Seattle Seahawks 2011 NFL Draft Grades: Speed, Smarts, Versatility and Attitude

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Seattle Seahawks 2011 NFL Draft Grades: Speed, Smarts, Versatility and Attitude
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The first pick of day 3, the uber versatile linebacker leads a talented group Seattle is determined to bring out the best in.

The Seattle Seahawks went into Day 3 of the draft with seven selections, facing a fair amount of outside criticism about their approach to the first two days.

As expected, Day 3 was the day Seattle anticipated most, the opportunity to build the core of the team and unravel the depth of the draft. Schneider in the post–Day 3 presser,  “It was a fun day today, actually today was the most fun.”

Seattle employed a version of a strategy that I highlighted as a possibility going into Day 3, an approach that could be a solid complement to their offensive line fixing ways through Day 2.

Seattle took six defensive players with seven picks on Saturday, largely selecting a group of linebackers and defensive backs that complement the roster and create legitimate competition throughout the defense.

In terms of sticking to the plan, complementing the roster and finding guys that fit into the program, I think Seattle finished strong on Day 3.

The true importance of “fit” and versatility for Seattle became clear through the 2011 draft. Schneider mentioned they created “some cool little niches” for some guys, further verifying they drafted foreseeing a specialization of role for certain players.

While I do believe they did a solid job in building the roster towards the future, I do agree there is traction to the arguments that Seattle missed opportunities in this draft; perhaps getting too caught up in the obscure avenue of thought.

Former Seahawk and now ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer ripped Seattle as the draft proceeded through the middle of the seventh round; he believes Seattle “absolutely whiffed” on the draft and his love for the city and organization doesn’t cloud the fact he’s “blown away and hurt” they could miss so badly.

The strongest of a variety of opinions surrounding Seattle’s 2011 draft, let’s take a more level-headed look at Seattle’s up and down Day 3.

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