Intrigue for Seahawks in 5th round of draft



of The Associated Press

RENTON, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider has found some of his greatest success during the fifth round of the NFL draft in his first three seasons leading the team’s front office.

All-pro cornerback Richard Sherman and Pro Bowl safety Kam Chancellor were both mined out of the fifth round during Schneider’s first two seasons as Seahawks general manager. The fifth round will again be a focal point for Seattle as they selected Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams, LSU cornerback Tharold Simon and Rice tight end Luke Willson during the fifth round on Saturday.

Williams is a big tackle that can play multiple positions along Seattle’s defensive front. Willson is an athletic tight end the Seahawks believe can stretch the field in the passing game.

But it was the pick of Simon, just two days after he arrested in his hometown of Eunice, La., that may be the most intriguing.

Simon was arrested Thursday night on charges of public intimidation, resisting an officer and a noise violation. He was released on bond. His agent, Peter Schaffer, said he is certain Simon acted appropriately and will be exonerated.

Simon claimed a series of misunderstandings and an overzealous police officer led to his arrest. Simon said he was asked to move a car from in front of his grandmother’s house. When he turned on the car, the stereo was turned way up and blared loudly as Simon pulled the car into the driveway.

The officer then asked for Simon’s license and told one of his friends to stay back. Simon told the officer “man, you’re tripping for nothing. There’s really nothing serious going on around here.” The officer then told Simon to pick up his sagging pants and put his hands behind his back. Simon said he tried to toss the keys to the car to his cousin and that’s when the officer said he was resisting arrest.

“I never ran. I never flinched to move or nothing and he said I was resisting arrest,” Simon said. “So he took me to jail or whatever and said I threatened his life or whatever. I told him I had 30 witnesses that know I didn’t do nothing wrong and that I didn’t say nothing wrong.”

Police say Simon told the officer, “I own Eunice,” then peeled his tires as he moved his car and blared his stereo at an excessively loud level.

When the officer said he was going to issue a citation for violating a noise ordinance if Simon did not lower the volume, Simon allegedly responded that “the mayor is on my side” and that he could have the officer fired for writing a ticket.

At that point the officer stated that he approached Simon to arrest him for public intimidation, and that Simon “violently jerked his arm away” and said, “Don’t touch me.”

Simon said he regrets the incident and takes the blame for parking the car where it needed to be moved, but doesn’t believe he did anything wrong.

“I’m a humble guy. I’m embarrassed about what happened because it shouldn’t have happened,” Simon said.

The 6-foot-3, 193-pound Simon was widely projected as a middle-round draft choice, and was hoping to be selected as early as Friday night, when the second and third rounds were taking place. He fits Seattle’s mold of looking for tall cornerbacks, joining Sherman and Brandon Browner in the Seahawks secondary.

Schneider said they don’t believe the arrest or his prior suspension for a drug violation in 2011 will be a long-term concern for the team.

“We were able to speak with his attorneys and be comfortable with his situation,” Schneider said.

Williams will play on early downs against the run at the defensive tackle position with the hope he can still provide more pass rush than Alan Branch could the last two seasons.

“He does have great versatility,” coach Pete Carroll said. “We’re hoping in kind of in the mode we’ve been in with the big guys that he’ll be really stout at the line of scrimmage at the three-technique spot. The combination of guys that we can move through there now gives us a lot of flexibility.”

Seattle selected Kansas State wide receiver Chris Harper in the fourth round and their second running back of the draft in LSU’s Spencer Ware in the sixth.

2013 NFL Draft Selections

At New York

(x-compensatory selection)


Second Round

  1. Jacksonville, Johnathan Cyprien, db, FIU.

  2. Tennessee (from Kansas City through San Francisco), Justin Hunter, wr, Tennessee.

  3. Philadelphia, Zach Ertz, te, Stanford.

  4. Detroit, Darius Slay, db, Mississippi State.

  5. Cincinnati (from Oakland), Gio Bernard, rb, North Carolina.

  6. San Diego (from Arizona), Mantei Te’o, lb, Notre Dame.

Cleveland Exercised in Supplemental Draft.

