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.
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.