Unique players wanted

With several critics giving Seattle low grades for this year’s draft class, in my story today Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll provided an explanation for the selection of Seattle’s nine picks at the conclusion of the draft on Saturday.

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Carroll said the team was looking for specific skill sets in players they brought in, and that they did not care if they were rated highly by other teams. Carroll used USC linebacker Malcolm Smith, Georgia receiver Kris Durham and offensive linemen James Carpenter and John Moffitt as examples of players they feel have specific skill sets that help Seattle.

“We’re looking for unique qualities that separate players from other players,” Carroll said. “And then we try to accentuate that weakness and make them special.”

Peter King of Sports Illustrated hears from Seahawks general manager John Schneider on all of the criticism of this year’s draft, including former Seahawk, ESPN’s Trent Dilfer.

“That was disappointing to hear, coming from a quality guy like Trent,” said Schneider. “I have to tell you, I’m totally excited about our draft. So are our scouts, who’ve spent 11 months working and getting ready for this weekend, and quite honestly, we did what we wanted to do in this draft. As far as James Carpenter goes, we know Pittsburgh liked him, and we know Green Bay liked him, and then Buffalo at the top of the second round. We had Carpenter rated higher than [Wisconsin tackle] Gabe Carimi, based on his versatility. We think he can play four positions on the line. He’s a legitimate left tackle who we expect to start at right tackle.”

Adam Schein and Peter Schrager of Fox Sports wonder what the hell the Seattle Seahawks were doing in this year’s draft in the video below.

Not everyone hated Seattle’s draft class. Evan Silva of NBC Sports and ProFootballTalk.com gave the Seahawks a B+ grade.

And Jarrett Bell of USA Today handed out a B- grade to Seattle.

And Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports gave Seattle a solid C grade.

Gil Brandt of the NFL Network provides a list of the top undrafted rookie free agents still available.

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com talks to team scout Derrick Jensen about scouting James Carpenter.

via Morning links: Unique players wanted | Seahawks Insider.