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Hawks select WR Golden Tate at No. 60

After filling two, big needs at offensive tackle and safety with Oklahoma State's Russell Okung and Texas speedster Earl Thomas, the Seattle Seahawks add an offensive playmaker by selecting Notre Dame receiver Golden Tate with the team's No. 60 overall pick in the second round.

Both Houston (Ben Tate) and Cleveland (Montario Hardesty) selected running backs in front of them, so it appeared Seattle may continue the run of backs at the end of the second round.

But instead the Seahawks add an explosive playmaker who can serve as the team's punt and kick returner as well heading into 2010. This move also appears to signal that Deion Branch's days with Seattle may be numbered, as Tate will likely be a slot or Z receiver in Jeremy Bates' new system.

The selection of Tate is the highest Seattle has selected receiver since picking Koren Robinson ninth overall in 2001.