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The Seattle Seahawks have six picks in this week’s draft. And, as reigning Super Bowl champions, all but one of those selections is the final slot of each round.
If you’re an agent and the Seahawks want your undrafted rookie, the organization wants you to know that your player will be given an opportunity to rise from obscurity to a spot on the 53-man roster.
The Seahawks recently sent agents a 12-page pamphlet that touts their willingness to discard draft picks in favor of undrafted free agents.
As pointed out on Page 9, eight current Seahawks came to the team as undrafted free agents and “contributed to the 2013 season.” Those players include wide receivers Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Ricardo Lockette. Baldwin and Kearse combined for 12 touchdowns, including two in the Super Bowl XLVIII victory over the Denver Broncos.
The Seahawks report that 15 of the 68 undrafted rookies signed since 2010 made the team’s active roster. That 22-percent success rate is eighth in the NFL. The 49ers are shown to have 11 of their 67 undrafted rookies (16 percent) make their roster.
According to their own research, the Seahawks have released nine draft picks as rookies since 2010 -- second-most in the NFL behind Washington. The 49ers have released eight rookie draft picks during that same time.
The point of the study, the Seahawks’ brochure states, “History has show (sic) that the Seahawks keep and develop the Undrafted Free Agents they sign, even at the expense of draft choices.”