|By Tony Moss, NFL Editor|
|Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It's always fun to scrutinize past efforts to evaluate the NFL Draft, which is why there is a yellowing copy of USA Today's 2007 team-by-team draft review sitting on a shelf in my office.|
This is not meant to pick on USA Today, which annually does one of the best jobs you'll find in this realm, but an illustration of how all of the homework in the world can't remove the uncertainty from the evaluation process.
No one really knows how a player will pan out when he steps onto an NFL field for the first time, how he'll hold up from a health standpoint, how he'll fit into a given system in a league with a ton of coaching turnover, or how he'll react, in terms of work ethic, to making big bucks for the first time in his young life.
Thus, we submit to you the fact that now-battered copy of USA Today assigned the Cowboys' 07 Draft an "A."
That grade was based on the selection of first-round outside linebacker Anthony Spencer (a contributor but not a star), third-round tackle James Marten (never played a game with Dallas), fourth-round wideout Isaiah Stanback (appeared in 10 games as a Cowboy), fourth-round tackle Doug Free (a part-time starter last year), sixth-round kicker Nick Folk (kicked his way out of the league last year), sixth-round fullback Deon Anderson (has stuck and been a contributor), seventh-round cornerback Courtney Brown (17 games played with one start in the league), and seventh-round corner Alan Ball (good value pick who has stuck in Big D).
Does that look like an "A" to you?
Does the following list, which was the Philadelphia Eagles' draft haul, look like a "D"?
Because that's what USA Today thought of second-rounder Kevin Kolb (now the Philly starter), second-round defensive end Victor Abiamiri (part-time starter last year), third-round linebacker Stewart Bradley (hurt in 2009 but on the verge of becoming a star), third-round running back Tony Hunt (bad pick), fifth-round safety C.J. Gaddis (ditto), fifth-round tight end Brent Celek (possibly the best late-round pick of the Andy Reid era), sixth-round corner Rashad Barksdale (didn't stick) and running back Nate Ilaoa (didn't pan out either).
I know that's not an "A", but I also know it's not a "D".
The point of course, is not to get too excited about what you see below.
Our evaluation of the Draft weekend hauls of all 16 teams of the AFC:
(AFC grades can be found here)
1 - Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State (6-2, 225); 2 - Sean Lee, LB, Penn State (6-2, 236); 4 - Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, CB, Indiana-PA (6-1, 207); 6 - Sam Young, T, Notre Dame (6-8, 316); 6 - Jamar Wall, CB, Texas Tech (5-10, 204); 7 - Sean Lissemore, DT, William & Mary (6-3, 297)
Analysis: Perhaps fearing that the Ravens or Cardinals would jump on him, Jerry Jones moved up three spots to take Bryant, the consensus No. 1 wideout in this Draft who saw his stock drop due to much-debated "character issues." It was a sexy pick, for a guy who clearly likes making them, but taking a long-term left tackle candidate like Charles Brown (USC) or Rodger Saffold (Indiana) might have been more prudent. Jones passed up Brown again in the second round, when Dallas swung a trade with the Eagles that helped them land Lee, who should be a good ILB in their 3-4 system. Owusu-Ansah is big and physical, but a project from the Division II ranks. The tackle the team finally took, Young, is a project who will struggle to make this team. Wall hurt his stock after injuring a hamstring during his pro day, but has a strong work ethic.
Bottom Line: Bryant and Lee were worthwhile pickups, but Cowboys gambled big- time by not locating a future LT candidate should Doug Free fail in that role.
1 - Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida (6-5, 270); 2 - Linval Joseph, DT, East Carolina (6-4, 328); 3 - Chad Jones, S, LSU (6-2, 221); 4 - Phillip Dillard, LB, Nebraska (6-0, 242); 5 - Mitch Petrus, G, Arkansas (6-3, 310); 6 - Adrian Tracy, OLB, William & Mary (6-3, 247); 7 - Matt Dodge, P, East Carolina (6-1, 223)
Analysis: It was speculated that the Giants were targeting Pierre-Paul to help bolster a declining pass rush, though Big Blue fans were (and are) worried about a player who may or may not be a combine wonder. Joseph was another interesting pick, as he seems to be a player better suited for a 3-4 than the 4-3 that the Giants run. The defensive theme continued in Round 3, where the G- Men got a player in Jones who is big but could be a liability on coverage, and in Round 4, when they tabbed the sturdy but somewhat slow Dillard. Petrus was a good selection for a club that needed some interior line depth. Tracy is a question mark, a college defensive end who will need to transition to OLB at the next level. The selection of Dodge, believed by some to be the best punter in this Draft, apparently spells the end of the Jeff Feagles era in North Jersey. It has been reported that Feagles will retire.
