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April 27, 2008 11:32 AM

Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis on John Carlson

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Charlie Weis conducted a conference call with Seattle-area reporters regarding tight end John Carlson, whom the Seahawks selected in the second round, trading up to acquire him:

Weis: I think he's probably as ready as anyone could be mentally to go into the NFL. I think that gives people a decided edge. Obviously, the Seahawks system is different than the one I ran, but that's not the point. When you have a guy who's one of the smartest kids in the draft – just look at the Wonderlic – who's been seasoned in a pro-style offense and coached with that type of mentality, I think the transition becomes heck of a lot easier than somebody that's coming out of a regular mentality.

Q: Was he hidden last year by some of the offensive struggles your team had.

Weis: Well, what we had to do, we couldn’t really release him half the time. We had so much on protection, it forced us to keep him in a lot more than we had used in the previous year. We had a more of a veteran offensive line the previous year, and then all of a sudden last year, we only had one fifth-year senior and one sophomore who had ever played a meaningful down. So it forced to use him a lot more in protection than I ever would have wanted to.

Q: How do you rate John as a receiver and blocker?

Weis: I think probably in the last several years, having been involved in the draft for a bunch of years myself, there's only been handful of tight ends that could block and run and catch. You have those front-line receiver types or you have those slugs that can just play at the point of the attack and aren't very good at receiver. But I would say if you look at the cross-breed, the handful of guys that can do both, he's one of the few that fit that cross-breed where he can do either one of them.

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Posted by Husky Fan In New York

11:48 AM, Apr 27, 2008

Danny, you could also call Coach Willingham about John Carlson. He recruited Carlson and coached him for two years before moving on to UW.

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