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2011 NFL draft in review: Seattle Seahawks

It was a little surprising that the Seattle Seahawks took James Carpenter with their first overall pick. The NFL media site did not even have a profile of him, and to be perfectly honest I do not know all that much about him. That would seem to indicate a reach, but NFL teams do a lot of homework and the Seahawks made a concentrated effort to get more physical along their offensive line. Carpenter was the first step in that plan, and I will not proclaim reach until I see what he can do at the NFL level.

The Sporting News had Carpenter listed as the sixth best offensive tackle in this draft and the Seahawks made him fourth one selected. They tock him at the bottom of the first round, and most scouting services had a second round grade on him. That does not indicate a reach, and sometimes certain teams are higher on certain players. We must take a wait and see approach on this one.

The Seahawks did not wind up with a second round pick as they dealt it to the Detroit Lions for an extra third and fourth round selection and to move up in rounds five and seven. The Seahawks used that pick (75th overall from Detroit) to select Guard John Moffitt.

The Sporting News had a sixth round grade on Moffit, and listed him as the 13th best Guard prospect in this draft. The Seahawks made him the second one selected, and that may indicate a reach. However, one of their primary needs was O line depth (and the fore mentioned attempt to get nasty up front) so taking a guy who split time at Guard and Center is a strong move. Given this was an extra pock acquired in a trade, the risk is very acceptable.

Right now, he projects as a depth pick and a backup at two positions along the offensive line, but he could dazzle and wind up starting at one of the guard spots. If he does, it would give the Seahawks three young, players with big upside along their O line. This could be a very good line for years to come.

With all that being said let us take a look at the initial grades for the 2011 Seahawks draft class:

  • Round One- B, an unknown for most, but has big upside
  • Round Two- C+, the reasoning behind this pick was sound but now he must perform
  • Talent- C, we have to see both these prospects perform
  • Need- B+, they filled their need in their own way
  • Average- B-, with big upside

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