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Seahawks 2012 Draft Class, not liked in April

Talking heads rolled their eyes at the 2012 Seahawks draft class

The 2012 Seattle Seahawks Draft Class produced a 1st-round pick that scouts called a reach for the pick.

Rookie Bruce Irvin, the look says it all. Photo by Brett Bivens

Bruce Irvin may have been a reach in late April, but now that it is early January 2013 he’s far from a reach.  Having played in all 16-games for the Seahawks this year Irvin has flown under the radar, but don’t let that effect the way you view him. In those 16-games he’s piled up 8 sacks, which is a team record for a rookie defensive player in the category, and forced one fumble.

I’ll be the first to admit when I’m wrong, and I was wrong on Draft night in April. When the pick of Irvin flashed my initial reaction was “WHAT?!” I wanted a guy by the name of Chandler Jones.  Someone I had watched over the past 3-years in college and knew his potential, but I didn’t factor in the truth and that’s Irvin fits Seattle’s defensive scheme, Jones on the other hand wouldn’t have. I was wrong to have second guessed Pete Carroll and John Schneider and that’s the reason I’m a member of the 12th Man and not the Front Office.

The 2nd-round selection in Bobby Wagner reminded me of another MLB selected by the Seahawks a few years back-Lofa Tatupu a small guy, but has the ability to guide his teammates and contribute to their success. He’s proven his case with 140 tackles, 2 sacks and 3 interceptions as well as his name being thrown around as a candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Hopefully unlike Tatupu his success in Seattle lasts longer than his six-years with the team in which he appeared in three Pro Bowls-all in his first three-years in the league.

Just like Lofa, Wagner has a young core of Linebackers near him in KJ Wright, Malcolm Smith and Mike Morgan. Tatupu came in with one of Wagner’s teammates in 2005-Leroy Hill.

The Seahawks 3rd-round pick was a Quarterback by the name of Russell Wilson, a QB that scouts called “too small to be able to start in the NFL.”

Wilson can’t hide his 5’11 frame, but he hasn’t let it get to him. To open the season Wilson was named starting QB for the Seahawks over free-agent signee Matt Flynn. Jon Gruden compared him to Drew Brees and stated throughout the pick if he was still a head coach he would have been selected way before his selection in the 3rd-round.

The Jaguars, Bills and Chiefs all passed on Wilson as the Jaguars selected a Punter with their pick in the 3rd-round and since then Wilson has started every game for the Seahawks completing 64% of his passes for 3,118-yards and 26 Touchdowns-tying the NFL Rookie Record for touchdown passes by a quarterback by the name of Peyton Manning. He’s led the Seahawks to an 11-5 record and four game-winning drives (defeated the Chicago Bears in OT). Did I mention he can scramble as well? Wilson rushed for 489-yards and scored on the ground four times for the Seahawks.

His selection in the 3rd-round is the reason he’s being overlooked by some as a Rookie of the Year underdog behind his opponent he’ll take on Sunday in Washington-Robert Griffin III.

Wilson has shown he will be playing for years to come as a starting QB in the NFL and hopefully will be a cornerstone for the Seahawks as they continue their success with such a young team in the NFL.

Robert Turbin was selected in the 4th-round and viewed as a workhorse that down the road should be able to lessen the load on Marshawn Lynch in the backfield and he’s proven just that. In 16-games he rushed for 354-yards averaging 4.4 per carry, while also having 181-yards receiving. He’s shown at times his hands aren’t the best when he’s receiving, but through the season has shown he’s improving in that category and will be a vital part as teams try to wear out Lynch in the playoffs-something easier said than done.

Breno Giocomini teaches rookie JR Sweezy during training camp. Photo by Brett Bivens

The Seahawks final six-picks in rounds 4-7 have all contributed in role situations, but each one has shown he has potential to develop. CB Jeremy Lane (6th-round pick) and OG JR Sweezy (7th-round pick) have each started 3 games apiece and appeared in 13-games with the Seahawks.

Lane has piled up 15 tackles and Sweezy has shown he has done a nice job of transitioning from defensive line in college to the offensive line in the pro’s.

Jaye Howard watching Clinton McDonald during drills at training camp. Photo by Brett Bivens

DT Jaye Howard (4th-round pick) has appeared in two-games for the Seahawks-not accumulating any stats.

LB Korey Toomer (5th-round pick) is currently on the Practice Squad/Injury designation and hasn’t played a game for the Seahawks.

SS Winston Guy (6th-round pick) appeared in two-games for the Seahawks and recently just got activated after being suspended four-games for violating the NFL Substance Policy.

