After joining Pete Carroll’s squad for the most successful five-year run in franchise history, defensive end Cliff Avril ‘s Seattle career is over.
One of the easily overlooked ingredients to Seattle’s celebrated Legion of Boom defense, Avril joined fellow defensive end Michael Bennett in signing bargain free-agent contracts at the advent of the team’s NFC West hegemony in 2013. Within a calendar year, the two veterans were Super Bowl champions.
After entering the league with Detroit’s record-setting 0-16 outfit in 2008, Avril was thrilled to spend the prime years of his career with a perennial contender and a class organization.
Everybody wants to be in Seattle. Nobody wants to leave Seattle, Avril raved in 2015. Everybody wants to be there because we have something good going.
Avril will finish his Seahawks career with 41 sacks in 64 games, including the postseason. He’ll be fondly remembered in the Emerald City not just as a disruptive defense force, but also as a humanitarian who pledged to build a new house in Haiti for each sack he amassed in a career-best 2016 season.
The free-agent additions of Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead factored in, along with the team’s research on positional production.
First-round tight ends historically have done much better than first-round wideouts, a much more volatile position in the draft, DeCosta explained.
Oklahoma tackle Orlando Brown saw his stock drop precipitously after a nightmare performance at the NFL Scouting Combine. What DeCosta saw, however, was a shutdown tackle on game tape. When the Ravens scouted him during the season, they thought he was first-round caliber. They expect him to compete immediately for the starting right-tackle job.
Yet, I still empathize with current team presidents and GMs as they watch talented players come off the board prior to their selections. Then I feel their excitement and trepidation when they make those selections.