NFL Draft Grades 2011: Grading The Seattle Seahawks Picks

The first two days of the 2011 NFL Draft are in the books and it's time to start handing out grades. How did the Seattle Seahawks do thus far?

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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Patrick Peterson, Robert Quinn Boost NFC West Evaluations

By now, we have a pretty good idea of how the Seattle Seahawks' draft is perceived on a national level. When 2011 NFL Draft grades were released on Saturday, many panned the Seahawks choices, labeling Seattle a loser and giving the team below-average marks. And the NFC West as a whole didn't fare much better, with many calling it a so-so draft for the division.

The Arizona Cardinals emerged from the 2011 NFL Draft as winners in Wes Bunting's eyes, thanks to Patrick Peterson and a host of solid picks. The Cardinals found steals in the late rounds, but it was Peterson that made Arizona's grade. Bunting gave the Cardinals a B, the best grade in the NFC West.

Getting one of the premier talents in the entire draft is a great way to start, as the Cardinals landed LSU CB Patrick Peterson to potentially form one of the best young cornerback duos in the league with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

The St. Louis Rams found an excellent pass rusher in Robert Quinn, providing an immediate lift to the defensive line. But Bunting wasn't happy with the rest of the draft, referring to it as "blah." But, thanks to Quinn, the Rams received a B in Bunting's grades tied with the San Francisco 49ers for second-best in the NFC West.

First-round pick Robert Quinn could end up being the best pass rusher to come out of the entire draft class. He’s explosive, can dip his shoulder around the edge and has a ton of upside — a great value in round one.

The 49ers picked up Aldon Smith with their first selection, but it will take time for him to transition to San Francisco's scheme on defense. Colin Kaepernick may be the quarterback of the future, but he'll also need time to develop. Bunting loved the Kendall Hunter pick, but Smith's risk bumped the 49ers' grade down to a B-.

I really do like DE Aldon Smith as a prospect, but I see him more as a down 4-3 guy than standing up as a rush backer

Bunting wasn't high on the Seahawks' draft, calling many of the picks reaches. That label has followed the Seahawks in the aftermath of the 2011 NFL Draft. Many analysts felt Seattle didn't find good value, beginning with James Carpenter in the first round. Like many others, Bunting gave the Seahawks a C.

For even more on the draft, head on over to Field Gulls. Check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Draft grades to get caught up on all the picks. For a look back on the draft that was, check out our 2011 NFL Draft StoryStream. We'll be getting to know each of the Seahawks draft picks in our 2011 NFL Draft results StoryStream.

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2011 NFL Draft Grades: NFC West Evaluations From Rob Rang

When it comes to 2011 NFL Draft grades, everyone has an opinion. And, as we've seen, those opinions differ from person-to-person, with little consensus on the way. So it comes down to parsing the information in an effort to figure out if a draft was successful, though the real answer won't be known for years to come.

CBS Sports' Rob Rang is one of those trusted sources when it comes to all things NFL Draft. From pre-draft to postmortems, Rang knows the draft as well as anyone. It's why his draft grades paint a good picture and give us a better idea of how the NFC West fared this past weekend.

Rang gave the St. Louis Rams the best grade in the NFC West, calling their draft worthy of a B+. He was happy with Robert Quinn and felt Greg Salas and Austin Pettis will provide Sam Bradford with solid targets in the passing game, something he was missing in 2010. The gem, however, was clearly Quinn, and Rang had high praise for the defensive end from North Carolina.

Quinn, whose 2009 tape showed the type of explosiveness to warrant top five consideration, could emerge as a Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate in St. Louis

The Arizona Cardinals picked up the same grade as the Seattle Seahawks, earning a B from Rang. Arizona made solid picks across the board, including Patrick Peterson, who many felt was the best player available in the draft. Ryan Williams joins a crowded backfield, but may end up being an early contributor for the Cardinals.

Peterson, my No. 1-rated player in the 2011 draft, was a steal for the Cardinals at the fifth pick. With shutdown corners on each side, Arizona didn't have to reach for a pass rusher, instead taking advantage of Texas' Sam Acho falling into their lap in the fourth round.

The San Francisco 49ers weren't so lucky. Rang wasn't pleased with the Niners draft at all, giving it a C in his evaluation. Rang felt San Francisco took too many gambles, including making Aldon Smith their first round selection. It's unclear how Smith will fit the defensive scheme head coach Jim Harbaugh plans to implement, and he carries a high bust-factor because of it. One thing the Niners did find was a quarterback in Colin Kaepernick, who could benefit greatly from Harbaugh's magic touch.

He has a rare combination of size, arm strength and mobility for the position and is intelligent and hard-working. His awkward throwing motion has drawn the ire of some, though the 49ers are obviously comfortable with it.

Rang gave the Seahawks a B for their drafting efforts. The analysis of his grades for the home team can be found here.

For even more on the draft, head on over to Field Gulls. Check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Draft grades to get caught up on all the picks. For a look back on the draft that was, check out our 2011 NFL Draft StoryStream. We'll be getting to know each of the Seahawks draft picks in our 2011 NFL Draft results StoryStream.

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2011 NFL Draft Grades: St. Louis Rams Win NFC West

No matter where we turn, it appears the NFC West had what could be considered an average draft. Draft grades are all across the board, and though some teams did add valuable impact players, plenty of holes remain on the rosters of the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers. When SB Nation took a look at all four teams in Brian Galliford's 2011 NFL Draft grades, it was a closely-grouped bunch, with all four received evaluations in the B or C range.

The St. Louis Rams needed targets for Sam Bradford as well as help on the defensive side of the ball. With Robert Quinn, St. Louis began to address the defense before turning to the offense and drafting for need, especially at the wide receiver position. With weapons surrounding him, the sky appears to be the limit for Bradford in 2011 and beyond.

