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Grading the Seattle Seahawks’ 2014 Draft Picks

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Grading the Seahawks' 2014 Draft Picks

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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.

Pick No. 45- Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

Paul Richardson
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Pick No. 45- Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

Paul Richardson
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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.

Grade: B+

Pick No. 62- Justin Britt, OT, Missouri

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Pick No. 62- Justin Britt, OT, Missouri

Justin Britt
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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.

Grade: C

Pick No. 108- Cassius Marsh, DE, UCLA

Cassius Marsh
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Pick No. 108- Cassius Marsh, DE, UCLA

Cassius Marsh
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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.

Grade: A

Pick No. 123- Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama

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Pick No. 123- Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama

Kevin Norwood
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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.

Grade: B+

Pick No. 132- Kevin Pierre-Louis, OLB, Boston College

Kevin Pierre-Lewis
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Pick No. 132- Kevin Pierre-Louis, OLB, Boston College

Kevin Pierre-Lewis
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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.

Grade: B

Pick No. 172- Jimmy Staten, DT, Middle Tennessee State

Jimmy Staten
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Pick No. 172- Jimmy Staten, DT, Middle Tennessee State

Jimmy Staten
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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.

Grade: C

Pick No. 199- Garrett Scott, OT, Marshall

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Pick No. 199- Garrett Scott, OT, Marshall

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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.

Grade: A-

Pick No. 208- Eric Pinkins, FS, San Diego State

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Pick No. 208- Eric Pinkins, FS, San Diego State

Eric Pinkins
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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.

Grade: B

Pick No. 227- Kiero Small, FB, Arkansas

Kiero Small
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Pick No. 227- Kiero Small, FB, Arkansas

Kiero Small
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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.

Grade: C-