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2012 NFL Draft - Seattle Seahawks
Posted Apr 28, 2012

Seattle Seahawks - NFC West, 2012 Draft Selections & Prospects

Seattle Seahawks

2012 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas CityOakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2012 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay   

- 2011 Seattle Draft Breakdown
- 2010 Seattle Draft Breakdown

The Draft Was ... quirky. The Seahawks got absolutely no value with any pick outside of RB Robert Turbin in the fourth round. They liked the guys they liked and didn’t seem to care whether or not it was the right time to take them. Everyone’s piling on the curious pick of Bruce Irvin at the 15, and it’s not because he can’t play. He could’ve been had later, as could LB Bobby Wagner, QB Russell Wilson, and DT Jaye Howard. There were lots and lots of picks after the fourth round, and it’ll be a shocker if any of them stick.
Best Value Pick: RB Robert Turbin, Utah State, 4th round
Worst Value Pick: LB Bruce Irvin, West Virginia, 1st round
They Should've ... traded down and then taken Irvin and they should’ve done a lot more to address their defensive back needs. Wilson might be a winner a nice backup quarterback prospect, but he’s not going to win a Super Bowl. There were several good defensive ends and defensive backs on the board when the Seahawks overpaid to get the Badger star.
Division Draft Ranking: 4
Overall Draft Ranking: 28

First Round

OLB Bruce Irvin, West Virginia 6-3, 245
Overall Pick No. 15 CFN Overall Ranking: 66
CFN Analysis: Uhhhhh, huh? Over Melvin Ingram? With the 15? Irvin is a nice prospect and he’s a good player, but he’s not worth a top 15 pick. Seattle probably could’ve traded down – way, WAY down – and now the second guessing will begin. The Seahawks needed a hybrid pass rusher, and they got him. But they paid an extremely steep price to do it.

Irvin is really more of a defensive end than a true outside linebacker, but he’ll be at his best as 4-3 rusher. Phenomenal at the Combine, he cranked out a blazing 4.44 even after adding ten pounds of good weight. Throw in his tremendous athleticism and he’s an elite pass rushing prospect with a great burst off the ball. Out of all the outside linebacker/end, tweener types, he’s among the most dangerous playmakers who’s always working to make things happen. Anyone thinking he can be a true end will be disappointed – he can’t get any bigger – and he might only be a specialist and not an all-around playmaker, but he could light up the stat sheet if turned loose. There’s little bust potential as long as he’s expected to get to the quarterback, and that’s it.
CFN Projection: Third Round

Second Round

OLB Bobby Wagner, Utah State 6-0, 241
Overall Pick No. 47 CFN Overall Ranking: 101
CFN Analysis: After taking Bruce Irvin with a controversial pick in the first round, the Seahawks reached a little bit to get another defender for the front seven. However, he’s a baller who needs to step in right away and find a role in Pete Carroll’s defense and he’s going to be a key special teamer right away. A good inside defender, he could be the type of linebacker who doesn’t star for Carroll, but ends up being one of the team’s leading tacklers making every stop on everything that comes his way.

A bit too slow and without too much athleticism, he doesn’t really fit the NFL mold. He’s not all that big, he doesn’t have any room to add any size, and he’ll always be a step slow for the pros, but he’s a phenomenal football player. While he suffered a bout of pneumonia and wasn’t able to work out in Indianapolis, he had a great Senior Bowl week and didn’t look out of place in any way. Really, really strong, he’s rocked up and isn’t going to get moved around. Ultra-productive and a great leader and tackler, he could be a star if he’s surrounded by more athletic defenders. He’ll be at his best when things are funneled his way, and with a hard ceiling there’s a limit on what he can become. With his experience and tackling ability, he should be able to find a niche.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

Third Round

QB Russell Wilson, Wisconsin 5-11, 204
Overall Pick No. 75 CFN Overall Ranking: 116

CFN Analysis: Is this admitting that Tavaris Jackson is done and Matt Flynn is a guess? There could be a lot of second-guessing with Kirk Cousins still on the board, but there’s no denying that Wilson is a great talent and is a winner, but this is a high pick for a rock-solid backup quarterback. You don’t do what Seattle did to get Flynn and not make him the guy.

