Three Rounds Complete But Just Two New Players
As expected the Seahawks traded their 1st round, 32nd overall, pick to their favorite draft partners, the Minnesota Vikings.
Given that the Seahawks have just re-signed key players like Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas I think the Hawks made the prudent move to trade down out of the first round and save some cash. Let’s not forget that there is another big money deal that will happen next off season for QB Russell Wilson.
That left the Seahawks with their first pick at #40 overall or #8 of round 2. Of course, that didn’t happen either. John Schneider is a hoarder. The difference is he collects draft picks, not dead cats. Schneider and Pete Carroll traded away this pick too.
Finally, with the 45th overall pick the Seattle Seahawks selected a player, Paul Richardson, WR from Colorado.
Paul Richardson Positives
Speed is the most obvious gift that Mr. Richardson possesses. He was actually upset that he “only” ran a 4.33 40 yard dash for the NFL scouts. According to Richardson, he has run the 40 in 4.28.
If you line Richardson up side by side with Percy Harvin I think Harvin probably still wins but it’s going to be a photo finish. Watch this guy. He is fast beyond belief.
His elusiveness is spooky. He can really make a cut or change direction without any deceleration and he runs routes smartly. His ability to leap for the ball is another strong attribute that he possesses in abundance.
Paul Richardson Negatives
I’m sure Doug Baldwin won’t like to hear this but it was a bit surprising to see the Seahawks draft another wide out on the small side. I think that’s due to the fact that Carroll and Schneider feel they have receivers with bigger bodies in Jermaine Kearse, Sidney Rice and Chris Matthews.
Richardson is 6’0” tall which is tall enough but his weight has to be a concern. Depending on whom you ask right now Richardson weighs between 175-183. Whichever number you pick in that range, it’s awfully light for a WR in the NFL. It’s time to hit the gym young man.
Durability is another question mark which ties into his weight. He did miss his 2012 college season with an ACL. To his credit however, he did play all 12 games in the 2013.
Richardson is another Seahawks player with questionable character decisions in his past. He signed with UCLA in 2010, but was dismissed by head coach Rick Neuheisel after he was arrested for theft. Carroll does have an excellent track record at dealing with players that have spotty pasts. I don’t think I’d worry too much about the character issue.
The Seahawks weren’t done just yet on day 2 of the draft or even the 2nd round of the draft. With the 64th overall pick the Seattle landed O-lineman Justin Britt from Missouri.
Justin Britt Positives
Britt definitely fills a need. With Breno Giacomini gone to the Jets and J.R. Sweezy not playing as well as expected the right side of the offensive line needed some help. Carroll has already stated he expects Britt to compete with Alvin Bailey for the starting right tackle position.
You have to love Britt’s size. He’s 6’6 and weighs 325lbs. Physically he should be able to move some guys around out there which bodes well for Tom Cable’s zone blocking scheme.
Speaking of Tom Cable we all know he’s no dummy. Most “draft experts” had Britt as a 5th or 6th round pick. Cable got him in the 2nd and was dancing a jig in the Seahawks’ war room just before the pick was turned in. I trust Cable far more than I do a “draft expert”. If he’s this happy about a guy, there is definitely something there.
Versatility is another major plus for Britt. In college he played every position on the line at one time or another. That has to be one of the things Cable likes about him. Cable used the versatility he had the line last year to weather injuries. Britt gives him even more room to do so.
Justin Britt Negatives
Britt has had durability issues on college. He’s torn an ACL and has fractured a foot in his college playing days. He did play all of his games in 2013 though so that is a good sign injuries might be behind him.
Scouts point to him giving ground too easily in pass protection and missing blocks and not moving guys enough in the run game.
I would argue that this is more to do with scheme and coaching than ability. Clearly the physical tools are there for Britt to excel and no one teaches these guys better than Tom Cable.
What’s on Deck?
Day 3 of the draft should prove interesting for Seahawk fans as Seattle has 3 picks in the 4th round alone. Schneider and Carroll love these middle and late round guys so it will be fun to watch it unfold.