NFL Draft Results 2012: The Latest on the Seahawks' Selections

Coverage of the Seahawks and their picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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2012 NFL Unsigned Free Agents: Seahawks Reportedly Pick Up 10 More Players

When the 2012 NFL Draft officially wrapped on Saturday, it was really just a prelude to the flurry of activity that came with the rush to sign undrafted free agents. The Seattle Seahawks, along with every other team in the league, scrambled to pick up some additional players from this year's deep talent pool.

Danny Kelly over at Field Gulls was kind enough to round up a list of all the official and rumored UDFA signings.

Official announced list:

- Ohio WR Phillip Bates

- McNeese St CB London Durham

-California (Pa.) G Rishaw Johnson

- Washington WR Jermaine Kearse

- Henderson State TE Sean McGrath

- Montana OT Jon Opperud

- Portland St. DB Deshawn Shead

- Cincinnati DE/LEO Monte Taylor

- Oregon WR Lavasier Tuinei

- Purdue K Carson Wiggs.

Rumored

- Tennessee RB Tauren Poole

- Webber International QB Chris Hart

- Louisiana State FB James Stampley

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2012 NFL Draft: List Of Seattle Seahawks Selections

The 2012 NFL Draft is in the books. At the least, this draft was exciting for many Seahawks fans. The unpredictability of Seahawks general manager John Schneider showed itself as the Seahawks made surprising picks throughout the draft and went from having six to ten picks due to trades.

Here is a list of each of the Seahawks' selections with a link to the quick write ups done on each:

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NFL Draft 2012: Seahawks Select Greg Scruggs In The 7th Round

The Seattle Seahawks picked Greg Scruggs, a defensive tackle from Louisville with their final pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Scruggs is a versatile player who can play both defensive tackle and defensive end. The former Louisville Cardinal missed the team's final four games, including the Belk Bowl. Scruggs was arrested for driving under the influence last December and was not allowed to play in the team's final game.

Despite this incident, most consider Scruggs a model football player who performed well both on and off the field.

Here's a scouting report from Pro Football Weekly:

Take-notice workout numbers surfaced at pro day - has a thick, well-proportioned build with very long arms and ran in the 4.7s at 284 pounds, though he could stand to improve his upper-body strength. Has a chance to provide depth, be it inside a 4-3 or as a 3-4 five-technique. However, his tape is less appealing, as he gives effort but does not consistently impact games. Functional strength and athletic ability leave something to be desired and he does not use his hands violently to disengage (marginal pass-rush value).

Greg Scruggs: Louisville Pro Day 2012 (via howielindsey)

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NFL Draft 2012: Seahawks Select J.R. Sweezy In The 7th Round

The Seattle Seahawks picked J.R. Sweezy, a defensive tackle from N.C. State, in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft. In his senior season, Sweezy tallied 20 tackles in nine games for the Wolfpack. Sweezy was a productive player for NC State in his four years there. He missed the first four games of his senior season with a broken foot.

According to several reports, the Seahawks plan to convert Sweezy to an offensive guard. Interestingly enough, most scouting reports did not project Sweezy as an offensive guard in the NFL.

Sweezy is a big defensive line prospect who's versatility is the key to his draft value. He could play a 3 tech defensive tackle position within a 4-3, but by the time draft day rolls around, he could have already convinced a 3-4 team to take a shot on him as a defensive end. (NFL.com)

Oh. he can squat 500lbs too:

Boom Herron & J.R. Sweezy Squatting 500+ During Combine Training at Athletes' Performance (via athletesperformance)

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NFL Draft Results 2012: Seahawks Select Winston Guy in the 6th Round

With the 11th pick of the 6th round in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Winston Guy, a safety from University of Kentucky. Guy is a three year starter who put up very solid numbers the past two years: 120 tackles, two interceptions and two pass breakups his senior year, 106/3/2 his junior year. He is traditional strong safety who can also play some special teams.

Here is more info on Winston Guy from Sports Illustrated.

Tough run-defending safety who is best between the numbers. Explodes up the field, effectively uses his hands to protect himself and quickly gets to the ballcarrier. Displays a burst to the action, easily changes direction and aggressively lays his shoulder pads into ballcarriers. Works hard in run defense and is fast bearing down on ballcarriers.

