Eric Pinkins is a converted cornerback with the size and strength the Seattle Seahawks covet in their defensive backs. Originally a “warrior” safety at San Diego State University, Pinkins led his team in interceptions the past two seasons. Additionally, the young man from Sacramento, CA packs one heck of a punch as a fierce enforcer.
Of course, with the Seahawks pretty well set at the safety position, the selection of a college safety raised more than a few eyebrows in Seattle. However, shortly after he was drafted, head coach Pete Carroll revealed the team’s intentions to convert the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Pinkins to cornerback; a move which makes substantially more sense.
After losing former starting cornerback (and Legion of Boom member) Brandon Browner to the New England Pariots this offseason via free agency, it would seem there is now room for depth in the secondary. Though Byron Maxwell seems firmly entrenched in Browner’s former spot for the moment, young players like Pinkins and former fifth-round draft pick Tharold Simon should have ample opportunity to compete for playing time this summer.
The question surrounding Pinkins mostly revolve around how quickly the small-school prospect can acclimate to life in the NFL. With only 11 career college starts to his credit, Pinkins will obviously have a lot of catching up to do. However, just being drafted by the defending Super Bowl Champions should give the rookie a real sense of pride.
Recently, there have been a number of mid-to-late round draft picks who have had success in Seattle’s secondary, including each of the starting cornerbacks above Pinkins on the depth chart. Therefore it stands to reason that coach Carroll and Seahawks general manager John Schneider see a similar uniqueness in Pinkins.
In all likelihood, Seattle’s high opinion of Pinkins has far more to do with his character and football I.Q. than simply his size. While his length certainly give him an advantage in Seattle’s defensive scheme, it has become quite apparent that size is not the only quality Seahawks coaches look for in their defensive back prospects.
Gritty, tough, competitive and aspiring are all characteristics that could be used to describe each and every member of Seattle’s secondary. Yet, they are also personality traits that could be used to describe Pinkins. This likely explains his selection by the Seahawks in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Now, all that remains to be seen is whether or not Pinkins can live up to the lofty expectations set forth by the Seahawks coaching staff, as well as his new mentors in The Legion of Boom. Knowing that Seattle’s recent minicamp has hosted a slew of fights worthy of Dana White’s UFC – all of which revolved almost entirely around the secondary – Pinkins better bring his big-boy pants to the party.
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