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Draft analyst's take on Matt Elam, Cordarrelle Patterson

By Brady Henderson

Passing along a few Seahawks-related thoughts from NFL Network analyst Charles Davis, who shared some of his takeaways from the scouting combine when he joined Brock Huard and Tom Wassell on Wednesday:

• Davis liked what he saw from Matt Elam, the big-hitting and playmaking safety from Florida whom Huard has identified as one player Seahawks fans should get to know.

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Draft analyst Charles Davis says height is his only concern with Florida safety Matt Elam, who is listed at 5-feet-10. (AP)
"His footwork, I thought, was terrific. He looked like a guy who could go into the slot and cover some people," Davis said. "To me, the only issue that Matt Elam has – because we know he's a force tackling people – the only issue he has is the tape measure, what he measures in terms of height, and he's a short guy. How will he cover those tight ends if they're able to body him up?"

Elam is listed as 5-feet-10 and 208 pounds. For reference, Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas is the same height and six pounds lighter.

Davis projects Elam to be at worst a second-round pick but thinks he could go late in the first round. The Seahawks pick 25th, by the way.

• Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson was the first name Davis mentioned when asked about some of the top wide receiver prospects who could be fits with the Seahawks.

"He has the full combination. I think he ran 4.42 officially at 216 pounds, about a 6-foot-3-inch guy. To me, that's what Seattle is looking for. You're looking for that guy that can stretch things for you, because I think the other [Seahawks] receivers can handle everything you have."

Cal's Keenan Allen was another, but Davis shares other draft analysts' uncertainty about his speed. A knee injury kept Allen from working out at the combine, and he plans on waiting until his personal pro day in April to run a 40.

Allen, listed at 6-feet-2 and 206 pounds, has drawn comparisons to Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin.

"Anquan Boldin does not suggest speed; it suggests power, toughness, catching the football," Davis said. "I'm not sure he's the same type of a fit [with the Seahawks]."

• Davis has reservations about this year's crop of pass rushers, saying that even the highest-rated prospect in his most eyes, Florida State's Bjoern Werner, may not be good enough to consistently reach double digits in sacks.

This should be especially concerning from a Seahawks standpoint. Seattle needs help in that department, and it's hard enough to find a pass rusher late in the first round who can make an immediate impact. That's been the case even in drafts that have have been considered rich with pass rushers.

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