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May 11, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Sunday links: Wrapping up the draft, and a few grades

Good morning and Happy Mother’s Day. Time for a few links wrapping up the 2014 NFL Draft.

Jerry Brewer says this draft illustrated anew the unique Seahawks’ approach to things.

— Here’s my story, looking at how the Seahawks bolstered their receiving corps. Also included are bios on every player.

— Here’s Jayson Jenks’ notebook.

— Lots of coverage on, as well.

Now for a few grades from some of the more notable draftniks. And yes, we can debate the folly of passing along grades less than 24 hours after the players picked. But for now, we’ll ignore that larger argument and pass a few on in the interest of seeing what the immediate assessment of the class is:

— ESPN’s Mel Kiper gave the Seahawks a C-plus, which includes a B for filling needs and a D-plus for getting value.

Writes Kiper:

“There simply isn’t a better player development program in the NFL right now than Seattle’s. The players the Seahawks draft — the players I’ve spent many hours evaluating and making calls on — are often players that evolve, improve and become something new after Seattle drafts them. … The Seahawks know what they are doing, but it’s fair to say they had a couple value questions again today. I look forward to seeing what becomes of these players.”

—’s Doug Farrar gave the Seahawks a B-minus.

Writes Farrar:

“As usual, the Seahawks drafted unconventially, ignoring need at times in favor of players with specific athletic skills. The lack of a dominant guard could come back to bite them later, and I’m not totally sold on the prospects of second-round offensive tackle Justin Britt.  However, getting Colorado speed receiver Paul Richardson, also in the second round, could be a major steal.

Alabama’s Kevin Norwood, a bigger target for the end zone and the red zone, adds a key component to Seattle’s offense. UCLA defensive lineman Cassius Marsh, who committed to Pete Carroll back in the USC days before changing his mind, reunites in an end/tackle role. Watch out for Marshall offensive tackle Garrett Scott as the possible sleeper pick — he has a lot of the qualities you’d like to see in a top-flight pass-blocker.

I have to knock Seattle down for passing on the two best guards in this class — Xavier Su’a-Filo and David Yankey — because it is a position of enormous need that wasn’t sewn up in free agency, either.”

—’s Pete Prisco gave Seattle a B-plus.

Writes Prisco:

“The Seahawks traded out of the first round to add picks and added a lot of good players. Second-round receiver Paul Richardson can fly and I love fourth-round picks Cassius Marsh and Kevin Norwood.”

—’s Rob Rang gave the Seahawks a B.

Writes Rang:

“While basking in the glory of the first championship in team history, Seattle watched several key contributors get signed away in free agency. Though still boasting one of the league’s deepest rosters, re-stocking the shelves with speed on the flanks and toughness, length and athleticism along the offensive and defensive lines was clearly the focus. Wideout Paul Richardson offers a pure vertical speed element that could keep opponents from crowding the box to slow down Seattle’s run-heavy attack. Kevin Norwood doesn’t possess Richardson’s rare acceleration but is pro-ready with the build and body control to also make the roster. Tackle Justin Britt was a surprise in the second round but his length, functional strength and tenacity could help him vie for playing time as a rookie. Combative edge rusher Cassius Marsh and Jimmy Staten provide depth at the LEO and five-technique positions, respectively. Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith had better not rest on his laurels as Kevin Pierre-Louis is a similarly gifted athlete with eye-popping production. No team has enjoyed more recent success on Day Three of the draft than the Seahawks and of their late selections, athletic offensive lineman Garrett Scott and hulking safety Eric Pinkins look especially promising.”

— USA Today says that maybe the second impression of Seattle’s draft will be better than the first, writing:

Rule of thumb — Schneider and the Seahawks know, and the rest of us don’t. Second-round WR Paul Richardson is a deep threat likely to carve an immediate niche offensively. But his 6-0, 175-pound build suggests he better stay away from the hashes, especially in divisional games. Seattle’s subsequent picks presumably mesh into the organizational philosophy that has borne so much fruit. But seeing is believing for the rest of us.




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