DE Greg Scruggs (7th-round pick) has played in 11-games for the Seahawks piling up 6 total tackles-5 of them himself as well as 2 sacks and a pass deflection for the Seahawks. He’s shown he can get involved in a core that already consists of Chris Clemons, Red Bryant and Irvin.

After the NFL Draft the Seahawks were awarded many negative reviews, some even called them the loser of the Draft, but as the Seahawks suit up Sunday in Washington it’s easy to argue that they’re far from the losers of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Very few teams have their top picks contribute right off the bat let alone throughout their career, but the Seahawks have found players that fill roles and blossom off of them. To have only 1 player not appear in a single game for the team that drafted them their rookie year is something you don’t see often and if you do it’s unusual to see a successful team.

That’s not the case with the Seahawks and if these players keep progressing as they have through their rookie year who knows where they will end up once their careers dwindle down. For the Seahawks however they’ve proven to have been more successful than a majority of the teams in the 2012 Draft and each one of their selections has shown they will contribute.

They’ve also shown that I shouldn’t question Carroll and Schneider’s decisions in the future as well as the rest of the world.

Written by Zach Bellerdine

Seahawks photo blog: Reunited and it felt so good

Seahawks 21, Raiders 3

CenturyLink Field

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Braylon Edwards talk to a fen before the game. Photo by Brett Bivens

John Moffitt is faster with his new porn-stache, even his hair is having trouble keeping up. Photo by Brett Bivens

There is no place I would rather be on game day. The City of Seattle is a stunning sight. Photo by Brett Bivens

For some, Thursday night was the end of a dream. For others, it is just the beginning. Photo by Brett Bivens

Jeron Johnson and Chris Clemons team up to make a stop. Photo by Brett Bivens

Bobby Wagner drags down the ball carrier. Photo by Brett Bivens

JR Sweezy is making the transition from DT to G look easy. Photo by Brett Bivens

Vai Taua delivers a blow to a defender. Photo by Brett Bivens

Rishaw Johnson leads the way. Photo by Brett Bivens

Josh Portis breaks out a little stiff arm action, must have learned that from Marshawn Lynch. Photo by Brett Bivens

Bruce Irvin sacks the quarterback and earns the 12th man a free hamburger. Photo by Brett Bivens

Jaye Howard earned the 12th man free pancakes and a hair cut with this safety. Photo by Brett Bivens

Greg Knapp was sure his offense was prepared for the Seahawks defense. I guess that is about as prepared as one could expect a Knapp offense to be. Photo by Brett Bivens

Seahawks news update:

Kellen Winslow has been released after refusing to take a pay cut.

Seahawks player grades vs Titans: Offensive line

Seahawks offensive line player grades



This is part 5 of the Seahawks player grades against the Titans. Quarterback, running back, linebacker, and defensive line have already been done.

Max Unger #60

Max Unger and Duce Lutui prepare to block on Matt Flynn’s first snap as a Seahawk. Photo by Brett Bivens.

After receiving his fat new contract extension Max Unger has to be feeling pretty good right now and that is exactly how he is blocking. I couldn’t find a single play where he missed a block. The only thing he could have done better saturday would have been to pick up another pancake or two.

the grade: A

Lemuel Jeanpierre #61

Lemuel Jeanpierre was doing it all on Saturday. He was pass blocking , run blocking and even getting to the second level. During the course of the game I only saw his miss one block and that was a running play.

THe grade: A-

Paul McQuistan #67

Paul McQuistan is another offensive lineman who received a contract from the Seahawk this offseason.  Unlike Max Unger his was not an extension but rather a new 2 year deal worth $4 million. Watching the game he looked like he was just about perfect but as I was going through it snap by snap I noticed on one play he grabbed a defensive lineman and tackled him. Russell Okung quickly jumped on the defender making it look like Okung had pancaked him unless you were paying close attention and clearly the refs were not because it was never called. Other than that Paul did a great job on Saturday.

the grade: B+


Frank Omlyale finished a block while Alex Barron takes a seat. Photo by Brett Bivens

Frank Omlyale #65

Blocking was not the issue for Frank Omlyale on Saturday as he was pretty solid on every snap. I did knock him down a bit for being on the slow side and struggling to get outside to throw effective blocks, he also had a false start and those drive me nuts at home.

the grade: B


Rishaw Johnson #63

Rishaw had a few really nice blocks but also ended up on the ground a lot. Despite being on the ground a lot I never saw him miss a block and overall I think he did a pretty nice job for an undrafted free agent.

