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What exactly helped TCU’s L.J. Collier get on Seahawks’ radar?

L.J. Collier had an impressive senior season at TCU, taking full advantage of becoming a full-time starter by earning All-Big 12 honors.

But Collier really started standing out to NFL teams at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama in late January, bull rushing his way over some of the top offensive linemen in the country.

That’s where Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider really noticed Collier.

Asked about making Collier the Seahawks’ first-round on Thursday night, Schneider told ESPN on Saturday: “He had a great Senior Bowl down there. Tough, competitive guy.

“He’s from a small town in Texas [Munday]. He’s got that chip on his shoulder. Real heavy hands, powerful pass rusher. We were really excited to get him in the mix here. He just fits us -- our culture, what we’re doing here.”

The Seahawks used the 29th overall pick on Collier on Thursday night, as Collier’s watch part at the Omni Frisco Hotel erupted in celebration. Collier is excited to join the Seahawks organization, too, and become the next in line of one of the top defenses in recent years.

Collier will fill a role similar to Michael Bennett, who went to three Pro Bowls with Seattle from 2015-17.

“Nothing’s changed tonight,” Collier said on his draft night. “I’m going to keep the same mentality. I’m trying to play for 10-plus years. I’m trying to get it all. I’m trying to win the Super Bowl. I’m trying to help them win as many games as I can.

“I want them to know I’m all-in and I care. I’m ready to go ball.”

Collier had 6.0 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss for the Frogs last season.

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