With pick No. 208 of the NFL Draft, the Seahawks have taken safety Eric Pinkins of San Diego State, who fits the mold of a big defensive back at a listed 6-3, 215 during his last year with the Aztecs.
But this story says he’s at 220.
And the measurables here likely explain Seattle’s interest — a 39.5-inch vertical jump and a reported 4.4 40.
He played what the team called its Warrior position, listed more commonly as a free safety.
But intriguingly, Pinkins said during his conference call with Seattle media that the team has talked about playing him at corner. He said he has a lot of experience defending receivers and thinks he can play on the edge.
“They are thinking about playing me at corner,” he said.
Asked if he has experience at playing corner, he said the Warrior position guards slot receivers a lot and that “pretty much I’m just going to learn from the best of the best — the Legion of Boom.”
He said Seahawks coaches told him “you can play corner for us and we are going to put you out on an island. And I just said ‘I can’t wait.”’
NFL.com listed him as a priority free agent prospect, concluding:
“Height-weight-speed prospect who made a statement at his pro day and could command late draftable interest for his speed and athletic ability. A late bloomer, Pinkins is still learning the nuances of the game and could need to make a mark on special teams to earn a spot.”
Pinkins did have a reported visit to Seattle prior to the draft.
Here’s a scouting report that calls him “surprisingly quick.”
And here is some video of Pinkins from DraftBreakdown.com: