Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 22, 2005.
Panthers select...Adam Seward
ILB | (6'2", 248, 4.62) | NEVADA LAS VEGAS
Strengths: Has very good size and upper body strength. He is strong and powerful at the POA. Does a good job of filling hard and taking on blocks. He shows good short area power to take on blocks in the phone booth and has developed good technique in terms of using his hands in order to shed and pursue. He has good straight-line speed and also has good short-area quickness. Makes quick reads, diagnoses things quickly, and fills aggressively. Has good tackling skills and shows power at the POA. Has good instincts in zone coverage and very good ball skills when he's in position. Has excellent leaping ability. Has the right mentality to chase kicks on special teams in the NFL and is also a solid and powerful enough tackler to make an impact in that area.
Weaknesses: Has good overall size but needs to improve his base. Is a bit top-heavy and lacks ideal lower body strength. He plays too high at times and lets too many blockers get into his lower body when pursuing. He has good straight-line speed but seems to lack a second gear in pursuit. Had a terrific workout in terms of speed and agility at the combine but does not look as natural in space as his times would indicate. He looks a bit stiff in coverage and does not have the ideal hip fluidity to cover a lot of quicker backs out of the backfield one-on-one.
Overall: Seward redshirted in 2000 and wound up taking over as a starting "strongside" linebacker as a redshirt freshman in 2001. He moved to middle linebacker in 2002 and was a starter there for his last three seasons at UNLV. He started all 12 games for the Rebels as a junior in 2003 and finished with a team-high 119 total tackles, 8.5 TFL, one-half sack and two INT's. He returned as a starting ILB in the Rebels 3-4 scheme as a senior in 2004 and finished with 121 total tackles, including seven TFL and one sack. Seward's athletic ability and explosiveness doesn't always transfer to the field. He can look stiff in coverage and he doesn't seem to have great closing burst on film. However, Seward was an ultra productive and durable linebacker on the collegiate level who answered many questions about his NFL "measurables" with a jaw-dropping performance at the combine. At 248 pounds, Seward was near the top or set the bar at the ILB position on the bench press (33 reps), 40-yard dash (4.62), vertical jump (36 ½"), broad jump (10'), short shuttle (4.11) and three-cone drill (7.16). There was always a feeling that Seward got by with just decent natural athleticism at the mid-major level, but after looking at his workouts and studying his production on film, it's easy to understand why he's one of the fastest rising prospects as we close in on the 2005 draft. Seward still doesn't show the fluidity and explosiveness of a first or second round linebacker but all things considered; it wouldn't be shocking if Seward snuck into the late-Day 1 vicinity of the upcoming draft.
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Adam Seward, MLB, Nevada Las Vegas
Height: 6:02.5 Weight: 253
Overview: Seward is a hard-hitting tackler who began his career as a strong-side outside linebacker before shifting to the middle as a sophomore. A versatile athlete who can play any of the linebacker positions, he went on to become the school's all-time tackle leader. He comes from a very supportive, football-oriented family. His father, Tom, was co-captain of the 1978 NCAA Division II champion Eastern Illinois squad and served as assistant coach at UNLV from 1986-89 under Wayne Nunnely. His younger brother, Mark is on the Nevada, Reno football team. Seward is a local product who earned All-State and All-Division honors as a linebacker at Bonanza (Las Vegas, Nev.) High School. He recorded 138 tackles with eight sacks and 14 stops for losses, adding 600 yards and six touchdowns as a fullback in his senior year. Seward also excelled in wrestling, winning the state heavyweight title. In addition, he competed in the shot put and discus for the track team. Seward redshirted in 2000 and started the final seven games of the 2001 season at strong-side outside linebacker. He ranked fourth on the team with 60 tackles (34 solos), three sacks, six stops for losses and two forced fumbles as a redshirt freshman. He moved to middle linebacker the following year, leading the team with a career-high 133 tackles (third-best season total in school history), including eight stops for losses to earn All-Mountain West Conference first-team honors. Seward again garnered All-MWC accolades, as he led the squad with 119 tackles (67 solos), 8.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, two interceptions and six pass deflections after shifting to weak-side inside linebacker in 2003. His senior season opened with much promise for the team, but Seward was one of the few bright spots before it ended. He failed to earn All-MWC first-team honors (named second-team) for the third consecutive year, a mark that would have tied him with Randall Cunningham and Jammal Brimmer for most first-team conference honors in school history. However, he still paced the Rebels with 121 tackles (59 solos), a sack, seven stops for losses and four pass deflections. In 46 games with the Rebels, Seward collected 433 tackles (215 solos) with six sacks for minus 49 yards, 19.5 stops for losses of 98 yards, four fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles, a pair of interceptions and fourteen pass deflections. His 433 tackles broke the previous school career-record of 294 by Randy Black (1997-2000). He also broke the Mountain West Conference all-time mark, passing Wyoming's Tyler Gottschalk (334 from 2000-03).
