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Archives: April 2012


Morning links: Searching for unique talent

My story today focuses on the critics of the Seattle Seahawks draft class.

I had an opportunity to talk with Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for Rang, who gave Seattle’s draft efforts a C grade, explained why some draft analysts have a lukewarm opinion of the Seahawks’ draft class.

Rang: “They selected players with very unique traits that are very intriguing,” Rang said. “But at the same time, they’re definitely raw. So they’re going to have to coach these guys up, and Pete’s good at that. They’re going to have to turn these guys into something that they haven’t demonstrated in the past.

“There’s some roll of the dice, so to speak. It’s just going to be interesting to see if these players can take advantage of it.”

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Morning links: Hawks get thumbs down on draft class

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Yes, we know that the Seattle Seahawks’ 10 draft picks haven’t even played a down of football. But why bother with that important fact when we can make a rush to judgment in grading this year’s draft class?

And so with that, we take a spin around the national media and their opinions on Seattle’s draft class this year. And as you can imagine, with Seattle making unconventional draft selections like Bruce Irvin in the first round and Russell Wilson in the third, it’s not good.

Seattle experienced the same thing last year when draft experts felt they reached on James Carpenter and John Moffitt.

Here’s what ESPN’s John Clayton has to offer in rating the Seahawks as one of the losers in this year’s draft.

“When Luke Kuechly went to the Carolina Panthers at No. 9, you knew the Seahawks would bail on the No. 12 pick and trade back. The problem is whom they selected at No. 15. A lot of teams didn’t have LB Bruce Irvin in the first round. Some didn’t have him in the second round. Pete Carroll felt having Irvin along with an additional fourth- and a sixth-round pick was better than staying at No. 12. The Seahawks would have been better served by continuing to move back and get more picks. If they are right on Irvin and his motor, great. But if they are wrong, they didn’t get value back for their trade.”

And ESPN’s Mel Kiper takes it a step further in giving the Seahawks a C-, tied for the lowest grade given a team in the draft. Kiper gave Seattle a D- minus for value. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this. Kiper: “Let’s be clear: I think the Seahawks drafted guys they really wanted, and with a plan in mind for how to use them. They moved down once, and may have gotten worried that someone would take Bruce Irvin late in the first round if they didn’t get him at No. 15. Again, you have to find the right dance partner to move around the board. But we’re still talking about a player I had a late second-round grade on. I wouldn’t be surprised if Irvin gets 10 sacks in 2012, but that’s really his game. He’s not a three-down player yet. Bobby Wagner fills a need at linebacker, but he’s another guy who would have been around later on. Russell Wilson is a great test case for shorter QBs, because he has everything else, but did they need him in the third round after grabbing Matt Flynn to come in and likely start? I had running back as a need, and Robert Turbin could help out. The needs were met outside of wide receiver, but in terms of maximizing value, there are huge questions. Again, this is a grade of the draft process, not the players alone.”

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Carroll feels the need for speed

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll followed through on his wish to add more speed through the draft. The slowest player the Seahawks drafted was defensive tackle turned offensive guard J.R. Sweezy.

“If you look at it, our slowest guy was an offensive lineman at 4.85,” Carroll said. “There’s great speed in this draft for us, and that’s really exciting across the board, and it’s going to help our special teams enormously.”

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UW receiver Jermaine Kearse headlines Hawks URFA list

The Seattle Seahawks just released the teams undrafted rookie free agent list. It’s an important list for Seattle, because guys like Josh Portis, Jeron Johnson, Doug Baldwin and Ricardo Lockette all finished the season on the 53-man roster.

University of Washington receiver Jermaine Kearse will stay home, agreeing to terms with Seattle to join the team’s 90-man roster. Kearse worked out in front of Seattle wide receiver coach Kippy Brown at UW’s pro day, and also attended the local pro day at the Seahawks facility on April 5.

Here’s the full list.

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Hawks 2012 Draft class

Here’s the Seattle Seahawks draft class for this year. We’ll get you the undrafted free agent list as soon as it becomes available.

Round 1/15 – Bruce Irvin, DE, 6-3, 248, West Virginia
Round 2/47 – Bobby Wagner, MLB, 6-0, 241, Utah State
Round 3/75 – Russell Wilson, QB, 5-11, 206, Washington
Round 4/106 – Robert Turbin, RB, 5-10, 222, Utah State
Round 4/114 – Jaye Howard, DT, 6-3, 301, Florida
Round 5/154 – Korey Toomer, OLB, 6-2, 234, Idaho
Round 6/172 – Jeremy Lane, CB, 6-0, 190, Northwestern State
Round 6/181 – Winston Guy, SS, 6-2, 218, Kentucky
Round 7/225 – J.R. Sweezy, DT, 6-4, 298, N.C. State
Round 7/232 – Greg Scruggs, DE, 6-3, 284, Louisville

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Hawks select Louisville DE Greg Scruggs with team’s final pick

In this Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, photo, Louisville defender Greg Scruggs makes muscles during a photo session prior to the team's upcoming NCAA college football season in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

The Seahawks wrapped up the draft by selecting Louisville defensive end Greg Scruggs. At 6-4 and 298 pounds, Scruggs appeared to add more depth along the defensive line at defensive tackle and defensive end.

The Seahawks selected Scruggs with the team’s final pick of the draft at No. 232 overall in the seventh round. We should get a chance to talk to Pete Carroll and John Schneider in a little bit to wrap-up the draft.

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Hawks select DT J.R. Sweezy, but he’ll play O-line

Seattle Seahawks have selected a seventh defensive tackle J.R. Sweezy out of North Carolina State in the seventh round with the team’s No. 225 pick overall.

At 6-4 and 298 pounds, Sweezy finished with 16 tackles and two sacks his senior year. But the Seahawks will be converting Sweezy to offensive guard.

Also, Sweezy appears to have had his share of off-the-field issues, including being arrested for having pot in his house, and for getting into an altercation with a 65-year-old bus driver.


Bruce Irvin: “I love to run”

New Seattle Seahawk Bruce Irvin said he’s bringing the “Wipe me down” to CenturyLink Field.

What’s the Wipe me down, you ask?

That’s Irvin’s signature sack dance he used at West Virginia, with fans chanting “Bruce, Bruce!” after each sack.

“I can’t wait to hear 60,000 people yelling, carrying the tradition of ‘Bruuucce’” Irvin said. “I don’t know if you heard about it, but I’m bringing the ‘Wipe me down’, and I’m bring the Bruce chants to Seattle.”

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