The Seahawks, like numerous other clubs, aren’t waiting long to start signing draft picks.
The club said Friday it had signed three drafted rookies to contracts: Middle Tennessee State defensive tackle Jimmy Staten (fifth round), San Diego State safety Eric Pinkins (sixth round) and Arkansas fullback Kiero Small (seventh round).
The 6-foot-3, 311-pound Staten started 35 games in his final three seasons with the Blue Raiders. As a senior, Staten played 467 snaps and recorded 30 tackles. He will compete for snaps behind veteran tackles Tony McDaniel and Brandon Mebane in Seattle.