Bottom Line: Took some major gambles, beginning with Pierre-Paul, and may have left themselves short at linebacker.
1 - Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan (6-1, 268); 2 - Nate Allen, S, South Florida (6-1, 205); 3 - Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, DE, Washington (6-3, 263); 4 - Trevard Lindley, CB, Kentucky (5-11, 178). 4 - Keenan Clayton, OLB, Oklahoma (6-1, 229); 4 - Mike Kafka, QB, Northwestern (6-3, 225); 4 - Clay Harbor, TE, Missouri State (6-3, 252); 5 - Ricky Sapp, OLB/DE, Clemson (6-4, 252); 5 - Riley Cooper, WR, Florida (6-3, 222); 6 - Charles Scott, RB, LSU (5-11, 238); 7 - Jamar Chaney, LB, Mississippi State (6-6, 242); 7 - Jeff Owens, DT, Georgia (6-1, 304); 7 - Kurt Coleman, S, Ohio State (5-10, 187)
Analysis: When the Eagles traded up from No. 24 to No. 13, it was assumed they were doing so in order to select Texas safety Earl Thomas. But the Birds pulled a switcharoo, taking a player in Graham who fills a need at pass rusher but may have to bulk up to get on the field in their 4-3. Philly effectively gave up two third-rounders (No. 70 and No. 87 overall) to Denver in the deal. They got their safety in round two, though Allen is seen as more of a cover guy than a tackler, and tackling was a big problem for Philadelphia last season. The third-round pick, Te'o-Nesheim, looks like a major reach without a natural spot on this roster. The Eagles should have targeted interior o-line help there. Lindley was an effort to add much-needed depth at corner, but is another player the Birds could have had in the sixth round. The most notable of the team's three picks near the end of the fourth was Kafka, whose presence likely signals that Michael Vick is locked in as the No. 2 quarterback in 2010. Harbor has some ability to play in a fullback or h-back role. Like Graham and Te'o- Nesheim, Sapp looks like a better fit in a 3-4. Cooper, who surprisingly fell to late in the fifth, has a big body but also character concerns. Scott is a big, one-cut type of back who slipped due to a broken collarbone suffered late last season. Among the seventh-rounders, Chaney was evaluated as one of the top five inside linebackers in this Draft by some.
Bottom Line: A bizarre draft for the Eagles, from the number of picks they made (13) to the number of square pegs they tried to fit into round holes.
1 - Trent Williams, T, Oklahoma (6-5, 315); 4 - Perry Riley, OLB, LSU (6-1, 239); 6 - Dennis Morris, TE, Louisiana Tech (6-2, 265); 7 - Terrence Austin, WR, UCLA (5-9, 165); 7 - Erik Cook, C, New Mexico (6-6, 318); 7 - Selvish Capers, T, West Virginia (6-5, 308)
Analysis: After all the speculation about Eric Berry and Jimmy Clausen, the Skins filled their most obvious, glaring need by taking a left tackle at No. 4. Williams will protect Donovan McNabb's blind side. The fourth-round pick Riley's biggest contributions will come on special teams, at least initially. Morris was a productive college tight end who wasn't on many radar screens as a potential draft pick. The miniature Austin didn't look like an NFL player to most scouts. The seventh-rounder Cook was drafted in about the same spot that his brother Ryan (a second-rounder for the Vikings in 2006) should have been taken back in 2006. Capers was rated by some as a Top 10 tackle in this draft and could have a better chance to stick than most seventh-rounders. Once Washington took Williams, the biggest news of the Draft was the long- anticipated jettisoning of quarterback Jason Campbell, to the Raiders.
Bottom Line: Redskins had only one difference-making pick after they dealt their second-rounder to the Eagles in the McNabb deal, and used it as wisely as they could have.
