Grading the Draft: Seattle Seahawks

After several drafts that were less than adequate, Mike Holmgren was removed from the GM's chair and relieved from his duties of actually picking the players. At face value or and paper at least, it seems to have had immediate impact.

Round Pick Player Pos School
1 11(11) Marcus Trufant CB Wash. St.
2 10(42) Ken Hamlin* S Arkansas
3 9(73) Wayne Hunter* OT Hawaii
4 13(110) Seneca Wallace QB Iowa St.
4 38(135) Solomon Bates ILB Arizona St.
5 30(165) Chris Davis FB Syracuse
6 10(183) Rashad Moore DT Tennessee
7 8(222) Josh Brown K Nebraska
7 10(224) Taco Wallace WR Kansas St.

With most of the top defensive linemen off the board Seattle looked in-state to Marcus Trufant. The 'Hawk defense has had a hole at cornerback and a patchwork of players have been trying to plug it for some time now. Trufant is the real deal and should be starting by opening day. It is interesting that a team with no pass rush and an aging defensive tackle bypassed Jimmy Kennedy but then again, Trufant was not a reach in this slot.

Ken Hamlin was an interesting pick in round two. The much-maligned safety had numerous off the field problems known to most, a mediocre junior campaign and a terrible off season. His lack of  cover instincts were apparent in 2002 as were his pass defense skills at the combine. At the top of his game Hamlin is a solid strong safety but a prospect that needs a lot of work and discipline. Then again the situation at safety is a disaster for Seattle so Hamlin will have his opportunities.

Wayne Hunter could be a steal in round three. The athletic blocker did a sensational job in only his first season on the offensive line and took well to the left tackle position. He needs more repetition to hash out the details of the position (blocking angles, body positioning) but the Seahawks can be patient and slowly develop him over time. Hunter has the skills to block on the strong side as well and offers Seattle options when their two pricey "veterans" come up for contract renewal.

Seneca Wallace was an interesting choice in round four in what seems to be Mike Holmgren's never-ending search for a consistent-starting quarterback. We posted all along that Wallace was solidifying himself as a quarterback prospect with his showings at both the Senior Bowl and combine. Was round four early for Wallace? Probably, yet if the plan is to mix up the offense and bring an athletic passer into the game during goal-line situations it was a good move.

We will state unequivocally that fellow fourth round choice Solomon Bates was selected way to early. A short and slow middle linebacker, Bates is limited as he's a two-down defender that would've been available much later in the draft.

Chris Davis was a solid choice in the fifth frame and a developmental fullback with a good degree of offensive talent.  The team could stash Davis away as Mack Strong finishes his pro career.

Likewise Rashad Moore could be great value in the future if the young defensive tackle dedicates himself to football and more specifically, gets into the weight room and bulks up.

With no kicker of name on the roster, Josh Brown could compete for a job while Taco Wallace is a slightly built track sprinter with a penchant for the home run play at receiver.

Analysis: Not a bad job but is it enough to make the Seahawks compete for a playoff spot and save Holmgren's job?  On paper we say "no".

Tony Pauline
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