Grade: B+
But the Rams were winners on draft weekend simply because they provided depth to the team's offensive skill positions for Sam Bradford in the form of receivers Austin Pettis and Greg Salas, as well as tight end Lance Kendricks

The San Francisco 49ers went for value and found it everywhere they turned during the 2011 NFL Draft. It's unclear where first round pick Aldon Smith will fit within the system, but his talent is undeniable. Colin Kaepernick addressed a need at the quarterback spot, but the 49ers did their damage on the third day with Kendall Hunter, who may emerge as one of the better backs next season.

Grade: B
Kendall Hunter was a terrific value pick on day three at running back, and seventh-round pick Bruce Miller has some upside as a rusher, as well.

Of the three teams that needed a quarterback heading into the NFL Draft, only one addressed the position. The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals both ignored the quarterback spot, instead choosing to fill other needs through the draft. But it was the Cardinals who came away with a haul, including cornerback Patrick Peterson, running back Ryan Williams and linebacker Sam Acho.

Grade: B-
The Cardinals got good players, but the grade is lowered a bit because quarterback remains unaddressed, and Acho wasn't enough for their rush linebacker position.

The Seahawks received a C, the lowest grade of the four. An explanation of the grade can be found here.

For even more on the draft, head on over to Field Gulls. Check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Draft grades to get caught up on all the picks. For a look back on the draft that was, check out our 2011 NFL Draft StoryStream. We'll be getting to know each of the Seahawks draft picks in our 2011 NFL Draft results StoryStream.

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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Will Brinson Calls Seattle Seahawks Losers For 'Zany' Picks

2011 NFL Draft grades continue to trick in and the overwhelming sentiment is negative with regards to the Seattle Seahawks picks. While the Seahawks addressed positions of significant need, they ignored the quarterback spot and will likely wait until free agency to find a capable starter. But for now, Seattle sits idly with a gaping hole on its roster, leading many pundits to hand out failing grades.

CBS Sports’ Will Brinson was perplexed by the Seahawks draft and doesn’t understand why Seattle didn’t draft a quarterback. With all-world talents such as Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick on the board in the first round, it’s a wonder the Seahawks weren’t leaping for joy and drafting a quarterback.*

*Complete sarcasm. This quarterback class was far less than amazing from top-to-bottom.

Maybe Pete Carroll’s drafts are just too "zany" for me to understand, but the James Carpenter pick strikes me as possibly the biggest reach of the first round, maybe even ahead of Jake Locker and Christian Ponder. Unless bring Matt Hasselbeck back or land another veteran QB in the offseason, it’s almost impossible to imagine them sniffing the playoffs again.

Chalk this one up as another “loser” vote from the national crowd. For those scoring at home, the Seahawks have received about two positive reviews to go along with a torrent of negative reviews. But if Seattle is able to secure a quarterback in free agency, or by way of a trade, this draft will suddenly look a whole lot better. It wouldn’t surprise me if a plan is already in place and the Seahawks’ front office is waiting for the lockout the be lifted to quickly execute it.

For even more on the draft, head on over to Field Gulls. Check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Draft grades to get caught up on all the picks. For a look back on the draft that was, check out our 2011 NFL Draft StoryStream. We'll be getting to know each of the Seahawks draft picks in our 2011 NFL Draft results StoryStream.

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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Seattle Seahawks Lack Flash With Average Picks

When searching for one word to describe the Seattle Seahawks 2011 NFL Draft class, boring kept coming to mind. That’s not to say the class is bad, nor does it say anything about the talent secured over the weekend, it just means the Seahawks skipped flash and headed straight for substance. But boring doesn’t cut it when it comes to grading the NFL Draft. People want flash and impact players.

SB Nation’s Brian Galliford handed out his 2011 NFL Draft grades and agreed the Seahawks had a boring draft. The Seahawks and Carolina Panthers tied for the lowest grade in the NFC and worries about Seattle failing to address its biggest need — quarterback — knocked the grade down a bit. Overall, the Seahawks ended up with a C for a draft that included linemen, cornerbacks and no quarterbacks.

It’s doubtful that Seahawks fans would argue that their team didn’t have the most boring draft class of the year, choosing to spend their top two picks on unheralded offensive line prospects James Carpenter and John Moffitt. Though they were berated all weekend, this wasn’t really a bad class, as K.J. Wright, Kris Durham and possibly Mark LeGree all look like players. The problem is lack of high-level talent. Oh, and there’s also the fact that their quarterback situation is a hot mess.

At last, someone admits Seattle’s draft wasn’t all that bad. If one were to believe the national view of the Seahawks weekend, it would be easy to conclude Pete Carroll had no idea what he was doing in the war room. It was a foundation draft for the Seahawks, and many of these players could be future building blocks.

For even more on the draft, head on over to Field Gulls. Check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Draft grades to get caught up on all the picks. For a look back on the draft that was, check out our 2011 NFL Draft StoryStream. We'll be getting to know each of the Seahawks draft picks in our 2011 NFL Draft results StoryStream.

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NFL Draft Grades 2011: Biggest Reaches Belonged To Seattle Seahawks

Reach is a dreaded word when it comes to the NFL Draft. Making picks is a mix of poker, darts and chicken as teams bluff their way through the draft and cross their fingers in hopes of having the man atop their big board available when it's time to step to the podium. But at times, teams fall in love with a player, causing them to take him well before where the analysts feel he grades out.

When evaluating and grading the 2011 NFL Draft, value is taken into consideration. Did a team reach? Did a team find a steal? For whatever reason, overall value weighs heavily in draft grades.

Unfortunately for the Seattle Seahawks, almost every pick they had in the 2011 NFL Draft was considered a reach. The Seahawks went against the grain and grabbed the player at the top of their board in accordance with the strategy formulated before the draft. Offensive linemen were first, with linebakers and defensive backs to follow. While the team was happy, many analysts were left scratching their heads.

Over at SB Nation's Mocking the Draft, the Seahawks received a terrible grade for the 2011 NFL Draft. Because the Seahawks didn't stick with perceived value, they received a D-.

The Seahawks reached on just about everyone of their selections.  I had Carpenter rated in the 3rd round and Moffitt in the 4th.  Both went a lot earlier than expected and honestly may need to be replaced several years down the road.  Both are decent players but not the type that you can plug in and forget about.  I like the Sherman pick as I think his best football is ahead of him.