Seahawks' next pick is the 18th selection of the 7th round, 225th overall. Head over to NFL.com to track every pick as the Draft moves on.

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NFL Draft Results 2012: Seahawks Select Jeremy Lane In the 6th Round

In the sixth round, the Seahawks drafted cornerback Jeremy Lane from Northwestern State.

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NFL Draft Results 2012: Seahawks Select OLB Korey Toomer With 5th Round pick

A quick recap on the Seahawks 5th round pick, OLB Korey Toomer from University of Idaho.

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NFL Draft Results 2012: Seahawks Select Jaye Howard With 19th Pick of 4th Round

The Seahawks selected DT Jaye Howard with the 19th pick of the 4th round.

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NFL Draft Results 2012: Seahawks Select Robert Turbin With 11th Pick of 4th Round

The Seahawks added a talented running back in the fourth round.

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NFL Draft Results 2012: Seahawks Select Bobby Wagner With 47th Pick of 2nd Round

The Seahawks added another talented linebacker in the second round.

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NFL Draft 2012 2nd Round: Seahawks Trade Back with Jets

The Seattle Seahawks moved back in the first round to acquire a few more picks and they have done so once again early in round two. According to numerous reports, the Seahawks have made a trade with the New York Jets. The deal moves the Jets up to the 43rd overall selection and the Seahawks get Nos. 47, 154 in the fifth round and 232 in the seventh round.

With the pick, the Jets selected talented wide receiver Stephen Hill from Georgia Tech. The Seahawks will be selecting shortly.

There are numerous ways the Seahawks could go with their 47th overall pick. After drafting a linebacker in the first round, a wide receiver or defensive lineman could be in the cards.

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NFL Draft Results 2012: More On Seahawks' 1st Round Pick Bruce Irvin

The Seattle Seahawks traded down in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft on Thursday, swapping with the Philadelphia Eagles and picking up an extra two draft picks in the process. In moving from No. 12 to No. 15 overall, the Seahawks then made a fairly curious selection as their first-round pick, picking West Virginia Mountaineers defensive end Bruce Irvin.

Irvin was a name that had not really been tied to the Seahawks and, in a round of many unexpected picks, stands out as being particularly unusual. Irvin is not a bad pick by any means -- in fact, he's a very good pick -- but he lacks name power, star power and the excitement of a "bigger" name selection.

Irvin was listed as the fifth-ranked outside linebacker in the Mocking the Draft pre-draft ratings. Here is what they had to say about him:

Bruce Irvin is all about speed and suddenness with the ability to create a ton of pressure. He possesses an explosive first step that allows him to get up field and threaten the edge. However, it is his non-stop motor that really makes him dangerous as he never stops pursing the football. Offensive tackles really struggle to protect the edge against Irvin because of his quickness off the football.

Creating pressure is important but you need to be a complete player to really make an impact in the NFL. Irvin needs to spend time adding bulk and strength to his frame. His ability to improve his run defense will go along way to improve his draft stock. Irvin will also need to spend time learning the ins and outs of pass coverage as he is rarely asked to drop.

Overall, Irvin has all the physical tools to be a dominant pass rusher in the NFL. He is athletic enough to make the adjustment from defensive end to outside linebacker. Improving his run defense and adding some new pass rush moves will be something evaluators look for this season.

Seahawks fans, don't hate this move yet. This may just be your favorite player in a couple of years.

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Eagles-Seahawks Trade: Philadelphia Takes Fletcher Cox With Seattle's No. 12 Overall Pick

The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft on Thursday night has seen no shortage of last-minute trades, swaps and moves, many of which range from eyebrow-raising to outright shocking.

The most significant trade for the Northwest involves the Seattle Seahwks trading down in the order, as the Philadelphia Eagles were desperate to move up and ensure they could select Mississippi St. Bulldogs defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.

In exchange for their previous No. 12 spot, the Seahawks receive the Eagles' No. 15 pick, as well as overall picks Nos. 114 and 172, meaning that Seattle will receive an extra pick in the fourth and sixth rounds.

A great move for Seattle, as they only lose three spots and pick up two extra players for their trouble.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: All Seattle Seahawks Picks, Round By Round

The Seattle Seahawks are ready to get to work in the 2012 NFL draft, having themselves six picks to stock up on some talented young men. Every single one of their picks comes around the middle of the draft, anywhere from the 10th to 12th in each round. They do not have a fifth round pick this season either.