  1. New York Jets, Geno Smith, qb, West Virginia.

  2. San Francisco (from Tennessee), Cornellius Carradine, de, Florida State.

  3. Buffalo, Robert Woods, wr, Southern Cal.

  4. Oakland (from Miami), Menelik Watson, ot, Florida State.

  5. Tampa Bay, Johnthan Banks, db, Mississippi State.

  6. Carolina, Kawann Short, dt, Purdue.

New Orleans Forfeited.

  1. Arizona (from San Diego), Kevin Minter, lb, LSU.

  2. Buffalo (from St. Louis), Kiko Alonso, lb, Oregon.

  3. Dallas, Gavin Escobar, te, San Diego State.

  4. Pittsburgh, Le’Veon Bell, rb, Michigna State.

  5. New York Giants, Johnathan Hankins, dt, Ohio State.

  6. Chicago, Jon Bostic, lb, Florida.

  7. Washington, David Amerson, db, N.C. State.

  8. New England (from Minnesota), Jamie Collins, lb, Southern Miss.

  9. Cincinnati, Margus Hunt, de, SMU.

  10. Miami (from Indianapolis), Jamar Taylor, db, Boise State.

  11. San Francisco (from Green Bay), Vance McDonald, te, Rice.

  12. Baltimore (from Seattle), Arthur Brown, lb, Kansas State.

  13. Houston, D.J. Swearinger, db, South Carolina.

  14. Denver, Montee Ball, rb, Wisconsin.

  15. New England, Aaron Dobson, wr, Marshall.

  16. Atlanta, Robert Alford, db, SE Louisiana.

  17. Green Bay (from San Francisco), Eddie Lacy, rb, Alabama.

  18. Seattle (from Baltimore), Christine Michael, rb, Texas A&M.

Third Round

  1. Kansas City, Travis Kelce, te, Cincinnati.

  2. Jacksonville, Dwayne Gratz, db, UConn.

  3. Detroit, Larry Warford, g, Kentucky.

  4. Oakland, Sio Moore, lb, UConn.

  5. Philadelphia, Bennie Logan, dt, LSU.

  6. Cleveland, Leon McFadden, db, San Diego State.

  7. Arizona, Tyrann Mathieu, db, LSU.

  8. Tennessee, Blidi Wreh-Wilson, db, UConn.

  9. St. Louis (from Buffalo), T.J. McDonald, db, Southern Cal.

  10. New York Jets, Brian Winters, ot, Kent State.

  11. Tampa Bay, Mike Glennon, qb, N.C. State.

  12. Dallas (from Carolina through San Francisco), Terrance Williams, wr, Baylor.

  13. New Orleans, Terron Armstead, ot, Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

  14. San Diego, Keenan Allen, wr, California.

  15. Miami, Dallas Thomas, ot, Tennessee.

  16. Buffalo (from St. Louis), Marquise Goodwin, wr, Texas.

  17. Pittsburgh, Markus Wheaton, wr, Oregon State.

  18. Dallas, J.J. Wilcox, db, Georgia Southern.

  19. New York Giants, Damontre Moore, de, Texas A&M.

  20. New Orleans (from Chicago through Miami), John Jenkins, nt, Georgia.

  21. New England (from Minnesota), Logan Ryan, db, Rutgers.

  22. Cincinnati, Shawn Williams, db, Georgia.

  23. Washington, Jordan Reed, te, Florida.

  24. Indianapolis, Hugh Thornton, g, Illinois.

  25. Seattle, Jordan Hill, dt, Penn State.

  26. San Francisco (from Green Bay), Corey Lemonier, de, Auburn.

  27. Houston, Brennan Williams, ot, North Carolina.

  28. Denver, Kayvon Webster, db, South Florida.

  29. New England, Duron Harmon, db, Rutgers.

  30. St. Louis (from Atlanta), Stedman Bailey, wr, West Virginia.

  31. Miami (from San Francisco through Green Bay), Will Davis, db, Utah State.

  32. Baltimore, Brandon Williams, dt, Missouri Southern.

  33. x-Houston, Sam Montgomery, de, LSU.