It's just another set of grades, but it's disappointing to see. At this point, however, we've seen grades all across the board, from Bs to Ds. Fact of the matter is we won't know how this class pans out for years, and it may be just what the doctor ordered for Pete Carroll.

For even more on the draft, head on over to Field Gulls. Check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Draft grades to get caught up on all the picks. For a look back on the draft that was, check out our 2011 NFL Draft StoryStream. We'll be getting to know each of the Seahawks draft picks in our 2011 NFL Draft results StoryStream.

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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Mel Kiper Grades The NFC West

We've been focusing on how the Seattle Seahawks 2011 NFL Draft experience turned out, but it's equally important to take a spin around the NFC West. After all, the entire division is attempting to rebuild and the draft is a big piece of the process. With the NFC West still in the dumps, and considered the laughing stock of the NFL, there's plenty of room for improvement, and all four teams addressed needs in one way or another with the draft.

How did the NFC West grade out? ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper has answers and handed out his 2011 NFL Draft grades on Saturday.

The Arizona Cardinals went straight for value, ignoring needs to take the best players available when they were on the clock. Kiper gave the Cardinals a C for needs, an A- for value and a B- overall. Arizona added significant playmakers, but didn't necessarily address some of the holes on the roster.

The Cardinals were a case study in maximizing value, but needs definitely were sacrificed in a couple of spots.

The San Francisco 49ers did address their needs, especially at the quarterback position. Jim Harbaugh got a quarterback he can begin to develop in Colin Kaepernick, at least until the 49ers figure out how to draft Andrew Luck in 2012. First round pick Aldon Smith is also an impact player on the defensive end despite being a bit of a reach at No. 7. Both players may take time to develop, but this draft could pay dividends down the line. Kiper gave the Niners a B for need, a C for value and a C+ overall.

It's all about what happens at quarterback in terms of how we judge the success of the 2011 49ers, but I judge this weekend as a relative success. It's just a small worry when your first two picks both have development requirements.

The St. Louis Rams received an A- for needs, a B- for value and an overall grade of B-. Kiper believes the Rams came away from the 2011 NFL Draft as winners and will be on the upswing because of it. Quarterback Sam Bradford now has a few more weapons and the Rams improved at quite a few positions of need.

The Rams didn't get any help at guard or defensive tackle, but given their needs, they didn't have enough picks to cover them all.

As for the Seattle Seahawks, it wasn't pretty. Kiper gave the Seahawks the lowest grade of any team, a D+. We broke down his grades for Seattle here.

For even more on the draft, head on over to Field Gulls. Check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Draft grades to get caught up on all the picks. For a look back on the draft that was, check out our 2011 NFL Draft StoryStream. We'll be getting to know each of the Seahawks draft picks in our 2011 NFL Draft results StoryStream.

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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Arizona Cardinals 'Winners' In NFC West

With the 2011 NFL Draft in the books, projections for this coming season, whenever it may start, are already rolling in. Factored into the equation is the 2011 NFL Draft grades from the weekend, especially in the NFC West where the competition continues to be wide-open. A good draft filled with impact players could take a team from worst to first and at least one person is projecting the Arizona Cardinals may make waves this season.

USA Today’s Nate Davis loved the Cardinals' draft, grouping them in with the weekend’s winners. But it wasn’t just the draft that had Davis high on the Cardinals, and one name Davis threw out as a potential free agent acquisition should get the attention of Seattle fans. The Cardinals are looking for a quarterback and, Davis says, Matt Hasselbeck may be a possibility.

Assuming a Marc Bulger or Matt Hasselbeck is eventually “in the Cards,” they could be positioned to return to the NFC West perch they occupied in 2008-09. With CB Patrick Peterson, RB Ryan Williams, TE Rob Housler, OLB Sam Acho and ILB Quan Sturdivant, Arizona potentially added five 2011 Week 1 starters. Steady quarterback play and answers on the interior O-line — all three 2010 starters are presently unsigned — could be just enough to recapture a division still up for grabs.

We keep hearing Hasselbeck’s time in Seattle may be over, but with the NFL lockout in place, the offseason is at a stand-still. Hasselbeck is a free agent after the Seahawks were unable to sign him before the lockout began, but it’s unclear whether he’ll re-sign after the legal wrangling comes to a close. If the Seahawks move-on, would Hasselbeck scuttle away to a division rival? It would make for an interesting storyline.

I do have a hard time believing one draft will fix the Cardinals immediately, and it may be some time before Arizona is back competing for the NFC West crown. But they did draft quite a few building block players and are headed in the right direction. Until the Cardinals find a capable quarterback, though, they appear destined to toil in mediocrity.

For even more on the draft, head on over to Field Gulls. Check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Draft grades to get caught up on all the picks. For a look back on the draft that was, check out our 2011 NFL Draft StoryStream. Stay with us for more on the draft as it becomes available.

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NFL Draft Grades 2011: Winners And Losers From Fox Sports

What is value when it comes to the NFL Draft? It’s a question kicked around quite a bit and seems to be the end-all when evaluating and grading the draft. Reaches are frowned upon, value picks are loved and general managers are judged upon the shrewdness of their moves. It’s an interesting concept, but seems hollow when it comes to the draft, and grades based simply upon the overall value of picks doesn’t necessarily tell us much.

The Seattle Seahawks received a D from Fox Sports’ Adam Caplan, thanks to the perceived reaches in the 2011 NFL Draft. Personnel evaluators felt almost every pick was a player taken far too early, and thus we have the perception of drastic reaches throughout the draft.

Analysis: No team reached for players as badly as the Seahawks. While they selected a few good players early on, Seattle picked them before many personnel evaluators felt they should have gone off the board.

Meanwhile the Arizona Cardinals followed conventional wisdom and simply drafted for value. With Patrick Peterson and Ryan Williams, Arizona found two players that should jump into the mix right away and could make an immediate impact. For their efforts, the Cardinals received a B+.

