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2010 NFL Draft - Seattle Seahawks
Oklahoma State OT Russell Okung
Oklahoma State OT Russell Okung
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Posted Apr 24, 2010


Seattle Seahawks - NFC West, 2010 Draft Selections & Prospects

Seattle Seahawks

2010 NFL Draft Analysis
1st Round (1-16) | 31st Round (17-32) | 2nd Round | 3rd Round
4th Round | 5th Round | 6th Round | 7th Round | Top Free Agents

- CFN 2010 Draft Central
- 10 Biggest Reaches

2010 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami
New England | NY Jets

WEST Denver | Kansas City
 Oakland | San Diego

NORTH Balt. | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh

SOUTH Houston | Indy
Jacksonville | Tenn.

2010 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants
Philadelphia | Wash.

WEST Arizona | San Fran.
Seattle | St. Louis

NORTH Chicago | Detroit
Green Bay | Minnesota

SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina
New Orleans | Tampa Bay

First Round 
Russell Okung, OT Oklahoma State 6-5, 307
Overall Pick No. 6 CFN Overall Ranking: 4

The safest offensive tackle on the board, the Seahawks got a steal and a gift with Washington taking Trent Williams with a slight reach. Okung has no real downside and almost no bust potential, and while he’s not the athlete that Williams is, he’s more ready to step in and produce from Day One. He has the potential to be a ten-year anchor more than Williams does, and while he might not be Walter Jones, he’s not going to be a bad replacement.

Possibly the best prospect in the draft, Okung has excellent size, great feet, and the production to suggest he could be an anchor for the next decade. He has terrific hands, blasts away in the running game, and doesn’t have any one glaring negative. While there are a few little issues here and there, he’s not always consistent with his technique and he took a little while to play up to his talent last year, there’s nothing to be worried about. He’s a special blocker.
CFN Projection: First Round

First Round  (from trade with Denver)
Earl Thomas, FS Texas 5-10, 208
Overall Pick No. 14 CFN Overall Ranking: 5

Seattle needed a running back and has to be a little ticked that Denver moved up to grab Ryan Mathews, and it also needed corner. Thomas is a safety, but he’s versatile enough to play on the outside if needed and is enough of a playmaker to find a starting role instantly. He’s a great value selection.

The only question is whether or not he’s big enough. He’s not small, but there’s going to be a concern that he’s really more of a corner trying to play safety, and he might not be a natural on the outside. Everything else is in place with 4.46 speed, phenomenal strength, and more than anything, the instincts. Very smart and very prepared, he’s always in the right position and seems to know what’s going to happen a half step before anyone else. If it wasn’t for Eric Berry, Thomas would be the biggest star among the defensive backs.
CFN Projection: First Round

Second Round   (from San Diego)
Golden Tate, WR Notre Dame 5-10, 199 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 60 CFN Overall Ranking: 19

Pete Carroll is having a whale of a draft. Russell Okung was a relative steal at six, Earl Thomas was a great pick at 14, and Tate, who might be the best receiver in the draft, was a phenomenal pick here. He’ll bring instant firepower to the Seahawk offense. By the way, he caught eight passes for 117 yards and two scores against USC last year.

He’s short. That’s the knock. In today’s day and age of big, strong NFL receivers, Tate is a big of a mighty-mite (even though he’s not really that small). Uncoverable at times throughout his career, he showed that he had all the basic skills at the Combine running a 4.42 while looking natural in all the quickness drills. Strength? The 17 reps on the bench weren’t that bad. With extreme quickness and tremendous route-running ability, he’ll quickly grow into his starting quarterback’s best friend and should be a yard-after-the-catch monster. He’s ready to go right away having played in a pro-style offense at Notre Dame and can be used as a kick and punt returner to go along with his potential as a No. 1 target. While he’ll be banged up from time to time and will have a few problems with the bigger corners, he’ll be a terrific pro.
CFN Projection: First Round

Fourth Round   (from Tennessee)
Walter Thurmond, CB Oregon 5-11, 189
Overall Pick 111 CFN Overall Ranking: 162

Pete Carroll likes his defensive players, and after trading out of a spot that could’ve been UCLA’s Alterraun Verner, he gets a good, sound baller who’s more of a football player than a prospect. He’s a second round talent if his knee is healthy.

