Sizing up Jeremy Lane

A closer look at sixth-round draft choice Jeremy Lane:

Pick: No. 2 in the round, No. 172 overall. The pick, which originally belonged to the Colts, was acquired Thursday night in a trade with the Eagles.

Pertinent information: 6 feet, 180 pounds. … Started at corner last season, but actually likes playing as the nickel back better because “I like to hit people,” he said. … Had a career-high 41 tackles last season and then was named defensive MVP in the Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game after making eight tackles and breaking up a pass. … Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds and popped a 42-inch vertical leap at his Pro Day workout. … His legal name is Jeremy Johnson, but he goes by Lane as a tribute to his mother. … Born July 14, 1990.

What he brings: More speed and athletic ability to an overcrowded secondary.

Where he fits: The Seahawks already have Pro Bowl corner Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman, the incumbent starter on the other side who got some all-rookie consideration last season. Then there’s former first-round draft choice Marcus Trufant; versatile, and valuable, Roy Lewis; on-the-mend third-year corner Walter Thurmond; and Byron Maxwell, a draft pick last year. Lane will have to oust one of those players to earn a spot on the 53-man roster.

What they’re saying: “Lean, high-cut, long-levered, underdeveloped corner who showed intriguing physicality against LSU and in post-season all-stat competition and has shown enough upside to warrant interested as a No. 4 or No. 5 corner and special teams contributor.” – Pro Football Weekly

What he’s saying: “I was very motivated. I knew that (game against LSU) was my chance to go out there and show the world what I can do – I can hang with the big boys. Just because my school size doesn’t mean anything. So I know that was my chance to take a shot and show everybody what I can do. When the time came, I believe I stepped up and did it.”


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