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2012 NFL Draft: Reviewing the Seattle Seahawks

I've already made some comments regarding the Seattle's draft. For the most part, I didn't think it was the greatest. Again, gut-instinct post-draft reviews are pretty much designed to make the writer of them look stoopid in a couple of years. If not one year later. So when the Seahawks' picks turn into powerhouse players, you can all look up my previous post and tease me.

That said, I want to write this post, and the subsequent draft review posts, with a bit more of an objective flavor. I think it benefits us as fans if we just get the facts about the upcoming opponents without my sticky opinion everywhere. So here we go:

I don't think it's unreasonable to say that the Seahawks made a slightly surprising pick with their first round choice in pass rush specialist Bruce Irvin from West Virginia. I think the upside of the pick is that he plays in a sort of Aldon Smith role next year and then develops into an every down player. If he can - which is the big question. Joining Irvin is another LB, picked in the second round, Bobby Wagner from Utah. The Seahawks also drafted Korey Toomer, the OLB from Idaho, in the fifth round.

These LBs are joined by three d-line picks (four, depending on if you count already discussed Bruce Irvin): fourth round DT Jaye Howard Florida, seventh rounder DT JR Sweezy North Carolina State, and DE Greg Scruggs Louisville. To round out a heavy set of defensive picks this draft, the Seahawks also snagged CB Jeremy Lane from Northwestern St. and SS Winston Guy from Kentucky.

The pick that set ESPN into a tizzy, though, is clearly QB Russell Wilson from Wisconsin. The big knocks on this guy is that he is too short to play in the NFL and that his throwing motion is a bit off. Supposedly he is a natural leader, however, and has the tools to be a successful QB in the NFL. Either way, this pick clearly puts some pressure on Tarvaris Jackson. I can't see them putting too much pressure on newly signed Matt Flynn, but this may be his successor.