Good morning folks. In cruising the national media sites this morning one thing became pretty clear – they don’t think very highly of what Seattle did in the draft this weekend.
But before we get to that, I want to point you to a couple offerings from us this morning.
Dave Boling offers a nice profile on Seattle’s first round draft pick James Carpenter, who didn’t have a whole lot to say and is expected to let his pads do the talking.
My story today runs down the final day of the draft, including perspective from Pete Carroll and John Schneider on this year’s draft class and more info on Georgia receiver Kris Durahm
Now back to those draft experts. ESPN’s Mel Kiper bloodied the Seahawks in his evaluation of this year’s draft, giving Seattle the worst grade out of all the teams – a “D”. He believes both Carpenter and Durham were reaches, and thinks they should have addressed the quarterback position. You have to be a ESPN Insider to view the article.
ESPN’s Trent Dilfer takes Pete Carroll to task for the Seattle Seahawks draft class for not taking Andy Dalton at No. 25, and says Matt Hasselbeck will not be back in Seattle in this audio link. Dilfer’s comments are toward the end of the podcast. According to reports, Dilfer also has suggested that Carson Palmer could be headed to Seattle.
These are interesting comments by Dilfer because he remains good friends with Hasselbeck. Also, Hasselbeck’s agent David Dunn also represents Palmer. However, Hasselbeck responded to the speculation by discounting the reports, saying they are just rumors via twitter.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports likes the fifth-round selection of free safety Mark LeGree, but says Seattle’s draft overall was just OK and gives Seattle a “C”.
Clifton Brown of the Sporting News gives Seattle a “D”, saying they could go from first to worst in the NFC West.
Adam Caplan of Fox Sports also gives Seattle a “D”, saying no team reached as badly for players as the Seahawks.
The only person with anything good to say about Seattle’s draft class was Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com, giving Seattle a “B” overall, giving the Seahawks credit for adding toughness up front on the offensive line.
Dan Pompei of the National Football Post provides some insight from league personnel on Seattle’s selection of Carpenter.
“The Seahawks’ selection of OT James Carpenter in the first round was a hot button issue. One front office man said he thought it was a reach. Another said he thought Carpenter may be the most gifted offensive lineman in the whole class, but he’s raw and might have problems picking up a complex scheme. A third said his team had Carpenter rated as a borderline first round pick, but he was surprised to see him taken with the 25th selection given the other talent that remained on the board.”
Kevin Price of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer checks in with new Seahawks Mark LeGree, who says he’s been told he’ll be given a chance to compete for a spot at free safety. This leads me to believe we might see a similar system in Seattle where the Seahawks use either LeGree or Kam Chancellor as deep safety like Pittsburgh’s Ryan Clark, in order to free up Earl Thomas to roam the field and make plays like Troy Polamalu.
ESPN’s Mike Sando offers his thoughts on the Seahawks’ draft.