BY TREVOR HORN
THE NATOMAS BUZZ | @natomasbuzz
When Eric Pinkins made a trip to Seattle earlier this spring, he snapped photos while telling NFL Seahawks general manager John Schneider the trip marked “a once in lifetime opportunity.”
When Pinkins picked up the phone on Saturday, it was Schneider was on the other end of the line.
“He asked me if I would like to take another picture,” said Pinkins, a former Inderkum High School star football player and two-year starter at San Diego State.
Pinkins asked whether the Seattle Seahawks were going to draft him. Schneider answer, “Yes.”
Pinkins was the 208th player taken in the sixth round of the NFL Draft held Saturday afternoon. He is the first football player from Inderkum to drafted to the NFL.
“It’s great. I’m glad to represent Inderkum the right way,” Pinkins said from a friend’s house Saturday, waiting for his name to be called.
Pinkins was second on the team for San Diego State with 75 tackles last fall.
Pinkins, 22, said the Super Bowl champion team wants him to play cornerback.
“He fits right in with what Seattle is doing,” Inderkum varsity football coach Terry Stark said. “He gives them depth.”
At 6-foot-3 inches and 215 pounds Pinkins is cut from the same mold as the other players in the secondary for Seattle. He has been clocked at a very fast 4.40 second in the 40-yard dash and has recorded an elite vertical leap at 39.5 inches.
Pinkins played the warrior position at San Diego State, which is a free safety position that covered wide receivers like a cornerback.
“Eric hits like a linebacker and he has good quickness,” Stark said.
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