With a gem at quarterback still on the board in Colt McCoy, Seattle went to fill a need at another offensive position.
Notre Dame’s Golden Tate, a 5-foot-10 199 pound wide receiver that also played baseball for the Fighting Irish, will line up with TJ Housmandzadeh, Deion Branch and Deon Butler next season for the Seahawks.
The following are Tate’s strengths according to the N.F.L. Scouting Combine page at NFL.com are:
Tate’s a strong receiver. Is a very sound route runner who is smooth in and out of his breaks and has experience in a pro-style system. Is dangerous after catch with a nice combination of quickness and power to break tackles. Has been highly- productive. High-character player who will always compete. Has reliable hands.
According to WalterFootball.com, here’s Tate’s strengths:
Extremely productive Very athletic Adequate speed to stretch a defense Great hand-eye coordination Nice Y.A.C. Makes acrobatic catches Strong; not an easy tackle Plucks ball at apex Experience in West Coast offense Comes back to quarterback when play breaks down Versatile; can play Wildcat, slot, split end Shows nice vision after catch Eats cushion quickly Shifty runner Intelligent Great instincts Good leadership Had some DOMINANT games Plays with heart; very competitive
Here’s what the N.F.L. Scouting Combine page has this for his weaknesses:
His overall explosiveness is questionable. Is more of a speed-builder than a sudden guy, odd for a shorter receiver. Takes a while to eat up cushions. Top end speed is good but not elite. Can get deep on occasion but doesn’t appear to be a consistent downfield threat.
Check out Tate’s highlight reel at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWfA5-Q0s-0&feature=related
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