By Jarrod Patterson @J_M_Patterson on June 14, 2014
The Seattle Seahawks are consistently one of the most exciting teams to watch at draft time each year. The primary reason is that they never seem to follow the norm, which has led to some shocking draft moments in the Pacific Northwest. With this year being no different, it's fair to wonder just how much of an impact this rookie class can make out of the gates in Seattle. Here is a look at each draft pick's odds of doing just that.
Small definitely fits the bruising lead-blocker mold the Seahawks look for. Unfortunately, Seattle has fullbacks Derrick Coleman and Spencer Ware on the roster already. While the former University of Arkansas bruiser is more than equipped to contribute on special teams and in the backfield, he must prove himself capable of beating out the competition first.
Prediction -- Practice Squad or Release
When the Seattle Seahawks drafted Pinkins in the 6th round, they didn't know exactly where he would play. The team saw a young Brandon Browner in Pinkins with his size and aggressiveness, but he also has the ability to become an enforcer at safety. His status with the team will depend entirely on his ability to find a home in the secondary and flourish, whether it ends up being at corner or safety.
Prediction -- Practice Squad or Release
Garrett Scott is an intriguing prospect. As an offensive lineman, he has the necessary tools to eventually develop into a starter. The question will be whether or not he has the athleticism to stay at tackle in the NFL instead of shifting inside to guard. With offensive line guru Tom Cable still around for the Seahawks, it would not be at all surprising to see Scott develop into a solid swing-man.
Prediction -- Practice Squad for Development
Jimmy Staten may not have been a household name for casual draft prognosticators prior to the 2014 NFL Draft, but he did not escape the eye of the Seahawks. While Staten may not have the elite production most teams look for in their prospects, he does have some very solid game tape. The fact is, Staten has the ability to develop into a quality rotational piece along Seattle's D-line given the proper coaching.
Prediction -- Practice Squad
Kevin Pierre-Louis is one of Seattle's most intriguing draft picks this season. He was remarkable at Boston College, showing versatility lining up all over the field. With such an impressive skillset, Pierre-Louis will likely compete for playing time on defense and special teams and his presence could eventually make either K.J. Wright or Malcolm Smith expendable to Seattle.
Prediction -- Backup Linebacker and Core Special Teams Player
The early word for Kevin Norwood is that he is being tabbed to be Golden Tate's replacement in Seattle. With great hands and solid route-running abilities, it is easy to see why the young man from the University of Alabama is being hyped as a steal in the draft. The fact is, he should contribute immediately for the Seahawks' young receiving core, assuming he can acclimate to a new offense effectively.
Prediction -- Makes Final 53-Man Roster
Cassius Marsh could make the greatest immediate impact of any rookie for Seattle this season. He has experience in a similar defensive system, having played under former Seahawks head coach Jim Mora at UCLA, and he brings a vast array of pass-rush moves as well as a non-stop motor. Coaches in Seattle have already compared him to Seahawk Michael Bennett, and he could be in line for a similar role.
Prediction -- Rotational Pass-Rusher at DE/OLB
Seattle's modern era has been about two things: upgrading the offensive line and solidifying the defense. Now sporting the league's nastiest defense, Seattle has again refocused their attention to the O-Line by drafting an heir-apparent at right tackle from the University of Missouri, Justin Britt. A solid technician with good feet and a nasty punch, Britt is the prototype for a Tom Cable-coached lineman.
Prediction -- Starting RT
Paul Richardson could be the flashiest of all the Seahawks' 2014 draft picks. With the uncanny ability to seperate from coverage seemingly at will, the former Colorado product's incredible speed is apparent at first glance. Richardson has already spent the majority of Seahawks OTA's displaying the incredible burst that brought him to the Pacific Northwest and flaunting an early rapport with QB Russell Wilson.
Prediction -- Contributor at WR
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