Tatupu vying for MLB job

Although Lofa Tatupu was a risky pick to some, the Seahawks believe he eventually could start at MLB this season.

Updated: August 19, 2005, 4:06 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com
CHENEY, Wash. -- Here are five observations on the Seattle Seahawks, based on their Aug. 18 practice:

Lofa Tatupu was an interesting choice at middle linebacker for the Seahawks. Clearly, it was a need pick and it required a gamble by new general manager Tim Ruskell. Most teams had Tatupu rated in the second day of the draft. Despite his productivity at USC, Tatupu is 5 feet 11, 226 pounds and runs a 4.7, which is considered a little slow for a linebacker. Ruskell traded two fourth-round choices to move to the 13th spot in the second round to take him. His thinking was that the Seahawks needed a smart linebacker who can make the calls and make plays. He's a big believer in Tatupu. Though he hasn't beaten out Niko Koutouvides for the starting job yet, it seems inevitable that he will.

John Clayton

NFL senior writer