You know what gets an NFL GM excited? A wide receiver who can leap over his 6-foot-2 mother and still have clearance to make the landing. That guy holding the photo of former Georgia WR Kris Durham skying over his mom is Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider, who’s in charge of building a team that can go 9-7 and make the playoffs. Schneider had an interesting draft strategy this year. He took a guy who never visited the team, but did send them the photo you see above.
“We do like tall wide receivers,” Schneider tells the “Rookie Spotlight” host.
With a straight face, Schneider explains it wasn’t because Kris Durham was tall or lanky that the team drafted him in the 4th round. It was the photo.
Now, that’s probably an exaggeration – smirk, smirk.
“Dependable receiver who gets the most from his ability. Smart, tough, and gives effort in all aspects. Comes back to the ball out of breaks, works to come free, and sacrifices his body in order to make the reception. Effectively uses the sidelines, consistently extends his hands, and catches the ball away from his frame. Sturdy wide out who takes the big hit yet holds onto the ball. Effectively adjusts to the errant pass. Always finds a way to come free. Gets results blocking down the field.”
Nope, nothing about jumping over his mom. SI continued by writing that Durham “could make an NFL roster as a fifth receiver.”
There’s always a diamond-in-the-rough. Have to admit we are rooting for this guy because it’s very possible that he’ll be the very first wide receiver to jump completely over the cross-bar after scoring a touchdown. That’s something we need to see.
[Video: Rookie Spotlight - Seattle Seahawks]