Seahawks UDFA additions include WVU QB Skyler Howard, Purdue OL Jordan Roos

Apr 29, 2017, 6:30 PM
The Seahawks added big-armed QB Skyler Howard from West Virginia as an undrafted free agent. (AP)...
The Seahawks added big-armed QB Skyler Howard from West Virginia as an undrafted free agent. (AP)

As is customary after each NFL Draft, the 32 teams in the league are scrambling to lock up undrafted free agents to fill out their offseason rosters. Below, we are keeping track of the undrafted players that are either confirmed or reported to have signed with the Seahawks or accepted an invite to a tryout.

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Skyler Howard, QB, West Virginia

Howard was one of two signings confirmed after the draft by Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider. The Seahawks clearly like his arm. “He’s a mad bomber, man,” Carroll said. “He threw a ton of deep balls. He goes downtown. Real resourceful kid, active on the field, moves around well, but he can bomb it.” In his senior season in 2016, Howard threw for 3,328 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions on 61.1 percent passing (247 for 404).

Jordan Roos, OL, Purdue

Carroll and Schneider also confirmed the signing of Ross, adding that they had a draftable grade on him and considered taking him with one of their final picks. A four-year starter for the Boilermakers, the 6-foot-4, 301-pound Roos has experience playing guard and center.

Jordan Simone, DB, Arizona State

A Sammamish native and former preps star at Skyline, Simone tweeted, “Happy to announce that I’m 100% healthy and have been given an opportunity to play with my hometown team, the Seattle Seahawks.” A two-time All-Pac-12 honorable mention, he ranked second in the FBS with 7.4 solo tackles per game in 2016 before his season ended with an injury suffered in Week 10 against Washington. He began his college career as a walk-on at Washington State, playing one season with the Cougs (2011).

Hayden Plinke, TE, UTEP

The official UTEP football account announced that Plinke, from Hollsboro, Ore., is heading to the Seahawks. The 6-4, 265-pound Plinke had 38 receptions for 456 yards and eight scores as a senior for the Miners. He spent his first year of college at Boise State and another at Portland State.

Nick Usher, LB, UTEP

UTEP football also announced that Plinke’s teammate Usher is heading to the Seahawks. Usher made a team-high 5.5 sacks as a senior and twice earned All-Conference USA honorable mention honros.

Tyrone Swoopes, TE, Texas

Per multiple reports, including one by Texas football reporter Danny Davis of the Austin Statesman,  the Seahawks are bringing in Swoopes, who was a quarterback at Texas but entered the draft as a tight end. At 6-4 and 249 pounds, he certainly has the size for the position.

Otha Peters, LB, Louisiana-Lafayette

The official Louisiana-Lafayette football Twitter account announced Peters is heading to the Seahawks. He made a whopping 94 tackles for the Ragin’ Cajuns in his senior season.

Al Riles, WR, Louisiana-Lafayette

Louisiana-Lafayette football’s Twitter also announced Riles is coming to Seattle. The 5-10, 212-pound receiver caught 60 passes for 729 yards and two touchdowns in 2016.

Darreus Rogers, WR, USC

Rogers sent out a tweet indicating he is heading to the Seahawks. He made 56 receptions for 696 yards and four touchdowns as a senior in 2016. He is listed as 6-1 and 215 pounds.

Algernon Brown, RB, BYU

Brown will sign the Seahawks, according to BYU reporter Jared Lloyd of the (Provo) Daily Herald. Brown checks in at 6-1 and 250 pounds, and he started six games and played in all 13 in 2016 at fullback.

Ronald Butler, QB, Tennessee State

Butler has accepted a minicamp invitation, according to the Tennessee State athletic department’s Twitter. The 6-3, 180-pound Butler threw for 2,132 yards, 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions on 148-of-256 passing in 2016. However, he reportedly worked out recently for the Seahawks at cornerback.

Keith Brown, LB, Western Kentucky

The official Hilltoppers football Twitter account announced that Brown, the all-time leading tackler in a season in WKU’s FBS history, is coming to Seattle.

Calvin Steyn, OL, Weber State

A second-team All-Big-Sky nominee as a senior in 2016, the 6-4, 320-pound Steyn’s agent indicated in a tweet that he is heading to the Seahawks.

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