2011 NFL Draft Results: Getting To Know The Seattle Seahawks Picks

Beginning on Monday, we'll be taking a closer look at the Seattle Seahawks 2011 NFL Draft class. We'll be profiling each player, providing a quick scouting report, videos and everything else you need to know about the newest Seahawks.

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2011 NFL Draft Picks: John Moffitt Scouting Report

After trading out of the second round, the Seattle Seahawks made it two linemen in a row with their selection of John Moffitt in the third round. Moffitt is a big, run-blocking interior lineman from Wisconsin and fits within the scheme the Seahawks want to run on offense. This is a finesse, pattycake lineman; He's all about about smash-mouth blocking. With the run deficiencies shown by the Seahawks recently, Moffitt should be a welcome sight.

Vitals

Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 319 pounds
40-yard-dash: 5.51 seconds
Bench press: 23 repetitions at 225 pounds.

Bio

Moffitt's career at Wisconsin slowly built to a crescendo, from redshirt in 2006 to All-American in 2010, his senior year with the Badgers. He was a versatile interior lineman for the Badgers, starting 13 games at center in 2009 before starting at 13 games at guard in 2010. Along the way, he was named a Sports Illustrated Second Team All-American , AP First Team All-American and a consensus All-Big Ten player.

Scouting Report

From the first two picks in the 2011 NFL Draft, it's clear what the Seahawks want to do with their offense. Pete Carroll wants to be able to run the ball, and not in a finesse way, either. It's all about the smash-mouth, line-up and punch you in the mouth running game and Moffitt fits the bill. Moffitt is a blue-collar guy who John Schneider called "an ass kicker" while discussing the pick on Friday night.

Moffitt's clearly not the fleetest of foot -- as evidenced by his 40-yard-dash time -- but he performs surprisingly well with a quick burst. He can get to the second level and get out in front of the backs despite his large frame. Moffitt also has excellent balance, but his strength may be a concern. What he lacks in strength, he makes up for in technique, though Moffitt will face a tough test at the next level against defensive linemen who are bigger, stronger and faster than ever before.

On tape, it's almost fascinating to watch Moffitt. There are times where his pad-level is too high, yet he doesn't seem to give ground. He absorbs contact, almost bending over backward, yet can keep the defender he's engaged with in a stalemate, or even push him backwards.

Moffit's instincts also stand out. I can't count the number of times I watched Moffitt effortlessly disengage his man to pick up a late rusher or quickly slide outside to chip a defensive end who beat the tackle.

I'd expect Moffitt to contribute right away, likely starting at guard this season. He should be a welcome sight for the Seahawks, who have struggled to find a combination that works on the offensive line. He may not be a world-beater, but Moffitt should be a solid contributor.

Video

Here is a fun matchup between Wisconsin and Iowa State. Cabe Carmini and Adrian Clayborn go at it on the outside while John Moffitt handles the inside. The line play in this game was truly fascinating.

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 Picks: James Carpenter Scouting Report

With the 25th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks selected James Carpenter, a left tackle from Alabama. With the pick, the Seahawks plan for the draft suddenly snapped into focus: Build from the trenches on the offensive side of the ball. He's not flashy, nor is he the quarterback of the future many hoped for, but Carpenter fits the scheme the Seahawks would like to implement and should be a starter from day one.

Vitals

Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 321 pounds
40-yard-dash: 5.22 seconds
Bench press: 23 repetitions at 225 pounds.

Bio

Originally from Augusta, Georgia, Carpenter signed with Iowa State out of high school but headed to Coffeyville Community College after failing to qualify. Two years later, he was headed to Alabama to begin his division one career. All he did was slide into the left tackle spot from the start while never looking back at Alabama. Carpenter earned a first-team All-SEC selection for his work on the line and was a mainstay in the trenches for the Crimson Tide, starting all 27 games during his two years at Alabama.

Scouting Report

Because there's no way I can do this better than Carl Shinyama over at Field Gulls, I'd like to direct your attention to his scouting report. It's incredibly detailed and the work he put in is impressive. Shinyama watched tape and was able to come away with an assessment I'd say is accurate and insightful. Here's a sampling of it.

Carpenter is an above-average pass protector and an even better run blocker. He is not a technician, nor is he a mauler; Carpenter is, as I said, a superior leverage blocker, one with a powerful base. That is, he wins at the point of attack because his position and leverage, relative to his man, is lower in height consistently and he moors himself firmly.

