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Seahawks Sign 13 Undrafted Free Agents

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15 May 2021, 20:50 GMT+10

The Seahawks added to their 2021 rookie class by signing 13 undrafted rookie free agents ahead of rookie minicamp.  John Boyle

Seahawks rookies hit the field for rookie minicamp this weekend, and in addition to Seattle's three draft picks taking part, there will also be 13 undrafted free agents who were signed this week. The list includes four offensive linemen, three receivers-one of them a Puget Sound-area native-two defensive backs, two running backs, one linebacker and one defensive linemen:

S Aashari Crosswell, Arizona State, 6-0, 208 T Jake Curhan, California, 6-6, 313 T Greg Eiland, Mississippi State, 6-8, 321 RB B.J. Emmons, Florda Atlantic, 5-11, 215 DT Jarrod Hewitt, Virginia Tech, 6-1, 290 G Jared Hocker, Texas A&M, 6-6, 327 WR Cade Johnson, South Dakota State, 5-10, 184 RB Josh Johnson, Louisiana-Monroe, 5-9, 209 G Pier-Olivier Lestage, Montreal, 6-3, 312 CB Bryan Mills, North Carolina Central, 6-1, 174 LB Jon Rhattigan, Army, 6-0, 236 WR Tamorrion Terry, Florida State, 6-3, 207 WR Connor Wedington, Stanford, 6-0, 189

Seattle's list of undrafted free agents includes a local product, Sumner High grad Connor Wedington who was a receiver and standout returner at Stanford; two FCS All-Americans in South Dakota State receiver Cade Johnson and North Carolina Central cornerback Bryan Mills; a Canadian lineman, Pier-Olivier Lestage, who was the 10th overall pick in this year's CFL draft; and a USA Today second-team All-American and Bednarik Award finalist in Army linebacker Jon Rhattigan.

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Here are more details on all 13 undrafted rookie free agents:

S Aashari Crosswell, Arizona State

Crosswell played in 27 games with 93 tackles (76 solo), six interceptions and 25 passes defensed for the Sun Devils from 2018-20. He played one game in 2020 before opting out the rest of the season. In 2019, he totaled a career-high 53 tackles, 12 passes defensed and forced three fumbles, which was tied for first in the Pac-12. As a freshman he the team with four interceptions. Prepped at Long Beach Poly and was a consensus four-star prospect amongst all major recruiting services. Listed as the no. 6 safety in the country by ESPN, the no. 10 safety by 24/7 and the no. 13 safety by Rivals. Played in 11 games as a senior recording 47 tackles, seven passes defensed and three interceptions. Scored four different ways as a senior; a kickoff return touchdown, punt return touchdown, two rushing touchdowns and a pick-six.

T Jake Curhan, California

Curhan started 40 of 42 games at right tackle during his Bears career. Was a two-time honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection in his final two campaigns as a 2019 junior and 2020 senior. Had a string of 39 consecutive starts snapped when he did not start at Oregon State due to COVID-19 protocols but did return to the starting lineup for his final career game. Honored with the Pac-12's annual academic recognition for three consecutive seasons as a second-team Pac-12 All-Academic selection as both a redshirt freshman and sophomore, as well as a member of the league's initial Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll. Named Cal's winner of the Brick Muller Award as its most valuable lineman on offense as a junior. A three-year varsity starter at Redwood High from 2013-15 who didn't begin playing football until he was a sophomore in 2013. Earned first-team All-State Medium School honors from Cal-Hi Sports, San Francisco All-Metro honors and was named the Marin County Athletic League Lineman of the Year as a 2015 senior after moving to left tackle and anchoring the offensive line for a team that averaged 212.9 yards per game on the ground. Also played on the defensive line as a senior and had team highs of 6.0 sacks as well as the team's lone safety for a squad that reached the North Coast Section Division II playoffs for the first time during his prep career. Also played one season of basketball as a sophomore in 2013-14 and participated in 26 games. Graduated from Cal in December of 2020 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

T Greg Eiland, Mississippi State

Eiland started 34 of 47 career games for Bulldogs, playing left tackle, left guard and right tackle during his career. Started at least eight games his final three seasons at Mississippi State. Prepped at Philadelphia High and was a three-star standout offensive lineman per ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports. Ranked the no. 20 player in Mississippi by ESPN. Helped high school to consecutive Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A playoff appearances as a junior and senior. As a senior, paved the way for 2,761 rushing yards. Also lettered in baseball. Majored in industrial technology with a concentration in industrial automation.

