Hawks go deep on D
This looks like a very strong draft on paper, but we’re gonna have to wait to see how it pans out.
Several of the draftees are looking to make an immediate impact on this years team, possibly starting right out of the gate. The linebacking corps have been diminished this past year, and the linebackers who were drafted this weekend look to be a pretty strong bunch of guys.
Defense wins championships, but so does offense. And the Seahawks added a much needed RB to bring into the mix this year, as well as a Rose Bowl veteran QB to put a little heat on Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn in training camp.
Overall it does look like a very deep draft class for the Seahawks.
Here is my player by player breakdown of the 2012 Seattle Seahawks draft.
Rd 1, pick 15. Bruce Irvin, LB, West Virginia
Bruce Irvin shocked a lot of people as a first rd pick. He has great pass rushing ability, and is a sack monster, two things the Seahawks are in need of. Has had some off field issues that hopefully don’t come back to haunt the Hawks.
Rd 2, pick 47. Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State
Bobby Wagner has the heart of a lion. Played all four years as a starter for the Aggies, and led the team in tackles his senior year. He has a sense of the field, and covers RB’s out of the backfield well.
Will most likely get significant playing time as a rookie.
Rd 3, pick 75. Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin
Another QB to battle the two veterans is a great idea I think. A Big Ten QB with a big arm that has played in the national spotlight before, including the Rose Bowl.
The Russell Wilson pick is an excellent pick in my book.
Rd 4, pick 106. Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State
A fresh set of legs in the backfield. Another great pick by the boys upstairs. They wanted another beast. And Robert Turbin is just that.
I just hope that injury that made him sit out an entire year doesn’t come back. He was strong this past season though, winning the “Most Elusive Running Back” award by the sporting news.
Rd 4, pick 114. Jaye Howard, DT, Florida
More defense, and this time on the line. Jaye Howard had 10 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks his senior season in the extremely tough SEC, which will help out our D getting into the backfield with more regularity.
Rd 5, pick 154. Korey Toomer, LB, Idaho
Another LB from a small school. Korey Toomer, like Turbin, also missed an entire year due to injury. Though he wasn’t invited to the combine, the Hawks liked his versatility of playing on both sides of the ball for the Vandals.
Rd 6, pick 172. Jeremy Lane, CB, Northwestern State
The Hawks have had some luck in the past with late round defensive backs, I think they are trying to catch lightning in a bottle with this pick too. At least we have “Lanesanity” on the team. (Thanks “Q”)
Another injury prone player, Lane only started his senior year, but amassed 41 tackles and 2 picks on the year.
Rd 6, pick 181. Winston Guy, DB, Kentucky
Another SEC pick for the Seahawks. Winston Guy played what they call a hybrid safety/linebacker position for the Wildcats, so that versatility could come in very handy for the Seahawks defense.
The last Winston we had on the team was pretty good. I hope this one is too.
(Winston Moss 1996)
Rd 7, pick 225. J.R. Sweezy, DE, North Carolina State
J.R. Sweezy was the defensive captain of the Wolfpack squad his senior season. After an injury in the spring, Sweezy made the move to DE form his normal position of DT.
Yet more versatility for the Hawks. We’ve since found out he’s going to play on the O-line.
Go get him ready Tom Cable!
Rd 7, pick 232. Greg Scruggs, DE, Louisville
Another player who can play either the DT, or DE position, Greg Scruggs also missed an extended amount of time due to injury.
A deep draft on defense, with a lot of room to shuffle some of these young players around on the chalkboard. Some injury problems that could come back to hurt the Hawks, but hey, this is football, injuries happen on a daily basis.
I am looking forward to seeing what Wilson does this spring, and also what Turbin brings to the offense as an extra back. It should be fun watching these guys develop into professional players.
Once the draft was over NFL teams scrambled to pick up UDFA’s (undrafted rookie free agents) that they could add to camp rosters. The Seahawks were included in this body count. By last counts eleven more players have been added to the Seahawks roster.
Here is a list of players who have signed or agreed to terms with teams thus far.
Ohio WR Phil Bates; McNeese State CB London Durham; California (Pa.) G Rishaw Johnson; Washington WR Jermaine Kearse; Henderson State TE Sean McGrath; Montana OT Jon Opperud; Portland State DB DeShawn Shead; Cincinnati DE Monte Taylor; Oregon WR Lavasier Tuinei; Portland State DT Myles Wade; Purdue K Carson Wiggs.
Our Man Q gives you the analysis, bio’s and video’s of all the UDFA’s in Seahawks camp in 2012 on the Seahawks forums.
Plus check out this great story on UDFA Myles Wade. It should bring a tear to your eye.