- Terry Blount, ESPN Staff Writer
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Best move: Moving down three times to acquire three extra picks, going from six picks at the start of the draft to nine in the final two days. The Seahawks ended up with two second-round picks, three fourth-round selections, one in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh. The best pick for Seattle could be UCLA DE Cassius Marsh, a versatile athlete with a family pedigree in the NFL. His dad, Curt Marsh, was an NFL receiver and his brother, Curt. Jr. is a defensive back for the Bengals. Seahawks West Coast area scout Tyler Ramsey loves Marsh’s motor: “He plays with his hair on fire,” Ramsey said. “He’s all over the field, a lot like Mike Bennett.”
Riskiest move: If there is a criticism in the trading-down moves, it would be trading out of the last pick in Round 1. The Seahawks could have taken UCLA guard Xavier Su'a-Filo there, a player who could have competed to start at either guard spot. They probably hoped he still would be there at pick No. 40. He wasn’t. His worth was obvious when the Texans took him with the first pick in Round 2 instead of selecting a quarterback, an obvious need for Houston. So Seattle traded down again. Overall, the Seahawks did the right thing by gaining extra draft picks in what is considered a deep talent pool this year. However, they should have used those extra picks to take more O-linemen earlier in the draft.
Most surprising move: It wasn’t a surprise to select a wide receiver with their first pick (No. 45 in Round 2) but it was surprising to pick one who appears to be a Percy Harvin clone in Colorado speedster Paul Richardson (6-foot, 180 pounds) instead of a big-body receiver that most people expected the Seahawks to take. Seattle passed up receivers who fit that mold like Cody Latimer, Davante Adams and Donte Moncrief. However, Seattle came closer to answering the physical receiver needs in Round 4 with the selection of Alabama’s Kevin Norwood, muscular at 6-2, 200 pounds. Another surprise came when SS Eric Pinkins, a sixth-round choice from San Diego State, said on the phone that the Seahawks were bringing him in to play cornerback. He is 6-3, 220 pounds and physical, so could be similar to what Seattle had in Brandon Browner, but he’s faster than Browner. And the most unusual pick came at the end when Seattle selected Arkansas fullback Kiero Small, who could be nicknamed “Bowling Ball” Small. He’s 5-8½, 250.
File it away: It’s all about speed. More than anything else, that’s what stands out with these draft picks for the Seahawks. For the most part, they selected players based on their athleticism and ability to run like the wind in the open field. Richardson is one of the fastest players in the country. Outside linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis is small, but can run like a defensive back. The other thing that stands out is the type of individuals Seattle is bringing in. Norwood has a master’s degree. DT Jimmy Staten of Middle Tennessee State and OT Garrett Scott of Marshall were at their college graduation ceremonies Saturday when they were drafted. Pierre-Louis chose Boston College because of its academic reputation.