Busy, busy day, it was, for the Seahawks on Saturday.
Seattle made seven picks and two trades during Day 3 of the NFL draft, with three selections in the fourth round, a surprise local pick (hello, BBK!) in the fifth, two dudes from Florida in the sixth round and plucking the nation’s leader in touchdown receptions out of Hawaii in the seventh.
So take a deep breath and get to know the newest Seahawks:
Gary Jennings, slot receiver (4th round, No. 120)
College: West Virginia
The Skinny: A native of Stafford, Va., Jennings graduated from Colonial Forge High School but earlier attended the Collegiate School in Richmond -- the alma mater of Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.
In four seasons at West Virginia, Jennings played in 50 games (with 22 starts) and was one of the most productive receivers in all of college football the past two seasons.
In 2017, he had 97 catches for 1,096 yards -- but only one touchdown.
In 2018, he had 54 catches for 917 yards -- and 13 touchdowns.
“I have great hands, I have great speed and I’m a playmaker,” he said. “When a play needs to be made at the end of the game, or in crucial situations, I’m the guy to go to.”
Phil Haynes, offensive guard (4th round, No. 124)
College: Wake Forest
The Skinny: Haynes was a team captain at Wake Forest -- and captain of the “Beef Boys” offensive line.
Wake Forest operates a run-heavy offense. Haynes’ favorite thing to do? Run block, of course.
One scouting report Haynes, from NFL.com: “Plays with good toughness and won’t back down.”
Ugochukwu Amadi, defensive back (4th round, No. 132)
The Skinny: Last fall, Amadi won the Lombardi Award, presented to the college football player based on “performance and leadership honed by character and resiliency.”
Versatility, he says, is his strength, and he showed that in four seasons at Oregon. Amadi appeared in every game for the Ducks the past four years -- 51 in all -- and played at corner, safety and nickel.
As a senior last fall, he posted 55 tackles, including 5.0 for loss and 1.5 sacks, and he was first player in college football in three years to have two pick-six touchdowns and a punt-return touchdown.
He profiles as a nickel back for the Seahawks.
Ben Burr-Kirven, linebacker (5th round, No. 142)
The Skinny: Seattle football fans need no introduction to BBK.
The middle linebacker emerged as a star for the Washington Huskies in 2017, when he beat out veteran Azeem Victor for a starting job and became a leader on the Pac-12’s best defense.
As a senior in 2018, he had a season for the ages. He had 176 tackles -- the most by any player in college football since Boston College’s Luke Kuechly had 191 in 2011 -- and was named the Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. He also won the Pac-12’s Scholar Athlete of the Year award.
Travis Homer, running back (6th round, No. 204)
The Skinny: Homer averaged 6.0 yards per carry for the Hurricanes the past two seasons, finishing just shy of 1,000 yards in both 2018 (985 yards, 4 TD, on 164 carries) and in 2017 (966 yards, 8 TD, on 163 carries).
Demarcus Christmas, defensive tackle (6th round, No. 209)
College: Florida State
The Skinny: Nothing skinny about Mr. Christmas (and, yes, he’s 6-3 and 294 pounds, we refer to him as “Mister”).
Primarily a 3-technique run stopper, Christmas appeared in 51 games (38 starts) in his Florida State career, posting 105 tackles, including 10.5 for loss with 3.5 sacks, 13 pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick.
John Ursua, slot receiver (7th round, No. 236)
The Skinny: Talk about a comeback route.
Ursua, a standout QB in high school, was away from football for four years before playing his first snap of college football for Hawaii in 2016.
Ursua grew up on Hawaii’s Big Island, moved to Utah before his sophomore year and graduated from Cedar High School in Saratoga, Utah, in 2012. After graduation, he spent a year working and then took a two-year LDS church mission to Paris.
He moved back to Hawaii and redshirted in 2015 and finally got a chance to play again in 2016 -- at a new position.
He had some guidance for his transition to slot receiver. His older brothers both played receiver at Southern Utah, and one of his brothers, Jared, is now the wide receivers coach at Weber State.