3 - Major Wright, S, Florida (5-11, 206); 4 - Corey Wootton, DE, Northwestern (6-6, 270); 5 - Joshua Moore, CB, Kansas State (5-11, 188); 6 - Dan LeFevour, QB, Central Michigan (6-3, 230); 7 - J'Marcus Webb, T, West Texas A&M (6-7, 335)
Analysis: The Bears gave up their first-round pick in the Jay Cutler deal and their second for the tragically deceased Gaines Adams midway through last season, meaning they were the last NFL team to be on the clock at No. 75. When it finally chose, Chicago went with Wright, viewed as one of the top two strong safeties in this Draft. He'll have a chance to get on the field immediately for a DB-thin club. The local product Wootton was viewed as a second-rounder by some, but dropped to the fourth round due to injury concerns. He looks like a situational pass rusher candidate for Chicago. The secondary got some further reinforcement with Moore in the fifth. Scouts were mixed on the abilities of the sixth-rounder LeFevour, but he has a chance to develop into a long-term NFL backup. Webb, who transferred out of programs at both Texas and Arizona before landing at the Division II level, was believed to be coveted by Bears assistant Mike Tice.
Bottom Line: D-backs are intriguing, but lack of an early-round pick prevented selection of much-needed quality o-linemen, wideouts.
1 - Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska (6-4, 307); 1 - Jahvid Best, RB, California (5-10, 199); 3 - Amari Spievy, CB, Iowa (5-11, 195); 4 - Jason Fox, T, Miami- Florida (6-7, 303); 7 - Willie Young, DE, North Carolina State (6-5, 251); 7 - Tim Toone, WR, Weber State (5-10, 171)
Analysis: The Lions went chalk in the first round, taking the most dominant player in the 2009 college ranks in Suh. The Lions are getting closer to Jim Schwartz's vision on defense, though it's somewhat astonishing that a team that traded Ernie Sims and let Larry Foote walk in free agency didn't land any linebacking help. That the Lions traded up to get a running back was not a surprise, but the fact that Detroit would take the fragile Best (concussions) after the fate that befell former early picks Kevin Jones and Kevin Smith was questionable. When the Lions were next on the clock, in the third round, they took the physical Spievy to add to a corner crop that needs depth badly. The fourth-rounder Fox is a converted tight end who will need some work as a blocker to get on the field in the NFL. Toone, who the Lions made "Mr. Irrelevant" with the final pick of the Draft, was a productive player at the FCS level.
Bottom Line: Lions look more like an NFL team than they did before last Thursday, but can they really justify not selecting a linebacker?
1 - Bryan Bulaga, T, Iowa (6-5, 314); 2 - Mike Neal, DL, Purdue (6-3, 294); 3 - Morgan Burnett, S, Georgia Tech (6-1, 209); 5 - Andrew Quarless, TE, Penn State (6-4, 254); 5 - Marshall Newhouse, G, TCU (6-4, 319); 6 - James Starks, RB, Buffalo (6-2, 218); 7 - C.J. Wilson, DE, East Carolina (6-3, 290)
Analysis: One of the worst-kept secrets in this Draft was that the Packers were looking for a tackle to push the aging Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher, and Green Bay got a steal with Bulaga, a player that was projected by some as a Top 10 guy. Neal won't be among the most recognizable faces on the Green Bay roster, but he's a 3-4 end that can fit into Dom Capers' scheme. Burnett, the third-round pick, is a shaky tackler and could take some time to develop. Quarless is a Penn State product with some character issues and past problems with the law on his resume'. Newhouse projects as a backup guard, but has also played some tackle. Starks, who missed 2009 with a shoulder injury, is an intriguing selection due to his NFL size. Wilson was a good value pick in the seventh, and could stick. It is somewhat surprising that the Packers failed to draft a cornerback, given the advancing age of Charles Woodson and Al Harris, or a punter, which has been a need for this franchise for some time.
Bottom Line: Not a lot to make Packers fans excited here, but some decent bodies to add to the core of the roster.
