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2012 NFL Draft Grades: Seattle Seahawks and Worst Grades After First 2 Days

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 04:  (L-R) Julian Miller #97 and Bruce Irvin #11 of the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrate against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 4, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Mike HoagCorrespondent IIApril 28, 2012

The Seattle Seahawks and these teams have the worst grades of the 2012 NFL draft’s first two days.

Of course, hindsight is 20/20 and a true evaluation of this draft cannot be made until after the players play, and then some.

However, there are several teams struggling with filling value, need and getting a little bit of both through the first two days.

Here’s a look at the teams I’ve evaluated as the poorest performers so far:

 

Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks have come out swinging in the 2012 NFL draft. What are they swinging for and how much has their war room had to drink?

Every selection from GM John Schneider has come with question marks surrounding it. Why select a troubled Bruce Irvin, seen as a situational pass-rusher, with a top-15 pick?

Why draft a 5’10” quarterback when your team just signed free agent Matt Flynn to presumably come in and be the team’s franchise quarterback?

Then, there is Bobby Wagner.

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #16 of the Wisconsin Badgers throws the ball against the Oregon Ducks at the 98th Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Seahawks whiffed big-time on this one. They traded down and missed on linebacker Mychal Kendricks and had to settle here for Wagner. Not to discredit Wagner, but he is a consolation prize for missing out on Kendricks.

What was Schneider thinking?

These questions and more attribute to the low grade Seattle gets for their poor judgment over the first two days of the draft. 

Grade: D

No. 15: Bruce Irvin, OLB/DE, West Virginia

No. 47: Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State

No. 75: Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin

 

San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers were an elite team in 2011. Their offense was cited as the reason they fell short of a Super Bowl berth. Going into this draft, it was easy to see the 49ers would spring for offensive picks early.

CHAMPAIGN, IL - NOVEMBER 19:  A.J. Jenkins #8 of the Illinois Fighting Illini moves across the end zone against the Wisconsin Badgers at Memorial Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Champaign, Illinois. Wisconsin defeated Illinois 28-17.  (Photo by Jonathan D
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However, it would be hard to predict they would nab A.J. Jenkins in the second and LaMichael James in the third round.

Jenkins is the more curious of the two picks. Athletic freak Stephen Hill, likely the biggest upside wide receiver in this draft, was still on the board when the 49ers shocked everyone by taking Jenkins.

The pick of LaMichael James in the third round is questionable at best. James’ skill-set is very limited in range and he provides similar features as the 49ers current backup running back Kendall Hunter.

A mauler on the offensive line at either of these picks would have been a better decision.

Grade: C-

No. 30: A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois

No. 61: LaMichael James, RB, Oregon

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars struggled through 2011 and needed a solid free agency and draft to boost spirits heading into 2012.

Trading up to select the best wide receiver prospect in the draft, Justin Blackmon, looked like a good start for the Jags.

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 05: Bryan Anger #19 of the California Bears punts the ball during the game against the Washington Huskies on December 5, 2009 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Huskies defeated the Bears 42-10. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty
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However, there are concerns about Blackmon’s straight-line speed and his ability to stretch the field. The Jaguars desperately needed to fill that void in order to help second-year QB Blaine Gabbert excel.

Their selection of Andre Branch is puzzling. He has tremendous upside, but is a very raw prospect coming out of college. The Jaguars needed a pass rushing defensive end and may have reached for need for a defensive end and outside linebacker tweener early in the second round.

The selection of punter Bryan Anger in the third round needs no explanation. Field position is a valuable commodity in the NFL, but this pick could have been made two or three rounds later.

Grade: C-

No. 5: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

No. 38: Andre Branch, OLB/DE, Clemson

No. 70: Bryan Anger, P, California

 

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