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Grading the Seattle Seahawks’ 2014 Draft Picks After the Preseason

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Seattle Seahawks 2014 NFL Draft Pick Grades Following the Preseason

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I am perfectly aware that it is ridiculously early to try to grade the 2014 rookie draft class for any team in the NFL. However, the preseason has given fans their first real look at their teams rookie class and first impressions can be important, especially for a team like the Seattle Seahawks. Therefore, here is a ridiculously early grade for each of Seattle's 2014 draft picks.

WR Paul Richardson Round 2 Pick 13 (45)

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WR Paul Richardson Round 2 Pick 13 (45)

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The Seahawks' first selection of the 2014 NFL Draft didn't come until the 2nd round with WR Paul Richardson from the University of Colorado. While he entered the league having relatively few collegiate opportunities against top-notch competition, Richardson has routinely displayed the speed and acceleration this preseason which inevitably led to Seattle drafting him. So far, he looks like a legitimate developmental prospect with upside. GRADE= B

RT Justin Britt Round 2 Pick 32 (64)

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RT Justin Britt Round 2 Pick 32 (64)

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Looking back on day 2 of the 2014 NFL Draft, it's funny to think how many analysts believed the Seahawks reached when selecting former Missouri OL Justin Britt with the final pick in the second round. Now, most of those analysts are once again retracting their previous statements regarding Britt, as he is well on his way to locking down the RT position in Seattle for years to come. GRADE= B+

DE Cassius Marsh Round 4 Pick 8 (108)

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DE Cassius Marsh Round 4 Pick 8 (108)

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Unfortunately, fourth round draft pick Cassius Marsh has dealt with several knicks and bruises throughout this preseason. Yet, in limited opportunities, he has displayed the talent expected of the former UCLA Bruin. While Marsh was mostly overlooked due to his former teammate and fellow pass-rusher Anthony Barr, he has shined in Seattle and looks to join Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett in the DE rotation. GRADE= A-

WR Kevin Norwood Round 4 Pick 23 (123)

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WR Kevin Norwood Round 4 Pick 23 (123)

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WR Kevin Norwood was one of the more intriguing draft picks for Seattle in 2014. Coming from the University of Alabama, he has experience against top-notch competition as well as experience in big games. Unfortunately, since arriving in Seattle, Norwood has been plagued by foot injuries and has yet to make his preseason debut. His season could be in doubt if the injury proves serious. GRADE= Incomplete

LB Kevin Piere-Louis Round 4 Pick 32 (132)

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LB Kevin Pierre-Louis Round 4 Pick 32 (132)

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Similar to fellow fourth-rounder Kevin Norwood, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis has been knicked up throughout his rookie preseason. Yet, unlike Norwood, Pierre-Louis has now made his preseason debut and looked solid at times in game 4 against Oakland. While he will probably not be in line for a starting job this year, it's quite possible he could replace starter K.J. Wright if Seattle is unable to retain him long-term. GRADE= C+

DT Jimmy Staten Round 5 Pick 32 (172)

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at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 7, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.

DT Jimmy Staten Round 5 Pick 32 (172)

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When DL Jimmy Staten was selected with the final pick of the fifth round, Seahawk fans collectively said, "who?" Of course, that's understandable when it comes to small-school prospects at draft time. Yet, as is the case with most of the team's picks recently, the 12th Man stood-by with unconditional faith. Unfortunately, Staten has yet to make an appearance this preseason suffering from a hamstring injury. He could be IR'd. GRADE= Incomplete

OL Garrett Scott Round 6 Pick 23 (199)

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OL Garrett Scott Round 6 Pick 23 (199)

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Clearly, the Seahawks coaching staff was very high on offensive lineman Garrett Scott, as they selected him with the 23 pick of the sixth round. Unfortunately, after his selection, Scott was diagnosed with a rare heart ailment, ultimately costing him any chance at playing again. Being the first class organization Seattle is, Scott was signed to a one-day contract anyway, so he will forever know he was good enough. GRADE= A+

DB Eric Pinkins Round 6 Pick 32 (208)

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DB Eric Pinkins Round 6 Pick 32 (208)

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DB Eric Pinkins is another intriguing player for the Seahawks infamous secondary. He possesses many of the qualities that Seattle covets in their CB's as far as size and athleticism, but could also be an interesting S convert. However, those questions will remain unanswered for now, as Pinkins suffered a lisfranc injury causing the team to place him on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List. He is eligible to return week 6. GRADE= Incomplete

FB Kiero Small Round 7 Pick 12 (227)

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FB Kiero Small Round 7 Pick 12 (227)

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Former Arkansas FB Kiero Small rounded out the Seahawks' draft class with his selection in the seventh round. Unfortunately for him, he entered an absolutely jam-packed backfield in Seattle with incumbent starting FB Derrick Coleman as well as RB Spencer Ware, who is capable of locking down the position. Despite solid preseason production by Small, he was cut already. By no means does that reflect his play however. GRADE= C-