Position: Offensive Tackle
Drafted: Round 3, #75 Overall
College: Northwest Missouri State
Birthdate: August 6, 1979
NFL Comparison: Jeff Backus
Strengths: Seth Wand at least looks the part. He has the height and weight NFL teams desire in an offensive tackle. What makes Wand a more attractive prospect than the next 6’7" 320-pounder is his ability to shuffle his feet. For a guy with such a huge frame, he moves extremely well. With such a quick first step, Wand is destined to be a left tackle.
Wand’s success isn’t all magic; he has a very good work ethic, spending more than the necessary time to prepare for a game, watching tons of film. For a player NFL.com says has a learning disability, perhaps Wand’s most attractive non-measurable trait is his ability to improve. Wand never played for a line coach in college, and with a frame that can add some muscle weight, he has the look of a suspersize athlete who is nowhere near his ceiling. Combined with that room for growth, Wand has a coachable aspect to his personality, and he is well liked by everyone around him.
Areas of Concern: Wand was a three-year starter at the little-seen Division II school, but he’ll need some practice against NFL pros to get ready for regular duty on Sundays. For someone so big, you’d think he’d be able to maul smaller defenders, but strength will be something Dan Riley and the Texans will need to work with him to improve. Wand only managed 20 reps of 225 pounds at the combine in February.
Wand was invited to Mobile for the Senior Bowl, but he had a rough going early. No doubt Dom Capers and the rest of the coaching staff liked how Wand didn’t give up, improving by the week’s end. He’ll still need to work on his hands and refining his upper body technique. Wand has long arms, but he doesn’t use them to his advantage to gain leverage and maintain blocks.
2003 Expectations: With apologies to Harry Potter, perhaps for Charley Casserly, the Wand chooses him? A developmental pick for this fall, Wand will hopefully learn from one of the best in Tony Boselli. If the Boss calls in sick again, expect Wand to back up Chester Pitts, last year’s version of the raw rookie offensive lineman. Given time though, Wand could prove capable of manning Carr’s blind side on Sundays.
profile by Keith Weiland
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