By Chris Ross @DraftScout_NFL on May 13, 2014
The defending Super Bowl Champion, Seattle Seahawks have earned a reputation over the last few years as a team that drafts well. The 2014 NFL Draft was no different, as the Seahawks picked up several players who will help the team in one way or another. With that said, here is the Seattle Seahawks' draft report card.
Although he’s not the big target the Seahawks probably should've targeted, Paul Richardson is a good player in his own right. Possessing blazing speed, Richardson is a dangerous playmaker, and with his speed and catching ability, Richardson could be a problem for opposing defenses.
To me, this pick was a reach. Justin Britt is a polished and versatile player on the offensive line, however, he often doesn't play up to ability as a mauler in both the run and passing games, and I think the Seahawks could have had him a round or two later.
A high-effort type player, Cassius Marsh won’t make many highlight reels, however, he fits the Seahawks system well. Marsh has the ability to become a solid pass-rusher, and with some development, he could be a solid rotational piece in Seattle’s defense.
The Seahawks went into the draft knowing they would need to address the wide receiver position, and they did just that. Kevin Norwood is bigger than Richardson at 6-foot-2, and his raw talent and athleticism could help mold Norwood into a productive NFL receiver down the line.
As the Seahawks have shown in previous years with selections like Bruce Irving, speed is a valued trait in the team’s linebacking core. Luckily for them, Kevin Pierre-Louis has plenty of it, and he is an excellent fit in this defense, and was a solid value in the fourth round.
A surprise selection seeing that Jimmy Staten wasn't expected to be drafted, the Seahawks reached here. Staten, while possessing good size at 6-foot-4, isn't an elite physical talent, and needs work on his technique. That said, the Seahawks have hit on late-rounders before, and it wouldn't be a total surprise to see Staten exceed expectations.
This was a great pick in my opinion. Garrett Scott, a physically imposing offensive lineman out of Marshall, is a athletic, big and quick player, and could be a future-starter if everything goes well. This was a great pick for John Schneider and Co.
Although he probably won't see much playing time, Eric Pinkins was a solid selection for the Seahawks. Pinkins is a lot like Earl Thomas in that he’s a quick, instinctive player, and I believe Pinkins could be a solid backup option if given the opportunity.
I’ll be honest, I don’t really understand this pick for the Seahawks. Kiero Small is a good enough player, however, with Derrick Coleman and Spencer Ware already on the roster at the fullback position, the choice to select Small was questionable.
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