BY SCOTT GARBARINI, SPORTS NETWORK
1 – James Carpenter, OT, Alabama (6-4, 321); 3 – John Moffitt, OG, Wisconsin (6-4, 319); 4 – K.J. Wright, OLB, Mississippi State (6-3, 246); 4 – Kris Durham, WR, Georgia (6-5, 216); 5 – Richard Sherman, CB, Stanford (6-3, 195); 5- Mark Legree, S, Appalachian State (5-11, 210); 6 – Byron Maxwell, CB, Clemson (6-0, 202); 7 – Lazarius Levingston, DE, LSU (6-3, 292); 7 – Malcolm Smith, OLB, USC (6-0, 226)
Top Picks Analysis: The Seahawks deemed adding talent and a physical presence to the offensive line as the No. 1 goal for head coach Pete Carroll’s second season, hence the selections of Carpenter and Moffitt with the team’s first two picks. Though a slightly surprising first-round choice, Carpenter was an All-SEC performer for the Crimson Tide and has the requisite size and run- blocking skills to step right in at right tackle. Moffitt, the projected starter at right guard, comes out of a Wisconsin program known for churning out quality linemen and competes with a mean streak Carroll likes. The fourth round produced Wright, an athletic and instinctive player who could be a starter down the road, and the 6-foot-5 Durham, who raised his stock by running at his Pro Day with scouts flocking to see college teammate A.J. Green.
Best Value Pick: Wright was a productive three-year starter at Mississippi State with prototype size for strong-side linebacker. He’ll provide good depth and should be an immediate contributor on special teams.
We Question Why: Carroll fell in love with Durham, who was seen as a free- agent type before turning heads at Georgia’s Pro Day and only started one year for the Bulldogs. Finding another piece, most notably a cornerback, to a lackluster defense may have been a more prudent move.
Summary: The Seahawks are building a potentially formidable offensive line filled with high draft picks, but there still isn’t a young quarterback that can make a difference on the roster and a defense that needed a jolt got only some spare parts.
FINAL GRADE: C-