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NFC West Draft Grades: Seattle Seahawks

The Super Bowl champion Seahawks will round off the first round.
Receiver Paul Richardson

Receiver Paul Richardson

Seattle Seahawks
Analysis:
The Super Bowl Champions went with the big-play ability of receiver Paul Richardson with the 45th-overall selection. Richardson is a dynamic receiver. He has speed and great acceleration, and seamlessly comes out of breaks. The question is whether his slight frame (6-0½, 175) will hold up after taking shots from NFL safeties and linebackers? Seattle used another second-rounder on offensive tackle Justin Britt, who brings depth and versatility to the offensive front. Where the Seahawks did a really good job … was in fourth round. Seattle added a trio of potential contributors with UCLA defensive end, Cassius Marsh, Alabama wide receiver, Kevin Norwood, and Boston College linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis. Marsh is an effort player, who fits what Seattle does defensively. He’s tough-nosed and physical despite being a bit undersized. Norwood is just a solid receiver. He’s not a burner, but runs good routes, and has reliable hands. He is a possession receiver and could contribute as a fourth or fifth receiver. I loved the selection of Pierre-Louis, who I think was being undervalued through the entire draft process. Pierre-Louis is a quick, undersized linebacker that plays with an edge. He has decent instincts, and could find ways to contribute in sub-packages as a cover linebacker. He also should be a solid performer on special teams. The Seahawks are the NFC’s version of the New England Patriots. Seattle’s picks never seem to wow anyone, but in a few seasons, five or so players from that draft are contributing in some way to the team’s success. However, I was surprised Pete Carroll and Co. didn’t address the cornerback position after losing Walter Thurmond and Brandon Browner in free agency.
Grade: C+

Seattle Seahawks – 2014 Draft Selections
2 (45) Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
2 (64) Justin Britt, OT, Missouri
4 (108) Cassius Marsh, DE, UCLA
4 (123) Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama
4 (132) Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB, Boston College
5 (172) Jimmy Staten, DT, Middle Tennessee
6 (199) Garrett Scott, OT, Marshall
6 (208) Eric Pinkins, DB, San Diego State
7 (227) Kiero Small, RB, Arkansas

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