Analysis: The Cardinals did a great job of drafting for value, which isn’t something they have always done. The first four draftees all could start as rookies.

The St. Louis Rams also drafted for value, drawing praise from Caplan. If you haven’t noticed the trend yet, Caplan is simply looking at value when evaluating his picks and handing out grades based on it. The Rams received a solid B for a solid draft class.

Analysis: The Rams appear to have put together another solid draft class. General manager Billy Devaney does a really nice job of drafting for value.

The Houston Texans received the highest grade, acing their 2011 NFL Draft exam. The Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers also received high marks and came out of the draft as winners.

For even more on the draft, head on over to Field Gulls. Check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Draft grades to get caught up on all the picks. For a look back on the draft that was, check out our 2011 NFL Draft StoryStream. Stay with us for more on the draft as it becomes available.

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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Evan Silva Gives Seattle Seahawks Solid Marks

Believe it or not, the Seattle Seahawks did have a plan in the 2011 NFL Draft. If one were to pay attention to the talking heads on draft shows, it would be reasonable to conclude general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll had no idea what they were doing and didn’t understand the concept of value. As a result, almost every 2011 NFL Draft grade handed out had the Seahawks near the bottom of the pack. But not every one.

Rotoworld’s Evan Silva joined Rob Rang in praising the Seahawks’ NFL Draft picks. Taking a step back, it’s clear Seattle had a plan and attacked the plan in the draft, working to bolster the run game, shore-up the secondary and add depth at linebacker. It was, very clearly, drafting with a purpose (via Field Gulls).

Overview: Seattle made an effort to get more physical in the trenches, and came away successful. Carpenter and Moffitt are all-out brawlers and could both start in season one. Don’t believe what you read elsewhere: Carpenter was NOT a reach. For some reason, Wright flew under the pre-draft radar. He is a high-impact player who, at the very least, will be an imposing special teamer. Maxwell was one of the top gunners in college football, while Durham, Sherman, and Smith all add impressive speed to the roster. LeGree was the premier ballhawk in the draft.

Silva gave the Seahawks a B+, the highest mark I’ve seen anywhere thus far. And his evaluation is in stark contrast to the masses, who generally panned Seattle’s picks as reaches of little value. Even Wright, who seemed like a reach on day three, receives praise, with Silva calling him a high-impact player.

On day one and two, the Seahawks went after run-blocking offensive linemen. On day three, it was all about speed and defense. Seems like a simple, yet effective plan. So, perhaps, the draft wasn’t as bad as many thought after all.

For even more on the draft, head on over to Field Gulls. Check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Draft grades to get caught up on all the picks. For a look back on the draft that was, check out our 2011 NFL Draft StoryStream. Stay with us for more on the draft as it becomes available.

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NFL Draft Grades 2011: Andy Dalton Decision Costs Seattle Seahawks, According To Sporting News

Did the Seattle Seahawks’ decision to pass on a quarterback in the 2011 NFL Draft severely cripple the franchise for years to come? Were there enough high-quality quarterbacks in the draft for one to fall to No. 25? Is Andy Dalton a future Hall of Fame contender? If a few of the early 2011 NFL Draft grades are to be believed, the answer to all three questions is yes and the Seahawks failed because they did not pick a quarterback.

The Sporting News gives the Seahawks the lowest grade in the 2011 NFL Draft: D. Seattle joins the Oakland Raiders, New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars at the bottom of the pile, and was ripped apart yet again. But this time, the criticism is simply confounding to me.

Their decision not to pick quarterback Andy Dalton could haunt them, especially if Matt Hasselbeck leaves. Could go from first to worst in NFC West.

I look at Andy Dalton and don’t see a decision that could haunt the Seahawks, or any team. In fact, drafting Dalton probably would’ve had more of a chance of haunting the Seahawks than not drafting him. Was Dalton a first round talent? I’d argue not at all. But because of the terrible quarterback class, his stock was inflated thanks to supply and demand.

There is plenty to pick apart when it comes to grading the Seahawks’ draft, but passing on Andy Dalton is not an unforgivable decision. Seahawks general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll seem to have a plan for the quarterback spot and it may, in fact, result in grabbing a veteran — say, Carson Palmer or Kevin Kolb — when the offseason begins.

For even more on the draft, head on over to Field Gulls. Check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Draft grades to get caught up on all the picks. For a look back on the draft that was, check out our 2011 NFL Draft StoryStream. Stay with us for more on the draft as it becomes available.

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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Pete Prisco Evaluates Seattle Seahawks Draft Picks

The Seattle Seahawks seem to be the whipping boy of the 2011 NFL Draft, with Rob Rang’s draft grades the only ones I’ve seen that shine a complimentary light on the picks.

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco wasn’t happy with the Seahawks draft, ranking it as the worst in the NFC West. Prisco singled-out John Moffitt as a good move, liked Mark Legree and didn’t like the choice of James Carpenter in the first round. He calls Moffitt a mauler and a perfect fit for the Seahawks offensive line.

Prisco gave the Seahawks a C-, behind the San Francisco 49ers (C+), Arizona Cardinals (B-) and St. Louis Rams (B).

Analysis: They needed to improve the offensive line and their first two picks were both used there. Both of them could push for starting jobs as rookies. The rest of the draft was just OK.

Oddly enough, the more I look around, the more I see people saying they like James Carpenter, but didn’t like him in the first round. But if the Seahawks like him, as well, why not just take him? What if a team had fallen in love with him in the early second round and took him off the board before the Seahawks could get him? In some sense, I understand the pick, though I do get the reach criticism, as well.

For even more on the draft, head on over to Field Gulls. Check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Draft grades to get caught up on all the picks. For a look back on the draft that was, check out our 2011 NFL Draft StoryStream. Stay with us for more on the draft as it becomes available.

