NFL Draft 2011 Grades: Seattle Seahawks Analysis—Success Is a Reach

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NFL Draft 2011 Grades: Seattle Seahawks Analysis—Success Is a Reach
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This may not be a draft that will make Paul Allen feel like celebrating.

With the exception of John Moffitt in the third round, every pick made by the Seattle Seahawks in the draft can be considered a reach.  Just how extreme is a matter of opinion.  

Mel Kiper saw their first pick as a third-round talent, while most every other talent evaluator had him going in the early second round or as a late first-round pick.

Overall I'm giving this draft a B, as they did manage to fill some holes. I'm weighting the earlier rounds, or this draft might be considered a C.  I say this knowing full well that Pete Carroll and his staff have a role in mind for each of these players, and they could have solid impacts with Seattle.  Time will tell.

My biggest concern is Seattle didn't do anything to address depth issues on the defensive line.

Seattle attempted to trade out of their first-round pick, but couldn't strike a deal that would assure them of still being able to draft Carpenter.  When you are as sure as they were on whom they wanted, it is definitely better to be safe than sorry.  They obviously liked him well enough to leave Jimmy Smith, cornerback from Colorado, on the board; their later rounds show they feel a need to build at that position.

The Seahawks draft, detailed on the following pages, unfolded with two offensive linemen, three defensive backs, two OLBs, a DE and a WR:

Round 1: James Carpenter, OT Alabama, 6'4", 321 Lbs

Round 3: John Moffitt, G Wisconsin, 6'4", 319 Lbs

Round 4: K.J. Wright, OLB Mississippi St., 6'3", 246 Lbs

Round 4: Kris Durham, WR Georgia, 6'5", 216 Lbs

Round 5: Richard Sherman, CB Stanford, 6'3", 195 Lbs

Round 5: Mark Legree, FS Appalachian St., 6'0", 200 Lbs

Round 6: Byron Maxwell, DB Clemson, 6'0", 202 Lbs

Round 7: Lazarius Levingston, DE LSU, 6'4", 292 Lbs

Round 7: Malcolm Smith, OLB USC, 6'1", 225 Lbs

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