May 29th, 2014- Now that OTA’s have started for the reigning Super Bowl Champs it’s time to breakdown the newcomers for the Seattle Seahawks as well as the rest of the NFC West. As with many teams but especially for the Seahawks the draft plays a intrical part in building a championship roster. Now that the 2014 draft has come and gone heres what each NFC team has drafted based on needs and what players will make an imapact for their respected teams.
Deone Bucannon (1st Round): S from Washington State University, Troy Niklas (2nd Round): TE from Notre Dame, Kareem Martin (3rd Round): DE from University of North Carolina, John Brown (3rd Round): WR from Pittsburg State University, Logan Thomas (4th Round): QB from Virginia Tech, Ed Stinson (5th Round): DE from Alabama, Walt Powell (6th Round): WR from Murray State
The Cardinals used the draft to build for the present as well as for the future. The most notable draft picks are Deone Bucannon and Troy Niklas. Both can make immediate impacts. Bucannon can start along side Tyrann “Honey Badger” Matthieu while tight end Niklas is just the type of player that coach Bruce Arians is looking for at that position. Niklas reminds Arians a lot of Heath Miller. A dark horse for the Cardinals could be wide receiver John Brown because of his explosiveness, most likely on special teams.
St Louis Rams
Greg Robinson (1st Round): OT from Auburn University, Aaron Donald (1st Round): DT from University of Pittsburg, Larmarcus Joyner (2nd Round): CB from Florida State University, Tre Mason (3rd Round): RB from Auburn University, Maurice Alexander (4th Round): S from Utah State, EJ Gaines (6th Round): CB from University of Missouri, Garrett Gilbert (6th Round): QB from Southern Methodist University, Mitchell Van Dyk (7th Round): OL from Portland State, C.B. Byrant (7th Round): S from Ohio State, Michael Sam (7th Round): DE from University of Missouri, Demetrius Rhaney (7th Round): OL from Tennessee State
The most notable draft pick for the Rams may have nothing to do with football but has everything to do with social acceptance- Michael Sam. When he came out and publicly admitted that he was gay the NFL has been under a microscope of who would take a chance on him. The Rams did and now the circus has come to town. No doubt there it will be a media frenzy surrounding the Rams during OTA’s and pre season. Having said that strictly from a football standpoint they probably had one of the best draft of any team, though having two of the top 15 picks didn’t hurt. Robinson and Donald should make an immediate impact. Robinson and Donald sured up both of sides of the ball with an already up and coming offensive and defensive line, it has the potential to be among the best in the NFL. Joyner and Gaines they should compete for extensive playing time as the Rams are really thin at the corner back position.
San Francisco 49ers
Jimmie Ward (1st Round): S from Northern Illinois, Carlos Hyde (2nd Round): RB from Ohio State, Marcus Martin (3rd Round): C from University of Southern California, Chris Borland (3rd Round): ILB from University of Wisconsin, Brandon Thomas (3rd Round): OT from University of Clemson, Bruce Ellington (4th Round): WR from University of South Carolina, Donate Johnson (4th Round): CB from North Carolina State University, Aaron Lynch (5th Round): DE from University of South Florida, Keith Reason (5th Round): CB from University of Florida Atlantic, Kenneth Acker (6th Round): CB from Southern Methodist University, Kaleb Ramsey (7th Round): DT from Boston College University, Trey Millard (7th Round): FB from University of Oklahoma
The 49ers main objective in the 2014 draft was to add pieces in order to dethrone the Seahawks, they know that the road to Super Bowl 49 has to go through Seahawks, Century Link Field and of course the 12th Man. With an aging Frank Gore, Hyde might be the most crucial pick in this draft for the 49ers. The CB position is up for grabs as Chris Culliver is slated to be the starter but he is trying to come back from a torn knee that kept him out all of last season and is also dealing with some off field issues. If everything works out he should be the starter along side with Tramaine Ward but Ward should have considerable playing time as the nickel back. LaMichael James’ role might decrease (he may even be on the trading block) now that they’ve drafted Ellington. Because of his speed he can return punts and kicks. With pending off the field issues Aldon Smith’s and his future unknown Lynch might be the dark horse even though Lynch has his own character concerns.
Paul Richardson (2nd Round): WR from University of Colorado, Justin Britt (2nd Round): OT from University of Missouri, Cassius Marsh (4th Round): DE from University of California Los Angeles, Kevin Norwood (4th Round): WR from University of Alabama, Kevin Pierre-Louis (4th Round): OLB Boston College University, Jimmy Stanten (5th Round): DT from University of Middle Tennessee, Garrett Scott (6th Round): OT from University of Marshall, Eric Pinkins (6th Round): S from San Diego State University, Kiero Small (7th Round): FB from University of Arkansas
Let the competition begin. Coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider have yet another unconventional draft, depending on who you ask. None of the so called experts had any of these players in their mock drafts. Once again the Seahawks drafted players who fit “their” system, are always competing, and just gifted athletes. Everyone single player drafted has a chance of making the roster and earning playing time. Richardson should be able to contribute right away by returning kicks/punts or even both with the void left by Golden Tate. Richardson has blazing speed, known to be clocked at 4.28 40 speed with big play abilities. In his final year at University of Colorado he had 83 catches for 1343 yards (school records) with 10 TDs (one shy of school record). 7 of those TDs were 30 yards or more (one of those was against the UW) which was 4th best among FBS receivers. Area scout Matt Berry doesn’t know who wold win in a head to head race between Richardson and Percy Harvin. Pete however is impressed with Richardson as a polished receiver not just his speed, “He’s a downfield receiver who can run all the routes. He’s a smart kid. He made of ton of great plays (at Colorado) and has really nice catching range. We saw everything we wanted to see.” Britt should challenge Michael Bowie as starter and is viewed to fulfill Breno Giacomini void. He was a former Missouri wrestling heavyweight champ he brings toughness and a nasty streak which Tom Cable loves. Marsh can step in right away as well, coaches love his motor and competitiveness.
It’s hard to know what the Pete has in store for all of the the drafted rookies and also the non drafted rookies but we do know one thing: If you work hard, compete, and buy into Pete’s philosophy HE WILL FIND A SPOT for you on the team. Until proven otherwise the rest of the NFC West has only narrowed the gap but the defending Super Bowl Champs are still leading the pack.