The Seattle Seahawks made enormous strides with their two first round picks in the NFL Draft. Seattle had the sixth and 14th overall picks in the NFL Draft and made the most of them. Seattle’s first pick with the number six pick overall was offensive tackle Russell Okung and their second pick was number 14 overall Earl Thomas, the safety from Texas.
Best offensive tackle in the draft falls to Seattle at number six.
Russell Okung was rated as the best overall offensive tackle on many of the best NFL prognosticators boards. Mel Kiper of ESPN and Mike Mayock of the NFL network both rate Okung as the best offensive tackle in the NFL Draft. When Okung fell to Seattle at the number six spot, Seattle general manager, Pete Carroll had an easy decision in front of him.
Watching Pete Carroll in the Seattle war room live on the NFL Channel, it was hard for him not to smile broadly as he realized that Russell Okung would soon be a Seattle Seahawk. “Okung will be a perfect fit for Seattle’s need for protection on the blind side for quarterback, Matt Hasselbeck.” According to NFL Draft Analyst Mike Mayock of the NFL Channel. One of Hasselbeck’s problems over the last few years has been a lack of protection and Okung could be a player that will last over ten years protecting Seattle’s quarterbacks.
Seattle’s number 14 pick is another NFL starter in Earl Thomas.
Earl Thomas is another pick by Seattle that will be starting on opening day of the 2010 NFL season. Earl Thomas is a safety with a nose for the ball and the epitome of the phrase, ball hawking safety. Earl Thomas will be playing in the NFL 15 years from the day of this NFL Draft and that is what every NFL team wants to know when they draft any player in the first round.
Seattle addressed two key needs on both sides of the ball but Earl Thomas could be a key to leadership on the field for a Seattle defense that has been lacking a hard nosed leader for years. Thomas will be the quarterback on defense for a Seattle team that has been lost at times on the defensive side of the ball over the last few years.
Can a rookie take over an NFL defense and make an immediate impact? If anyone can, it will be Earl Thomas. There is a rare quality in Thomas that will show itself early in the 2010 NFL season. It only takes a quick look at film of Thomas in the Texas defense to realize that the Texas defense was so strong because of Thomas.
Players that Pete Carroll will regret not taking with the #6 and #14 picks in the NFL Draft.
#1) CJ Spiller will be a player available that Carroll will regret not taking.
CJ Spiller will be a 1000 yard running back in his first year and will be a kick returner/punt returner for years for the Buffalo Bills. Although Carroll won’t admit it now, Seattle was hoping that Spiller would last until the #14 NFL Draft pick and when he went off the board at number nine, Seattle gravitated to Thomas. Not a bad second choice though.
#2) Derrick Morgan would have been a huge addition to the Seattle defensive line.
Passing on a chance to take an impact defensive end that should have been taken in the top ten, may haunt Pete Carroll. Derrick Morgan out of Georgia Tech will be an immediate impact player that will give opposing offensive lineman fits when the NFL season kicks off in 2010.
#3) Joe Haden at number six would have been another immediate impact player.
Pete Carroll could have had the best secondary in the NFL for the next 12 years by drafting Joe Haden in the number six NFL Draft spot and then taking Earl Thomas with the #14 NFL Draft pick. In the pass happy NFL, it is critical to have a tremendous secondary and drafting two starting back peddlers would have been a huge coup heading into the second round of the NFL Draft.
Players that Seattle was right to avoid and should not take in the next two rounds.
#4) Colt McCoy still available. Should Seattle take a QB in 2nd round?
Many Seattle fans are begging Seattle to take a quarterback in the second round. 2010 is not the NFL Draft of the elite quarterback. Remember where Tom Brady was drafted? Brady was drafted in the sixth round of the NFL Draft in 2000 and that worked out pretty well for the New England Patriots.
Colt McCoy may turn out to be a solid NFL quarterback or Jimmy Clausen will be a nice back up quarterback but neither one should be picked until after the third round of the NFL Draft. If either of these two quarterbacks is picked before the third round they will not succeed. Both quarterbacks have never dealt with much adversity and dropping to th lower rounds of the NFL Draft will be good for them.
If either one is picked in the fourth or fifth round they will be humbled and they will succeed after three or four years of holding a clipboard on the sidelines. Why does it matter what round they are drafted? It is all about breaking the two cocky quarterback’s psyche and if they are broken down, they will succeed later in the NFL. The best quarterbacks in the NFL learn from the sidelines so that is why McCoy and Clausen still have a chance to succeed in the NFL some day.
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