RB B.J. Emmons, Florida Atlantic

Emmons joined the Owls in January of 2019 after a freshman season with Alabama (2016) and then Hutchinson Junior College (2017). His FAU career totals include nine games played, 88 carries, 353 yards and seven rushing touchdowns. Emmons began his FAU collegiate career versus Oklahoma, unfortunately just a few plays in, he suffered a broken ankle. He would re-join the Owls with four games remaining in the 2019 season and rushed the Owls to a Conference USA Championship and a Boca Raton Bowl victory. In his last four games, he found the end zone six times and averaged 4.1 yards per carry. Emmons carried the ball 51 times in 2019 for a total of 237 yards. He closed out his final season, playing four 2020 games, in a COVID-19 stop-start season. He rushed for total of 116 yards and one score his senior campaign. Prepped at Freedom High and was the top-ranked running back in the nation by Rivals.com and ESPN.com, being a unanimous four-star prospect. Was an Associated Press North Carolina All-State selection and the consensus no. 2 player in the state of North Carolina. Totaled 6,573 career rushing yards with 101 touchdowns during his high school career.

DT Jarrod Hewitt, Virginia Tech

Hewitt started 33 of 45 games played for the Hokies, totaling 92 tackles (42 solo) and 9.5 sacks in his career. Was named third-team All-ACC his senior season after starting 10 of 11 games and posting 31 tackles (13 solo) and a career-high 5.5 sacks, good for third on the team. Attended Venice High and was a two-time Florida 7A first-team all-state performer, and earned the Herald Tribune Player of the Year Award. Rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports, ESPN and Scout and rated the no. 9 defensive tackle in the state of Florida by Scout. Registered 105 tackles (22 solo) and 10 sacks as a senior and 112 tackles (74 solo) and 12 sacks as a junior. Majored in property management.

G Jared Hocker, Texas A&M

Hocker started 32 of 37 career games for the Aggies, starting all 10 games at right guard in 2020. Was a key part of one of the SEC's best offensive lines in the nation as the unit also led the SEC in sacks allowed (0.7), tackles for loss allowed (3.8) and yards per carry (5.45). Attended Birdville High in North Richland Hills, Texas, where he was a third-team member on Dave Campbell's Texas Football Super Team. Rated a three-star recruit by PrepStar and named to the PrepStar All-Southeast Region Team. Rated the nation's no. 62 offensive tackle prospect and the no. 93rd-rated recruit in the state of Texas.

WR Cade Johnson, South Dakota State

Johnson opted out of North Dakota State's spring 2021 season to declare for the NFL Draft. Was a 2019 FCS All-American, Johnson had 72 receptions for 1,222 yards and eight touchdowns. His best collegiate season was 2018, when he had 1,332 yards and 17 touchdowns on 67 receptions. Holds three school records; single-season touchdown receptions (17 in 2018), single-season kickoff return yards (839 in 2017) and single-game touchdown receptions (4 in 2018, shares record with three other players). Left school ranked third in career touchdown receptions (28), fifth in receiving yards (2,872) and sixth in receptions (162). Earned all-state honors in both football and basketball at Bellevue West High School. Set school receiving records with 43 catches for 1,061 yards and 16 touchdowns during his senior season, adding 240 return yards and four interceptions. Also played on a state championship basketball team as a sophomore. Father, Clester, was a member of the 1994 and 1995 Nebraska national championship teams. Brother, Keagan, plays for the University of Iowa. Majored in consumer affairs.

RB Josh Johnson, Louisiana Monroe

Johnson was slowed by a hamstring injury and played in eight of 10 games for Louisiana-Monroe in 2020, rushing 88 times for 321 yards and four touchdowns. Closed out his career ranked among ULM's all-time leaders in rushing average (fourth with 5.48), rushing yards (12th with 1,688) and rushing touchdowns (12th with 16). He also had 31 career receptions for 175 yards (5.6 avg.) and one score. In 2019, Johnson ranked second in the Sun Belt Conference and 13th in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing, averaging 108.2 yards per game. An All-Sun Belt second-team selection as a junior, he also finished among the NCAA FBS Top 20 in yards per carry (10th at 6.46) and rushing yards (T18th with 1,298). His 1,298 rushing yards ranked as the fourth-highest single-season total in ULM history. He was stopped for a loss only nine times in 201 rushing attempts and recorded seven 100-yard rushing games in 2019 while becoming ULM's first 1,000-yard rusher since Frank Goodin in 2009. Spent 2017 freshman year at Coahoma Community College (Clarksdale, Miss.), averaging 122.3 yards that ranked fifth in the NJCAA in rushing. Earned MACJC all-state first-team honors and selected team offensive MVP. Attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in 2016 but did not participate in football. Was a two-year starter at Opelika High, helping the Bulldogs to a combined record of 21-3. Was a Class 6A first-team all-state selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association as a senior. Rushed 202 times for 1,340 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2015. Posted seven 100-yard rushing games as a senior and scored at least one touchdown in 12 of 13 games. Produced 15 100-yard rushing games and scored multiple touchdowns in 16 of 24 career games. Earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from ULM in May 2020.

