Seattle Seahawks 2012 NFL Draft Picks: Grades, Results and Analysis
2012 NFL Draft updates and analysis will be provided to fans of all 32 NFL franchises by Bleacher Report.
This article will provide the information you need for the Seattle Seahawks.
Pages will be added for every pick and move made by John Schneider and Pete Carroll. Check back often for updates, including player information and analysis on every drafted player.
Don't forget to look at the final slide. Draft grades will be assigned for every selection and move, along with an overall grade for the Seahawks' 2012 draft.
Seahawks' Draft Plans
Live Draft Update:
While I was anticipating a first-round pick on Coples, the Seahawks surprised everyone by grabbing Bruce Irvin. Everyone except Irvin and his agent, that is, as Irvin commented earlier that he would be a first-round pick.
Irvin will replace Raheem Brock and be groomed to take over the Leo end role for Chris Clemons. This left needs at linebacker, along with depth and competition at multiple other positions.
Seattle's team needs:
Linebacker, Inside or Out-FILLED
Running Back Depth-FILLED
Offensive Line Depth
Free Safety Depth-FILLED
Round 1: Seahawks Trade with Eagles
The Seahawks received the Philadelphia Eagles' fourth and sixth round picks to move back three spots. The Eagles, Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams will be picking in front of Seattle, but none of them figure to be looking at players on the Seahawks' board.
Seattle picks up two important draft picks in exchange. This was a no-brainer move by the Seahawks.
Round 1, Pick 15: Seahawks Select Bruce Irvin, DE/OLB, West Virginia
To be fair, I like what Bruce Irvin offers the Seattle Seahawks. He is a natural pass-rusher and could have a big impact on their defense.
That said, few sources had Irvin pegged as a first-round talent. He has first-round skills, but sixth-round character. As such, he was projected as a second-round selection.
Irvin said earlier this week that he would be a first-round pick. Evidently the Seahawks and Irvin's agent had been talking.
I like Irvin's fit with Seattle's defense, but this seems just a bit early. It seems as though they could have moved down in the first round, and then moved down again, and then traded into the second-round to select him.
Rob Rang is one of the premier judges of NFL talent. He has Irvin listed as a second-round talent. While it is possible there was another team looking to take Irvin this early, that seems as much a reach as Irvin.
While I, along with draft experts and Seahawks fans everywhere have questioned this pick, there is one source that is supporting this pick.
Pro Football Talk is reporting that at least seven clubs had Irvin ranked as a top-15 selection. Reports confirm that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears had their sights set on Irvin in Round 1.
Could it be that, once again, Pete Carroll and John Schneider are, in fact, crazy...like a fox?
Information continues to trickle out on this pick. Earlier this week Michael Lombardi reported that Bruce Irvin was flown into a team facility on a helicopter for a private workout, and that team said he was going to be their first round pick.
It was easy to dismiss that report when there was an arrest looming over his head, but charges for assaulting a Pita Pit sign were dismissed on Tuesday.
Irvin was interviewed on ESPN 710 Seattle today and said he was outside talking to family when the call came in from Seattle. He was expecting to be called around pick 26...which was the Texans.
At this point it is hard to refute that Irvin was going to go in the first-round whether the Seahawks took him or not. He is the best speed rusher in this draft and looks very similar to Von Miller as a collegian.
Pete Carroll said Irvin will take over the Raheem Brock role in 2012. Brock had over 600 plays last season, offering a big role as a pass-rushing defensive end. Carroll also said Irvin will be groomed to replace Chris Clemons at the Leo end.
Irvin is only slight smaller than Clemons, and is 10 lbs. heavier than Clemons was coming out of college. With free agency looming for Clemons in February, this pick makes a lot more sense for Seattle.
Round 2, Pick 43: Trade with the New York Jets
The Seahawks saw two potential options for their offensive line fall off the board right in front of them with Cordy Glenn and Jonathan Martin being drafted.
This left a heavy dose of options at linebacker and two solid running backs and wide receivers on the board.
The volume of players that fit a need for Seattle made this move a great step for Seattle. They add fifth- and seventh-round picks.
With the Eagles taking Mychal Kendricks it will be interesting to see if the Seahawks are looking at linebacker or another position.
Round 2, Pick 47: Bobby Wagner, OLB, Utah State
As mentioned, prepare to be surprised with this pick. As a pleasant surprise, the Seahawks take one of the two linebackers I had pegged here.
Bobby Wagner is an athletic linebacker that will bring a bit of speed and solid competition to what is becoming a crowded linebacker corps. He is very good in pass coverage, blending great speed and fluid movement.
