Hawks pick WR Kris Durham with second 4th rounder
By Liz Mathews
With the 10th pick in the fourth round (107th) overall, the Seattle Seahawks selected wide receiver Kris Durham out of the University of Georgia.
At 6’5″ and 209lbs, the former Georgia Bulldog senior was not invited to the combine and was the first non-invitee to be selected in this year’s draft.
Durham missed his entire 2009 season as the result of a torn labrum in his left shoulder, but had a career best in 2010 with 659 yards with three touchdowns.
A tall possession receiver – whose ratings were in the lower part of the draft – does fit the Hawks’ height requirement, although some believe that he will need to bulk up if he is to become a factor at the professional level.
Speaking via conference call to the VMAC on Saturday, Durham said that he knew he had the capabilities and talents to go early in the draft, despite the fact that he wasn’t invited to the combine.
“I’ve heard of people not going to the combine and still getting drafted,” said Durham. “I thought that I should have gone, but unfortunately I wasn’t chosen to go. It’s given me a chip on my shoulder and put a lot of drive underneath and fortunately enough it was able to pan out in a positive way.”
Durham explained that he had visited Seattle and met with the coaches before the draft. “I’m just blessed that the Seahawks were able to come and get me,” he said. “I’m just excited to get out there and go to work.”
In the meantime, Durham will continue to work out with Seahawks quarterback Charlie Whitehurst in Georgia.
“I’ve been able to work with him a little bit, and now that I am going to be a Seahawk with him, we’re definitely going to get together.”