The Seattle Seahawks look to have a love affair with the not very often mentioned Western Athletic Conferece, taking their third player from the WAC so far in the draft. The Seahawks fifth round pick is linebacker Korey Toomer from the Idaho Vandals.
Toomer is from Las Vegas, Nevada and commited to Idaho out of high school but attended junior college first. He played both outside linebacker positions before redshirting in 2010 due to a hand injury. He returned in 2011 in grand fashion, making second all conference team while notching 68 tackles and four sacks. He also was a short yardage back, rushing for 28 yards and 3 TDs on nine carries.
Sports Illustrated said Toomer is a prospect on the rise due to his strong numbers on Idaho's pro day. He ran the 40 in 4.54 seconds and had a 42-inch vertical jump.
Toomer is a prospect whose game is on the rise, but he's a late-boomer who's transitioning his natural athleticism onto the football field. He possesses the size and skill to play on a strong side for a variety of defensive schemes and is a terrific developmental prospect.
The Seahawks were one of four teams that worked out with Toomer on campus, and liked what they saw he could do, according to the NFL.com blog.
Toomer recorded a 42-inch vertical, a 10-foot-10 broad jump, a 4.00-second short shuttle and a 6.87-second three-cone. He also threw the bar up 20 times. Toomer looked very good in his position drills, which were run indoors on brand-new FieldTurf.
Toomer looks to be a solid character kid, and his JC coach Tom Minnick had only flattering things to say about him.
Korey's a kid that can run, he can chase you down. The good thing about Korey is he can cover. He's the type of kid you want in your program. His parents did a great job with him, and he doesn't get into trouble. He's a kid that will be at practice every day and do what you tell him. That's the kind of kid you want to coach.
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