2011 NFL Draft Grades: Why Seahawks Earned Worst Grade of 2011 NFL Draft
The Seahawks Struck Out in the 2011 NFL Draft
What exactly were the Seattle Seahawks doing this past weekend? Pete Carroll and company made some very questionable draft picks. It was very apparent from the get go that the Seahawks may have been a bit confused about what to do in the NFL draft. Their first pick was a big reach in selecting James Carpenter.
It was such a shock that NFL Network cameras caught Nick Saban, Carpenter's former coach, shaking his head in disbelief. There were much better players still on the board, but Carroll went with Carpenter. I believe they were trying to trade back, but nothing worked out.
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Gabe Carimi would have been a much better pick here, but Carpenter is who they liked the most. They should have known they could have waited to get him. That means that going into the draft the Seahawks should have been looking to trade out. How they didn't get a deal done is beyond me.
The Seahawks passed on a quarterback, which indicates they either believer in Charlie Whitehurst (a mistake) or they'll be very active in the trade game. The Seahawks made several reaches in this draft, but credit them for getting the guys they liked the most. However, they could have waited or made trades to get them later in the draft.
It was obvious the Seahawks didn't work the draft very well. Drafting Kris Durham in the fourth round was a huge reach because it was likely that he would have been available very late in the draft. In fact, I didn't think he was going to get drafted at all.
Pete Carroll better hope these players deliver, or else he won't be around much longer.
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