Seattle Seahawks: draft grades for Day 3

The Seattle Seahawks were busiest on Day 3 of the NFL Draft, selecting seven players. Here’s my initial reaction to each selection.

Round 4, Pick 108: Cassius Marsh, UCLA

Marsh at 6’4”, 252 pounds is versatile defensive end who will be able to play multiple spots on the line. He looks to be a nice replacement for the void Chris Clemons left when he signed with Jacksonville. Seattle fans can probably watch for him whenever Cliff Avril needs a sub.

Bottom line: The Seattle Seahawks love depth on the defensive front, and Marsh gives it to them at multiple spots. He’s got good height and uses his hands well.

Grade: B

Round 4, Pick 123: Kevin Norwood, Alabama

Wide receiver Kevin Norwood had a good career at Alabama, with a career year last season (38 receptions, 568 yards, and seven touchdowns). Norwood is the second receiver the Seattle Seahawks selected, with Paul Richardson going in the second round. Norwood has better size than Richardson, at 6’2” and 198 pounds, and he ran a 4.48 40-yard dash at the Combine.

Bottom line: Getting some height in the receiving corps is much needed for the Seattle Seahawks, but I’m not sure whether Norwood can become an outside receiver in the pros when he was primarily a slot receiver in college.

Grade: C

Round 4, Pick 132: Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College

When I was selecting sleeper linebackers in the draft, I had actually given Pierre-Louis some serious thought, but from watching tape, I didn’t think he’d be able to cut it in the NFL as a linebacker. He’s able to use his 4.51 40-yard speed to get all over the field, but he’s not really great in coverage and has a tendency to get blocked out of plays.

Bottom line: Seattle’s linebackers’ contracts are expiring in the near future, so this pick could pay big dividends if re-signing guys doesn’t work out. Pierre-Louis made plenty of plays at BC, racking up 108 tackles last year, but there’s work to be done with him.

Grade: C

Round 5, Pick 172: Jimmy Staten, Middle Tennessee State

This 6’3”, 311 pound defensive tackle adds to depth on the line and, like Marsh, can play different spots on the line. GM John Schneider likes his first step and hands.

Bottom line: He’s another big body to rotate in and out, but he’s going to have to fight for a spot, with young defensive tackles like Jesse Williams looking to recover from injury and get on the field. He can get to the ball carrier, amassing 30 tackles last season, so his nose for the ball and good first step could give him a lift.

Grade: B-

Round 6, Pick 199: Garrett Scott, Marshall

Listed at 6’4”, 297 pounds is this left tackle from Marshall. Scott is primarily a tackle, but also can play guard. Schneider is especially impressed by his angles and ability to stay in front of people.

Bottom line: Russell Okung had foot surgery, and if he runs into more injury problems this year, Scott could find himself an important guy. I have a feeling Scott will stay at tackle in the pros, but if Schneider describes him as “under-the-radar”, then I’m all for him. The Seattle Seahawks are an island of misfit toys: lots of guys overlooked by everyone else and drafted by Seattle on Day 3. I trust Schneider here.

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I like Eric Pinkins joining the ranks of the Legion of Boom.

Grade: B+

Round 6, Pick 208: Eric Pinkins, San Diego State

This defensive back really intrigues me. He may just be my favorite Day 3 pick that the Seattle Seahawks made. He’s tall and speedy, at 6’3” with a 4.44 40-yard dash. As an Aztec, he played a warrior safety spot, in which he covered slot receivers and rushed the passer.

Bottom line: I love his versatility and athleticism, and while it may be an initial tough adjustment from warrior safety to corner, I think he has the means to do it. He’s a great addition to the Legion of Boom, and he could end of being one of the steals of the draft. It’s got to be a good sign for Pinkins if Pete Carroll raved about his qualities, right?

Grade: A

Round 7, Pick 227: Kiero Small, Arkansas

Small is a 5’8” and 250 pound fullback who has impressed many with his toughness and tenacity. He could turn out to be another great lead-blocking fullback for the Seahawks and Marshawn Lynch.

Bottom line: Small is the type of fullback the Seahawks like to use in their running game, and what he lacks in height he makes up for in strength.

Grade: A-

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