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NFL Draft Grades 2011: Rob Rang Gives Seattle Seahawks High Marks

Reading through the various 2011 NFL Draft grades, it was hard to find an analyst happy with the Seattle Seahawks draft. It was called boring, filled with reaches and Pete Carroll was accused of having no idea what value is. But looking deeper into the picks, it's clear there was a plan and the Seahawks executed it. Picks came in blocks, beginning with the offensive line in the first three rounds and shifting to the secondary in the last three. And at least one analyst gave it a solid grade, going against the trend of many other national pundits.

CBS Sports' Rob Rang was the analyst in question and he does know the draft as well as anyone. Rang is well-respected and spends countless hours poring over tape to evaluate prospects, making him an excellent source of information. And when it came time to evaluate the draft and hand-out grade, Rang gave the Seahawks a B and praised the plan of Pete Carroll.

Clearly, Pete Carroll and John Schneider's focus was on improving the running game. The selection of Mississippi State outside linebacker K.J. Wright and Georgia wideout Kris Durham were surprises, given the similar talents of players already on their roster. [...] I'm particularly high on the LeGree, a three-time All-American who could surprise as a future starter.

Yes, the Seahawks passed on a quarterback, but were any of the signal-callers in the draft that enticing? When the options at No. 25 are Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick and Ryan Mallet, who slid way down in the draft, I'd argue no. Instead, the Seahawks built from front-to-back, working on the offensive line and shying away from a quarterback. Because without capable blocking, no quarterback stands a chance. Besides, there's always free agency, whenever it begins.

For even more on the draft, head on over to Field Gulls. Check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Draft grades to get caught up on all the picks. We'll be covering the latest news and rumors throughout the entire process in our 2011 NFL Draft StoryStream. Stay with us for more on the draft as it becomes available. Check out our 2011 NFL mock draft StoryStream for even more predictions and projections.

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Mel Kiper 2011 NFL Draft Grades: Losers Include Seattle Seahawks

If the 2011 NFL Draft was a final exam, the Seattle Seahawks would be forced to retake the class. ESPN's Mel Kiper handed out his 2011 NFL Draft grades on Saturday and the Seahawks checked in with the lowest marks and picks that seemed to leave Kiper befuddled. Kiper felt Seattle reached consistently with its picks, ignoring the traditional sense of value and picking as if the draft was a giant dartboard.

Overall, Kiper gave the Seahawks a D+, the lowest grade of any. Seattle got a C for need-based drafting and a D for value. In his explanation, Kiper said the early rounds doomed Seattle, but the Seahawks did receive a little redemption as the draft wore on.

The Seahawks then made some sensible picks in the secondary, but at what impact that late? They did nothing really to help the defensive line and their sense of value was questionable. The positive might be that this is a very young team, and you suspect Pete Carroll expects improvement. I just don't know if he added much this weekend.

The low marks are to be expected as the Seahawks passed on impact players for safer, system players. Kiper, like many others, is still hung-up on Seattle passing on Andy Dalton, though he wonders if Kevin Kolb or Carson Palmer may be in the Seahawks future. Both, in my opinion, would be leaps and bounds better than Dalton, but I never understood the serious infatuation with the TCU quarterback.

Now that the draft is over, we can crawl back into our cozy world up here in the Northwest, allowing the national media to forget we exist again for another few months.

For even more on the draft, head on over to Field Gulls. Check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Draft grades to get caught up on all the picks. We'll be covering the latest news and rumors throughout the entire process in our 2011 NFL Draft StoryStream. Stay with us for more on the draft as it becomes available. Check out our 2011 NFL mock draft StoryStream for even more predictions and projections.

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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Todd McShay Likes John Moffitt, Hates Kris Durham

ESPN's Todd McShay handed out his 2011 draft grades and also singled out moves he loved and hated from each team. It seems as though McShay hated every move the Seattle Seahawks made this year, but did take the time to hand out a little praise before ripping apart the pick of Kris Durham in the fourth round.

McShay liked second-round pick John Moffitt, who fills a need on the offensive line. It's Moffitt's versatility that drew praise from McShay, as well as Seattle's commitment to fixing the line. As we know, the blocking problems up-front have been severe and are in desperate need of repair.

Seattle has drafted four offensive linemen in the first two rounds of the last three drafts, but Moffitt gives the Seahawks a solid starting guard who also brings the versatility to play center if needed.

And then came the hate. McShay simply didn't like Durham, both for his value and overall talent. When an analyst is calling a draft pick developmental, it's usually not a good sign. That's exactly what he called Durham, who played in the shadow of A.J. Green at Georgia.

Durham is a developmental wide receiver who benefited from playing alongside A.J. Green in college. Durham is a No. 3 receiver at best and may never even become that, and at No. 107 there were better options such as Edmond Gates, Greg Salas and Tandon Doss available.

It was a confusing draft for Seattle fans as Pete Carroll and John Schneider went against the grain and marched to the beat of their own drum. Seattle set its draft board and stuck to the plan, working to fill need with players the front office felt would fit the system well. Whether it works out or not remains to be seen.

For even more on the draft, head on over to Field Gulls. Check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Draft grades to get caught up on all the picks. We'll be covering the latest news and rumors throughout the entire process in our 2011 NFL Draft StoryStream. Stay with us for more on the draft as it becomes available. Check out our 2011 NFL mock draft StoryStream for even more predictions and projections.

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2011 NFL Draft Grades: NFC West Evaluated By Fans

SportsNation is running its 2011 NFL Draft grades poll, putting the power of evaluation into the fans hands. The Arizona Cardinals came away the big winners, earning an A letter-grade from the fans. The Seattle Seahawks, on the other hand, earned the lowest grade, picking up a C from the fans. Both the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams picked up a majority of votes in the B category.

Below is the SportsNation map for the Seattle Seahawks draft grades. It shows a few interesting trends, so see if you can spot them.

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I'm left with a few questions here, though I think I have answers. Alabama loves the draft, giving it an A, because the Seahawks took James Carpenter in the first round. Crimson Tide fans definitely support their own. But Alaska with the A? I can't figure out why the state loves the Seahawks' draft, unless the wisdom of Mel Kiper hasn't spread that far north yet.