  34. x-Kansas City, Knile Davis, rb, Arkansas.

  35. x-Tennessee, Zaviar Gooden, lb, Missouri.


Fourth Round

  1. Philadelphia (from Jacksonville), Matt Barkley, qb, Southern Cal.

  2. Kansas City, Nico Johnson, lb, Alabama.

  3. Tampa Bay (from Oakland), Akeem Spence, dt, Illinois.

  4. Jacksonville (from Philadelphia), Ace Sanders, wr, South Carolina.

  5. New England (from Detroit through Minnesota), Josh Boyce, wr, TCU.

  6. Arizona, Alex Okafor, lb, Texas.

  7. Miami (from Cleveland), Jelani Jenkins, lb, Florida.

  8. Buffalo, Duke Williams, db, Nevada.

  9. Miami (from New York Jets through New Orleans), Dion Sims, te, Michigan State.

  10. Tennessee, Brian Schwenke, c, California.

  11. Carolina, Edmund Kugbila, g, Valdosta State.

  12. Green Bay (from New Orleans through Miami), David Bakhtiari, ot, Colorado.

  13. New York Giants (from San Diego through Arizona), Ryan Nassib, qb, Syracuse.

  14. Pittsburgh (from Miami through Cleveland), Shamarko Thomas, db, Syracuse.

  15. Oakland (from Tampa Bay), Tyler Wilson, qb, Arkansas.

  16. St. Louis, Barrett Jones, c, Alabama.

  17. Dallas, B.W. Webb, db, William & Mary.

  18. Pittsburgh, Landry Jones, qb, Oklahoma.

  19. Arizona (from New York Giants), Earl Watford, g, James Madison.

  20. Chicago, Khaseem Greene, lb, Rutgers.

  21. Cincinnati, Sean Porter, lb, Texas A&M.

  22. Washington, Phillip Thomas, db, Fresno State.

  23. Minnesota, Gerald Hodges, lb, Penn State.

  24. Indianapolis, Khaled Holmes, c, Southern Cal.

  25. Green Bay, J.C. Tretter, ot, Cornell.

  26. Seattle, Chris Harper, wr, Kansas State.

  27. Houston, Trevardo Williams, lb, UConn.

  28. Green Bay (from Denver), Johnathan Franklin, rb, UCLA.

  29. Tampa Bay (from New England), William Gholston, de, Michigan State.

  30. Atlanta, Malliciah Goodwin, de, Clemson.

  31. San Francisco, Quinton Patton, wr, Louisiana Tech.

  32. Baltimore, John Simon, lb, Ohio State.

  33. x-Baltimore, Kyle Juszczyk, rb, Harvard.

  34. x-San Francisco, Marcus Lattimore, rb, South Carolina.

  35. x-Detroit, Devin Taylor, de, South Carolina.

  36. x-Atlanta, Levine Toilolo, te, Stanford.