2 - Chris Cook, CB, Virginia (6-2, 212); 2 - Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford (6-0, 231); 4 - Everson Griffen, DE, USC (6-3, 273); 5 - Chris DeGeare, G, Wake Forest (6-4, 325); 5 - Nate Triplett, LB, Minnesota (6-3, 250); 6 - Joe Webb, WR, UAB (6-3, 223); 7 - Mickey Shuler, TE, Penn State (6-4, 245); 7 - Ryan D'Imperio, LB, Rutgers (6-1, 244)
Analysis: The Vikings traded out of the first round, allowing the Lions to move up and select running back Jahvid Best in exchange for a seventh-round pick and the right to move up 28 spots in the fourth. Once it was finally on the clock, Minnesota filled a big need at corner, where Cook will have a chance to start right away on a team where Cedric Griffin comes off a knee injury and Antoine Winfield is in decline. Gerhart will be a highly popular player in Minnesota, where he has a chance to be Mike Alstott to Adrian Peterson's Warrick Dunn. Griffen, the second pick of the fourth round, was believed by some to have first-round talent and fell due to concerns about his effort. DeGeare is a quintessential late-round backup who was selected because he can play guard or tackle. Triplett is a special teams possibility. Webb played quarterback at UAB, but participated in the Senior Bowl as a wide receiver. Shuler's father, Mickey, had a 14-year NFL career with the Jets and Eagles.
Bottom Line: Should have added offensive line depth before the fifth round, otherwise not much to quibble with here.
1 - Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri (6-0, 239); 3 - Corey Peters, DT, Kentucky (6-3, 300); 3 - Mike Johnson, G, Alabama (6-5, 312); 4 - Joe Hawley, C, UNLV (6-3, 297); 5 - Dominique Franks, CB, Oklahoma (5-10, 194); 5 - Kerry Meier, WR, Kansas (6-2, 224); 6 - Shann Schillinger, S, Montana (6-0, 199)
Analysis: Weatherspoon was hardly a surprising selection for Atlanta, as Mike Smith was looking to upgrade the front seven. Weatherspoon can play MLB, but will probably begin his career on the outside. With the first of their two third-round picks, the Falcons got a player in Peters who will add some immediate depth on the interior d-line. Peters could have a chance to start. With the final pick of the third-round, Atlanta targeted Johnson, who could offer some long-term depth. Hawley, who can also play guard, was a similar-type pick in Round 4. Franks is an undersized corner, who may add most of his value as a special-teamer. Meier is a converted quarterback who could be the heir apparent to long-time, versatile Falcon Brian Finneran. Schillinger, a special teams possibility, will join another ex-Montana Grizzly, Kroy Biermann, on the Atlanta roster.
Bottom Line: Really good draft for the Falcons, who wisely spent their top picks to enhance defensive front seven and offensive line.
2 - Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame (6-3, 222); 3 - Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU (6-2, 211); 3 - Armanti Edwards, QB/WR, Appalachian State (5-11, 181); 4 - Eric Norwood, OLB, South Carolina (6-1, 245); 6 - Greg Hardy, DE, Ole Miss (6-4, 281); 6 - David Gettis, WR, Baylor (6-3, 217); 6 - Jordan Pugh, CB, Texas A&M (5-10, 190); 6 - Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati (6-6, 223); 7 - R.J. Stanford, CB, Utah (5-10, 185); 7 - Robert McClain, CB, Connecticut (5-9, 194)
Analysis: The Panthers were one of the last teams to be on the clock at No. 48, and certainly reminded the world of their presence by making a splash and taking Clausen. The Notre Dame product has his issues, but he's in a great situation for a well-run organization where he can start right away. The impact receiver that many Panthers fans (and Steve Smith) coveted came off the board in the third round, as the team tabbed the big and promising but somewhat slow- of-foot LaFell. Later, Carolina moved up to get two-time Walter Payton Award Armanti Edwards, who will almost certainly transition to wideout at the next level. Norwood fell to the Panthers late in the fourth, and could develop into a starting OLB if things go well. Hardy was viewed as a Top-10 defensive end by some but dropped mainly due to concerns over his injury history. Gettis has an NFL body, and has a decent chance of getting on the field. Pugh is a marginal prospect who helped himself by running fast at his pro day. Carolina further undermined Matt Moore (and Clausen, for that matter) by taking Pike in the sixth.
Bottom Line: Added some quality players and lots of guys you've heard of, but this team could be in major trouble along the defensive line due to its draft approach.
