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Predicting the Impact of Every Seattle Seahawks 2014 NFL Draft Pick

Predicting the Impact of Every Seattle Seahawks 2014 NFL Draft Pick

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The defending Super Bowl Champions did a lot of trading on draft day to acquire more picks, and they seemed to bolster their chances of defending the title selecting nine players based on need. Once again, GM John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll didn’t listen to the “experts,” and why should they? Their draft strategy has paid off. Here are my predictions on the impact of every Seattle Seahawks 2014 NFL Draft pick.

Pick No. 45: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

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Pick No. 45: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

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Wide receiver was one of the Seahawks' biggest draft needs, and in Richardson they got a field-stretching, space-creating, precision route-running acme rocket that ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. With Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin, who have had injury problems, Richardson is a potential Week 1 starter despite concerns about his size and durability. That combination of WRs, if healthy, will be a nightmare for opposing defenses.

Pick No. 62: Justin Britt, OT, Missouri

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Pick No. 62: Justin Britt, OT, Missouri

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Although this pick seems like a reach to some, Britt is a versatile player. With the recent departures of Breno Giacomini and Paul McQuistan, the Seahawks needed to add depth to the offensive line. He is a powerful run blocker, good in pass protection, and even if he doesn't start in Week 1, he will be in the rotation.

Pick No. 108: Cassius Marsh, DE, UCLA

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Pick No. 108: Cassius Marsh, DE, UCLA

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Marsh is a proficient pass rusher with excellent technique, and should be a disruptive presence on the defensive line who fits the system well. He also adds depth to a line that lost Red Bryant and Chris Clemons. However, with Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett tabbed as starters, Marsh looks to be a solid rotational player with starter potential in the future as veteran contracts expire.

Pick No. 123: Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama

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Pick No. 123: Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama

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Seattle really looked to improve their WR situation and provide more insurance policies should Harvin and Rice continue to be plagued by injuries. Norwood is bigger than Richardson with more athleticism, and is a possession type receiver who can help solve the Seahawks' third-down conversion woes. He will be a backup and special teams player at first, but he has starter potential.

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

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

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Pierre-Louis was an excellent fourth-round pick who fits the Seahawks' defense well, given his natural speed and short-field bursts. He resembles Super Bowl 48 MVP Malcolm Smith, and could be Smith’s replacement when his contract expires. But until then, he will be a solid contributor on special teams and as an injury replacement.

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

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

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Sometimes when teams get lucky and hit on late-round draft picks, they think they can repeat that success. Well, Staten exemplifies the error in that line of thinking. He wasn’t even expected to get drafted, and there is hardly any information on him. This was a grab-bag pick that could end up making the Seahawks look brilliant or be a ho-hum roster cut nobody remembers. I’m going roster cut.

Pick No. 199: Garrett Scott, OT, Marshall

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Pick No. 199: Garrett Scott, OT, Marshall

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Scott is an unknown player, but posted impressive workout numbers prior to the draft, so that makes him a typical John Schneider pick. While he has impressive speed and agility, his only chance of making the roster is if current center Max Unger continues to struggle and they want to save cap space. He is probably looking at clipboard duty or the unemployment line.

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

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

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The good news for Pinkins is that the Seahawks lost Walter Thurmond and Brandon Browner. The bad news, they still have a loaded secondary with Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. He might need to undergo a position change to corner back if he wants even backup playing time, or else he will be relegated to special teams duty where he should make an impact.

Pick No. 227: Kiero Small, FB, Arkansas

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Pick No. 227: Kiero Small, FB, Arkansas

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With Derrick Coleman and Spencer Ware already competing for the starting fullback position, this pick was of the “mailing-it in” variety. Small could bring a combination of size and athleticism that the other two players lack, but it is difficult to see him winning the job. It’s unlikely he will make the final roster because there is just no reason to carry multiple fullbacks in today’s NFL.

Willis Patenaude is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter@WillisPatenaude, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google