Fifth Round

  1. Kansas City, Sanders Commings, db, Georgia.

  2. Jacksonville, Denard Robinson, rb, Michigan.

  3. Philadelphia, Earl Wolff, db, N.C. State.

  4. Seattle (from Detroit), Jesse Williams, dt, Alabama.

  5. Seattle (from Oakland), Tharold Simon, db, LSU.

  6. Indianapolis (from Cleveland), Montori Hughes, dt, UT-Martin.

  7. Arizona, Stepfan Taylor, rb, Stanford.

  8. New York Jets, Oday Aboushi, ot, Virginia.

  9. Tennessee, Lavar Edwards, de, LSU.

  10. Buffalo, Jonathan Meeks, db, Clemson.

  11. New Orleans, Kenny Stills, wr, Oklahoma.

  12. San Diego, Steve Williams, db, California.

  13. Denver (from Miami through Green Bay), Quanteras Smith, de, Western Kentucky.

  14. Tampa Bay, Steven Means, de, Buffalo.

  15. Carolina, A.J. Klein, lb, Iowa State.

  16. St. Louis, Brandon McGee, db, Miami.

  17. Pittsburgh, Terry Hawthorne, db, Illinois.

  18. Dallas, Joseph Randle, rb, Oklahoma State.

  19. New York Giants, Cooper Taylor, db, Richmond.

  20. Atlanta (from Chicago), Stansly Maponga, de, TCU.

  21. Washington, Chris Thompson, rb, Florida State.

  22. Minnesota, Jeff Locke, p, UCLA.

  23. Cincinnati, Tanner Hawkinson, g, Kansas.

  24. San Francisco (from Indianapolis), Quinton Dial, dt, Alabama.

  25. Seattle, Luke Willson, te, Rice.

  26. Green Bay, Micah Hyde, db, Iowa.

  27. St. Louis (from Houston), Zac Stacy, rb, Vanderbilt.

  28. Denver, Tavarres King, wr, Georgia.

  29. Washington (from New England), Brandon Jenkins, lb, Florida State.

  30. Chicago (from Atlanta), Jordan Mills, ot, Louisiana Tech.

  31. Miami (from San Francisco through Cleveland), Mike Gillislee, rb, Florida.

  32. Detroit (from Baltimore through Seattle), Sam Martin, p, Appalachian State.

  33. x-Miami, Caleb Sturgis, k, Florida.

  34. x-Green Bay, Josh Boyd, de, Mississippi State.

  35. x-Baltimore, Ricky Wagner, g, Wisconsin.

Sixth Round

  1. Jacksonville, Josh Evans, db, Florida.

  2. Kansas City, Eric Kush, c, California (Pa.)

  3. Detroit, Corey Fuller, wr, Virginia Tech.

  4. Oakland, Nick Kasa, te, Colorado.

  5. Denver (from Philadelphia through Cleveland, San Francisco and Green Bay), Vinston Painter, ot, Virginia Tech.

  6. Arizona, Ryan Swope, wr, Texas A&M.

  7. Cleveland, Jamoris Slaughter, db, Notre Dame.

  8. Houston (from Tennessee through Minnesota, Arizona and Oakland), David Quessenberry, ot, San Jose State.

  9. Buffalo, Dustin Hopkins, k, Florida State.

  10. New York Jets, William Campbell, g, Michigan.

  11. San Diego, Tourek Williams, lb, FIU.

  12. San Francisco (from Miami), Nick Moody, lb, Florida State.

  13. Oakland (from Tampa Bay), Latavius Murray, rb, UCF.

  14. Carolina, Kenjon Barner, rb, Oregon.

  15. New Orleans, Rufus Johnson, lb, Tarleton State.

  16. Oakland (from St. Louis through Houston), Mychal Rivera, te, Tennessee.

  17. Dallas, DeVonte Holloman, lb, South Carolina.

  18. Pittsburgh, Justin Brown, wr, Oklahoma.

  19. Arizona (from New York Giants), Andre Ellington, rb, Clemson.

  20. Chicago, Cornelius Washington, de, Georgia.

  21. Tampa Bay (from Minnesota), Mike James, rb, Miami.

  22. Cincinnati, Rex Burkhead, rb, Nebraska.

  23. Washington, Bacarri Rambo, db, Georgia.

  24. Indianapolis, John Boyett, db, Oregon.

  25. Green Bay, Nate Palmer, lb, Illinois State.

  26. Seattle, Spencer Ware, rb, LSU.

  27. Houston, Alan Bonner, wr, Jacksonville State.

  28. Minnesota (from Denver through Philadelphia and Tampa Bay), Jeff Baca, g, UCLA.

  29. Cincinnati (from New England), Cobi Hamilton, wr, Arkansas.

  30. Houston (from Atlanta through St. Louis), Chris Jones, db, Bowling Green.

  31. Detroit (from San Francisco through Baltimore and Seattle), Theo Riddick, rb, Notre Dame.

  32. Baltimore, Kapron Lewis-Moore, de, Notre Dame.

  33. x-Houston, Ryan Griffin, te, UConn.

