The 2012 NFL Draft is now over and we can take a little time to gather our thoughts and reflect on what, and who, the Seattle Seahawks picked. It was a wild and crazy week, some players went where everyone thought, some just went. Our Seahawks front office put together a lot of time and effort into their war room, and it got a mixed bag of emotions and grades from different parts of the NFL world. Over at Field Gulls, Kenneth Arthur gave the Seahawks a grade of all A’s, whereas Mike Hoag Jr. from Bleacher Report gave the Seahawks a D. Let’s look at the final result of what the front office brought in for us.
The Seahawks started the draft off with only 6 picks overall, but ended the draft with 10 total, and then added another 10 Undrafted Free Agents after the draft was done. Here is the listing of all 20 picks and a brief explaination of who they are.
Round 1: Pick 12- The Seahawks traded this pick to Philadelphia in return they received pick 15 in round one, pick 114 in round 4, and pick 172 in round 6. At 15, the Seahawks settled on a DE/OLB from West Virginia named Bruce Irvin(6’3″– 234 lbs.). This came as a complete shock to everyone as there were no other DE’s selected yet, and the likes of Quinton Coples, Chandler Jones, and Melvin Ingram were still on the board. Irvin was ranked as the No. 24th prospect by Yahoo Sports. Pro Football Weekly had Irvin going anywhere from Rounds 3-4. Irvin ran the 40 in 4.50 and benched #225 23 times per the Combine Report at Nfl.com.
Round 2: Pick 11(43)-The Seahawks traded this pick to N.Y. Jets for pick 47, pick 154 in round 5, and pick 232 in round 7. At 47, the Seahawks selected Bobby Wagner(6’0″– 241 lbs.), a ILB from Utah State. Per Pro Football Weekly, Wagner was slated to go from Rounds 5-6, and ran the 40 in 4.70. He was a four-year starter at Utah State, and will step in and compete with Barrett Ruud for the MLB position.
Round 3: Pick 12(75)- The Seahawks selected a QB from Wisconsin named Russell Wilson(5’10″–203 lbs.). Pro Football Weekly had him going from Rounds 4-5, and also rated him an outstanding athlete with top intangibles. The combine tracker at nfl.com said that Wilson is an accurate passer, a born signal caller, who has the arm to make the deep throws, but can also put touch on his throws to catch a receiver in stride. The only knocks against Wilson are his lack of height.
Round 4: Pick 11(106)- The Seahawks picked RB Robert Turbin(5’10″– 215 lbs.) out of Utah State. Nfl.com previewed him to go as early as the second round, but due to being a relatively unknown player he could slip. They showed him as completing the 40 in 4.50, and amassing 28 reps at #225. They also noted him as being a quick and shifty back that can carry the linebackers and move the pile. Pro Football Weekly had him going between the fifth and sixth rounds.
Round 4: Pick 19(114)-The Seahawks chose DT Jaye Howard(6’3″– 292 lbs.) from Florida. Pro Football Weekly rated him between rounds 6 and 7 with athletic movement, good range, and can play inside and outside. Combine Tracker at nfl.com listed him as inconsistant but durable.
Round 5: Pick 19(154)- The Seahawks opted for LB Korey Toomer(6’2″– 234 lbs.) out of Idaho. The Seahawks were one of the 20 teams in attendance during his pro day workout. Toomer registered a 4.55 in the 40, and pressed the bar 20 times.
Round 6: Pick 2(172)- The Seahawks selected CB Jeremy Lane( 6’0″– 190 lbs.) from Northwestern State in Louisiana.
Round 6: Pick 11(181) The Seahawks pick S Winston Guy(6’0″–211 lbs.) from Kentucky. Pro Football Weekly reported that he ran the 40 in 4.61, is more fitted in the SS position. They rate him as having average athletic ability, as well as being a hard-nosed, well-defined defender.
Round 7: Pick 18(225) The Seahawks took DT J.R. Sweezy(6’4″–298 lbs.) from North Carolina. Pro Football Weekly says he is a big DT with straight-line speed, but stiff movement.
Round 7: Pick 26(233)- For their final pick the Seahawks chose another DT Greg Scruggs(6’4″– 285 lbs.). Scruggs is another versatile player that has played both DE and DT, and can move around and mix up the defense in rotations.
After the draft was wrapped up and those 10 players now on their way to the VMAC, there were an additional 10 players signed as undrafted free agents. The Seahawks nabbed a WR from Ohio Phil Bates, McNeese St. CB London Durham, California(Pa.) G Rishaw Johnson, Washington WR Jermaine Kearse, Henderson State TE Sean McGrath, Montana OT Jon Opperud, Portland State DB DeShawn Shead, Cincinnati DE/OLB Monte Taylor, Oregon WR Lavasier Tuinei, and Purdue K Carson Wiggs.
Overall the Seahawks added 20 guys that will be scratching and fighting for roster spots just like Doug Baldwin did last year for the Seahawks. We have seen even first round picks move on from Seattle, and we have also seen Undrafted players stick and make a huge impact. Only time will tell which one of these players will step up and fill in the holes for the Seahawks this year.