The Grade: B


Russell Okung #76

On Saturday Russell Okung showed how nasty he can be. He got a pancake, he was shoving people way down the field and looking to hit someone. The best part is he made it through the whole game without being carted to the locker room. Russell missed a couple of cut blocks so he definitely has room for improvement.

the grade: b-


Allen Barbre #78

Allen Barbre demonstrating the flying block. Photo by Brett Bivens

On one of Allen Barbre’s first plays in the game he went for a cut block and completely missed leaving the running back no where to run and eventually tackled for a loss. After that he seemed to settle down and play pretty well especially in tandem with Frank Omlyale against stunting defenders.

the grade: B-


JR Sweezy #64

For a young man trying to learn a new position on a different side of the ball at the highest level of football I think he is doing an amazing job. He is doing a nice job staying with his man through the play and finishing his blocks. JR Sweezy has also shown an ability to get to the 2nd level effectively.

THe Grade: C+


Paul Fanaika #66

I was surprised how badly Paul Fanaika struggle against lower competition. He was having trouble sticking his blocks and completely missed on a run block and a pass block. I see him being lazy with his feet out there and trying to reach for guys.

The grade: C-


Breno Giacomini taking care of some business. Photo by Brett Bivens

Breno Giacomini #68

In training camp I noticed Breno spending a lot of time teaching JR Sweezy what he should be doing. After watching them both on Saturday I would say, as much as I like to see him helping the young man out,  Breno needs to spend more time working on his own craft than he does helping the coaching staff teach the kid if he wants to make an impact. He did have some nice blocks during the game, especially at the second level and I loved the fire I saw in him when he took on the Titans alone along their sidelines. I would like to see him tone that back just before he picks up the penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct but I’m not too upset about that. He seemed to struggle with the speed of the Titans line and at times he was left blocking air.

the grade: C-


Alex Barron #73

Breno being flagged for taking care of business (notice flag in air above and to the right of Breno). Photo by Brett Bivens

Can you believe Alex Barron is a former first round pick? Saturday he played more like a first round cut. Is it possible to be big, slow and weak? I didn’t think so before the Titans game.

I saw him getting thrown to the ground, completely missing blocks and just straight getting beat. He was able to avoid getting an F by making a few nice blocks that leave a glimmer of hope that his career is not over.

The grade: D+


Duce Lutui #72

If I were Duce Lutui I would be telling my agent to start looking at Canadian Football League teams that might be interested because after Saturday I have no confidence in him. He looks leaner but he is getting thrown all over the place and can’t stay cleat side down. I don’t know which is worse, let him eat to where he’s so out of shape that he can only play a few plays a game or keep him light where you get severally really crappy plays out of him. The coaching staff was even kind enough to pull him out and put him back in later in the game against lower competition and he still couldn’t block. Truly one of the saddest performances of a lineman I have seen at this level from a guy who was suspected to be a contender. He better turn it around because his days in the NFL could be numbered.

the grade: D-


Tomorrow defensive backs, wide receivers and tights ends will be graded. Thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings.

Photo blog: Seahawks training camp 7/31/12

Seahawks Training Camp

I got Brandon Mebane to sign the game worn jersey I bought at the pro-shop last year.

Bruce Irvin signs autographs for fans after tuesdays practice,

Jason Jones posses for a picture as he runs back to the practice field after using the restroom.

Tom Cable coaches Breno Giacomini and Alex Barron during tuesdays practice.

Breno Giacomini teaches 7th round pick JR Sweezy some tricks to the trade as JR tries to switch from DT in college to OG in the NFL.

Bruce Irvin has such a quick first step but he really surprised me with his power on Tuesday. Duce Lutui in the foreground is looking pretty lean, well as lean as a Duce can look.

Matt McCoy (knee) takes a break from watching practice to take a drink.

Russell Wilson drops back to pass.

Offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable runs the offense through drills on Tuesday.

Middle linebacker Barrett Ruud (knee/shoulder) watches his teammates practice on tuesday.

Red Bryant and defensive line coach Todd Wash show offseason acquisition Jason Jones how to go through a drill.

Marshawn Lynch explains the power of the rainbow to Brandon Mebane during Tuesdays practice.

Seahawks Defensive Line Coach Todd Wash runs his group through drills on Tuesday.

Ricardo Lockette takes a breather during Tuesdays Practice

Seahawks Defensive Lineman Chris Clemons and Clinton McDonald wait for their turn during position drills on Tuesday

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