By Adam Caplan
May 31, 2012
DE, G, LB
Round 1 - Bruce Irvin/DE
Round 2 - Bobby Wagner/LB
Round 3 - Russell Wilson/QB
Round 4 - Robert Turbin/RB
Round 4 - Jaye Howard/DT
Round 5 - Korey Toomer/LB
Round 6 - Jeremy Lane/CB
Round 6 - Winston Guy/S
Round 7 - J.R. Sweezy/DT
Round 7 - Greg Scruggs/DT
DE (veteran), G
Like many observers, my kneejerk reaction on the selection of DE Bruce Irvin as the Seahawks’ first-round pick was that he was a reach that early, but that was before I had enough information on him. I spoke to a one NFL executive after the draft who said that Irvin is a true boom or bust pick, but could have the same impact DE Jason Pierre-Paul has had with the Giants if he stays on the straight and narrow path. So while some feel Irvin was a reach, he could have a big impact down the line—and he certainly fills a big need.
Second-round pick Bobby Wagner is capable of playing all three linebacker spots in the Seahawks’ 4-3 defense, but he’s expected to line up inside this season. And he’ll compete for the job against veteran Barrett Ruud, who is coming off of an injury plagued season with the Titans. It’s worth noting that Ruud is on a one-year deal, which carries very little guaranteed money ($65,000). Wagner has tremendous versatility and instincts, but remains to be seen if he’ll be a three-down defender. He showed the ability to play in passing situations during Senior Bowl week practices.
Third-round pick Russell Wilson will be given a chance to compete for the starting job in training camp, but the reality is he’ll be the long-term No. 2 quarterback for the team. Wilson has the intelligence, athleticism and arm strength to succeed, but not close to the ideal size for the position, which is why he wasn’t drafted higher despite his obvious solid skill set.
Fourth-round pick RB Robert Turbin was once a tremendous prospect, but injuries pushed his value down some draft boards. Still, because of his size and ability, he could get a chance to compete for the No. 2 job this season. Fellow fourth-round pick Jaye Howard figures to have a chance to compete for the No. 4 DT job in training camp.
Fifth-round pick LB Korey Toomer, a non-combine invitee, is an interesting prospect. Because of his athleticism, he could be used as a nickel pass rusher, but projects to play at SLB in the Seahawks 4-3 defensive scheme.
Sixth-round pick CB Jeremy Lane, a small school prospect, has decent size for the position, but figures to spend his rookie season on the practice squad. Their final sixth-rounder, S Trent Guy, has a legitimate shot to make the roster coming out of the preseason because of lack of depth. And Guy has tremendous size for a safety, which makes him very intriguing as a box player.
Seventh-round pick DT J.R. Sweezy is being moved to the offensive side of the ball. He’ll line up at guard, where the Seahawks could use a developmental prospect. Their final seventh-rounder, DE Greg Scruggs, like Sweezy, is a practice squad candidate. However, with a strong training camp, Scruggs could push for a roster spot because the team isn’t deep at end.
The Seahawks had one of the most interesting drafts by any of the 32 NFL teams. If everything works out well over the next few years, two of this year’s draft class will be fully entrenched in the starting lineup, but the rest figure to compete for backup jobs.