And why does Iowa hate the Seahawks? Still upset Seattle didn't draft American hero Ricky Stanzi? I'd also like a word with the 10 people from New Hampshire and Rhode Island who gave the Seahawks a D. Bunch of rebels up there. In fact, the Northeast simply hated the Seahawks draft, along with the Southeast and Texas.

It is interesting the rest of the nation voted in blocks, with large chunks giving the Seahawks a C. If the crowds are right, at least the Seahawks passed this exam, which we can take solace in.

For even more on the draft, head on over to Field Gulls. Check out the rest of our 2011 NFL Draft grades to get caught up on all the picks. We'll be covering the latest news and rumors throughout the entire process in our 2011 NFL Draft StoryStream. Stay with us for more on the draft as it becomes available. Check out our 2011 NFL mock draft StoryStream for even more predictions and projections.

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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Full Rundown Of Seattle Seahawks Picks From Field Gulls

The Seattle Seahawks received failing grades for the 2011 NFL Draft and landed on a few losers lists when the results were tallied. But while the national view of the Seahawks’ picks isn’t so good, Seattle fans aren’t so down on the draft. It’s not a spectacular draft haul by any means, but the Seahawks did fill needs and improve at a few of the positions they needed to. The full results and plan, however, won’t be known until the NFL lockout is settled and free agency can get underway.

Overall, Field Gulls’ Danny Kelly feels pretty good with the 2011 NFL Draft. Not great, but pretty good, he says.

But not great. Picked up a lot of solid players and the line will look a lot better. The secondary got some skill players as well. There’s still a lot of work to do though. I’d probably tentatively grade it at about a B- but really who cares? It will take us a couple years to see how this class pans out so in the meantime it will be fun to see what happens in free agency.

Kelly reviewed each of the picks, but has a good view of the draft as a whole. The fact of the matter is we just don’t know how well this draft turned out, and we likely won’t for a few years. Players many thought were reaches could be solid contributors for years for all we know.

So, perhaps, the grade is incomplete for now. It may not be exciting, but the players taken this year could provide a foundation to build off of, especially on the offensive line.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Recap Of Every Seattle Seahawks Pick

The 2011 NFL Draft is in the books and the Seattle Seahawks came away with nine picks. In addition to the picks, Seattle did make a bit of a shrewd trade, moving out of the second round and swapping late-round picks with Detroit to move up in the 5th, 6th and 7th rounds. The trade itself may have been the best part of the draft for the Seahawks, who addressed needs but never found an impact player.

Here are the picks and quick descriptions.

Round one, pick No. 25: Seattle Seahawks draft James Carpenter
This one was a reach, but the Seahawks loved the big run-blocking tackle from Alabama. The pick has new offensive line coach Tom Cable’s fingerprints all over it, but I can’t help but think Seattle left talent on the board.

Round two, pick No. 57: Seattle Seahawks trade 2nd, 5th and 7th round picks to Detroit Lions for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th round picks.
A solid, if unspectacular move in trading back, adding a pick and moving up in the later rounds. The Seahawks failed to trade down in the first round, but I’d call this a successful move.

Round three, pick No. 11 (via Detroit): Seattle Seahawks select John Moffitt
Another pick that has Tom Cable’s fingerprints all over it. Moffitt will slide-in at guard this season and has an immediate starting spot on the line. But, once again, it was a reach.

Fourth round, pick No. 99 overall: Seattle Seahawks select K.J. Wright, linebacker from Mississippi State
The Seahawks need depth at linebacker and Wright provides it. He should be playing at the LEO spot.

Fourth Round, pick No. 107: Seattle Seahawks select Kris Durham, wide receiver from Georgia
A big receiver that could be a redzone target for whoever is playing quarterback in Seattle next year. Durham was a reach and could have been available in the sixth, or even seventh, round.

Fifth round, pick No. 23: Seattle Seahawks select Richard Sherman, cornerback from Stanford
And here the defensive back run begins. Seattle needed depth and replacements at cornerback, and began to solve the problem here. He’s big and should be able to play right away, either on special teams or in the rotation.

Fifth round, pick No. 25: Seattle Seahawks select Mark Legree, safety from Appalachian State
A ball-hawking safety is always a nice addition and LeGree is just that. He had the most interceptions in the FCS last season.

Sixth round, pick No. 8: Seattle Seahawks select Byron Maxwell, cornerback from Clemson
The final cornerback pick. Maxwell will add competition, but may just be training camp fodder.

Round seven, pick No. 2: Seattle Seahawks select Lazarius “Pep” Levingston, defensive end from LSU
Finally, Seattle went after a defensive lineman, a position of need right away. However, he’s unlikely to make an impact and may be nothing more than depth at the spot Red Bryant occupies.

Round seven, pick No. 39: Seattle Seahawks select Malcolm Smith, linebacker from USC
And, again, depth at the linebacker spot.

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2011 NFL Draft Grades: NFC West Teams Have So-So Draft

As a whole, the NFC West didn’t grade-out well in the 2011 NFL Draft. The Seattle Seahawks’ picks were almost universally panned, with plenty of analysts ripping Pete Carroll and John Schneider to shreds. The St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers fell into the middle of the pack, neither impressive or flopping with their own picks. It was, simply, a so-so, mediocre draft for the conference.

After the first two days, the Arizona Cardinals sat just above average, according to SB Nation’s Brian Galliford. Patrick Peterson is sure to be a playmaker and will anchor their draft, but the rest of Arizona’s picks don’t quite fill the needs and holes left on its roster.

The Cardinals have added three very solid prospects with their first three selections. What they have failed to do to this point is address either of their glaring weaknesses at quarterback and outside linebacker. This has been a slightly above-average weekend for Arizona, but their crippling weaknesses remain

The Rams had a solid first two days, but fizzled on Saturday. Still, St. Louis has a roster of young talent, including first round pick Robert Quinn.

All the Rams have done is add a potentially elite pass rusher and two consistent, underrated receiving targets for Sam Bradford. They’re flying under the radar, but the Rams are doing a great job.

