Camp Update: State of the Seattle Seahawks 2012 NFL rookie draft class

Seahawks rookie evaluation

In April 2010 (Pete Carroll and John Schneider’s first draft) you could look at the Seattle Seahawks roster and see nothing but holes that needed to be filled. They could easily have chose the best player available because no matter what position that happened to be at it would have been one of need.

Fast forward to today, and you see second and third year players all over this roster. Playing on and impacting all parts of the team.

2010 holdovers include, Russell Okung, Earl Thomas, Golden Tate, Walter Thurmond, Kam Chancellor, Anthony McCoy, Dexter Davis, and Jameson Konz.

2011 holdovers include James Carpenter, John Moffitt, K.J. Wright, Kris Durham, Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell, Pep Levingston, and Malcolm Smith.

Let’s see how the 2012 Seahawks draft class are doing. We’ll do another one or two of these articles before the start of the season so stay tuned.

First Round Pick: Bruce Irvin #51

Bruce Irvin was the Seahawks 1st round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.

After a trade with the Eagles the Seahawks moved down three picks where they selected the pass rush specialist out of West Virginia, to the shock of many including myself, with the 15th pick in the draft.

The Good:

Bruce showed an ability to stunt and find a clean path to get to the backfield inside. He was able to get some run penetration and recorded a tackle for a loss.

The Bad:

When the offensive lineman were able to get their hands on him he was done.

On a running play the guard was able to put one hand on him and push him a few yards out of the play and on passing downs the tackles were able to consume him.

2nd Round Pick: Bobby Wagner #54

After another trade in the 2nd round the Seahawks selected middle linebacker Bobby Wagner with the 15th pick of the 2nd round, number 47 overall.

Irvin looked good at times, and weak at others. (Photo Credit:

The Good:

When the blockers get to him he fights to get off the block no matter how out of the play he appears to be.

He has excellent awareness in both the running game as well as the passing game and doesn’t get fooled by miss direction plays.

Bobby Wagner surprised me a little with his ability to anticipate the play.

He showed an ability to read the Titans blocking scheme and find clean paths to the running back, and showed enough speed to be able to track them down from behind as proved when he tracked Chris Johnson down from behind for a tackle for a loss (yes, the same Chris Johnson who thinks he can outrun Usane Bolt).

The Bad:

He’s a rookie and it showed. At times he over pursues a play or shoots the wrong gap.

Wagner hasn’t adjusted to the speed of the game and needs to learn to keep his head on a swivel because the opposing teams blockers are looking to hit him and knock him on his rear.

In pursuit, he needs to learn to keep his depth to make it harder for the guard to box him out of the play.

3rd Round Pick: Russell Wilson #3

With the 12th pick in the 3rd round, 75th overall, the Seahawks selected quarterback Russell Wilson.

Wilson was a kid everyone liked but feared how his height would have a negative impact on his career.

The Good:

What’s not to like? Russell Wilson showed the poise of a veteran quarterback.

When he got flushed out of the pocket he continued to look for a receiver and only runs as a last resort. If nothing is open he is smart enough to throw the ball away.

The Bad:

The interception he threw in the end zone was horrible. Russell had no business throwing that pass.

I don’t know if he didn’t see the defender because of his height or another reason but he needs to clean those mistakes up.

Again, he’s a rookie and I don’t expect perfection no matter how high the coaching staff is on him.

4th Round Pick: Robert Turbin #22

Last season when Marshawn Lynch was injured it became very apparent the Seahawks needed a backup running back, and they filled that need in the 4th round when they selected Robert Turbin with the 11th pick of the round, 106th overall.

The Good:

Comparisons to Marshawn Lynch? I think so, Robert Turbin is a tough downhill runner.

He showed he can put his foot on the ground and explode through a hole. If Robert keeps it up Marshawn will have a true backup.

Matt Flynn threw him the ball over the middle and he dove to his right making an outstanding catch.

The Bad:

Turbin does not sell the play action well at all. He will need to improve at this level.

Robert also needs to have a more compact base while he’s cutting on the field turf. He got his plant foot way out from underneath his pads and went straight to the ground after a catch.

Wilson looked like the promising young QB the Hawks drafted (Photo Credit: Yahoo!)

4th Round Pick: Jaye Howard #94

When the Seahawks traded down in the 1st round they acquired the 114th pick in the draft and the used it to select defensive tackle Jaye Howard.

The Good: 

Jaye showed an ability to get off blocks when the action was headed away from him. Howard also did a nice job recognizing the screen game.

The Bad:

When the Titans ran right at him he was unable to hold his ground.

At times in pursuit he takes bad angles to the ball carrier.

5th Round Pick: Korey Toomer #59

In the 2nd round trade with the Jets, the Seahawks picked up the 154th pick in the draft. They used the 19th pick of the 5th round to select outside linebacker Korey Toomer.

The Good:

Korey showed an ability to get home on the blitz picking up a quarterback hit.

The Bad:

In coverage he had trouble staying with the tight end over the middle and gave up a big play because of it.

His tackling is terrible, 2 missed tackles in limited playing time is not expectable at best.

6th Round Pick:  Jeremy Lane #1

The Seahawks also picked up a 6th round pick in the trade with the Eagles and they used it to select cornerback Jeremy Lane with the 172nd pick in the draft.

The Good:

He looked very good in run support and looks to strip the ball while tackling. As a result Lane was able to force one fumble during the game.

Jeremy led the team in tackles.

The Bad:

In order to make the roster he’s going to have to contribute on special teams and he struggled in coverage on Saturday.

He wasn’t gap correct on kick coverage and he wasn’t playing under control during punt coverage.

In coverage I felt like he was giving the receivers too much room until the one play when he was all over the receiver and got called for pass interference.

Another promising performance was the game by Robert Turbin. (Photo Credit: Yahoo!)

6th Round Pick:   Winston Guy #27

With the 11th pick in the 6th round, 181 overall, the Seahawks selected defensive back Winston Guy.

Winston Guy didn’t make much of an impression either way. He’s going to need to make an impression to make the team.

7th Round Pick: JR Sweezy #64

When the Seahawks traded Aaron Curry to the Oakland Raiders they acquired the 18th pick of the 7th round in this years draft.

They used it to select defensive end, which they immediately converted to guard, JR Sweezy with the 225th pick overall.

The Good:

Sweezy is what the Seahawks got for Aaron Curry so as long as he keeps his mouth shut and tries to be the best player he can be than the Seahawks will have made out in the trade.

It is tough to switch positions let alone switching sides of the ball in your rookie year of the highest level of football so he will be given time to learn.

All he needs to do is give the Seahawks a reason to put him on the practice squad and his preseason will be a success.

The Bad:

JR Sweezy looked lost at times. He had some good blocks but would turn around and let someone go right past him.

JR had trouble staying under control and ended up on his knees a couple times.

He had some good run blocks but was extremely inconsistent.

7th Round Pick: Greg Scruggs #98

With the Seahawks last pick in the draft, one they acquired from the Jets during the 2nd round trade, they selected defensive end Greg Scruggs with the 232nd pick overall.

I was not pleased with this pick at the time.

The Good: 

Greg showed strength while lining up at defensive tackle. He was able to push the guard into the backfield and disrupt the running game. In general he played the run very well.

Scruggs was part of the tandem that kept the Titans at their own goal line and he was able record a tackle for a loss.

The Bad:

Greg Scruggs is slow off the line routinely being the last person off the snap.


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