1 - Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State (5-11, 190); 2 - Charles Brown, T, USC (6-5, 303); 3 - Jimmy Graham, TE, Miami-Florida (6-6, 260); 4 - Al Woods, DT, LSU (6-4, 309); 5 - Matt Tennant, C, Boston College (6-5, 300); 7 - Sean Canfield, QB, Oregon State (6-4, 223)
Analysis: The Saints were expected by most to bolster their defense, but after taking CB Malcolm Jenkins in the first-round last season, the defending champs' selection of another corner was a mild surprise. The selection of Brown was not a "need" pick either, but could be a good one for the defending champs down the road. Brown was projected as a first-rounder by many. Graham will join another former Hurricanes tight end, Jeremy Shockey, on the New Orleans roster. Graham must work on his blocking to get on the field. The fourth-round pick, Woods, has talent but needs to be coached up to stick at DT. Tennant was rated by some as one of the top two centers in this draft, and could be the team's long-term answer at the center position. Canfield's best shot to remain a Saint will be on the practice squad.
Bottom Line: Defending champs didn't have a great deal of crying needs, but it was surprising that they didn't add much depth to the defensive front seven.
1 - Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma (6-4, 295); 2 - Brian Price, DT, UCLA (6-1, 303); 3 - Myron Lewis, CB, Vanderbilt (6-2, 204); 4 - Mike Williams, WR, Syracuse (6-1, 221); 6 - Brent Bowden, P, Virginia Tech (6-2, 197); 7 - Cody Grimm, S, Virginia Tech (5-10, 203); 7 - Dekoda Watson, LB, Florida State (6-1, 226); 7 - Erik Lorig, DE, Stanford (6-3, 281)
Analysis: In a Greg Oden/Kevin Durant scenario, the Bucs were ready to take the best of the two high-profile DTs still on the board after the Lions' selection. Their guy was McCoy, but can this cash-strapped team sign him anytime soon? Tampa repeated itself by taking Price in Round 2, a pick that seems curious until you consider how poorly the Bucs played up front last year. The defensive theme continued in the third round, as the team picked the big corner Lewis to add some secondary depth. Williams is a big specimen but has character concerns following concerns that saw him separated from the team at Syracuse. Bowden fills a need created when the Bucs released Josh Bidwell and Dirk Johnson. Grimm, the son of Cardinals assistant and longtime NFL o-lineman Russ Grimm, will try to stick on special teams.
Bottom Line: Did a good thing by bulking up d-line and enhancing secondary, but left themselves short at wideout and on o-line.
1 - Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee (6-2, 327); 2 - Daryl Washington, LB, TCU (6-2, 230); 3 - Andre Roberts, WR, The Citadel (5-11, 195); 4 - O'Brien Schofield, OLB, Wisconsin (6-2, 221); 5 - John Skelton, QB, Fordham (6-5, 243); 6 - Jorrick Calvin, CB, Troy (5-10, 184); 7 - Jim Dray, TE, Stanford (6-5, 246)
Analysis: Williams had seen his stock vault into the Top 10 just before the Draft, but it seems that the original projections of him as a late first- rounder were more on the mark. Williams will step immediately into the nose tackle role for Arizona. Washington was a terrific pick that the Cardinals traded up to No. 47 to acquire, and has a good chance to slide immediately into Karlos Dansby's former role. The Cardinals may have gotten a steal in Roberts in the third-round, who can play special teams and has a chance to compete with guys like Steve Breaston and Early Doucet at wideout. The fourth-rounder, Schofield, will ideally add depth at outside linebacker. Skelton is big and has great physical attributes but was not a winner in college. Calvin did not play in 2009 due to academic problems, but has value as a return man. Dray could face an uphill climb in making the roster.
Bottom Line: Had to get impact defenders and a wideout to take Anquan Boldin's place on the depth chart, and achieved those goals.
1 - Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma (6-4, 236); 2 - Rodger Saffold, T, Indiana (6-5, 316); 3 - Jerome Murphy, CB, South Florida (6-0, 196); 4 - Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinnati (6-0, 187); 5 - Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, Illinois (6-4, 264); 5 - Hall Davis, DE, Louisiana-Lafayette (6-4, 271); 6 - Fendi Onobun, TE, Houston (6-5, 250); 6 - Eugene Sims, DE, West Texas A&M (6-5, 248); 7 - Marquis Johnson, CB, Alabama (5-11, 192); 7 - George Selvie, DE, South Florida (6-4, 252); 7 - Josh Hull, LB, Penn State (6-2, 236)
Analysis: The Rams did what they had to do in picking Bradford, and will now have to try to get him signed and start a new chapter in team history. He was the most NFL-ready quarterback in this Draft, and it will be surprising if he's not the Week 1 starter. In the second, the Rams took a potential left tackle protector for Bradford, picking Saffold over other available LTs like Charles Brown (USC) and Bruce Campbell (Maryland). Murphy, the first pick of the third round, is a physical corner for a defense that could use a mean streak. Gilyard, the initial selection of the third day, will have a chance to get on the field immediately, as St. Louis possesses few credible receiving options. Hoomanawanui projects as a special-teamer. Davis, considered by some to be a Top 10 defensive end in this draft, has a high ceiling and could help. Onobun is a special-teams possibility who is better-known as a former basketball player at Arizona. Sims is unknown to everyone except Rams QB Keith Null, his former college teammate. The biggest name the Rams selected in the seventh round was Selvie, who was once regarded as an elite prospect but had a poor 2009 season and Senior Bowl.
