May 15, 2014

2014 NFL Draft Review: Seattle Seahawks

#6 Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

Seattle Seahawks
Division: NFC West | Last Season Record: 13-3

What Needed to be addressed in the Draft: Heading into the draft, Seattle was expected to draft more than one offensive lineman early, and a couple of pass catchers for Russell Wilson to throw to. They should have also targeted defensive linemen, defensive tackle specifically, and looked to add secondary and linebacker depth.

Individual Draft Picks:

Round 2

13. (45) Paul Richardson*, WR
Experience: Junior (RS) | School: Colorado
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 170 lbs.

32. (64) Justin Britt, OT
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Missouri
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 317 lbs.

Round 4

8. (108) Cassius Marsh, DE
Experience: Senior | School: UCLA
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 252 lbs.

23. (123) Kevin Norwood, WR
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Alabama
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 199 lbs.

32. (132) Kevin Pierre-Louis, OLB
Experience: Senior | School: Boston College
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 236 lbs.

Round 5

32. (172) Jimmy Staten, DT
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Middle Tennessee State
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 303 lbs.

Round 6

23. (199) Garrett Scott, OT
Experience: Senior | School: Marshall
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 307 lbs.

32. (208) Eric Pinkins, FS
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: San Diego State
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 220 lbs.

Round 7

12. (227) Kiero Small, FB
Experience: Senior | School: Arkansas
Height: 5-8 | Weight: 244 lbs.

Two Picks of Note:

Best Value Pick:

Kevin Pierre-Louis, OLB (Round 4, Pick 32)
Experience: Senior | School: Boston College
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 236 lbs.

Analysis: Up to this point, this was the only player that Seattle didn't reach for. He doesn't fill an immediate need, but Kevin Pierre-Louis should start off as a really good special teams player, and could start as soon as next season with K.J. Wright and Malcolm Smith being free agents in 2015.

Most Questionable Pick:

Paul Richardson*, WR (Round 2, Pick 13)
Experience: Junior (RS) | School: Colorado
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 170 lbs.

Analysis: Seattle made so many head-scratching picks that it was hard to single out just one. I'll go with Paul Richardson here. I was about to praise Seattle, because I thought they took Antonio Richardson, but they reached for a mid-round receiver, passing on guys like Davante Adams, Allen Robinson, and Cody Latimer.

Undrafted Free Agent Signings:

Most Notable

Jackson Jeffcoat, DE
Experience: Senior | School: Texas
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 253 lbs.

Analysis: Not too long after the 2012 NFL Draft ended, I was high enough on Jackson Jeffcoat to project him to go first overall in one of my 2013 NFL Mock Drafts. Fast forward to the 2014 NFL Draft, and Jeffcoat went undrafted. He's more talented than 4th round pick Cassius Marsh. I would be shocked if Jeffcoat doesn't make the final 53-man roster.

Other Free Agent Signings

Dion Bailey, S, Southern California
Keith Price, QB, Washington
Andu Pulu, OT, Eastern Washington
Garry Gilliam, OT, Penn State
Camren Hudson, S, Troy
Zach Zulli, QB, Shippensburg
Dillon Baxter, RB, Baker
Chase Dixon, TE, Central Arkansas
Demonte McAllister, DT, Florida State
Ryan Montague, RB, Louisiana College

Draft Review:

Analysis: Paul Richardson is a fast receiver, but he relatively unpolished. I didn't like the pick, because Seattle passed on better receivers who could have made more of an immediate impact.

Justin Britt was a 5th round prospect at best, but Seattle decided to reach for him in the second round. He should compete for the starting right tackle job, but if he can't beat out Michael Bowie, then...

Cassius Marsh is a tweener without a true position, but I believe he'll be a good rotational player in Seattle. Unfortunately, he was another big reach early in the 4th round.

Their next two picks were the best value they got in the entire draft. 15 picks after taking Cassius Marsh, they went with Alabama receiver Kevin Norwood, who in my opinion, is more NFL ready that second round pick Paul Richardson.

I touched on the selection of Kevin Pierre-Louis above. Late 4th round was about where I had him coming off the board.

Seattle is really good at developing players, though I still question their last four selections. All four were projected UDFAs.

The Verdict: The good? Seattle added two receivers and drafted a potential starting right tackle. The bad? They reached early and often, and drafted too many players who most likely won't make the roster. I'm looking forward to Seattle proving me wrong, because I know that they'll be able to get a lot out of this underwhelming draft class.

Overall Grade: D+