After what seemed like an eternity of mock drafts and wild speculation the NFL Draft has finally come and gone. The draft didn’t fail to live up to the hype as a number of last-minute twists and surprises made for great TV drama. As usual, the Seahawks confounded all of the experts. When expected to draft they traded down, when expected to go big they went fast.
Going into the draft the Seahawks had just six picks but when the smoke cleared they’d drafted nine new players. Here’s a recap of who they picked.
Paul Richardson – WR Colorado
The Seahawks have a need for speed. Richardson has drawn comparisons to a Percy Harvin clone, which isn’t a bad thing to have around considering how fragile Harvin has been in his career. Watch him fly.
Read more on Paul Richardson here.
Justin Britt – OT Missouri
This one came completely out of left field. With Virginia’s giant Morgan Moses still on the board the Seahawks went with Britt, who was at one point the lowest on Mike Mayock’s big board to be selected.
Time will tell for all these guys but our cover32 team thinks they may have reached on this one.
Cassius Marsh – DE UCLA
Marsh has football in his blood. Both his father and brother have played in the NFL and Cassius looks like he has all the elements of a great pass rusher.
Hes a big hitter who will feel right at home in the legion of boom.
Kevin Norwood – WR Alabama
Speed, speed, speed. That’s what Seattle wants in its receivers and Norwood fits the profile. He ran a 4.48 forty yard dash and has championship pedigree from his time with Nick Saban.
Read more on Norwood here.
Kevin Pierre-Louis – LB Boston College
Once again we return to the theme of speed over size. Louis is 6’0″ and 232 pounds, which is small for an outside linebacker but he has lightning lateral quickness and a whole lot of spunk to boot.
Read more on Louis here.
Jimmy Staten – DT Middle Tennessee
You’ve probably never heard of Jimmy (no not that one) because he comes from a small school. However, Staten is a beast on the line at 6’5″ and 303 pounds with impressive explosiveness. Watch Jimmy do this thing against the Navy:
Garrett Scott – OT Marshall
Scott didn’t make it to the combine but that didn’t stop at least three teams from chasing him. Both the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs met with Staten and were ready to snap him up but John Schneider pulled the trigger first. Scott’s length and giant hands will be welcome additions to the offensive line.
Eric Pinkins – DB San Diego State
Another west coast prospect here for the Seahawks. Pinkins is 6’3″ and 220 pounds, which is the perfect size for Seattle’s physical secondary. He can play corner or safety and will remind a lot of people of Brandon Browner.
Kiero Small – FB Arkansas
Kiero Small broke 26 face masks while blocking last season for the Razorbacks. Enough said.
At this time I’m going to refrain from the traditional draft grades because it’s just silly. Some of these guys might be All Pro one day, some might not even make the practice squad in 2014. It’s so difficutl to project how college players will adjust to the pro game. Sober analysis needs time to come together, but we’ll bring what we can on the 2014 class as it develops.
In the meantime, I’m curious to know what the 12th man thinks of this year’s draft class. Like them? Hate them? Ambivalent? We want to know.