|Southern California's Lawrence Jackson (96) sacks Nebraska's quarterback Sam Keller, with USC's Clay Matthews, lower right, in the first half of their college football game, in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)|
Doug Farrar: Jackson was debited a bit by some because there were thoughts that he benefited a bit too much from opposing offenses focusing on Sedrick Ellis, but Tim Ruskell is looking at the math: Jackson started 51 of a possible 52 games for what is essentially the NFL's 33rd team. If Ruskell reaches, it will be later in the draft -- here is where he wants his draftees to be as NFL-ready as possible. The concern is how he fits in Seattle's offense -- is he the legitimate replacement for Patrick Kerney? Some will bemoan this pick with Phillip Merling still on the board, but Jackson had 17 tackles for loss in his senior year, including 10.5 sacks. He was the most consistent player during Senior Bowl practice week, but consistency hasn't been his hallmark through his collegiate career. With Ruskell's emphasis on players who produce in line from year to year, this is a bit of a surprise. The upside is strong, but this isn't a sexy pick. What it could mean is that the Seahawks are following the Giants' paradigm of dominance by rotation among their defensive ends.
|2||38||John Carlson||TE||Notre Dame|
Scott Eklund: This was the biggest non-surprise of the draft for me. Carlson's skills fit perfectly in Seattle's offense and the fact he's played against some of the top competition in the country. The reason he fell was because of his dropoff in production, but that was due to bad play from the quarterbacks. He can block, he ran run and he's a very good receiver. He won't be a huge threat down the field, but he'll be reliable when they call his number.
Doug Farrar: Under Jim Mora and with (if you believe some rumors) Gregg Knapp running the Seattle offense post-2008, one can go back to the Seahawks' most likely predecessor from a systemic perspective. Go back to the 2001 and 2002 San Francisco 49ers, teams whose offenses were coached by Knapp and defenses by Mora. The tight end in those top-5 offenses was Eric Johnson, a reliable player good for about 40 catches per season and a very solid all-around game. Carlson projects very much like this -- a smart, tough player with surprising athleticism and a thorough knowledge of what he'll need to do at the next level. He may not amaze in the same way that Martellus Bennett or Dustin Keller could down the road, but he's the best option for the Seahawks now and in the future.
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