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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 Results: Revisiting The Seattle Seahawks Picks

Did you miss the 2011 NFL Draft? If so, we've got you covered with a rundown of the Seattle Seahawks selections. We'll begin with the results of the draft before going into depth and giving each pick their own post with a more thorough breakdown. This will serve as our base-line and allow us to get to know the new Seahawks to find out just what we've got on our hands.

Here are the Seahawks picks from the 2011 NFL Draft.

First Round, Pick No. 25: James Carpenter, tackle, Alabama.
Carpenter was a pick that left many saying "Woah" and "Who?" when the selection was announced. By now we know who he is: A run-blocking tackle that will play on the right side of the Seahawks line. Carpenter also immediately won me over with what he did the morning after the draft.
Third Round, Pick No. 75. John Moffitt, guard, Wisconsin.
An interior lineman with a mean streak. Moffitt has already been called a mauler and should play at the right guard spot as soon as this coming season.
Fourth Round, Pick No. 99. K.J. Wright, linebacker, Mississippi State.
A bit of a speedster at linebacker, Wright will likely play on the outside. This pick was called a reach, but he may be underrated. He also had an interesting draft-day story.
Fourth Round, Pick No. 107. Kris Durham, wide receiver, Georgia.
At 6-foot-4, Durham is a big red zone target. He may serve as depth behind Mike Williams on the outside
Fifth Round, Pick No. 154. Richard Sherman, defensive back, Stanford.
Pete Carroll knew Sherman well and recruited him to play at USC. Sherman spurned him, choosing Stanford, and played with a chip on his shoulder in an effort to take down the Trojan dynasty.
Fifth Round, Pick No. 156. Mark LeGree, safety, Appalachian State.
He's a small school guy, but boy was he productive. LeGree led the FCS in interceptions last season and is a quick safety.
Sixth Round, Pick No. 173. Byron Maxwell, defensive back, Clemson.
Maxwell figures to play on special teams at the NFL-level, at least to start. He appears to be destined for the gunner spot and has an affinity for blocking kicks.
Seventh Round, Pick No. 205. Lazarius Levingston, defensive tackle, LSU.
Well, the Seahawks finally picked a defensive lineman, but he appears to be little more than depth.
Seventh Round, Pick No. 242. Malcolm Smith, linebacker, USC.
Smith brings more speed to the table and is mighty fast for an outside linebacker. He's a workout warrior and a physical freak.

We'll be back with more on each of these players in our NFL Draft results StoryStream. Check out our 2011 NFL Draft grades to see some of the initial assessments of the class. For a look back on the draft that was, check out our 2011 NFL Draft StoryStream. For even more on the draft and the Seahawks pick, head on over to Field Gulls, where Danny Kelly has been poring over notes and evaluating the draft class.

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Getting To Know The Seattle Seahawks Picks

Beginning on Monday morning, we'll be getting to know all nine of the Seattle Seahawks' 2011 NFL Draft picks. The Seahawks didn't go for flash in this year's draft, instead choosing substance and finding players that fit the scheme and needs of the team going forward. Two offensive linemen -- James Carpenter and John Moffitt -- were taken in the first two days and the third day is one for the hardcore, with under-the-radar picks much more prevalent. As you can imagine, the Seahawks draft led to many "who is that?" questions.

So we'll be attempting to answer just who these nine players are and in what capacity they'll serve the Seahawks, both at present and in the future. The plan is to gather information, write scouting reports and include all the vital information needed to see where the Seahawks' draft class may fit in the grand scheme of the team. Because so many of the picks were passed over in many of the pre-draft evaluations, we'll try to spice it up with multimedia and pictures.

By the end of it all, we should have a better idea of what general manager John Schneider and Pete Schneider saw in the players they took in the 2011 NFL Draft. At the very least, we'll know who these players are, where they come from and what strengths and weaknesses they posses.

Check back with this StoryStream throughout the day on Monday as we unveil the Seahawks 2011 NFL Draft class in a more in-depth way. For a quick look at the picks, check out our first and second round StoryStream and our third day StoryStream. For even more on the draft and the Seahawks picks, head on over to Field Gulls, where Danny Kelly has been poring over notes and evaluating the draft class.

Check out our 2011 NFL Draft grades to see some of the initial assessments of the class. 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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