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Seattle Seahawks 2011 NFL Draft class regraded

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Those in the know say that it takes up to three seasons to before you can really get a sense of the success or failure of a draft. Given this and since the Seahawks won the
Superbowl last year now seems like the perfect time to take a look at the draft class of 2011.

Round 1 Pick 25 – James Carpenter OT

What they were saying pre-draft?

With his height and frame Carpenter was seen as looking the part of an NFL left tackle. He wasn't see as a first round pick though so the thinking was that Seattle had reached

What happened?

Drafted as an offensive tackle Carpenter started out the season at right tackle playing nine games before injury prevented him from playing any further part in the season. Similarly his second season was cut short by injury.

Last season was Carpenter's first full NFL season where he played all 16 games at guard in Seattle's Superbowl run. In the end then Seattle seemed to have secured
themselves a solid starting guard. It can hardly have been what they were aiming at when they used their 1st round pick on an offensive lineman.

Grade : C+

Round 3 Pick 75 – John Moffitt G

What they were saying pre-draft?

At 319 pounds and 6'4'' Moffitt was seen as a guard whose run blocking abilities could create a dominant rushing attack. In this pick you can see the Seahawks desire to craft
the run heavy offense that they would later achieve so much success with.

His pass protection abilities weren't rated however and his technique was seen to allow players to get under his pads.

What happened?

Injury however cut Moffitt's career short. After failing a physical that would have traded him to the Browns the guard was later traded to the Broncos. He has since retired.

Grade : F

Round 4 Pick 99 – K.J. Wright LB

What they were saying pre-draft?

Wright was seen as having the ideal height, speed and bulk for a modern NFL outside linebacker. Plenty of people thought Wright could be a real sack threat on the blitz.

What Happened?

Wright has transformed himself into a solid member of the Superbowl winning Seahawks offense. With only 4.5 sacks to his name though he doesn't appear to have the pass rushing talent that some thought he might be but still a solid starter is all you would really expect from a fourth round pick.

Grade : B+

Round 4 Pick 107 - Kris Durham WR

What they were saying pre-draft?

Big tall receivers are always going to be given an chance in the modern NFL. Given that Durham is 6'5'' you've got to thick that drafting Durham was an attempt to get the Seahawks and uncoverable red zone of their own.

What Happened?

Durham played only three games for the Seahawks and was then cut before the start of his second season.

Durham now plays in Detriot for the Lions. After playing only three times in 2012 Durham played 16 times last season notching up 38 receptions, 490 yards and two touchdowns. So whilst it didn't work out in Seattle Durham clearly has the talent to cut it in the NFL.

Grade : C-

Round 5 Pick 154 – Richard Sherman CB

What they were saying pre-draft?

Out of all the analysis on Sherman this sentence stands out from “does not possess the the natural coverage instincts, fluidity or burst to be considered a future

What Happened?

Seattle drafted a player who would develop into not just a great starter but one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.

As fifth round picks go this is pretty sensational. Last season Sherman made 48 combined tackles, 8 interceptions and one touchdown as he played a pivotal role in Seattle's Superbowl winning campaign.

Grade : A+

Round 5 Pick 156 – Mark LeGree S

What they were saying pre-draft?

LeGree was seen as a mid-round prospect who lacked the athleticism to be a top safety but his supposed “football intelligence” was thought to make him a viable NFL prospect who could add depth to a roster.

What Happened?

LeGree never made it onto the roster for the regular season. He was cut after the last preseason game. After bouncing around the NFL with a number of teams but never made it onto a roster. He is currently playing in the CFL for the Saskatchewan

Grade : F

Round 6 Pick 173 – Byron Maxwell CB

What they were saying?

Although Maxwell was seen as a possible late round pick the experts weren't enthused about him. They thought Maxwell would have to shift from corner to safety because, the
thinking was that he didn't have the instincts to anticipate routes and didn't have the hip flexibility to change direction quickly.

What Happened?

Maxwell turned out to be another member of the “Legion of Boom” to get drafted in 2011. Maxwell may not have the media profile of Richard Sherman but he has turned out to be
a real steal in the sixth round. After two unspectacular seasons in 2011 and 2012 Maxwell came into his own last season playing in sixteen games making 4 interceptions and making 28 tackles.

Grade : A+

Round 7 Pick 205 – Lazarius Levingston DE

What they were saying pre-draft?

Not a lot. The scouting reports on Levingston tended to highlight that he was quick off the snap but also undersized for someone who plays defensive line.

What Happened?

Never made the team at Seattle. Moved onto Tampa Bay and didn't make the roster their either. No longer playing football of any sort.

Grade : F

Round 7 Pick 242 – Malcolm Smith LB

What they were saying pre-draft?

Smith wasn't even invited to the NFL's pre-draft combine despite being a starting linebacker for USC. Nobody was really talking about him.

What Happened?

Malcolm Smith went on to be Super Bowl XLVIII MVP. In the championship game against the Broncos Smith had 10 tackles and he ran in a crucial interception for a 69 yard touchdown.

Regarding not being selected for the combine Smith said “I have the 2011 draft bookmarked on my computer. Once a month at least I open it up and scroll through the names. I just want to see all those people picked ahead of me and what happened to them”.

I kind of think the combine snub gave Smith some motivation! The overlooking of Smith by everyone but Seattle is probably the biggest NFL scouting misfire since Tom Brady's draft.

Grade : A+

Notable Undrafted Free Agent – Doug Baldwin WR

What they were saying pre-draft?

Baldwin didn't get invited to the NFL combine and wasn't generating much buzz.

What Happened

In his first year Baldwin became the first rookie in the modern NFL era lead his team in receptions and yards receiving. In the Superbowl last season Baldwin led Seattle for receiving yards as he turned his five receptions into 66 yards and one touchdown.

In 2011 Baldwin's college coach and current 49ers supremo Jim Harbaugh said that he made a mistake by not drafting him.

Grade : A

Notable Undrafted Free Agent – Michael Morgan LB

What they were saying pre-draft?

Not a lot.

What Happened

Played in 16 games last season as the Seahawks won the Superbowl.

Grade : B+


In this draft you can see the makings of last seasons Superbowl winning team. Although the early round picks didn't pan out Pete Carroll and Seattle used this draft to create the backbone of the Superbowl winning side of 2013. Not only were key players like found
players like Sherman, Baldwin, Maxwell and Wright drafted but undrafted agents like Jeron Johnson and Ricardo Lockette who have also played their part for the franchise.

Overall, 2011 was a home run draft for the Seahawks.

Overall Grade : A+

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