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Carroll, Schneider discuss Round 2 picks

5/10/2014

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider discussed the second day of the NFL draft.

Carroll admitted for the first time that left tackle Russell Okung had offseason surgery to repair a torn ligament in a big toe he suffered early last season. Okung is not able to practice yet, but Carroll said he expects him to be 100 percent by training camp in July.

Both Carroll and Schneider talked about second-round draft picks Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson and Missouri offensive tackle Justin Britt.

Carroll on why the Seahawks didn’t select a big-body receiver. Richardson is 6-0, 180: “"We have an interest in a big receiver, but we haven't found the right guy. We're not going to force that. Everybody is looking for the big receiver, but we took [Richardson], a really fast, cool kid." .

Carroll said they have no concerns about Richardson's lack of size.

“I really think he’s the quickest guy out there,” Carroll said. “His speed is extraordinary.”

Richardson ran a 4.33 at the NFL combine, but said he ran a 4.28 one month earlier.

“He’s made a ton of great plays and has really nice catching range,” Carroll said. “We saw everything we wanted to see.”

Richardson is from Los Angeles and started his college career at UCLA, but he was dismissed by former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel in 2010 after he was arrested for allegedly stealing a female student’s backpack.

“He made a mistake right after he got to UCLA,” Schneider said. “He admitted his mistake and moved on. Everybody at Colorado speaks incredibly highly of him.”

Richardson was voted the team captain at Colorado. He met with a Seahawks team psychologist in LA before Seattle made a final decision on him.

Schneider said Richardson was the name they had ready to pick at the end of Round 1 Thursday before trading down.

“He was too rare to pass up [in Round 2],” Schneider said. “He really just carried their offense [at Colorado].”

Richardson returned only four punts at Colorado, but Carroll said Richardson told him he wants to try punt returning with the Seahawks.

Carroll said Richardson will make receivers Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin better: “Percy and Doug will reap the benefits of having another really fast guy out there. He's a downfield receiver who can run all the routes. He's a smart kid.”

Carroll on Britt, who played left tackle last season at Missouri: “We think he’s better at right tackle, but we know he can play both.”

Schneider said of Britt: “He’s already married and he’s a very mature guy.”