NFL Draft 2011: Grading Every Seattle Seahawks Pick

Ben GoldsteinContributor IIIMay 2, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 16:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks looks on from the sideline in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears in the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Soldier Field on January 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The three-day extravaganza is finally over. It was a good three days for football fans and it might be the closest thing to football seen by fans over the country for the next year because of the lockout. Certain teams had great drafts through seven rounds and some had picks that everyone questioned.

The Seattle Seahawks had a draft with some questionable and some good picks. The Seahawks drafted eight players and traded once out of the second round with the Detroit Lions. 

Here are my grades for every pick the Seahawks drafted.


James Carpenter first-round pick 25:

James Carpenter is a guard out of the University of Alabama. After the pick I though to myself why would we ever draft this guy this early. But after going through it a bit more I don't think it was that bad of a pick. I like how Pete Carroll and management is trying to form an offensive line to protect our quarterback. Carpenter is a very versatile lineman who played tackle in college but projects to be a guard in the NFL at 6'4" and 325 pounds. I feel like he can be a very good guard in the NFL but at the same time I felt like the Seahawks reached for him and wished they had traded down to get him. Overall I think it's a decent pick.

Grade: C+


John Moffitt third-round pick 75:

In the third round the Seahawks selected another guard out the University of Wisconsin. John Moffitt was a two-time first team Big 10 guard two years in a row, and a AP first team all American his senior year. With all those accolades it seems to be that Moffitt got the job done in college very well but can he be that great in the NFL? The question is hard to answer at this very moment but if he can play with the consistency like he did at Wisconsin he will be a solid guard. I don't think the Seahawks reached for this pick which is smart but again its not the biggest need at the time. 

Grade: B


K.J. Wright fourth-round pick 99:

With the pick, the Seahawks received from the Detroit Lions the Seahawks drafted Mississippi state linebacker K.J. Wright. Wright is a athletic linebacker with great speed for his size at 6'3" and almost 250 pounds. He is more of a pass rushing linebacker and can also show some flashes against the running game. Linebacker wasn't a huge need for the Seahawks and they might have benefited from drafting another position that was much more needed, but in the end this isn't that bad of a pick.

Grade: B-


Kris Durham fourth-round pick 107:

Even though wide receiver wasn't the biggest need in the draft for the Seahawks, I still like this pick. Kris Durham is a 6'5", 220-pound receiver out of Georgia. The ball wasn't thrown much his way because on the other side of the field was probably the best receiver nation A.J. Green. But still Durham is a very sure handed receiver with decent speed. His height is also a factor and I could see him being a little bit like the Seahawks other receiver Mike Williams. Durham doesn't have the athleticism like Williams but he's a sure-handed wide receiver who is 6'5" and is a hard worker off the field.

Grade: B+


Richard Sherman fifth-round pick 154:

I watched Stanford cornerback Richard Sherman play a lot last year. He covered some very good receivers and did an excellent job too. Sherman doesn't have tons of speed to cover quick wide receivers but his size can make up for that. He is a bigger corner at 6'2" and almost 200 pounds. He's a physical corner that presses very off the line and takes advantage of smaller and weaker receivers. Sherman could be a solid cornerback in the NFL but his speed might trouble him.

Grade: C+


Mark Legree fifth round pick 156:

With the second pick of the fifth round the Seahawks drafted FCS player Mark Legree out of Appalachian state. Not many people got to see him play but when drafted I watched a YouTube video of him playing safety and every hit was bone crushing. Legrees also has very good size for a safety at 5'11" and 210 pounds with excellent speed. His coverage skills are good and he is a leader on the field. Legree could be a very nice sleeper pick for Seattle for years to come.

Grade: B+


Byron Maxwell sixth-round pick 173:

 With their sixth round pick, the Seahawks selected another cornerback, Byron Maxwell from Clemson. Maxwell is another corner who is very strong but is going to have a hard time covering quick receivers because of his slowness. At the combine he bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times, showcasing his strength. With that strength Maxwell should be able to handle press coverage very well. I do like the pick because both cornerbacks for the Seahawks right now are declining. Drafting two strong corners might be a good idea by the Seahawks.

Grade: C+


Lazarius Levingston seventh-round pick 205:

With their second-to-last pick, the Seahawks drafted LSU defensive end Lazarius Levingston. Levingston isn't much of an athlete but he is still a solid pass rusher who shows some skills against the pass. At the time of the pick there wasn't much more to take and this pick made some sense because of the depth on the Seahawks defensive line.

Grade: C+


Malcolm Smith seventh-round pick 242 (Compensatory selection):

I feel as if this were Pete Carroll's annual selection of a USC player. Malcolm Smith is a outside linebacker that played at the weak side linebacker position. He had a solid junior year but dealt with injuries his senior year. Smith isn't the biggest linebacker at 6'1", 225 lbs., but he is known as the most aggressive player on the USC defense in the past years.

Grade: C


Overall the draft was nothing special but it addressed needs at offensive line, defensive end and the cornerback positions.

Overall grade: C+