  34. x-Tennessee, Khalid Wooten, db, Nevada.

  35. x-Baltimore, Ryan Jensen, c, Colorado State-Pueblo.

  36. x-Kansas City, Braden Wilson, rb, Kansas State.

  37. x-Oakland, Stacy McGee, dt, Oklahoma.

  38. x-Pittsburgh, Vince Williams, lb, Florida State.

Seventh Round207. Kansas City, Mike Catapano, lb, Princeton.

  1. Jacksonville, Jeremy Harris, db, New Mexico State.

  2. Oakland, Brice Butler, wr, San Diego State.

  3. Jacksonville (from Philadelphia), Demetrius McCray, db, Appalachian State.

  4. Detroit, Michael Williams, te, Alabama.

  5. Philadelphia (from Cleveland), Joe Kruger, de, Utah.

  6. Minnesota (from Arizona), Michael Mauti, lb, Penn State.

  7. Minnesota (from Buffalo through Seattle), Tarvis Bond, g, North Carolina.

  8. New York Jets, Tommy Bohanon, rb, Wake Forest.

  9. Green Bay (from Tennessee through San Francisco), C.J. Johnson, wr, Grand Valley State.

  10. Cleveland (from Miami), Armonty Bryant, de, East Central.

  11. Philadelphia (from Tampa Bay), Jordan Poyer, db, Oregon State.

  12. Arizona (from Carolina through Oakland), D.C. Jefferson, te, Rutgers.

  13. Seattle (from New Orleans), Ryan Seymour, g, Vanderbilt.

  14. San Diego, Brad Sorenson, qb, Southern Utah.

  15. Buffalo (from St. Louis), Chris Gragg, te, Arkansas.

  16. Pittsburgh, Nick Williams, db, Samford.

  17. Green Bay (from Dallas through Miami), Kevin Dorsey, wr, Maryland.

  18. New York Giants, Eric Herman, g, Ohio.

  19. New England (from Chicago through Tampa Bay), Michael Buchanan, de, Illinois.

  20. Cleveland (from Cincinnati through San Francisco), Garrett Gilkey, ot, Charon State.

  21. Washington, Jawan Jamison, rb, Rutgers.

  22. Minnesota (from Minnesota through New England and Tampa Bay), Everrett Dawkins, dt, Florida State.

  23. Indianapolis, Kerwynn Williams, rb, Utah State.

  24. Seattle, Ty Powell, lb, Harding.

  25. Green Bay, Sam Barrington, lb, South Florida.

  26. Oakland (from Houston), David Bass, dt, Missouri Western.

  27. Denver, Zac Dysert, qb, Miami (Ohio).

  28. New England, Steve Beauharnais, lb, Rutgers.

  29. Chicago (from Atlanta), Marquess Wilson, wr, Washington State.

  30. San Francisco, B.J. Daniels, qb, South Florida.

  31. Baltimore, Aaron Mellette, wr, Elon.

  32. x-Philadelphia, David King, db, Oklahoma.

  33. x-Cincinnati, Reid Fragel, ot, Ohio State.

  34. x-Seattle, Jared Smith, g, New Hampshire.

  35. x-Seattle, Michael Bowie, ot, Northeastern State (Okla.).

  36. x-Atlanta, Kemel Ishmael, db, UCF.

  37. x-Atlanta, Zeke Motta, db, Notre Dame.

  38. x-Detroit, Brandon Hepburn, lb, Florida A&M.

  39. x-San Francisco, Carter Bykowski, ot, Iowa State.

  40. x-Baltimore, Marc Anthony, db, California.

  41. x-Tennessee, Daimion Stafford, db, Nebraska.

  42. x-Atlanta, Sean Renfree, qb, Duke.

  43. x-Miami, Don Jones, db, Arkansas State.

  44. x-Cincinnati, T.J. Johnson, c, South Carolina.

  45. x-San Francisco, Marcus Cooper, db, Rutgers.

  46. x-New York Giants, Michael Cox, rb, UMass.

  47. x-Indianapolis, Justice Cunningham, te, South Carolina.


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