Seahawks add talent
During the second day of the draft Seattle filled it’s two biggest needs. Their first pick (45th overall) they selected a wide receiver with the ability to stretch the field in Paul Richardson.
Later in the 2nd round they filled the void left by the departure of Breno Giacomini when they selected tackle Justin Britt.
I initially thought they might be looking to slide Britt inside to left guard due to his versatility and stiff hips, however, Tom Cable said that he will be competing for the starting right take position vacated by Breno. One thing is for sure, Justin will replace his nastiness.
Those two picks gave the Seahawks the luxury of selecting players that best fit their scheme regardless of position throughout the remainder of the draft.
Seattle acquired the 8th pick in the 4th round (108 overall) from Minnesota and selected defensive end Cassius Marsh. Marsh is a nasty player who the Seahawks view as a young Michael Bennett type player.
At the combine he weighed only 252 pounds but has been known to fluctuate depending on what role his teams needs him to play.
In order to rush the passer from an interior position he will need to get his weight back up into the 270s, at minimum. I see no reason to think that he won’t be able to reach that mark easily once he starts an NFL workout and nutrition regimen.
After trading down from the 111th pick to add another 6th round pick the Seahawks selected their second receiver of the draft, Kevin Norwood.
Kevin gives them a lot of hope. First, his name is Kevin, not some variation of Chris. Second he is widely viewed as one of the top prospects once a play breaks down.
I don’t have the numbers in front of me but I do know that some of the biggest plays the Seahawks offense make is when a play breaks down and Russell Wilson takes over.
Being a receiver who can improvise should make him an early target for Wilson.
Even-though Norwood is 6’2″ and 200 pounds he has the quickness to play the slot and has the ability to catch contested balls.
If he is able to do everything they hope there will be little chance the Seahawks bring Doug Baldwin back after this season.
The final Seahawks pick was one of my favorite picks in the draft when they selected LB Kevin Pierre-Louis. Louis is a versatile young player who has the ability to play Will or SAM and can even play strong safety if need be.
In college he was asked to cover slot receivers at times.
What really stands out to me is his quick feet and his ability to move through trash while keeping his focus on the play in front of him.
Those who have read me in the past know that is trait that I rate highly with linebackers.
With their only pick in the 5th round the Seahawks selected DT Jimmy Staten. He’s a 300+ pound monster in the middle whose frame can handle adding weight and he’s already as strong as a bull.
Jimmy likely will not put up any big numbers but he’s going to be extremely tough to run against because it will probably take two offensive lineman to knock him off his spot.
That helps out the linebackers and safeties by freeing them up to make plays in the running game.
Another solid 5th round pick by the Seahawks.
Continuing to add depth along the lines the Seahawks select offensive tackle Garrett Scott with the 199th pick in the draft. I worry about his reliability due to health after he suffered an ankle injury in 2012 and re-injured it twice.
Maybe I’m just a bit jaded after Russell Okung and James Carpenter.
I’m also a bit concerned because he is very inconsistant.
There are plays where I see flashes of brilliance then others where he looks out of place. Sometimes he plays way too high and allows the defender to get under his pads and drive him back.
Other times he gets into a defenders chest and throws them around.
All in all I see potential. The question is whether he will realize his potential to be a contributor or the potential to get cut, but hey, it is the 6th round.
Later in the sixth round Seattle selected DB Eric Pinkins.
It looks like the Seahawks view him as another big corner much the same as they did Brandon Browner. He played CB in high school so the switch will not be completely foreign to him. Maybe he’ll play safety too?
When talking about how well sculpted his body was on KJR he said, “My metabolism is very fast so everything I eat goes out the back door.” Says he covered the slot receiver in college. Also mentioned how excited he was to try to earn a spot in the Legion of Boom.
He came to the Seahawks with the last pick of the 2014 draft. FB Kiero Small. The first thing you notice when you see Small is that he’s anything but. Kiero makes Robert Turbin look like he needs to hit the weight room.
Kiero Small is a very tough football player who has no problem sticking his nose into a defender and hitting a would-be tackler. That is why he broke 26 face masks in college, Erik Kennedy and staff will be busy.
He will need to make the team first which could be an issue. The position is pretty full with Derrick Coleman and Spencer Ware. Kiero is a fairly solid run blocker but he struggles in pass blocking especially against speed.
Everyone in the NFL is fast.
Via the Seahawks website tonight we’ve learned the UDFA’s have been signed.
- UW QB Keith Price
- USC strong safety Dion Bailey
- Montana linebacker Brock Coyle
- Central Arkansas tight end Chase Dixon
- Penn State tackle Garry Gilliam
- Oklahoma guard Bronson Irwin
- Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat
- South Carolina cornerback Jimmy Legree
- Eastern Washington defensive tackle Andru Pulu.
There you have it, the Seahawks are done. Go Seahawks!