Seattle Seahawks: Kevin Norwood

It was a close vote, but cornerback Tharold Simon is the winner in the Sound Off Saturday survey for the player you think will be the biggest training camp surprise for the Seattle Seahawks.

Thanks to everyone who voted on ESPN.com, Twitter and Facebook. Twenty-three players received at least one vote. And there was one vote for the wide receivers as a group -- not a bad choice.

One voter said the biggest surprise would be running back Marshawn Lynch retiring when he doesn’t get a change in his contract. If that were to happen, it certainty would shock the NFL world.

Simon, a second-year player from LSU, won out by only a few votes over rookie defensive end Cassius Marsh. Rookie receiver Kevin Norwood was third, defensive end Greg Scruggs was fourth and second-year defensive tackle Jesse Williams was fifth.

Simon missed all of his rookie season after undergoing surgery on both ankles, but his play in the offseason practice sessions has impressed everyone.

Six of the players who received votes are rookies, including offensive tackle Justin Britt, wide receiver Paul Richardson, defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat and safety Dion Bailey.

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor received a couple votes, and veteran receiver Sidney Rice got a vote as a player who will come back from knee surgery and have an impact.

Some others also receiving votes were linebackers Korey Toomer, Bruce Irvin and Malcolm Smith, cornerback Jeremy Lane, offensive linemen Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey, receiver Ricardo Lockette, running back Christine Michael, fullback Spencer Ware, strong safety Kam Chancellor (for being 100 percent healthy) and defensive tackle Jordan Hill.

And my pick for the biggest camp surprise? I agree Simon is a good pick after how well he played in all the offseason workouts, but I’ll go with Norwood. At this point, he looks like a steal as a fourth-round pick.
It’s time for another Sound-Off Saturday question to ponder, so here you go:

Which rookie will have the biggest impact for the Seahawks this season?

A) Wide Receiver Paul Richardson

B) Defensive end Cassius Marsh

C) Wide receiver Kevin Norwood

D) Offensive tackle Justin Britt

E) Someone else

Give me your choice and few reasons why. I will list the votes, along with a few responses, on Monday morning.
RENTON, Wash. -- Wide receiver Kevin Norwood and outside linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis became the final two 2014 Seattle Seahawks draft choices to sign their contracts when both agreed to their deals Tuesday.

Norwood was a fourth-round choice from Alabama and Pierre-Louis also was selected in the fourth round out of Boston College.

The Seahawks also signed linebacker Horace Miller, who was at the rookie minicamp last week on a tryout. Miller (6-1, 210) played college ball at UTEP.
RENTON, Wash. -- It's just the first day of rookie minicamp, but one thing is clear: Wide receiver Paul Richardson is as advertised. He can flat-out fly.

It's wrong to read too much into a rookie-camp practice, but Richardson was an obvious standout. The play of the day came on a 63-yard touchdown pass from Keith Price to Richardson after he ran right by Eric Pinkins, a sixth-round draft pick from San Diego State.

"Oh my god," Price said of Richardson. "That guy's a blazer. He told me to throw him the ball deep today. I saw one-on-one with him and I let it rip and he made a great play."

Richardson was Seattle's first choice of the 2014 draft, coming at No. 45 of the second round. The 6-0, 183-pound receiver from Colorado made several impressive plays in 11-on-11 drills and 7-on-7. He had one diving catch over the middle and made another tough grab in traffic on a crossing route.

"There's no question how fast he is," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Richardson, who consistently runs 4.3 40s. "He has great speed."

Carroll is pleased with what he's seen from both receivers the Seahawks drafted, Richardson and Kevin Norwood, a fourth-round pick from Alabama. Norwood also had a deep touchdown catch Friday after his defender fell down.

"The receivers really showed up," Carroll said. "They jump out at us, Kevin and Paul. They've done really well."
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay sees a hidden asset Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood could bring the Seattle Seahawks' offense immediately.

Norwood (6-2, 200) was a fourth-round draft pick by the Seahawks.

"Norwood probably was at his best off script with [Alabama quarterback] AJ McCarron," McShay said. "If you look at Seattle and one area where they excel, it's when Russell Wilson gets outside the pocket and works off script.

"Norwood is a smart receiver who will be with a smart quarterback that likes to create things when the initial play breaks down. I think he's going to become a security blanket for Russell."

McShay doesn't see Norwood as a No. 1 receiver, or even a No. 2. But he does think Norwood is the right man for the Seahawks.

"He's a really smart guy who is ready to play in the league now and knows how to run routes," McShay said. "He's very, very consistent at catching the football."
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider sat down with reporters when the draft ended Saturday to discuss some of their nine picks and how the process went for the team.

“I thought it was a terrific three days,” Carroll said. “We’re really fired up about the guys were bringing to the team. We haven’t altered the way we do this, we’ve just improved.”

Schneider was asked if they had a theme going in, other than the usual trading down, which they did three times to get three additional picks: “Obviously speed, and getting guys that can thrive and survive here.”

Carroll was thrilled at getting UCLA defensive end Cassius Marsh, the first of three selections in the fourth round.

“We love the motor he brings,” Carroll said of Marsh. “He comes with a real attitude. He’s going to play end, but he can do a lot of things.”

One of the other things he did for the Bruins was line up as a tight end/H-back at times. Marsh said he’s very comfortable catching he football. His father, Curt Marsh, was an NFL wide receiver.

So Carroll said they will give Marsh a look on offense as an H-back in certain situations.

"Honestly we already talked about that,” Carroll said. “He has shown he can do that.”

Both Carroll and Schneider said they were surprised that Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood still was on the board when they picked in the middle of Round 4.

“People questioned his speed, but he went to the combine and ran a 4.47,” Schneider said. “There’s nothing overly flashy about him, but he’s incredibly tough, reliable and savvy. He’s strong and has big hands. You could see he really helped [Alabama quarterback] AJ [McCarron] a lot. He’s deceptive downfield.”

Carroll confirmed what San Diego State strong safety Eric Pinkins (6-3, 220) said after the Seahawks drafted him in the sixth round. They are moving him to cornerback.

“He’s a really good tackler,” Carroll said of Pinkins. “We want to see if he can play outside [at corner] for us.”

The last player picked by the Seahawks was Arkansas fullback Kiero Small. Schneider said it’s the first time he ever drafted a player who is 5-8 and 250 pounds.

“I really like him,” Schneider said. “He’s a total thumper and he’s super tough.”

The Seahawks now turn their attention to signing rookie free agents. One of them jumped the gun and announced it on Twitter -- University of Washington quarterback Keith Price.

Southern Cal safety Dion Bailey also has signed with the Seahawks as a free agent.

Carroll also was asked how strong safety Kam Chancellor is doing following hip surgery in March: “He is making great progress and I think he'll be back in plenty of time for camp. He is ahead of schedule.”

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