The 49ers went for need, as well, choosing a 3-4 outside linebacker and young quarterback in the first two rounds. Colin Kaepernick needs time to develop, but gives San Francisco fans something to look forward to.

The 49ers have drafted for need, adding a high-upside pass rusher, a high-upside quarterback, and a high-upside cornerback. Solid work.

The Seahawks simply failed to impressive as pick-after-pick left fans and analysts scratching their heads. Seattle has already been called a loser and didn’t grade out well no matter how you slice it, though the Seahawks did fill needs in the 2011 NFL Draft.

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NFL Draft Grades 2011: Losers List Includes Seattle Seahawks

It’s never good to be grouped in with the Oakland Raiders when NFL Draft evaluations begin to roll in, but that’s exactly what’s happened to the Seattle Seahawks this year. In the first set of 2011 NFL Draft grades, the Seahawks were grouped among the losers, thanks in large part to the first two players taken. Both James Carpenter and John Moffitt were considered reaches and each should have been available later in the draft. From a talent standpoint, it seemed the Seahawks left much to be desired..

In SB Nation’s first 2011 NFL Draft grades, the Raiders and Seahawks were the big losers. But it wasn’t as bad as it seems for Seattle, though the draft did underwhelm.

Another team that will find themselves branded as losers in the 2011 NFL draft is the Seattle Seahawks. They had what I thought was a very solid 2010 draft so that’s why this class is a little surprising.

If each of Seattle’s first two picks – offensive tackle James Carpenter and guard John Moffitt – were taken a round later each, this would be a great draft. The Seahawks didn’t take a lot of high potential players in this draft. Instead, they went with low-risk, low-impact players. It’s not a bad strategy, but the picks didn’t have value.

At least the picks are seen as low-risk, but the evaluation still isn’t too encouraging. Seattle was attempting to build a foundation and dig itself out of the hole created by the previous regime, so one could rationalize these picks. Still, seeing the Seahawks reach with each pick was discouraging and without an impact player, it’s hard to get excited about the 2011 NFL Draft class.

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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Positional Evaluation Of Seattle Seahawks Picks

The 2011 NFL Draft is in the books, giving us an overall look at which teams won and lost. We'll be going further into depth over the next few days, but we'll start with an early, brief overview of the Seattle Seahawks draft. It was a need-based draft for Seattle without the "sexy" picks we'd normally see. Instead, the Seahawks looked to rebuild their offensive line, secondary and linebacking corps with the draft, filling in small parts with the rest of their picks.

Offensive line: The Seahawks reached with their first two picks, but it's not necessarily a bad thing. Upon further reflection, both picks fill an immediate need and are expected to jump into the mix right away. In the first round, Seattle took Alabama offensive tackle James Carpenter to slide into the right tackle spot opposite Russell Okung. In the third round, after trading down from the second round, the Seahawks took Wisconsin guard John Moffitt, who is expected to start right away at the guard spot
Grade: C+. While they were reaches, the two did fill needs

Defensive back: The Seahawks went after defensive backs en masse during the fifth and sixth rounds, choosing three-in-a-row in an effort to rebuild the secondary. Cornerback Richard Sherman was first and has a familiarity with head coach Pete Carroll. When Carroll was at USC, he recruited Sherman hard, but lost out to Stanford. Sherman plays with a chip on his shoulder and was out to take down the Trojans in college. Later in the fifth round, Carroll went with a small-school defensive back, picking up ball-hawking safety Mark Legree from Appalachian State. Byron Maxwell was the third of the bunch as Carroll looked to create competition in the secondary through the draft.
Grade: B-

Linebacker: The Seahawks took two linebackers, both of the outside variety. K.J. Wright will likely be a LEO and was a scheme-based pick. Malcolm Smith is a speedster and was excellent in workouts, but he's an unproven commodity in many ways.
Grade: C-

Wide receiver: The Seahawks took just one wide receiver: Kris Durham from Georgia. He's a big redzone target, but was a reach, and likely would've been around in the late rounds. Nothing about him jumps off the page and he seems like little more than depth to sit behind Mike Williams.
Grade: D

Defensive line: The line was a need for the Seahawks and little was done to address it in the draft. Pep Levingston was the only lineman taken and he appears to be little more than depth to back-up Red Bryant.
Grade:C

That's it for position-based grades. These are the parts, but a draft is the sum of all parts. We'll be back with an overall view of the draft shotly.

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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Seventh Round Picks By Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks 2011 NFL Draft came to an end with two more choices in the seventh round and we're still as confused as we were to start the day. Seattle went with a linebacker and defensive end in the final round, making for an interesting positional breakdown. Seattle made a conscious decision to focus on a few positions in the draft, namely the offensive line, linebacker and defensive back spots.

Here are the final two picks and their grades.

Round seven, pick No. 2: Seattle Seahawks select Lazarius "Pep" Levingston, defensive end from LSU
Well, we'd been asking for help on the defensive line and finally got it in the seventh round. But don't expect Levingston, an LSU product, to jump into the rotation on the defensive line. While he does add depth, he'll likely sit behind Red Bryant and doesn't appear to be more than a backup, training camp body. But, hey, at least he fills some kind of need.
Grade: C, because it's just the seventh round and he's little more than depth.

Round seven, pick No. 39: Seattle Seahawks select Malcolm Smith, linebacker from USC
Seattle took another linebacker here, the second of the draft. While the linebacker spot did need a bit more depth, it's odd it was a position the Seahawks put a strong emphasis. Like Levingston, it's unlikely Smith makes any kind of impact and may be a longshot to make the roster. He is a speedy back and has "a nose for the football," but he'd be buried behind the incumbents at linebacker. I'm just not sure why Seattle went with another outside linebacker here.
Grade: D, because "meh."

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NFL Draft Grades 2011: Seattle Seahawks Make Confusing Moves

At this point, we have no idea what Pete Carroll and John Schneider are doing in the Seattle war room. It seems like every pick has been a reach, and it's hard to piece together what, exactly, the two are planning. If the last three picks, spanning the fourth- and fifth-round, are any indication, the Seahawks may run-out 10 defensive backs at a time next year. With that in mind, we continue our grading journey and try to piece together what this all means.

