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April 1, 2014 at 4:59 PM

A look at visits from prospective draftees

One thing you will start to hear a lot about now that the free agency period is wrapping up are visits to team complexes from prospective draftees.

Teams are allowed to bring in 30 players, though there are some exceptions (the rules regarding visits are detailed well here).

As the linked piece notes, these visits are often reserved for players that teams did not meet with at things such as the Senior Bowl or the NFL Combine. So that’s why you see reports of visits from players who may seem a little under-the-radar.

Teams don’t have to report visits, and typically don’t. But reports of visits do leak out.

Here are a few players who have been reported to have visit, or to have scheduled visits, with the Seahawks:

— RB Terrance West, Towson State: West is one of the more intriguing players in the draft, who left Towson early and did attend the Combine, where he was a popular topic for his interesting storyline of having no real offers out of high school. CBSSports.com rates him as a possible 3-4th-rounder, a fairly consensus opinion. West is actually writing a pre-draft diary for the Baltimore Sun, so if he does make his reported visit to the Seahawks, maybe he’ll write about it.

— WR Cody Latimer, Indiana: Latimer is another player who left early for the NFL. He also participated at the Combine but turned in some pretty good numbers at a recent Pro Day workout, causing draftniks to say his stock is on the rise. Generally projected to go in the fifth round or lower, but could sneak in to higher rounds.

— OL Ulrick John, Georgia State: John is a bit of a sleeper, an honorable mention All-Sun Belt pick as a senior in 2013. Also has been invited to a Super Regional.

— OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff, McGill University: Duvernay-Tardiff, regarded as one of the top Canadian collegian players, is becoming one of the more intriguing players in the draft, posting some solid numbers at his recent Pro Day. As the linked story states: “Duvernay-Tardif ran anywhere from 4.93 to 4.98 in the 40, the numbers unofficial since they weren’t electronically timed. Nonetheless, of the 50 offensive linemen at last month’s NFL combine, only three who weighed at least 320 pounds ran the 40 in under 5.2. Duvernay-Tardif did 34 reps at 225 pounds; had a vertical jump of 31.5 inches and a broad jump of 9.6 feet.”

—FB Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest: Updating from the first version of this to add Whitlock, who we have referenced on the blog before. Whitlock was a nose tackle at Wake who is being looked at by NFL teams as a fullback (feature story here with details). Whitlock is generally regarded as a late-round pick at best, more likely a free agent.

There will be reports of more visits between now and the Draft, May 8-10, and we’ll keep this list updated as best we can.

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