears to have made the wrong decision by giving up a year of eligibility to go to the NFL.

 

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7 Responses to “Seahawks sign nine undrafted rookies”
  1. themackstrong says: Apr 28, 2013 3:28 PM

    Two of these undrafted signings that stand out to me are Lotulelei (who I thought was cousin of Star) and Alvin Bailey who sounds like he can compete with Breno at RT. Don’t know too much on Ray Polk but heard his name around as one of the talents that didn’t get drafted.

  2. lks311 says: Apr 28, 2013 3:52 PM

    Unless there were no other options, what Agent, worth their salt, would allow their clients to sign with either the Seahawks or the Niners? I mean, both clubs are absolutely loaded for Bear, this year.

  3. seatownballers says: Apr 28, 2013 4:13 PM

    Hey mack strong, I’m a die hard Seahawks fan from Seattle that now lives in Vegas. John lotuleie is the cousin of star. Linebacker from unlv. Ive messaged his family saying congrats. They told me he is a hell of a competitor. Videos of him are on YouTube. Id love to see this guy make the roster or practice squad.
    Go hawks

  4. cacksman says: Apr 28, 2013 4:34 PM

    lks311… on the other hand, many teams know the Niners and Seahawks rosters are loaded, so the rest of the league is no doubt going to be watching to see who gets cut from their rosters. If these players can somehow fight until the last roster cuts, they have a great chance at getting considered for other teams.

  5. mazblast says: Apr 28, 2013 10:11 PM

    Good point, cacksman. No one really concentrates on the cuts of dog teams like the Jags or Jets. They spend more time on the late cuts of the good teams.

  6. sweetnlow44 says: Apr 28, 2013 10:15 PM

    Seahawks are still relatively thin at linebacker and I’d say these kids have a legitimate shot at making the roster. Won’t be easy, but a decent opportunity for them.

  7. pacificnw7722 says: Apr 28, 2013 11:52 PM

    Hopefully tackle Alvin Bailey will stick with the Hawks: At Broken Arrow High School, and according to the Arkansas website during his senior season Bailey recorded a whopping 116 knockdowns without allowing a sack, en route to all-state honors.

    Bailey was rated the number 27 guard in the nation and the the 13th-best prospect at any position from the state of Oklahoma. In addition to the Razorbacks, Bailey was recruited by Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan State and Nebraska.

    Coming out of high school Bailey could already bench press over 400 pounds and squat over 590.

    Competition is coming your way Breno………

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