Here's what we have for the Seahawks sixth round pick.

Sixth round, pick No. 8: Seattle Seahawks select Byron Maxwell, cornerback from Clemson
For those scoring at home, Maxwell is the third-consecutive defensive back taken by the Seahawks. All three picks spanning the fifth and sixth round were defensive backs and the Seahawks have chosen players at just four position groups in the 2011 NFL Draft: Offensive line, defensive back, wide receiver and linebacker. On its own, it's not bad, but five of the Seahawks seven picks have been either on the offensive line or in the defensive backfield. The two biggest needs, Quarterback and defensive line, have yet to be addressed. Maxwell should be able to come in and compete, but the run on defensive backs is quite confusing.
Grade: D. Was another defensive back necessary here?

The Seahawks still have two more picks left, both of which come in the seventh round.

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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Fifth Round Picks By Seattle Seahawks

If there were a word to describe the Seattle Seahawks it would probably be reach. Head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider are set in their ways, and seem to have tunnel-vision when it comes to picks. It can be a good thing or a bad thing, and the Seahawks seem to be focused on their guys while completely ignoring value. As a result, analysts have been hammering the Seahawks draft and it seems every single player taken has been a significant reach.

Here are the fifth round picks and grades for each.

Fifth round, pick No. 23: Seattle Seahawks select Richard Sherman, cornerback from Stanford
We've said all along the Seahawks need help at the cornerback spot, but did they need to even draft Sherman. Surely, Seattle didn't need to take him in the fifth round and it's likely he still would've been around in the seventh, if he was even drafted at all.
Grade: C+ because it's yet another reach.

Fifth round, pick No. 25: Seattle Seahawks select Mark Legree, safety from Appalachian State
I like this pick and Legree should give the Seahawks depth at the safety spot. He was a ballhawk at Appalachian State and was one of the better small-school defensive backs. In his career at Appalachian State, Legree recorded 22 interceptions, showing he can be a game-changer and has a knack for the ball. Adding a safety will ball skills in the fifth round should be considered a win.
Grade: B+ for adding value and a playmaker.

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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Fourth Round Picks By Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks have already made two picks on Saturday morning, taking a linebacker and wide receiver in the early portions of the fourth round. While these picks may be for depth, the occasional diamond in the rough pops up, making the third day of the NFL Draft intriguing. And, as always, picks have to be critiqued and picked apart on the spot as we try to figure out whether a player is a good fit, a reach or a value choice.

Here is the grades for the Seattle Seahawks early picks on Saturday.

Fourth round, pick No. 99 overall: Seattle Seahawks select K.J. Wright, linebacker from Mississippi State
I don't hate this because I don't believe he's a linebacker through-and-though. That said, it's a reach again, though there does appear to be a clear plan here. Wright can play at the LEO spot, Seattle's stand-up rush end, or can play in a traditional 4-3 defense. But make no mistake about it: He's here to rush the passer.
Grade: C, because Pete Carroll still reaching and it's still annoying.

Fourth Round, pick No. 107: Seattle Seahawks select Kris Durham, wide receiver from Georgia
It's a theme in this draft, but Durham was a reach. He can play, to be clear, but he graded out as sixth- or seventh-round talent in this draft. At Georgia, Durham was stuck behind Mohamed Massaquoi and A.J. Green throughout his career, but did perform well when he had a chance to shine. The fact he wasn't invited to the NFL Combine should raise some eyebrows and the production over his career at Georgia doesn't inspire confidence.
Grade: C, because he's a reach, but still fills a need.

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NFL Draft Grades 2011: Analyzing The First Three Rounds Of Seattle Seahawks Picks

With the first three rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft, we can start to hand out grades and break down just how the Seattle Seahawks draft is shaking up. With the Seahawks, we don't have a full slate of material to analyze, thanks to a shortage of draft picks that left Pete Carroll with only two players picked over the first two days. He was, however, able to trade down, picking up an extra pick in the process on Friday, but some of the moves Seattle has made so far has many scratching their heads.

Here are the early grades, broken down by pick.

Round one, pick No. 25: Seattle Seahawks draft James Carpenter
If we are to take Carroll at his word, Carpenter was the highest rated player on the board and the Seahawks were thrilled to have him. Carpenter addresses an immediate need for Seattle and will slide-in on the offensive line immediately. He will, however, be changing positions, moving from left tackle to right tackle once he takes the field with the Seahawks. But let's be clear: This was a reach and, in all likelihood, Carpenter would've been around in the second round. When attempts to trade down failed, the Seahawks were stuck at No. 25 and forced to take Carpenter in an effort to address the need along the offensive line.
Grade: C-

Round two, pick No. 57: Seattle Seahawks trade 2nd, 5th and 7th round picks to Detroit Lions for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th round picks.
A solid trade netted the Seahawks an extra pick and only cost them a few spots. Moving out of the 3rd round allowed Seattle to move up in the 5th and 7th, as well as into the 4th round. We can't complain here as Seattle had been looking to move all along, and the only option was going backwards. The extra pick is an added bonus as Seattle came into the draft short on picks anyway.
Grade: B+ because it's not too substantial, but still solid

Round three, pick No. 11 (via Detroit): Seattle Seahawks select John Moffitt
Two picks, two offensive lineman. Is it clear where Pete Carroll felt the biggest upgrade was needed right away? We know the Seahawks need help on the line, especially in the run blocking department, and they addressed it with their first two picks. But Moffitt, a versatile interior lineman out of Wisconsin, isn't exactly a world-beater and wasn't graded that highly by many. In fact, he may have been around in the fourth round, making this a bit of a reach.
Grade: C-

Overall thus far: C, with only the trade redeeming the draft. There is a plan here and the Seahawks are addressing needs, but there are also many more needs outside of the offensive line. How Carroll handles the last four rounds will say a lot about the plan and what, exactly, he's trying to do.

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