Below is the round-by-round breakdown of Seattle's picks this season.

First round: No. 12 overall

Second round: 11th, 43rd overall

Third round: 11th, 75 overall

Fourth round: 10th, 106th overall

No Fifth round pick

Sixth round: 12th, No 181 overall

Seventh round: 225th overall

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Upgrading the Seahawks' Linebackers Through the Draft

A look at the Seahawks situation at linebacker, and what they might do in the draft to address their needs there.

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2012 NFL Schedules Released; Seattle Seahawks Predicted To Win Some Games, Lose Others

The NFL offseason is a strange beast. I'm sure there was a time, in an all-but-forgotten era, where people just thought about other things once the football season ended. Things like their jobs, families, baseball, pushing hoops with a stick. Not anymore, it seems. Now when the NFL season ends, we scrimp and claw and cling to anything that resembles NFL news, blowing up blogs and Twitter to (over)react to the smallest football-related tidbits.

Have you ever watched "The Wire?" (No? Stop reading this immediately and go watch it. Yes, all of it.) Near the beginning of the series, drug boss Stringer Bell releases some high-octane heroin to the tenants of a Baltimore ghetto, irreversibly hooking them into a debilitating dependency. After giving them enough to guarantee they'll be back, Bell starts watering down the potency, knowing that the lust for that high will lead to greater usage. The users start buying more, since it takes more to get what they're chasing, and on and on and you see exactly where I'm going with this.

Roger Goodell has effectively Stringered us all into his globally-reaching web of dependence. In the past two months, I've seen football fans obsess over minutiae like Todd McShay's pre-draft evaluation of some obscure linebacker or Peyton Manning's drive to the airport with a passion that was once reserved for playoff games. Hell, remember the fervor surrounding the uniform alterations?

I am not preaching this from a soapbox. Rather, I groan it from down amongst the writhing masses desperately jonesing for some NFL-related euphoria, even if it's just a bum needle mostly filled with two parts placebo. I too am needy for that rush and, fortunately for me (and you!), the NFL has given us exactly the bump we've been craving: the schedule for the upcoming season.

The Basics

The Seattle Seahawks will be playing the 11th-toughest schedule in the league, based on opponents' 2011 won-lost records, which ties them with the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints. Their schedule is one game "harder" than the Jacksonville Jaguars' and one game "easier" than the Carolina Panthers'. Seattle's 2012 foes combined to go 129-127 last season, good for a .504 win rate.

For reference, the New York Giants have the toughest schedule (.547), which seems about right, given that they just won the Super Bowl and all. By contrast, the easiest schedules were granted to the New England Patriots (.453) and the Green Bay Packers (.469). Wait, what?

Home Games

The 'Hawks boast one of the best home-field advantages in the entire league, evidenced by the dramatic disparity between their home and away records. Over the last nine seasons in SeaQwesturyLink, the Seahawks have gone 49-23 (.681) compared to 25-47 (.347) on the road. In short, the Seahawks are twice as likely to win at home as they are when they're traveling, meaning that for Seattle to make a real run at contention, they're gonna have to hold serve in the Emerald City.

The Seahawks will be rolling out the welcome mat in weeks 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 14, 16, and 17. Their opponents will be, in order, Dallas, Green Bay, New England, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, and St. Louis Rams.

The combined winning percentage of those eight teams in 2011 was a stout 70-58 (.547,), due largely to the fact that Seattle hosts the three best teams in the NFL based on last year's records (GB, NE, SF). That obstacle is mitigated somewhat by homers against the Rams (2-14) and Minnesota (3-13), but the fact remains that the 'Hawks have some heavy lifting to do in Century Link this fall.

There are two ways to see this half of the schedule; one way is to bitch about having to play so many good teams. The other way is to be grateful that they play those games in the field-leveling comfort provided by 67,000 rowdy lunatics. I, for one, choose the latter. Plus, this sets Seattle up to finish out on a two-game home-stretch against divisional opponents, and that's gonna be all kinds of fun.

Away Games

Seattle's other half of the schedule is an easier one, at least at face value. Their road games will take place in weeks 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, and 15. Their opponents in those contests will be Arizona, St. Louis, Carolina, San Francisco,Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, and Buffalo Bills. The combined record of those teams is 59-69 (.461), which is helpful given Seattle's historical struggles away from home.