This is an important selection, as the Seahawks have struggled covering tight ends and running backs in pass routes. Wagner will excel here and this is likely what put him above the other option I was looking at here...Lavonte David.
Instinctive defender who is aggressive to slip through cracks and stop the running back in the hole. Good patience. Doesn't commit too soon showing the ability to break down in space, wait for the ball carrier to commit and closing quickly for the reliable stop.
Shows good patience and then closes quickly in the hole. Looks to slip blocks with quick hands rather than forcefully taking them on and shedding with violence. Wraps his arms on most tackles to bring ball carriers to a quick stop. Good lateral and downfield pursuit.
Possesses a thick build with impressive overall musculature. Intelligent and dedicated. Capable of contributing early in his career. Voted a team captain in 2010-11.
The biggest concerns with Wagner is his lack of pass-rush skills and possibly not being fast enough to cover faster NFL players. Pass rush won't be expected, but he will need to show he can be solid in pass coverage.
Round 3, Pick 75: Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin
Seahawks fans were holding their breath here for the announcement of Chris Polk. They turned a purple similar to the color of a Husky jersey.
Instead, Seattle adds depth and a potential franchise quarterback in Russell Wilson.
The only knock on Wilson is his height. At 5'11" he is called too short for the NFL, but he managed just fine in college behind an offensive line that is every bit as big as what he'll set up behind in Seattle.
The difference in the NFL, though, is that defenders are much more adept at getting into passing lanes and getting their big paws in front of passes. A lower trajectory could mean more batted balls at the next level.
NFL.com describes Wilson as a late-round option that could be a franchise quarterback:
Wilson is this year's big-time question mark at quarterback. Unlike those who have held this title in the past, Wilson is a stellar passer who shows arm strength and accuracy when he is able to deliver the ball without a hitch. A transfer from North Carolina St. over the summer, he has outstanding football intelligence as he picked up the Wisconsin offense in a short time and was the opening-day starter.
However, at his height teams will have concerns whether or not he can see to make the throws at the next level. He is a mechanical mover who has strong technique and leadership qualities. If Wilson were three inches taller there would be debate at the top of the draft as to where he fits in, but look for teams to take a flier on him in late rounds to see if he can develop and outplay his size.
Kirk Cousins was still on the board, a QB seen as solid but not having the best upside among the incoming rookie class. Wilson certainly has the potential to flame out in the NFL, but he also has one of the higher upside potentials in the class.
I refuse to compare any quarterback to Drew Brees and won't do it with Wilson. But there is a chance he could develop into a Top-10 QB in the NFL.
One thing Seahawks fans should be familiar with is Carroll drafting based on a player's potential, not how high his floor is.
Wilson, at the least, should develop into a very good backup quarterback in 2013. He could even provide competition for Matt Flynn next season and beyond.
Round 4, Pick 106: Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State
If one listens closely they can hear the hearts of Seahawks fans that also follow the University of Washington breaking. Their dream draft pick, Chris Polk, was on the board and seemed destined for the Seahawks for the second time in the draft.
For the second time, they were let down.
The Seahawks opt to draft a similar, yet unproven, runner.
Turbin is a few inches shorter but carries the same weight as Polk. He could be closer to Lynch than Polk which might have led to his selection.
NFL.com describes Turbin:
Turbin is very athletic. Has the size to be a thumper inside, but moves more like a shifty, quick back. Has very quick feet that he employs to stop and start instantaneously out of the backfield. Has a big frame that gets to full speed fast. A classic downhill runner who can run through linebackers and carry the pile. Was a threat throughout his career in the pass game. Has the speed, athleticism, and durability to wear down an NFL defense for an entire game.
Fans are hoping he can produce at the next level. If not, the "what ifs" will last for many seasons to come...particularly if Polk goes on to be a productive starter.
This was a good position selection, but the player will leave some wondering what they saw in Turbin and didn't see in Polk or Cyrus Gray.
Round 4, Pick 114: Jaye Howard, DT, Floriday
With the first of two picks the Seahawks received from the Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle selects a player at a position they appeared to be fairly well stocked.
However, Andre Branch and Jason Jones will both be free agents at the end of 2012. This pick is clearly one being made for the future.
This pick is solid, but fans will be wondering about passing on a receiver. Nick Toon (Wisconsin) and Jarius Wright (Arkansas) were still on the board and with the health issues they've had at the position, many were expecting Seattle to grab a competitor during the draft.
