Seattle Seahawks Draft Picks: Results, Analysis and Grades
The Seahawks enter the draft in unfamiliar territory. As the defending Super Bowl champions, they don't pick until the 32nd slot in each round. They have also traded away their third- and seventh-round draft picks already, leaving the team with just six picks entering the draft.
Through all three days of the draft, analysis of every Seattle Seahawks draft pick and trade can be found here in real time. That's three days and seven rounds full of instant analysis, and it all begins with Seattle's trade from the first round.
All heights, weights and other NFL Combine measurables taken from CBSsports draft database.
Trade at Pick 32
The Seahawks traded pick No. 32 to the Minnesota Vikings for pick No. 40 and pick number 108. That is the Vikings' second- and fourth-round selections.
Easley would have made a lot of sense for Seattle at that spot, but with him gone trading back and getting an extra pick became the best option.
Second straight year Seattle has traded No. 1 pick to Minnesota. Last year it was part of Harvin trade which Vikes used to pick Patterson.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) May 9, 2014
The move gives the Seahawks another mid-round pick. They had traded their third-round pick to Vikings in that Percy Harvin deal a year ago. There are only seven picks before the Seahawks are back on the clock, so one of their secondary targets should still be available at that time.
Trade at Pick 40
The Seahawks have now been on the clock twice, and have traded down for more picks both times.
Trading down in the second round has been a common theme for general manager John Schneider.
This is the fourth straight year Schneider has traded down in the second round.— Jayson Jenks (@JaysonJenks) May 9, 2014
The Seahawks moved down five spots, and in return they move up an entire round from the fifth to the fourth round, and pick up a seventh round selection as well.
Seattle traded No. 40 overall and fifth round (146) for Detroit's No. 45 overall, fourth-round (111) and seventh-round (227) picks.— Josh Katzowitz (@joshkatzowitz) May 9, 2014
Like the first trade, this represents fairly even value according to the traditional draft-pick value chart, with the Seahawks losing out on only 8.3 points of value.
Pick 45: WR Paul Richardson
After two trades, the Seahawks finally selected a player. Wide receiver Paul Richardson from Colorado will be catching passes from Russell Wilson in 2014.
Richardson is a burner. He ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the combine. He'll stretch the field and create space for the other receivers to work in. He is also a natural route-runner, and will be able to get open with regularity in the NFL.
I love Paul Richardson. Have him ranked ahead of Latimer, Landry, Kelvin and Jordan Matthews— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) May 10, 2014
The concern with Richardson is that his is only 175 lbs., so there are considerable concerns about his durability as an NFL player. Receiver was Seattle's biggest need in the draft, and they got a very good playmaker at the position with their first pick.
Pick 64: OT Justin Britt
With the last pick of the second round, the Seahawks selected offensive tackle Justin Britt from Missouri.
With the 64th pick the #Seahawks have selected Missouri's OT Justin Britt.— Liz Mathews 710 ESPN (@Liz_Mathews) May 10, 2014
Britt will have a chance to start right away in Seattle. 2013 starting right tackle Breno Giacomini left in free agency, leaving a void that hadn't been filled. Britt is a powerful run blocker with good balance and quick enough feet to be good in pass protection as well.
This pick will likely be considered a "reach" by many draft experts. Britt had durability problems in college that had him buried on many draft boards. CBSsports had him listed at a potential fifth-round selection.
Note: This pick was originally graded as a "C," but after coming to his senses, the author changed the grade.
Pick 108: Cassius Marsh
As expected, the Seahawks got their pass-rusher with the first of their three fourth-round selections. The Seahawks selected defensive end Cassius Marsh out of UCLA.
Marsh is a great athlete who will be very disruptive in the NFL. He can rush from both side of the line, and has great technique with his hands and pad level.
The knocks on Marsh include character concerns according the CBSsports, and that he needs to add strength in his upper body.
The Seahawks made their third trade of the draft with pick number 111, this time with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Seahawks get Bengals #123 (fourth) and #199 (sixth) for moving down. Nine picks in draft. So far.— Art Thiel (@Art_Thiel) May 10, 2014
Trades like this should be expected in Seattle for as long as John Schneider is the general manager. Schneider loves drafting a high volume of players every year. It is a strategy that has worked well for him since coming to Seattle.
