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 Post subject: Seahawks set up "official visit" for Rufus Johnson
 Post Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:50 pm 
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Rufus Johnson has just two official visits scheduled: San Diego and Seattle.

IIRC, teams have a maximum of 50 official visits they can request per draft. Seattle had at least Korey Toomer and Jeremy Lane on their official visit list last year among their 2012 draft picks.

From Tony Pauline's Draft Insider:

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DE/OLB Rufus Johnson, who totaled 17.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks last season, looked good from start to finish at Tarleton State pro-day. Johnson measured [6'6"] 6054/266lbs, was timed officially at 4.72 in the forty, posted a vertical jump of 34.5-inches and broad jump of 10′-2”. He worked out at defensive line drills before the Cleveland Browns put him through a battery of linebacker exercises. Teams requested Johnson workout again at the Texas State workout next week, March 26th. Johnson already has official visits set up with the Seattle Seahawks and San Diego Chargers.




Johnson played his football at Tarleton State, a Division II school.


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 Post subject: Re: Seahawks set up "official visit" for Rufus Johnson
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My opinion: He's a big guy that can move but not a natural defensive end. His appeal to the Seahawks is obvious as they are always looking for guys with athletic talent that need coaching up. Their interest in someone like this makes me think they'd be interested in Margus Hunt as well.


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Obviously, what's not to like about the measurables. It'll probably take a while to coach him up and get him to where he's a contributor, but who knows what he could become if he "gets it"? Agreed about Margus Hunt. If there's any team that could make Hunt work, it's Seattle.

Plus, this team needs another small-school defender named Rufus. The last one wasn't so bad...


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 Post subject: Re: Seahawks set up "official visit" for Rufus Johnson
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Is it just me, or does Seattle seem like the old 1920s through 1960s Yankees. It's like every obscure prospect that ever gets interviewed ends up with "Seahawks have been at me the longest". We must have a literal scouting army.

Seriously, it's like Seattle has already met with them before their very first pee wee football practice.


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Seahawks also have an official visit for Ryan Jensen, CSU-Pueblo.

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Our scouting department deserves some props. They really leave no stone unturned.

I'm impressed with the diversity of our interests -- not contained by region or level. Just the other day we were at both the Montana and Appalachian State pro days.

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kearly wrote:
My opinion: He's a big guy that can move but not a natural defensive end. His appeal to the Seahawks is obvious as they are always looking for guys with athletic talent that need coaching up. Their interest in someone like this makes me think they'd be interested in Margus Hunt as well.


Hmmm.... but this would cost less draft capital, maybe a 5th-7th vs Hunt in the 2nd or 3rd.

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kearly wrote:
My opinion: He's a big guy that can move but not a natural defensive end. His appeal to the Seahawks is obvious as they are always looking for guys with athletic talent that need coaching up. Their interest in someone like this makes me think they'd be interested in Margus Hunt as well.


The difference being this dude is 5th round talent who will be drafted in the seventh, while Hunt is 5th round talent who will be drafted in the second.

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 Post subject: Re: Seahawks set up "official visit" for Rufus Johnson
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We need to get that 'Ruuuuuuufus' cheer going again!!! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Seahawks set up "official visit" for Rufus Johnson
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I think he plays to high(pad level) and if the hawks were to take a player with the size of this guy or hunt i would take Devin Taylor seems to get the game more and could develop fast.


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 Post subject: Re: Seahawks set up "official visit" for Rufus Johnson
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The thing I find most intriguing about this is the fact that the workout is being heald at Texas st. I wonder why? Maybe their checking out a Bobcat player....but who could it be hmm.... JB!

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