Seattle also had options with Orson Charles (TE, Georgia) that was considered a potential first-round pick at one point. There were also several options on the board for depth on the offensive line.
Jaye Howard is seen as a big, powerful defensive tackle that can be a real force in the NFL. However, he is also inconsistent and seems to disappear for periods of time.
Howard was expected to go in Round 4 and offers decent value. He runs well for a 6'3", 301 lb. lineman, posting a 40-time of 4.82. More important, his 20-yard shuttle was an impressive 4.47.
Howard showed positive progression throughout his collegiate career. He was in better shape this last season and it showed on the field.
He ended the 2011 season with 65 tackles. 10 of those went for loss. He also had 5.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries, one returned for a touchdown.
NFL.com offers insight on Howard's play:
Howard has been a durable player for the Gators. He is very quick off the ball for his size, although he can forget his technique (a testament to his inconsistent play overall) and rise up to get stonewalled by offensive linemen at times.
He is very good against the run and has the ability to snap quickly off the ball, engage a lineman, then work off him to move laterally towards a running back and make a big-time play in the backfield.
Fans will at least like the "durable" portion of Howard's play. With a year to learn, Howard could be a solid starter that can rush the passer...another big need for the team from the interior linemen.
Round 5: Pick Traded to Buffalo for Marshawn Lynch
With the selection received from the Seahawks for Marshawn Lynch, the Bills selected Tank Carder. He is an intriguing linebacker option that caught the interest of many Seahawk fans.
Round 5, Pick 154: Seahawks Select Korey Toomer, ILB, Idaho
Showing a desire to continue to add competition at linebacker, the Seahawks add Korey Toomer from Idaho. Seattle had the luxury of meeting with him under the "local product" clause of the NFL's pre-draft visitation rules.
Seattle again shows little regard for what others think of the players they are interested. Toomer was not expected to be drafted by several analysts, but Seattle had a little extra time to recognize something in him.
This pick is not a surprise to those that follow the Seahawks closely. They gave him a personal workout at his pro day before bringing him into VMAC with other local products earlier this month.
Toomer is a fast product with good size and long, disruptive arms. He runs a 4.48 40 and will give the Seahawks another player to work into their different looks at linebacker. His size is the primary concern, weighing just 230 lbs at 6'2" tall.
SI.Com did see Toomer as a draftable player in the fifth round. They grade him as a player that needs time to develop, but could grow into a starter.
Biography: Junior college transfer who broke into the starting lineup last season then posted 68 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks.
Positives: Athletic linebacker with tremendous upside. Fluid and smooth moving in every direction of the field, quickly changes direction and covers a lot of area. Breaks down well, uses his hands to protect himself and displays the ability to get through blocks and make plays up the field.
Remains disciplined with assignments, recognizes coverage responsibilities and can run downfield with tight ends. Solid open-field tackler who effectively makes plays in space.
Negatives: Displays hesitation in his game and is late to react. Seems to do more chasing at times rather than playmaking.
Analysis: Toomer is a prospect whose game is on the rise, but he?s a late-boomer who?s transitioning his natural athleticism onto the football field. He possesses the size and skill to play on a strong side for a variety of defensive schemes and is a terrific developmental prospect.
Once again, the Seahawks don't appear ready to risk losing a player when he reaches their value-point. Perhaps they could have gambled he'd be available in the next round, but he could be a great fit to their schemes and be a quality roster addition.
My biggest concern with this pick is they left Darius Fleming (Notre Dame) on the board. He is a promising option that I thought would be a solid fit in Seattle. While many have him rated as a seventh-round pick, he may not last until Seattle's pick in Round 6.
Round 6, Pick 172: Jeremy Lane, CB Northwestern State
This is the second of two picks acquired from the Eagles to move down in Round 1.
Seattle had two major needs and a lot of concerns headed into the draft. Most of those had been answered in the first five rounds, thanks in part to a few trades that sent additional draft compensation to the Seahawks.
Needs at this point appear to be depth on the offensive line, secondary options/backup free safety and potential playmakers for the offense.
The Seahawks opted to grab a small-school cornerback that has several applications in the NFL. Jeremy Lane has been getting a lot of attention in recent weeks as a player that could be a productive roster additon.
Lane was expected to be taken in Round 5, so grabbing him at the start of Round 6 blends need with value. He has good size (6'0", 190 lbs.) for the Seahawk defense.
Round 6, Pick 181: Winston Guy, DB, Kentucky
Seattle goes back to the defensive back well, this time selecting Winston Guy, a tough, physical player from Kentucky.