G Pier-Olivier Lestage, University of Montreal

Lesage played three seasons (2017-19) for the University of Montreal Carabins, with the 2020 season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Was named to the RSEQ's all-star first-team and U SPORTS all-star second-team after the 2019 season, as he helped his team to the Vanier Cup championship game, where Montreal fell to Calgary. In May 2021, he was selected in the second-round (10th overall) in the CFL Draft.

CB Bryan Mills, North Carolina Central

During his only season on the gridiron at North Carolina Central, Mills opted out of the 2020 season. Mills was voted as a 2019 first-team All-MEAC honoree and selected to the AFCA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Coaches' All-America Team and BOXTOROW All-America Team. He finished the season leading the conference with five interceptions and was also second in the MEAC with 13 passes defensed while adding 22 tackles. Also during his junior season, Mills tied the NCCU record for interceptions in a game with three. Transferred from College of the Canyons (Santa Clarita, Calif.) where he played in eight games and helped the Cougars to a 10-0 regular season record and the 2018 Southern California Football Association (SCFA) National Division, Northern League championship. Prepped at Quartz Hill High School in Palmdale, Calif.

LB Jon Rhattigan, Army

Rhattigan played in 25 games from 2018-20, seeing his most playing time as a senior, when he was named a second-team All-America by USA Today. Was also named third-team All-America by Pro Football Focus. He was Army's first-ever semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, given to the nation's top linebacker. He finished the season with a career-high 78 tackles and two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown and the other 50 yards. Entering 2020, he had just six career tackles in 14 games played, playing behind two-time captain and current L.A. Chargers LB Cole Christiansen. Was a three-year letterwinner at Neuqua Valley High and was named Naperville Sun All-Area and Player of the Year. Also named first-team IHSA All-State and a unanimous all-conference selection. He was the team's defensive MVP and team captain as a senior. Was a two-year letter-winner in lacrosse as a midfielder and was an all-conference selection.

WR Tamorrion Terry, Florida State

Terry recorded 118 receptions for 2,221 yards (10th in school history) and 18 touchdowns (13th in school history) during his Seminoles career. Holds Florida State record with five 70-plus-yard receiving touchdowns and his average of 49.00 yards per touchdown reception was second-highest among NCAA receivers with at least 15 touchdowns over the past decade, while his nine 50-plus-yard touchdowns tied for the second-highest total in the ACC over the last 15 years. Started all 13 games in 2019 and led Seminoles with 60 catches for 1,188 yards and nine touchdowns and was named second-team All-ACC. Posted 13th 1,000-yard receiving season in program history and receiving yards ranked seventh on FSU's single-season list. Averaged NCAA-high 57.89 yards per touchdown reception, which was highest average in last 15 years among receivers with at least nine touchdowns. His 744 yards as a freshman broke FSU freshman record that had stood for 41 years. Prepped at Turner County High and was a four-star recruit by ESPN, 247Sports and Scout. Rated the no. 21 recruit in Georgia and the no. 32 wide receiver by 247Sports. Named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution Class A public All-State first-team in 2015 and 2016 and first-team all-state by the Associated Press in 2015. Finished 2016 with 40 receptions for 1,187 yards and 19 touchdowns, helping lead Turner County to an 8-4 record and its first playoff win since 2008.

WR Connor Wedington, Stanford

Wedington played in 31 career games for the Cardinal, compiling 106 receptions for 971 yards and one touchdown. He also returned 25 kicks for 685 yards. He was named honorable mention All-Pac-12 in 2019 after he caught 51 passes for 506 yards and a touchdown during his junior season, and also returned 21 kicks for 28.1 yards per return, the best mark in the conference and eighth-best nationally. Off the field, he was named to the 2019 AFCA Good Works Team for service to the community through his organization Hope Given By. He was also Stanford's 2020 nominee for the Wuerffel Trophy and served the Cardinal as a captain. Prepped at Sumner High and was a consensus four-star recruit, being named the nation's 77th-best recruit by Scout and 155th by Rivals, the nation's fourth-best athlete by Scout, 10th by Rivals and 12th by 247Sports. Named the nation's 30th-best running back by PrepStar and 40th by ESPN. Finished prep career with a school-record 4,035 career rushing yards and record 69 career touchdowns. Was the 2016 Tacoma News Tribune Player of the Year and 2016 Ford Sports Performance Player of the Year. Also competed in track and member of the Honor Society. Brother, Triston, played football at Central Washington, and cousin, Jordan Greene, played baseball at Clemson. Majored in science.

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