And with their final pick in the 2010 NFL draft, the Seahawks lost their collective minds.
How else can you explain drafting a player who began his college career as a linebacker, finished it as a combination tight end/H-back and you’re projecting him as a wide receiver?
“That’s where you take a guy like that,” general manager John Schneider said this afternoon when asked about Kent State’s Jameson Konz.
That is where the Seahawks selected Konz – with the 245th pick overall, and a compensatory pick at that.
Konz’s numbers just added up to taking a shot on his potential. He weighs 223 pounds. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds. He has a vertical leap of 46 inches.
“He can jump over the two us standing up straight here,” is the way coach Pete Carroll put it.
Konz (it’s pronounced Cons) is more concerned with making the leap from Kent State to the NFL.
“A lot of is natural,” he said of his off-the-chart workout numbers. “But a lot of it is hard work. I go out and bust my butt in the weight room. I will do anything I have to do to try and be the best player on the field.”
For the record, he never played basketball at Lake High School in Hartville, Ohio – despite his impressive-plus leaping ability.
“The entire time growing up, my basketball coach in high school was begging me to play,” he said. “But my focus was on football. Looking back, I wish I had done that a little bit. He definitely wanted me to play. But I had to turn him down because my focus was on football.”