The Seattle Seahawks have had success with undrafted free agents in the past. Both of their leading receivers, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, were UDFA’s. Star defensive end Michael Bennett was also signed by Seattle after going undrafted, before being cut, heading to Tampa Bay, and then coming back.
Here is the Seahawks’ 2015 undrafted class.
- Jesse Davis, Idaho OT
- Austin Hill, Arizona WR
- Keenan Lambert, Norfolk State SS
- Ronald Martin, LSU SS
- Quayshawn Nealy, Georgia Tech ILB
- Thomas Rawls, Central Michigan RB
- Trovon Reed, Auburn CB
- Alex Singleton, Montana State OLB
- Tory Slater, West Georgia DE/OLB
- Rod Smith, Ohio State RB
- Nate Boyer, Texas LS
This is one of those moments where I have to humble myself before you guys and admit that I have only heard of four of these players. However, one of them I’ve heard of for a pretty cool reason. Nate Boyer is an interesting story for a number of reasons.
First, he is 34 years old. That would usually be a player nearing the end of his career, not just about to start it. Second, he never played football in his life before walking-on at the University of Texas. And third, the reason for numbers one and two is that he was a Green Beret in the US Army Special Forces.
To get to know him, as much as you can through a computer screen at least.
The Seattle Seahawks signed Clint Gresham to a three-year deal just a few weeks ago, so one would assume that there isn’t all that much room on the roster for Boyer, but this is a great story nonetheless. Whether the NFL is the next step in his career, or if he goes pro in something else, he will make a mark on the people around him. Hard-working and accountable human beings are in short supply these days.
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