The Seattle Seahawks once again selected a couple players a little rough around the edges in this year's draft, something former Seattle head personnel man Tim Ruskell usually did not do during his time with the Seahawks.
When Ruskell took over he had to deal with the fallout of players like Jerremy Stevens, Rocky Bernard and Koren Robinson, so part of his job was to clean up the image of the team.
But as Dave Boling of The News Tribune notes in his column today, Pete Carroll and John Schneider have shown a willingness to take calculated risks on players with hiccups in their past. It paid off when they traded for Marshawn Lynch after his off-the-field struggles in Buffalo. Mike Williams also had his share of work ethic and weight issues, but found a fresh start in Seattle.
In this year’s draft, West Virginia’s Bruce Irvin, North Carolina’s J.R. Sweezy and Louisville’s Greg Scruggs all had things in their past worth looking into.
Boling: As general manager John Schneider explained before the draft, certain offenses are non-negotiable and there are obligations to the franchise for responsible behavior. But the brain trust also preached the value of second chances for the worthy.
“It’s part of the post-Ruskell reality that the Seahawks are not putting together a Scout Troop.”
ESPN’s Mike Sando takes a look at how Russell Wilson’s measure up to other quarterback prospects available in the draft. The link also includes a video of Herm Edwards talking about Wilson.
ESPN’s Michael DiRocco says better consistency in his play got defensive lineman Jaye Howard drafted by Seattle in the fourth round.
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks were eccentric in the team’s draft selections.
Wes Bunting of the National Football Post gives Seattle a B+ for the team’s draft class. That’s the best grade I’ve seen for Seattle.
And Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports gives Seattle the worst draft grade, handing out a D-minus.
Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network already is looking at 2013, as he ranks the top 30 players for next year’s draft class.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports does the same thing here.
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports ranks Purdue kicker Carson Wiggs, who signed with Seattle as an undrafted rookie free agent, among his diamonds in the rough for Seattle.