Analysis: Positives...Seward is a physical inside the box type of tackler with good strength and above average short area quickness. He is a respected, vocal leader with good instincts. ... The broad-shouldered athlete has good upper body strength, thickness in the thighs and calves and muscular arms. At a proper pad level, Seward does a much better job shedding blocks. He has the speed to make plays in the backfield and delivers an explosive hit when attempting to fill the rush lanes. ... He has the ability to stack and control at the point of attack and seems to be very capable of handling multiple blockers to generate a straight-ahead burst through the rush lanes. His quick reads allow him to step up almost instantly to meet blocks head on. He is an instinctive short area zone coverage defender who uses his strength and hand placement to reroute tight ends. ... When he plays at his position, he takes away the quarterback's underneath tosses. Seward has a sharp burst to blitz, but needs to keep his hands more active in order to create a lane. He has a good middle linebacker temperament and sets the game's tempo with his ability to produce inside the box. ... He comes hard on the blitz, especially when Seward is able to locate the ball, but does not seem to have quick route recognition ability. However, in the short area, this is a playmaker whose ability to play both inside and outside linebacker positions could make him a valuable pickup in the middle rounds.
Negatives...He needs to use his hands better when engaging blockers, as he sometimes gets stymied at the line of scrimmage and must learn to play at a lower pad level, as he has a high center of gravity. When he is high in his stance, he fails to open his hips properly and looks stiff changing direction. ... On the move, he drops his head some, resulting in missed tackles when operating in space. ... He does not have the sustained speed to handle man coverage assignments, as he seems to hesitate breaking on the ball down field. He plays smart in coverage, but his stiff hips make him look very mechanical trying to get depth in his pass drops. ... I doubt if his marginal pass coverage skills will see him play much in dime packages in the pros, but in run support, he plays very close to the line of scrimmage and gets right up the "A" gap to attack and push back the lead blocker. Seward can slide and fill or step up and take on the big blockers at the point of attack and while he is a good run-down player, he will run himself out of position on counters and play action.
Agility tests: CAMPUS: 4.74 in the 40-yard dash...375-pound bench press...500-pound squat...350-pound power clean...32-inch vertical jump...32 1/8-inch arm length...9 -inch hands...24/38 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Bonanza (Las Vegas, Nev.) High, playing for coach Nick Butera...All-State and All-Division first-team selection as a linebacker, recording 138 tackles with eight sacks and 14 stops behind the line of scrimmage as a senior...Also lined up at fullback, rushing for 600 yards and six touchdowns that year...Won the state heavyweight title in wrestling and also lettered in track, competing in the shot put and discus.
Personal: Finance major, with a minor in Spanish...One of three children (brother, Mark and sister, Elizabeth) of Amy and Tom Seward...Father was co-captain of the 1978 NCAA Division II champion Eastern Illinois squad and served as assistant coach at UNLV from 1986-89 under Wayne Nunnely...Born Adam Hartford Seward on 6/15/82 in Champaign, Illinois... Resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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