Bonus: the Seahawks finally get to play a road game in Chicago!

Bye Week

The Seahawks will have Week 11 to rest. I've always preferred late-season byes to early-season ones, as teams are more beat up late in the year. Seattle will undoubtedly have more players dealing with injuries after ten games than after, say, five, so an 11th-week respite will be a relief for more in-need players than last season's Week 6 bye was.

Travel

Each season, the Seahawks log more travel miles than just about any team in the NFL, the result of a geographical isolation that has plagued Seattle teams since Lewis and Clark set up America's first national wiffle ball league. Last year, Seattle flew a total of 26,918 miles (an average of 3,365 round-trip miles per road game). So how does this year's gauntlet stack up? Even more total distance. 28,456 miles (3,557 round-trip per road game), to be exact.

The struggles that West Coast teams face when playing in the Eastern Time Zone are well-documented, and Seattle makes that journey three times, just like last time. The one noticeable quirk in the 2012 road is that their game against the Bills will take place in Toronto.*

*Side note: If I was a Bills fan, I'd be pissed all the way off if I had to forfeit a home game just so the NFL could expand their international appeal. I mean, I totally get why Goodell does it; increasing brand awareness is smart business, but from a fan's perspective, it blows. Imagine if one of the games you eagerly anticipated attending this year was up in Vancouver, BC. You'd be furious, especially since you're not allowed to cross the border for five more years because of that one thing that allegedly happened with the DVDs and the hooker and the pygmy goats two years ago.

Primetime

Primetime games are typically treated with disproportionate interest by the fans of the teams involved. The idea of our favorite teams getting "national respect" is important to many of us and nationally televised games are seen as a sign of respect by the powers that be. To be completely honest with you, I don't particularly care how much respect the Seahawks receive from ESPN, Fox, CBS, or NFL Network.

As far as I'm concerned, national attention doesn't quantifiably affect the team's chances of winning; if anything, it's the other way around, so I only care to the extent that Seahawks games aren't announced by network scrubs like Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick every freaking time because that directly affects my viewing experience.

That said, there is a special excitement that accompanies primetime broadcasts. It's fun to go into a game knowing that it's being watched by man more people than normal. Football under the lights adds a shimmer to the game that's missing during the day, and you have more time to get MC Hammered in preparation, not that I do that, specifically not with Crown Royal poured generously into a cafeteria glass.

Last year Seattle was granted two night games, hosting the Philadelphia Eagles (Thursday) and the Rams (Monday), winning both. This year, they get two more; Week 3 against Green Bay (in Seattle on Monday night) and Week 7 at San Francisco (on Thursday night).

The Packers game was surely scheduled for the potential talking points it'll provide, namely John Schneider's adaptation of the system he was a part of in Green Bay and Seattle's acquisition of Aaron Rodgers' backup, Matt Flynn*. Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, and Co are also certain to revisit the last time the Seahawks acquired their GM and QB from the Pack when Mike Holmgren and Matt Hasselbeck ushered in a new era. For what it's worth, I'm putting the over/under on "we want the ball and we're gonna score" references at 1.5.

*ESPN is really banking on Flynn beating out Tarvaris Jackson for the starting spot by Week 3.

The Thursday game against San Francisco doesn't offer a ton of national interest beyond the fact that it's a mid-season showdown between two intra-divisional opponents that should be pretty good. Of course, the option to beat the "what's your deal?" horse corpse is always on the table. The real benefit of this game is getting to hear Brad Nessler and Mike Mayock call a 'Hawks game.

My Take

Look, my take doesn't matter. We're still a million miles away from meaningful football and lots of roster adjustments will happen between now and then. Besides, when the schedule comes out, 98% of fans see their team winning between 10 and 14 games. It's the "hope" part of fanhood that keeps us coming back every year.

For the record, I see Seattle going 9-7 this year;

6-2 at home (DAL W, GB L, NE L, MIN W, NYJ W, AZ W, SF W, and STL W)

3-5 on the road (AZ L, STL W, CAR L, SF L, DET L, MIA W, CHI L, BUF W)

If I'm exactly right, the Seahawks will be 4-2 in the NFC West and right on the cusp of a playoff berth. Feel free to list your predictions in the comments section -- it'd be interesting to get an aggregate prediction.

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