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Seahawks Gab Grades the Teams Picks in the 2011 Draft

By Abe Munch

1st- James Carpenter, OT, Alabama
3rd- John Moffitt, OG, Wisconsin
4th- K.J. Wright, LB, Mississippi State
4th- Kris Durham, WR, Georgia
5th- Richard Sherman, CB, Stanford
5th- Mark Legree, S, Applachain State
6th- Byron Maxwell, CB, Clemson
7th- Lazarus Levingston, DT, LSU
7th- Malcolm Smith, OLB, USC

Synopsis: On paper the quarterback looked like the biggest need for general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll. They disagreed, opting not to address the quarterback position at all. Offensive line and a possible speed receiver also looked to be areas of need for the team, as well as cornerback with Kelly Jennings likely not returning.

Best Selection: John Moffitt. Moffitt can clear running lanes with ease at times, showing the ability to handle 300 pound men off the ball. He immediately makes the offensive line more threatening against the run.

Biggest Risk: Not taking a quarterback. There’s a growing sentiment that Matt Hasselbeck will not be returning and Charlie Whitehurst is largely unproven. A quarterback like Ricky Stanzi or T.J. Yates would’ve been good options in the 4th or 5th round. They played in progression systems and have the ability to develop into starting quarterbacks.

Sleeper: Mark Legree. Legree was an All-American at Appalachian State. He has a knack for getting around the football and finished his college career with 22 interceptions.

Grade: C
I liked the first two picks. James Carpenter can play the right side opposite Russell Okung, and John Moffitt can develop into a top notch interior lineman. I feel the rest of the selections were reach picks and will need a lot of development.

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