If he checked in around 6-2 instead of a bit over 5-10 he’d be a first round pick. The arm is fantastic, the leadership abilities are unquestioned – earning the captain’s role two seconds after transferring to Wisconsin – and he’s as smart and heady as any quarterback in the draft. Robert Griffin might be considered an elite athlete, but Wilson was the quickest quarterback in the short drills at the Combine by a mile. To be productive he’ll have to work outside of the pocket and will have to find the holes between linemen like he did behind the massive Badger line, but there might be a limit on what he can do because of his lack of height. He has a starting quarterback makeup, but he’ll have a long and productive career as an always-ready No. 2.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

Fourth Round

RB Robert Turbin, Utah State (Jr.) 5-10, 222
Overall Pick No. 106 CFN Overall Ranking: 105
Well past the problems from a torn ACL – healed up after sitting out a full season – he showed all the flash and speed he had before the injury with a terrific 2011. Extremely fast, athletic, and strong with 28 reps on the bench, he has the look of a featured NFL runner. A home run hitter, working in the Utah State spread offense he was always seemingly able to crank out the big plays needed to make the offense go. He has to be in the right system, and his numbers are a bit inflated because of the Aggie offense, but he could be a huge steal by someone like Washington or Houston who needs a back to make one cut and go. If he can stay healthy he’ll be a productive part of a rotation.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

Fourth Round

DT Jaye Howard, Florida 6-3, 301
Overall Pick No. 114 CFN Overall Ranking: 217

A phenomenal prospect coming out of high school, he seemed like a sure-thing NFL star out of the box with the size, the athleticism, and all the tools to be special. Smooth, he moves well and he has big-time pass rushing potential depending on the scheme. However, he was just okay at Florida but not special. He gets shoved around way too easily, and despite his 300-pound size he might be just a pass rusher. With his combination of uncoachable skills he’ll be a nice prospect, but he’ll be frustrating. The production won’t match the skills unless the right coach finds the switch.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

Fifth Round

OLB Korey Toomer, Idaho 6-2, 234
Overall Pick No. 153 CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked
A decent, hard-working outside linebacker, he’s undersized and doesn’t pack enough of a punch for the running game, but he’ll always bring the effort and needs to find a role on special teams. He’s an athlete, but he’ll be a role player at best if he makes a roster.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Sixth Round

CB Jeremy Lane, Northwestern State 6-0, 183
Overall Pick No. 172 CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked
4.4 fast and with decent size, he’s a long corner with excellent raw skills. He has the athleticism and smoothness to belong among the bigger-school defenders, and he has the coverage ability to become a sleeper pick who flourishes in the right system. However, he was just okay with the ball in the air and he has to prove he can handle himself against top-shelf receivers on a regular basis. With his athleticism, though, he can work in a rotation and in dime packages.
CFN Projection: Free Agent 

Sixth Round

S Winston Guy, Kentucky (SS) 6-1, 218
Overall Pick No. 181 CFN Overall Ranking: 205

A football player. He didn’t time well in Indianapolis, and he might not be all that quick, but he’s a big-time tackler who had an ultra-productive, unappreciated career playing at a high SEC level. He was used like another linebacker at times and was a premier tackler, but it came at a cost getting banged up a bit. Few safeties in the draft are as physical and few are able to do a little of everything like he can. While he’ll start out his career as a special teamer, and he doesn’t have the speed to be a free safety, he’s a baller who can be a jack-of-all trades for a secondary. Quickness and athleticism will be a problem, but he’ll be a tough cut if he doesn’t make a team.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

Seventh Round

DT J.R. Sweezy, NC State
Overall Pick No. 225   CFN Overall Rank: Unranked
CFN Projection: Free Agent