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Seahawks sign final two unsigned draft picks Tharold Simon, Michael Bowie

5/30/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Seattle Seahawks became the latest team to have their entire 2013 draft class under contract by agreeing to terms with the last two unsigned draft picks. Cornerback Tharold Simon and offensive tackle Michael Bowie signed their rookie contracts with the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, per the NFL’s transaction record. However, the terms of the contracts were not disclosed by the team.
 
Tharold Simon was selected with the 138th overall pick in the fifth-round, while Michael Bowie was the last among four of the Seattle Seahawks’ seventh-round picks, selected at the 242nd overall spot in April’s NFL draft.
 
The former LSU product Tharold Simon started 15 games at cornerback over three seasons for the Tigers, before entering the NFL draft following his junior season in 2012. As a sophomore during 2011, Tharold Simon finished last season leading the Tigers with four passes and nine pass deflections.  Tharold Simon was also a regular in passing situations, but was suspended one game by the Tigers that season (along with defensive tackle Tyrann Mathieu and running back Spencer Ware) for testing positive for synthetic marijuana.
 
Tharold Simon also had a run-in with the police at his hometown of hometown of Eunice, La., on draft night after being arrested on charges of public intimidation, resisting an officer and a noise violation. He was released on bond the same day.  But Tharold Simon contested the charges, claiming the arrest stemmed from a series of misunderstandings and that the police officer “overreacted” in the situation. Tharold Simon’s claim that he did nothing wrong during the incident was also backed by more than a dozen witnesses to the arrest. The Seattle Seahawks seemed satisfied with Tharold Simon’s explanation as they drafted him in the fifth-round, two days following the arrest.
 
In Seattle, Tharold Simon is part of a cornerback depth chart that headlines Brandon Browner, Richard Sherman and Antoine Winfield. So, in the presence of such deep talent, Tharold Simon’s first shot at playing in his rookie season will likely come on the special teams. The 22-year-old Tharold Simon has not yet taken the field with Seattle Seahawks this season since he has been sidelined with an injury throughout the team’s OTAs session.
 
Meanwhile, Michael Bowie has been working at right tackle with the No.2 line during the Seattle Seahawk’s OTAs sessions.
 
The 6-foot-4, 332-pound Michael Bowie started out his collegiate career as a offensive lineman at Oklahoma State. But Michael Bowie transferred to Northeastern Oklahoma State at the end of three seasons after being dismissed from the Cowboys for violating team rules. Prior to transferring, Michael Bowie was expected to starts at left tackle for the Oklahoma State last season.
 
The Seattle Seahawks selected two other offensive linemen in the seventh-round of last month’s draft, and all three rookies are expected to be developmental projects in Seattle during their rookie season.
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