#Seahawks came into this draft with six picks. Have made three picks so far, and still have six left--exactly what Schneider wanted.— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) May 10, 2014
As with the other trades Schneider has made this year, this trade comes out fairly even via the draft pick value chart.
Pick 122: WR Kevin Norwood
The Seahawks double up at wide receiver, selecting Kevin Norwood out of Alabama with the 122nd pick of the draft.
Seahawks select Alabama WR Kevin Norwood in the fourth round. He's 6-2, 198 and ran a 4.48.— Jayson Jenks (@JaysonJenks) May 10, 2014
Norwood is an interesting pick because he doesn't appear to fit the "superior athlete" profile that the Seahawks tend to target in the draft. Here is how Derek Stephens of CBSsports describes Norwood:
Norwood isn´t the elite athlete that you look for in the early rounds, but he´s sure-handed, has good size, is fundamentally sound and has better speed than people give him credit for. A true possession type with a nice catching radius and who runs clean routes.
Norwood is a polished player who can make an instant impact in Seattle's passing offense.
Pick 132: Kevin Pierre-Louis
With the 132nd pick of the draft, the Seahawks selected linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis out of Boston College. He is undersized but has great speed.
I think Kevin Pierre-Lewis should fit the Seahawks' linebacker corps perfectly. Speed-demon, flies around the field. INSANE short area burst— Danny Kelly (@FieldGulls) May 10, 2014
His game tape will remind many Seahawks fans of Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith. Pierre-Louis is natural in coverage and decisive in his commitments against the run.
Seattle's current depth at the position will mean that Pierre-Louis won't be asked to contribute much other than on special teams in 2014, but the talent is certainly there should he be pressed into action because of injuries.
Pick 172: DT Jimmy Staten
With pick No. 172, the Seattle Seahawks elected to select defensive tackle Jimmy Staten out of Middle Tennessee State. Much like Luke Willson a year ago, this is a player that few people will have heard of before today. Hopefully this pick will work out as well as the Willson draft pick did.
Pete Carroll and John Schneider are now looking to draft guys who aren't on YouTube.— SI_DougFarrar (@SI_DougFarrar) May 10, 2014
Staten possesses great strength and athleticism for someone his size. He fits the athletic profile the Seahawks like, but he has a long way to go for his game to be ready for the NFL.
Seahawks take DT Jimmy Staten from Middle Tennessee State at 172. 6-4, 303. 30 reps on the bench at his pro day— Brian McIntyre (@brian_mcintyre) May 10, 2014
Staten projects as a nose tackle and is athletically similar to Brandon Mebane. Other than that, it is difficult to project exactly how he fit in with the Seahawks at this point.
There is hardly any information out there on Jimmy Staten. So, yeah, not much to tell you at this point.— Jayson Jenks (@JaysonJenks) May 10, 2014
Pick 199: OT Garrett Scott
With pick No. 199, the seahawks selected Marshall offensive tackle Garrett Scott.
#Seahawks take OT Garrett Scott from Marshall.— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) May 10, 2014
Scott is a typical John Schneider late-round pick. Scott is almost completely unknown, but posted some very impressive workout numbers priors to the draft.
Scott has an impressive combination of speed and agility for an offensive linemen. He is a developmental project but won't be asked to play for the Seahawks until at least 2015.
Pick 208: S Eric Pinkins
With the 208th pick, Seattle selected safety Eric Pinkins out of San Diego State University.
Eric Pinkins is listed at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds. That sounds like a certain member of Seattle's secondary.— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) May 10, 2014
Pinkins is a strong safety with good size and speed that will remind Seattle fans of fellow strong safety Kam Chancellor. With Chancellor recently having hip surgery, Pinkins may have the opportunity to contribute early in the season before Chancellor returns to full speed.
Pick 227: FB Kiero Small
With their final selection in the 2014 NFL draft, the Seahawks selected fullback Kiero Small from Arkansas. This is a bit of a surprising pick for the Seahawks, since they already were expected to have a training-camp battle at the position between Spencer Ware and Derrick Coleman.
Kiero Small is listed at 5-foot-8, 244 pounds.— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) May 10, 2014
Small brings a combination of size and athleticism currently missing from the position. Ware is smaller, and Coleman lacks the speed the Seahawks covet. Small gives the Seahawks someone who could be a very physical presence in the running game.
While Seattle certainly didn't need another fullback, it is easy to see this as a potential upgrade for the Seahawks.