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May 10, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Seahawks take DT Jimmy Staten with pick No. 172 of fifth round during his college graduation UPDATED

And with pick No. 172 of the fifth round, the Seahawks have selected defensive tackle Jimmy Staten of Middle Tennessee State. It’s their fourth of what are scheduled to be seven picks today.

Here is Staten’s MTSU bio.

Staten was drafted during his college graduation, and attempted to briefly hold a conference call with Seattle reporters during the ceremony.

It didn’t work, with a spotty connection and cheering in the background. Staten said he was walking in the ceremony as he is six credits short of a degree in criminal justice.

Here’s a recent story that says his best fit may be as a nose tackle, so maybe some depth for Brandon Mebane.

But there’s also a thought that he could be a five-technique and play the role of Red Bryant as an early-down run-stuffer.

He was not invited to the Combine, and there are not a lot of profiles out there about him — NFL.com has nothing on him.

Here are his measureables from NFLDraftScout.com.

This story says he bench pressed 30 times at his Pro Day.

And here is a brief scouting report from RotoWorld:

A bit off the radar in Conference USA, Staten is a pure run stuffer. At 6-foot-3, 311 pounds, he’d be slight for a nose tackle in a 3-4, but could remain in the middle of the Seahawks’ 4-3. He won’t be guaranteed to crack the Seahawks’ extremely deep 53-man roster, which already boasts an army of D-linemen

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