The Seahawks Bl – Well, You Know


I ripped the Seahawks’ war room for mishandling situations on both days. However, I felt they could turn things around with a strong Day 3, since this was when most of their selections were to take place. Instead, the draft ended with me more disillusioned than ever.

I do not want to criticize the draftees on a personal level, but I have to on at least one of them. Seattle chose Georgia WR Kris Durham with their second pick in the fourth round (#107), which was the pick they received from Detroit for trading down from #57 in the second round to #75 in the third round.

This was the worst pick in a day of underwhelming (and I’m being nice by categorizing it that way) selections. There was no reason to take a WR here unless he was a legitimate deep threat, and even then it would have been questionable. Durham is a possession receiver, and the team has more than enough of those. The team could have selected him in the sixth or probably even the seventh round. Durham played on a high-profile team (Georgia) in the toughest conference in college football (SEC) opposite the top-rated receiver in the draft (A.J. Green). Yet he wasn’t even invited to the NFL Draft Combine. Several players who went undrafted were invited to the Combine. That says a lot.

With their first pick in the fourth round, the Seahawks selected Mississippi St. LB K.J. Wright. There was no need to draft a linebacker this early, if at all. If their intention is to use Wright as a pass rusher a la Chris Clemons, it makes some sense, but there were far greater needs than this. Does this mean Dexter Davis is on his way out?!

Seattle used both fifth round picks and their sixth rounder on defensive backs. I don’t have a problem with addressing the secondary, but THREE selections?! On top of the three picks they used on defensive backs in the last draft (not to mention returning veterans), that is extremely excessive. At least one of the three draftees will not see ANY playing time on defense this season.

Why didn’t the Seahawks address the secondary in the fourth round? Between their selection of Wright (#99) and the first DB they chose, Richard Sherman (#154), there were a whopping fifteen defensive backs selected. FIFTEEN!!! Even if they LOVED Wright, couldn’t they have taken a DB on the pick they used on Durham?!

Seattle FINALLY (!) addressed the defensive line with their first pick in the seventh round by taking LSU DT Pep Levingston. They ended the draft by taking USC LB Malcolm Smith. The best thing I can say about these picks is I hope they can make the team.

Seattle had significant needs on the line on both sides of the ball. Despite bungling opportunities to add a mid-round selection by trading down in the first round and to add an impact defensive lineman by trading up in the second, the team did address the offensive line, even if they reached on both picks. However, they almost completely ignored the defensive line while taking an extraneous wide receiver and overstocking the roster at secondary. The Seahawks couldn’t have had a worse draft if they tr – WAIT A MINUTE!

To be continued . . .