Bottom Line: Succeeded at upgrading a terrible offense, failed at substantially bolstering a very thin front seven.
1 - Anthony Davis, T, Rutgers (6-5, 323); 1 - Mike Iupati, G, Idaho (6-5, 331); 2 - Taylor Mays, S, USC (6-3, 230); 3 - Navorro Bowman, OLB, Penn State (6-0, 242); 6 - Anthony Dixon, RB, Mississippi State (6-1, 233); 6 - Nate Byham, TE, Pittsburgh (6-4, 268); 6 - Kyle Williams, WR, Arizona State (5-10, 188); 7 - Phillip Adams, CB, South Carolina State (5-10, 194)
Analysis: Davis seemingly hurt his stock with a rough combine, but the 49ers liked the Rutgers standout enough to trade up two spots and take him (giving up a fourth-round pick in the process). With Davis and former first-rounder Joe Staley as bookends, Alex Smith should be well-protected. San Francisco fans probably weren't inspired to see their team take a pair of offensive linemen in a seven-pick span, but if they envision an offense that can succeed with Frank Gore running the ball, an interior lineman like Iupati was a prudent selection. Mays fell to the Niners at No. 49, and is a secondary playmaker for a team that had to have one, but they may have needed a CB more in this spot. Bowman, who some expected to come off the board early in the second round, has a real chance to get on the field at outside linebacker. Dixon is a big body who has almost fullback-like size and speed. Byham is a blocking tight end who could start opposite Vernon Davis in two-tight end sets. Williams, the son of White Sox GM Kenny Williams, adds depth as a wideout and on special teams. Adams, the lone cornerback selected by the club, was a reach.
Bottom Line: All of their picks made sense, but Niners hurt themselves by not adding any high-quality cornerback depth.
1 - Russell Okung, T, Oklahoma State (6-5, 307); 1 - Earl Thomas, FS, Texas (5-10, 208); 2 - Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame (5-10, 199); 4 - Walter Thurmond III, CB, Oregon (5-10, 189); 4 - E.J. Wilson, DE, North Carolina (6-2, 289); 5 - Kam Chancellor, S, Virginia Tech (6-3, 232); 6 - Anthony McCoy, TE, USC (6-4, 259); 7 - Dexter Davis, LB, Arizona State (6-1, 244); 7 - Jameson Konz, FB/TE, Kent State (6-3, 222)
Analysis: The Hawks had to be ecstatic to get Okung, who was pegged as a top five pick by many, and will step immediately into the void left by the retiring (we think) Walter Jones. Seattle had to be relieved when the Eagles passed on Thomas, as a Seahawks club that has long lacked secondary playmakers selected a legitimate one. The Hawks will hope this pick works out better than their last first-round defensive back, Kelly Jennings (2006). Tate was a good value pick late in the second round, but wide receiver wasn't seen as a top need for Seattle. The Seahawks didn't draft a running back, but Pete Carroll dealt picks for ex-Titan LenDale White and ex-Jet Leon Washington, both of whom fit the high-risk, high-reward profile. Thurmond is a guy who was familiar to Carroll within the Pac-10, but needs to recover from a knee injury that ended his 2009 season prematurely. Wilson was a DE reach near the end of the fourth. Chancellor is a big safety who could also play some OLB due to his size. Interesting that Carroll threw a lifeline to McCoy, who saw his stock drop after the revelation that he tested for marijuana at the combine.
Bottom Line: Every move the Seahawks made in this Draft sent the message that they expect to win right now.
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