Since the Seattle Seahawks did not use any of their fourth- or fifth-round picks to move into the third round Friday, they will be busy on the final day of the draft as they try to find some hidden gems.
“Tomorrow’s a big day for us,” coach Pete Carroll told NFL Network. “We need to add players that create the kind of depth and competition we’re used to.”
The Hawks have two fourth-rounders, including the sixth pick of the day, and two fifths (133 and 139), plus a sixth and a seventh-round comp pick.
The Hawks still could use a pass rusher, running back, cornerback, and more linemen.
Here are some of the players they might have a shot at in the fourth and fifth rounds:
DE Everson Griffen, USC
If Carroll couldn’t get Griffen to play to his potential with consistency in college, why would he be able to once Griffen was getting paid?
OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland
A physical freak who was considered a second-round talent, Campbell would be a great developmental option as a swing tackle.
RB Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech
Dwyer slid to the fourth probably because he is considered a one-dimensional player, who will have to learn how to play in the passing game (blocking and catching).
But he might be a fit for Seattle’s one-cut zone-running game.
DE Corey Wootton, Northwestern
Wootton played his senior season on an ACL that was not 100 percent. At 6'6" and 270 lbs, he is a good run-stopper but not much of a pass rusher.
OLB Ricky Sapp, Clemson
Tore his ACL as a junior and was not completely healthy as a senior. Played Clemson’s “Bandit” pass-rushing position, so could be a fit as Seattle’s “Elephant” rusher.
CB Dominique Franks, Oklahoma
The junior is a bit of a project who should have stayed in school, but he has the right size (5'11", 194 lbs) and speed for the position.
CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, IUP
At 6'0" and 207 lbs, O-A has the size. He is still around, because IUP is a D-II school. But O-A dominated in the return game in 2009, with five combined returns for touchdowns.
WR Carlton Mitchell, South Florida
At 6'3" and 215 lbs, Mitchell has the size the Hawks want. And he’s got sub-4.5 speed as well.
But he needs a lot of work on technique and route running.
LB Eric Norwood, South Carolina
Norwood is a strong, instinctive linebacker who also can rush the quarterback. He’s not very tall (6'1") and is a liability in coverage though.
OG Mitch Petrus, Arkansas
Petrus has excellent athleticism and quickness, which make him a great pass protector and pulling guard. He might be a great fit in the zone scheme.
C/OG Matt Tennant, Boston College
Tennant is an athletic, durable worker with good technique, and is a solid pass blocker who needs to improve his strength in the run.
Played center at BC, but could easily move to guard.
No Trojans and no Jimmy Clausen, but the Seahawks did get a Golden Domer. More about the USC-Notre Dame story lines at Outside The Press Box .