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.”
Schneider addressed the reason for Seattle selecting eight defensive players in this year’s draft, saying most times when Seattle made selection the best players available were on the defensive side of the ball.
In the last three years, 20 of the 28 players Seattle has selected have been defensive players.
“It’s not anything where we don’t like the offensive players,” Schneider said. “It’s just the way the draft has fallen. Every time we’ve been ready to pick we’ve had better defensive players; not all the time, but the majority of it.”
Further, Seattle has addressed a lot of it’s needs offensively through free agency or trade, including quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn, running back Marshawn Lynch, running back Michael Robinson, tight end Zach Miller and receiver Sidney Rice. So the Seahawks have looked to balance that out by selecting defensive players in the draft.
* Schneider said the teams decided to draft North Carolina defensive tackle J.R. Sweezy and move him to offensive guard instead of drafting an offensive lineman in the seventh round because of his athleticism is better than any offensive line prospect available at that spot.
Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable went down to North Carolina to work Sweezy out, and came away impressed.
“You get to a point in the draft where there’s a certain level of athleticism,” Schneider said. “There’s a little bit of a cut off all the way through it. And here’s a guy that’s a real tough, aggressive, quick defensive lineman who the staff at N.C. State would tell you out the door, ‘Hey, this guy has a chance to be a really good offensive lineman, too.”
* Schneider said the reason Seattle did not select a receiver this year is because the team felt it was a very average year for the position in the draft. Schneider said Ricardo Lockette and Doug Baldwin were rated in the top of the sixth round in last year’s draft, and would have been rated in the top of fifth round in this year’s draft.
* Schneider called Louisville defensive lineman Greg Scruggs the best value pick by the team at the seventh round because of his upside. At 6-4 and 284 pounds, Scruggs can play 5-tech, but they also see him as a 3-tech in passing situations.
* Florida defensive tackle Jaye Howard will play 3-tech, and Kentucky strong safety Winston Guy will fill the chance to fill a similar role Atari Bigby played for Seattle last year.