What a great last few days for football fans and fantasy nuts it has been. And from what I observe as a confident yet slightly curved eyebrow raise to the Seahawks front office's first draft pick. Here are the the new additions to an already potent Seattle team, poised for playoff contention for the 2013-2014 NFL season...
Round 2, RB Christine Michael. Grade: W-T-F?.
Round 3, DT Jordan Hill. Grade: B+, Versatile big man that calls for 2-3 blockers attention.
Round 4, WR Chris Harper. Grade: A-, Physicality and imposing athleticism with gifted and keen ball location. Hands-team starter.
Round 5, DT Jesse Williams. Grade: A-, Huge pickup for a big loss in Alan Branch. Get's nasty and expands in the pit to fill gaps.
Round 5, CB Tharold Simon. Grade: D+, Don't know where he will play other than special teams or backup safety maybe.
Round 5, TE Luke Willson. Grade: ?.
Round 6, RB Spencer Ware. Grade: B, Can't ever be without too many running backs most of the time. This is a time where the Seahawks have treated drafting RBs like shopping at Costco.
Round 7, OG Ryan Seymour. Grade: B, A young blocker with the body of work to backup at LG and RG.
Round 7, OLB/DE Ty Powell. Grade: A, I really love this pick. Powell is a 6'2" (249) lbs. of explosive pass rush that can move go into a four-point stance and take on tackles off the edge to seal it SHUT. A decent (4.64) 40-yard dash and a whopping (28) reps of (225) lbs., Powell has the linebacker nastiness that will work tremendous under the tutelage of Bobby Wagner and KJ Wright.
Round 7, OG Jared Smith. Grade: B.
Round 7, OT Michael Bowie. Grade: B+, Prototypical NFL tackle that can fill much needed depth on the Seahawks O-Line.
In Schneider and Carroll we trust...
No matter what, I have full faith in what the Seahawks front office has done. They have not swayed in their strategy and approach to drafting the best available players on the board at their time in the round. Drafting by need can stir emotions in the war room and essentially fail the team altogether, like what the Jones and Cowboys did. Carroll and Schneider stuck with their proven method (eg. Richard Sherman, Bobby Wagner, Kam Chancellor, etc.) and have struck draft gold and free agent diamonds. Ohhhh, sorry 12th Man, I forgot the Seahawks 2013 1st Round Selection.
Round 1, WR Percy Harvin. Grade A+, Proven NFL stud with after-the-catch playmaking ability and breakaway speed that is unheard of. He has down-your-throat acceleration off the line and can make defensive backs shake in their boots. Vision and wit that provide the Seahawks special teams with a lightning bolt of a returner. Leon Washington... who's that???