Saturday, May 10, 2014

Seahawks replenish depth in Draft

As usual, Pete Carroll and John Schneider executed the draft on their own terms.  The only thing the analysts were able to correctly predict was to expect Seattle to trade down. It was an unusual draft for Seahawks fans this year coming off of the Super Bowl victory with a roster that needed little maintenance. With no real holes to fill, Seattle's main objective was to build depth that will inspire competition. 
I'm happy with this years draft class altogether, but I feel that I am most excited about the selection of Alabama receiver Kevin Norwood.  The Seahawks used their first pick in the second round on a receiver as well, taking Colorado's Paul Richardson.  Richardson was referred to as a 'poor man's DeShawn Jackson' and could develop into an explosive playmaker. The reason I prefer Norwood is that he is bigger-bodied and plays a more physical style of pass catching that Seattle has been lacking. 

2014 Seahawks Draft Class
245Paul RichardsonWRColorado
264Justin BrittOTMissouri
4108Cassius MarshDTUCLA
4123Kevin NorwoodWRAlabama
4132Kevin Pierre-LouisOLBBoston College
5172Jimmy StatenDTMiddle Tennessee State
6199Garrett ScottOTMarshall
6208Eric PinkinsSSan Diego State
7227Kiero SmallRB/FBArkansas

UDFAs reportedly agreeing to terms with the Seahawks:
  • USC strong safety Dion Bailey
  • UW quarterback Keith Price
  • Montana linebacker Brock Coyle
  • Central Arkansas tight end Chase Dixon
  • Penn State tackle Garry Gilliam
  • Oklahoma guard Bronson Irwin
  • Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat
  • South Carolina cornerback Jimmy Legree
  • Eastern Washington defensive tackle Andru Pulu.

Field Gulls has a great Seahawks UDFA tracker.