Seahawks Post-Draft Analysis: Offseason Acquisition Grades at Wide Receiver

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Nov 30, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver

Kevin Norwood

(83) celebrates after scoring on a 20 yard touchdown pass from

A.J. McCarron

(not pictured) in the second quarter Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports

Draft Pick Additions

  • Round 2, Pick 13 (45) — Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

P-Rich is by far my favorite player the Seahawks drafted and you can see why he was also one of the Hawks’ favorites as well HERE. There’s not much else to be said about that B-L-A-Z-I-N-G speed that hasn’t already been said, except that you can tell pretty easily on tape and he leaves defender in his wake that he’s faster than the 4.4 time recorded at the combine. At his pro day, Richardson ran a 4.33 and 4.37. At his workout complex in L.A. back in January, he said he was electronically timed at 4.28. Folks, this kid is a bullet. I had him in my wish list before the draft (though those “speed concerns” I mentioned were gravely mistaken). I recently talked about his comparison to DeSean Jackson (and more about the fact that he brings that different element than even Percy Harvin does to Seattle). And yesterday Colin talked about whether or not Rich’s small frame is cause for concern. At the point in which Seattle had drafted Richardson, he more than replaced Golden in my mind on the roster.

Draft Grade: A+

  • Round 4, Pick 23 (123) — Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama

What a huge steal by Carroll and Schneider here! I cannot tell you how much better the World Champs got with this pick, only that even after the Richardson acquisition 78 picks before it, this did indeed make the offense and the team better. It also made me feel so much less worried about the Stevie Johnson pick up in tandem with Bruce Ellington from Clemson in San Fran. To me, this move for quality depth actually makes the Seahawks a contender offensively as well as defensively, because Russell Wilson should never go through a time on the field without a true weapon. For more on my thoughts of Norwood, along with some press conference quotes from Carroll and the Scheid on this kid, you can go HERE.

Draft Grade: A

Undrafted Free Agent Additions

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