Kain Colter #2 of the Northwestern Wildcats is tackled by Kevin Pierre-Louis #24 of the Boston College Eagles on September 3, 2011 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

by Curtis Crabtree
KJR reporter
Twitter: @Curtis_Crabtree

RENTON - Trying to grade a draft class in the days immediately following the event is a somewhat ridiculous exercise.

The players selected may or may not pan out. The teams making the picks believe their selections were all home runs. However, even they don't know for sure that the guys they selected will be any good at the NFL level.

That being said, there is still value in looking at the players selected and seeing if they filled needs the team had going into the draft. Last week, we took a look at the needs of the Seattle Seahawks before the draft got underway. With the draft now completed, we'll look back and see how well Seattle did to address those needs.

1.) More Draft Picks

We noted that the Seahawks had never made fewer than nine draft picks in the four seasons with Pete Carroll and John Schneider running the franchise. Seattle entered the draft with just six selections and looked like a prime candidate to trade back and pick up extra selections.

That's exactly what Seattle did.

The Seahawks traded down on three separate occasions in deals with the Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions and Cincinnati Bengals to add three extra draft picks. The trades netted Seattle a total of nine picks once again for the draft and allowed the Seahawks to add more draftees to their roster.

2.) Guard/Tackle

With the departures of T Breno Giacomini and G/T Paul McQuistan this offseason, the Seahawks needed to add to their offensive line.

While guard appeared like a possible position to be addressed, Seattle elected to add a pair of tackles instead in second-round selection T Justin Britt and sixth-round pick T Garrett Scott.

Seattle views Britt as a right tackle and Scott as a left tackle. However, Schneider noted both have versatility to possibly play guard as well if necessary.

T Michael Bowie and T Alvin Bailey also have the versatility to play guard and the team added G Greg Van Roten and G Stephen Schilling this offseason. In addition to penciled starters G James Carpenter and G J.R. Sweezy, the Seahawks feel they have enough options at guard.

3.) Defensive End

With DE Chris Clemons and DE Red Bryant being released, the Seahawks needed to add another defensive end to their roster.

Seattle selected UCLA DE Cassius Marsh with their first of three fourth-round selections.

Schneider and scout Tyler Ramsey compared Marsh to DE Michael Bennett as a guy that can play be an end and rush from the defensive tackle position as well.

Finding another pass rusher was a need for Seattle and Marsh fits the bill.

4.) Wide Receiver

The Seahawks added a pair of receivers in the draft to boost the competition at the receiver position.

Seattle used their first pick of the draft to select Colorado speedster WR Paul Richardson in the second round and then added Alabama WR Kevin Norwood in the fourth.

Richardson gives the Seahawks some added speed to pair with WR Percy Harvin. Norwood is a bigger receiver that was QB A.J. McCarron's go-to-guy at Alabama.

With the injury issues of Harvin and WR Sidney Rice, Richardson and Norwood should bring some long-term stability to the position.

5.) Cornerback

Seattle waited until late in the draft, as usual, to address their need in the back of the defense.

Also in true Seattle fashion, they selected a player most people didn't see as being a cornerback due to his size.

San Diego State CB Eric Pinkins was selected by Seattle in the sixth round and will get his first shot at cornerback with Seattle. Pinkins' role with San Diego State was more as a slot cornerback and in-the-box safety than a true outside cornerback.

But at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, Pinkins fits Seattle's mold of a big-bodied cornerback. Plus, if he doesn't work as a corner, Carroll said he has the skills to be a big safety in the mold of a S Kam Chancellor as well.

6.) Defensive Tackle

The need at defensive tackle for Seattle was more of a future need than a need for 2014. However, the Seahawks still added to the position with their only fifth-round selection.

Middle Tennessee State DT Jimmy Staten is a 3-technique tackle that has the potential to possibly be a 5-technique end as well. However, Carroll said they like him inside.

Staten will add to the competition with DT Jesse Williams and DT Jordan Hill in the depth, but will likely be in a fight for a roster spot.

7.) Linebacker

Maybe one of the most intriguing picks of Seattle's draft class was Boston College LB Kevin Pierre-Louis in the fourth-round.

With four key linebacker set to be a free agent of some kind next offseason, adding depth to the position was necessary and Pierre-Louis fits the bill.

Seattle's northeast scout Todd Brunner called Pierre-Louis his "favorite player in the whole draft" and even compared his skills to San Francisco 49ers All-Pro LB NaVorro Bowman.

Brunner scouted Bowman when he was employed by the 49ers and used the comparison with Pierre-Louis. While Schneider said that comparison may be a little lofty, Pierre-Louis' skills seem to fit the mold for Seattle. He was the fastest linebacker at the NFL combine and will play the weakside linebacker role for the Seahawks.


The Seahawks clearly focused on their areas of need throughout the entirety of the draft. They added multiple pieces along the offensive line and at receiver for positions that definitely need an infusion of talent. Other positions of need were all addressed in some fashion and should bring competition for roster spots this fall.

While it will be several years before truly being able to grade how well the picks have performed, the Seahawks seemed to have addressed all their problem areas this weekend.