Guy was projected as a Round 6 pick and provides depth for Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. He will also be a solid contributor on special teams, and area the Seahawks need to improve.
The absence of offensive linemen taken thus far, along with wide receiver, shows a distinct vote of confidence in those position groups.
The multiple defensive backs could point to health concerns with Walter Thurmond and certainly fit with their philosophy of being a tough, physical football team.
Guy is a tackling machine, notching 120 from the safety position. He is great in run support, and could provide some interesting looks should the Seahawks wish to run him with Kam Chancellor on select rushing downs.
According to NFL.com, Guy will be a solid, versatile producer in the NFL:
Guy is a big safety from Kentucky who, not unlike last year's draft gem Randall Cobb on the offensive side, was a defensive jack of all trades for Kentucky throughout his career. He played corner as a freshman before moving to safety for his second and third years, and ultimately ended up at outside linebacker. Projects as a safety in the NFL and has the special-teams ability to contribute early; late-round value.
Seahawks fans should enjoy watching Guy in the preseason and on special teams during the course of the year.
Round 7, Pick 225: J.R. Sweezy, DE, N.C. State
The Seahawks continue to show no interest in offensive linemen and wide receivers. Then again, they have information on the health of those two units and also know the plan with James Carpenter.
However, David Molk (C, Michigan) or Lucas Nix were gift-wrapped for them. There were several quality receivers on the board, too.
Seattle is mostly interested in Sweezy for his versatility. He can play inside and generate some pass-rush as well as backing up Red Bryant as the big run-stuffing defensive end.
According to NFL.com:
Sweezy is a decent athlete but is somewhat stiff in his movements. He has good initial quickness off the ball and generally is able to read blocking schemes and disrupt plays. He is an effort player, and this is the key to his sideline-to-sideline success. He even could be a candidate to get down in a three-point stance and hand-fight with faster players.
Sweezy is a stiff mover and could have trouble trying to play inside in the NFL. In a 3-4 scheme, he could be more of a gap-filler, which is where he has the most value. He struggles to get off blocks inside and make anything for himself. He is more of a motor player than a natural athlete, and this could be exposed early in his career.
It is surprising to see another defensive lineman draft here, but they could have done worse.
On further review, it appears the Seahawks took a guard here after all. Sweezy and his 6'5", 298 lb frame is going to be moved to offensive guard in Seattle.
While he may not fit with the expected pick at guard, he does fit with much of the Seahawks draft class in a more disturbing way.
Sweezy was suspended from the team in 2010 following an altercation with a shuttle bus driver. He had other legal issues, too, such as an arrest for multiple drug violations.
A procedural error by the police department led to those charges being dropped, so at least he has luck on his side.
Round 7, Pick 232: Greg Scruggs, DE, Louisville
The initial reaction is "how many defensive linemen can the Seahawks possible carry?" There are some perceived needs that aren't being addressed, but perhaps patience is needed until undrafted players are signed and these players actually spend some time on an NFL field.
Still, it would have been nice to see depth added on the offensive side of the ball.
Scruggs is a 6'3", 284 lb defensive end. He was rated at about the 650th player. If the Seahawks see something special in him drafting him was likely the only way to get him to Seattle. Few undrafted players would want to step in and compete for a roster spot with the group Carroll has compiled.
Seattle Seahawks 2012 NFL Draft Report Card
Round 1: Trade with Eagles
Round 1: Seahawks select Bruce Irvin, DE, West Virginia
Grade: B, upgraded from a D. This was adjusted based on new information and Friday's picks.
Round 2: Trade with the New York Jets
Round 2: Seahawks select Bobby Wagner, OLB, Utah State
Round 3: Seahawks select Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin
Round 4: Seahawks select Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State
Round 4: Seahawks select Jaye Howard, DT, Florida
Round 5: Pick traded to Bills for Marshawn Lynch
Round 5: Seahawks select Korey Toomer, ILB, Idaho
Round 6: Seahawks select Jeremy Lane, CB, Northwestern State
Round 6: Seahawks select Winston Guy, S, Kentucky
Round 7: J.R. Sweezy, DE, N.C. State
Round 7: Greg Scruggs, DE, Louisville
Overall Grade: B-
The late-round picks were somewhat surprising. But this is the issue with grading a draft when it is conducted. The GMs and coaches know how they want to use players and have more exposure to what the strengths of each player is.
If more than one of the final four players selected make the active roster the grade will need adjusting. Also, if Irvin comes out and registers double-digit sacks, the grade instantly becomes an "A".