The news this week that Ryan Seymour had been signed away by the 49ers and that Tharold Simon has been shut down for the rest of the season means that we can now even more clearly evaluate the 2013 Draft Class.
As it will certainly end now, five of the 11 players taken by the Seahawks will have played this season, including two who have been consistent contributors — tight end Luke Willson and OT Michael Bowie. The other three to play are RB Christine Michael, FB Spencer Ware and DL Jordan Hill.
Three have been lost to other teams — WR Chris Harper, LB Ty Powell, and Seymour.
And three others won’t play this year due to injury — Simon, DL Jesse Williams and OL Jared Smith.
Here’s a quick review of the current status of each player:
RB Christine Michael (second round): Listed as the No. 3 tailback, Michael has 79 yards on 18 carries, fourth on the team, while working behind Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin.
DT Jordan Hill (third round): Hill has played in just three games due to injuries and the numbers game up front, but has shown promise when he has seen action and has made six tackles.
WR Chris Harper (fourth round): Waived in the cutdown to 53, he was then signed by the 49ers and then released by them and signed by the Packers.
DT Jesse Williams (fifth round): Williams was bothered by an existing knee injury throughout camp and was placed on the injured reserve list on Aug. 26 and will sit out the season rehabbing. He is currently rehabbing in his native Australia.
CB Tharold Simon (fifth round): Simon missed almost all off-season workouts and then training camp while bothered by a foot injury. He returned to practice late last month but then suffered another toe injury and the team decided to leave him on the Physically Unable to Perform list for the rest of the year.
TE Luke Willson (fifth round): Willson has emerged as Seattle’s backup tight end and 16 catches for 242 yards and scored his first touchdown last week.
FB Spencer Ware (sixth round): Ware spent the first two games as a backup fullback before suffering a high ankle sprain against the 49ers and being placed on injured reserve, sidelining him for the rest of the season. He had 10 yards on three carries before his injury.
G Ryan Seymour (seventh round): Seymour was on Seattle’s practice squad until being signed to the 49ers’ active roster earlier this week.
LB Ty Powell (seventh round): Powell began the year on the practice squad, then was released off of it on Sept, 12 and signed to the Giants practice squad before being signed to Buffalo’s active roster. He is a backup strongside linebacker for the Bills.
G Jared Smith (seventh round): Smith began the year on Seattle’s practice squad before being placed on injured reserve.
OT Michael Bowie (seventh round): Bowie has been one of the surprises of this draft, instantly emerging as one of the team’s better, young offensive linemen. He has played in eight games and started the last seven at right tackle in place of the injured Breno Giacomini.