Apr 26, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL former player Deion Sanders announces the number sixty overall pick to the Atlanta Falcons during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Surveying The Media Draft Grades For The Seattle Seahawks

With the draft now firmly behind us, I thought it would be fun to take a look and see how the media members “graded” the Seahawk’s draft.

These grades are clearly meaningless, but they’re amusing. It’s especially fun certain media member glad the Seahawks draft as an “F,” even when it turns out to be undisputedly the best in NFL. Those are good times.

It seems that most members of the media have learned not to doubt John Schneider’s ability to evaluate and draft talent. Even though there were some choice words used on-air last week, the grades below show individuals who don’t want to end up looking foolish again.


The ever-annoying Mel Kiper from ESPN awarded the Seahawks a trio of grades for their draft.

Filling needs: B+

Value B-

Overall B

The text for this is behind their pay-wall, so I unfortunately can’t quote anything from his explanation without risking hearing from ESPN’s lawyers.

Chris Burke from Sports Illustrated gave the Seahawks a B-

Seattle used its Round 1 pick to acquire Percy Harvin, so it had to wait until pick 62 to get working. Actually, the Seahawks’ best decisions came at 137 (DT Jesse Williams) and 138 (CB Tharold Simon). The Seahawks had a roster built to roll the dice a bit in the draft, and that’s just what they did with their first three picks.

Bucky Brooks at NFL.com gave the Seahawks a B-

TheSeahawks took a second-round flier on one of the most talented runners in the draft, Christine Michael. The Texas A&M product is not only explosive on the perimeter, but he is also a rugged between-the-tackles runner with the toughness and physicality to spell Marshawn Lynch.

USA Today writer Nate Davis made the mistake of doubting Schneider enough to give this class a C-

Not that he cares what we think, but it appears Scheider is gambling on second-round RB Christine Michael and fifth-round CB Tharold Simon. Both are talented, neither is necessarily reliable off the field, nor do they fill needs

On the other hand Pete Prisco from CBS sports liked Seattle’s draft, and still have them a B.

Without the first-round pick, the Seahawks still did a nice job of adding quality players. They also added some players with some character concerns, which doesn’t seem to bother this team.

Jesse Reed at Bleacher Report Gave the Seahawks a B

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  • Hawk_Eye

    The only thing I think is funny this year is where are the D’s and F’s? I guess the so called draft experts are tired of looking stupid.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      yep. if you read through some of the articles where these grades come form, a couple of the writers even admitted that. Doubting Schneider isn’t a good policy.

      • http://Allcougdup.com/ All Coug’d Up

        They’re still paying from calling Rodgers a terrible pick in GB. Schneider is apparently no slouch when it comes to evaluating talent. By the way, notice they still didn’t give Seattle an A, even though they all seemed to include Harvin as part of the draft?! haha. And lastly, how about the Harvin thing? I don’t think I’ve ever heard a traded player called part of the first round as much as Harvin has been. Carroll and Schneider sure know how to work the media.

  • hubeee

    Most of the bad grades came from writers who favor the “old rust bucket NFL east teams”, who are rapidly going down in flames. These include the Iggles, squealers, dead-skins, cheaters, circus, girls, aints, and a few more.
    The new power teams are 9ers, Seahawks, Chiefs, Denver, and maybe Raiders in a year or two. All from the West.

    • Hawkman54

      Don’t forget the up and coming Rams either!

  • Hawkman54

    I respect JS allot , BUT I truly don’t understand the direction of some of this draft. When you don’t need allot , that is when you pick to fill needs! Even Ron Wolf did that! So that being said (excluding Harvin) the BEST grade I could muster for them is a B-, but it feels more like a C+ .

  • SkeleTony X

    I think a B+ or A- is about right. We won’t know for at least a year how well everyone pans out but this year’s draft class was not the sexiest in terms of first round talent so Seattle picked a VERY good time to trade away picks for Harvin.