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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."

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.