With long size and nice athleticism, he’s a strong prospect who makes things happen and is a willing run defender. A fantastic football player, he has taken his lumps and worked through them to get the experience needed to be ready right away, even if he’ll have problem against the stronger receivers. So what’s the problem? His knee. He suffered a bad injury and needs to prove now that he can hold up on a regular basis. If his knee turns out to be fine, he’ll be one of the better corners in the draft. But that’s a big if.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

Fourth Round  (from NY Jets)
E.J. Wilson, DE North Carolina 6-2, 286
Overall Pick 127 CFN Overall Ranking: 244

Pete Carroll is going to beef up his defense. Wilson might not be a star to build around, but his size and versatility should work well with what the new coaching staff wants to do. He’s not going to get into the backfield, but he can play a 3-4 end at times (even though he’s better suited for tackle in a 4-3).

Very thick, but more of a tackle than an end, he doesn’t have special skills and doesn’t have elite strength to overcome his lack of athleticism. A try-hard type who’s reliable and gets a push into the backfield, he won’t run around anyone and he’s not a closer. There isn’t really a spot for what he does if he’s not a 4-3 end, but he’s just big enough to see time in a camp as a potential run stopper.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Fifth Round  
Kam Chancellor, SS Virginia Tech 6-3, 231
Overall Pick 133 CFN Overall Ranking: 153

There’s a definite theme in what the new coaching staff is trying to do. Already with Earl Thomas and Walter Thurmond for the secondary, in comes Chancellor, a big safety who’s the fourth defensive player going up to Seattle.

Part linebacker, part safety, he’s a huge defensive back with great range for his size. He’ll be great when he moves close to the line and will be terrific in run support. He’s as reliable as they come and is the type of player coaches love to have and had the great Combine needed to confirm what many will see on film. However, he’s a bit of a tweener who might not fit a defined role at the next level and may have to beef up to be a smallish linebacker. He’ll get drafted relatively well because he’s a good football player, but someone will have to have a specific idea for how to use him.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

Sixth Round (from Tennessee)
Anthony McCoy, TE USC 6-5, 259
Overall Pick 185 CFN Overall Ranking: 115

If his old head coach wasn’t going to take him, who would’ve? But if he underachieved for Pete Carroll at USC, why is he going to reach his potential at Seattle? However, talent-wise, it’s not crazy to call him the best tight end in the draft. Now he needs to try.

Good enough to be the top tight end on a few draft boards, he has big-time receiving talent, comes through big on key downs, and he makes quarterbacks look great. Stronger on the field than in the weight room, he fights for the ball and almost always wins. However, he could be heartbreaking. His Combine numbers were mediocre, especially the 4.77 40 and the 19 reps on the bench, but he doesn’t bring it play-in-and-play-out. It’s all there to be terrific, but he just doesn’t have the concentration and fire to be special.
CFN Projection: Second Round

Seventh Round (from San Diego from New York Jets)
Dexter Davis, OLB Arizona State 6-1, 244 (DE)
Overall Pick 236 CFN Overall Ranking: 134

Pete Carroll spent the last few years gameplanning for the Sun Devil star, and now he doesn’t have to. One of the quickest and most fluid ends at the Combine, Davis ran a fast 4.64 40 with a decent 24 reps on the bench. However, while he might be tried out as a situational pass rusher on the outside, he’ll be an outside linebacker. There’s the potential for a problem against NFL blockers, even though he held up well against top college linemen. He stays blocked for too long and will have to use his quickness better in space.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

Seventh Round 
Jameson Konz, FB Kent State 6-3, 222
Overall Pick 238 CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent

Does the Seattle offense really want a fullback? Konz is a linebacker-like blocker who could be a big producer on special teams. He’s a receiver who could be a safety valve. While he can do a variety of things, he’ll likely be a late cut who’ll be tough to let go.
CFN Projection: Free Agent