2014 NFL Draft: San Diego State FS Eric Pinkins selected in Round 6 by Seattle Seahawks

Kent Horner

Eric Pinkins is the newest member of the Legion of Boom.

With the 208th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks selected San Diego State free safety Eric Pinkins. Pinkins is 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds. Pinkins is the 23rd best free safety in the 2014 draft class, according to NFLDraftScout.com. He finished second on the team with 75 tackles, and was tied for the team-lead with two fumble recoveries.

His NFL.com draft profile identifies his tackling abilities, his size and his sheer athleticism as his biggest strengths. He ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at SDSU's pro day. He also recorded a 39.5-inch vertical and completed 25 reps of 225 pounds at his pro day. Put all those athletic skills into a 6-foot-3, 220 pound frame and you get a safety with a lot of potential. The draft profile says that Pinkins' weakness is his lack of experience; he only started two years at SDSU. The profile also says his range and ball skills are average. It says that Pinkins has a lot of talent, but he's still very raw and could take some time to reach his full potential. However, he's definitely the kind of secondary defender that Seattle--the Legion of Boom, specifically--has thrived upon: big, tall and strong.

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