Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.
April 27, 2008 2:52 PM
Posted by Danny O'Neil
Here's the link to Coutu's player profile. He is from Georgia.
Coutu's biography said that he has had hamstring problems in the past. He said the injury happened when he was performing an on-side kick, using a technique that he will probably never use again. He was the second kicker taken in the draft. The Saints chose Wisconsin kicker Taylor Mehlhaff in the sixth round of the draft.
Coutu is very familiar with John Kasay, a kicker the Seahawks chose in the fourth round in 1991. He also said he's talking with Morten Andersen, long-time NFL kicker, to improve his technique on kickoffs.
Coutu was chosen with the No. 235 overall pick. He is the last of Seattle's seven picks in this draft.
Posted by Hmmmm
3:09 PM, Apr 27, 2008
Not quite sure why they drafted a kicker who has obviously had injury problems spanning half of his college career? I was a believer in all of the picks up to this point but this one has me a little baffeled.
Posted by What?
3:13 PM, Apr 27, 2008
Not sure why we selected this injury prone, inconsistent beyond 40 +, when Serna from Oregon State was still available and had a much better career. I don't like it....this guy will wash out like a like a ketschup stain.
Posted by No.12
3:21 PM, Apr 27, 2008
I was pulling for Serna to be drafted too-- 58 yarder on the resume and clutch kicking in NW weather conditions. Guess his 5'6'' height dissuaded the Hawks?
Posted by salemdawg
3:22 PM, Apr 27, 2008
He has the strongest leg in the draft and was the highest rated on several pre-draft rankings.
Posted by mickey
3:48 PM, Apr 27, 2008
Seahawks could have a deal to sign Serna as soon as the Draft is over.
I can't imagine why Ruskell thinks we need two short legged kickers. Perhaps a flyer on Coutu on the off chance he can heal but he seems a stretch.
Posted by salemdawg
3:54 PM, Apr 27, 2008
He's a 7th-round pick - they're ALL stretches at this point...
Posted by Mike
3:54 PM, Apr 27, 2008
We could have taken a flyer on a WR for this round. This guy seems to be damaged goods out of college? Maybe he can push Olinde a little bit? MAJOR brain fart!
Posted by GASEAHAWKFAN
5:59 PM, Apr 27, 2008
Seattle drafted the best kicker in the draft. He boomed a lot of kicks in pressure situations in the SEC. Olinde will get cut from the team before the 1st game against the Bills.
Posted by Steve
6:12 PM, Apr 27, 2008
Hawks took fliers on undrafted wr's. Whats the difference. Pleanty of them around as well. Its seventh round. Who cares. Like the draft. Like the Shmidtts picks. No more Boone Stutz's. Good draft. Go Hawks!
Posted by Bucs59
10:20 AM, Apr 28, 2008
Some of you may be glad we have this guy come december if it turns out Mare is a bust and we have another option.
Posted by Ron
12:52 PM, Apr 28, 2008
Taylor Mehlhaff is better, but unfortunately he was already gone. This guy could be good, as long as he can stay healthy. That is a big question mark though. I still seeing him beating out Mare in training camp. That guy sucks.
Posted by SEC Fan
10:07 AM, Apr 29, 2008
I saw him kick a lot - to the naysayers, I guess all the scouts are wrong when they say he's the best in the draft. He can out-kck Mare sitting in a lawn chair.
Posted by big ten hawk
5:25 PM, May 14, 2008
quit the sec stuff, mehlhaff kicked in the BigTen,think it's warm up there in Nov?? Mehlhaff by far the best choice this draft, hawks needed to get him sooner
Posted by fan of 96
2:46 AM, Jul 28, 2008
Coutu is an awesome kicker and has conquered injuries because of his amazing will to be the best. He won't disappoint. If you don't know him, don't talk shit because you don't his personality and his drive.
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