Here is some of what Seattle area scouts had to say about the first three players the Seahawks drafted on Saturday.
— First, UCLA DL Cassius Marsh, who was scouted by Seattle west coast scout Tyler Ramsey:
“He was really versatile,” Ramsey said, noting Marsh came in at 300 pounds and played three-technique DT and then lost about 50 pounds and played end.
“Playing a multitude of spots, kind of like Mike Bennett, is what really stood out,” Ramsey said.
“He’s been as big as 300, so ideally in the 270s would probably be better and he knows it,” Ramsey said.
What also stood out is his hand strength and ability to shed blockers.
“He definitely has the strength in his hands right now, so I see no problems there,” Ramsey said.
— Next, Alabama WR Kevin Norwood, who was scouted by Southeast area scout Jim Nagy:
“Really for our team, what stood out the most is he is very clutch,” Nagy said, noting that Norwood tended to be the player the Tide went to most often in critical situations. “The kid always shows up. Really dependable.”
What Nagy also liked is Norwood’s ability to “go off script” and make plays when protection breaks down, something that is a key in working with Russell Wilson.
Norwood had just 38 receptions as a senior and 81 for his career playing in a balanced and run-oriented Alabama offense, and Nagy said he thinks “that’s why he was a little undervalued because of his production. I’ve been thinking he will be a more productive pro than a college player because of what they do.”
Nagy said Norwood has experience playing both inside and outside and won’t necessarily be plugged in specifically anywhere with the Seahawks. He also noted his ability to make plays in traffic and the red zone.
“His contested catch stuff is unbelievable,” Nagy said.
— Next, Boston College LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, scouted by Northwest area scout Todd Brunner.
Brunner called Pierre-Louis “my favorite kid in the whole draft just to watch. … this kid is unbelievable.”
Brunner began to walk about how Pierre-Louis reminded him of a player he scouted for the 49ers. When pressed on who that was, Brunner responded “NaVorro (Bowman).”
“He’s just fun to watch play football,” Brunner said.
Brunner said Pierre-Louis played last season in the 220-224-pound range but now is up to 236 — “a solid 236,” Brunner said.
Brunner said he scouted Pierre-Louis as a linebacker and that it will be up to the coaches to decide if he plays safety.
“Athletically, he could fit anywhere,” Brunner said.
Seattle appears set with three starting LBs, so special teams will be a key for Pierre-Louis making the team.
Said Brunner: “He’ll definitely make an impact on special teams here.”