The Seattle Seahawks went through the 2012 NFL Draft and surprised almost everyone. About the only persons who weren't caught off guard with the picks were the people involved in making the choices. Pretty much everyone else scratched their head at one point or another.
The Seahawks came started the process with six picks overall, but bumped that up to 10 with some maneuvering. As in turned out, seven of them will be on the defensive side of the ball, which to me was at least a little surprising. Seattle has a better record with late picks over the big names, so we will see if there are some future stars in the group.
Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
I was a little surprised by the pick until I read Seattle head coach Pete Carroll had a history with Irvin and had tried to recruit him for USC. We did need some help in the pass rushing department, which is Irvin's specialty. He collected 22.5 sacks in his two years with West Virginia, and has been called a natural pass rusher.
"I had the vision for him playing for us at USC in the exact same role that we're asking him to fit into now," Carroll said. "We're ecstatic to have a chance to put him in this role."
Robert Turbin, Utah State
Seahawks' general manager John Schneider said they didn't set out to get so many defense players, but when their turn came there were always good talent available. Turbin seems to fit that bill. He's one strong-looking guy, and is meant to compliment fellow running back Marshawn Lynch. He looks like a great pick for that role.
Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
Some were shocked by the selection of the Badger quarterback. Frankly, I'm surprised there are people who don't think this is a great pick. Wilson didn't rate as high in the draft as many quarterbacks because he's not as tall as some, but he's got great talent. People talk about the history of QBs under six foot, but he's only an inch shorter. It was a little surprising he went before Kirk Cousins. but hey, he's a talent and we will need to expand options at the position.
J.R. Sweezy, NC State
What's interesting about Sweezy aren't his stats as a defensive player, which weren't bad, but not overwhelming. He's going to be switched over to the other side of the ball and join the offensive line. It's an area we need a little help at, and apparently he impressed enough for Schneider and Carroll to think it's a fit.
Bobby Wagner, Utah State
Selected second by the Seahawks, Wagner will be joining the offensive line and could even find himself in a starter position if he gets the offense right away, thanks to the departure of David Hawthorne. He worked the inside and outside for the Utes, and will likely be asked to fill in at both and the middle. It was one of the more pressing needs for Seattle, hopefully Wagner will be a natural fit.
Full list of 2012 Seattle Seahawks draft picks
Bruce Irvin, DE, first round. Bobby Wagner, ILB, second round. Russell Wilson, QB, third round. Robert Turbin, RB, Jay Howard, DT, fourth round. Korey Toomer, ILB, fifth round. Jeremy Lane, CB, Winston Guy, CB, sixth round, J.R. Sweezy, DE, Greg Scruggs, DE, seventh round.
Jeff Musall has been a fan of the Seattle Seahawks since he was a kid living in an Idaho town, watching Jim Zorn lead the team down the field.
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