BY SPNW Staff 04:00PM 04/30/2012

What grade do you give Seahawks’ draft class?

Most of the media’s so-called experts awarded the Seahawks a grade of “C” on their draft report cards. Now that they have had their say, how say you? Vote here.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider made the most controversial choice in the first round of the NFL draft, taking Bruce Irvin of West Virginia./ Sportspress Northwest file

Summing up the 10 selections (eight defensive) he made in last weekend’s NFL draft, Seahawks general manager John Schneider seemed to grade his performance an “A” when he said, “We’re really excited about the talent . . . I couldn’t be more pleased.” Not all, of course, shared Schneider’s enthusiasm, and most were shocked to their socks at the selection of DL Bruce Irvin in the first round.

Head coach Pete Carroll, of course, loved it, saying Thursday, “We did a good thing today.”

Hub Arkush, the Pro Football Weekly publisher who has been watching the NFL practically since the days of George Halas, wildly disagreed, saying of Irvin, “He’s not the 15th best player in the draft. He’s not the 50th best player. This kid, you cannot take him that high.”

Tony Pauline of CNNSI.com agreed with Arkush, noting, “Several teams considered drafting Irvin in Round 1, yet any way you cut it, he was a reach in the middle of the frame. Irvin is a terrific athlete, yet a prospect who needs a lot of work before he’ll be NFL ready.

“The Seahawks made another questionable decision, tabbing (quarterback Russell) Wilson in the third frame. Wilson is destined to sit behind newly signed Matt Flynn and will struggle to see the field at any point over the next three years.”

ColdHardFootballFacts.com put it this way: “Irvin is a high-risk pick on three fronts: he is undersized and looks mostly like a one-dimensional, pass-rushing specialist; he has a checkered past, dropping out of high school and bouncing around to several colleges; and, on the field, Seattle had many more pressing issues than its defensive line. The Seahawks were No. 4 last year on our Defensive Hog Index.”

Opined the New York Post: “Taking OLB Bruce Irvin at No. 15 is one of the biggest reaches in years. LB Bobby Wagner is solid but not spectacular. Unlikely to be a productive crop.”

CBS Sports.com: “Best pick: Second-round linebacker Bobby Wagner is an athletic kid who should push for a starting job right away. He is a Pete Carroll-type of LB.

“Questionable move: Their first pick, taking defensive end Bruce Irvin. He had some character issues and some scouts think he doesn’t play hard enough. He can rush the passer, so the attraction is obvious. Risky. Then took Russell Wilson in the third when they just signed Matt Flynn. Why? They did some good things on the final day, but Irvin is the key. Grade: C+”

CNNSI Report Card: “Could Irvin develop into a solid pass-rusher? Sure, but this was a spit take-inducing selection. LB Bobby Wagner (47) and RB Robert Turbin (106), both from Utah State, will help, and QB Russell Wilson (74) has a bright future, even if Seattle didn’t really need him. Everything else was … very … blah. Grade: C.”

Independent of publisher Arkush, Pro Football Weekly delivered the most positive assessment of Seattle’s draft, observing, “As the draft’s most explosive edge rusher, Irvin could make an instant impact for Pete Carroll’s fly-at-the-snap scheme and may prove to be worth the selection with passing downs now accounting for nearly 60 percent of snaps in an increasingly pass-first league.

“With Wagner, they bolstered their linebacking group with a versatile performer likely to plug in on the strong side, where Leroy Hill has been unreliable. Wagner performed well at the Senior Bowl, cementing his second-round status.”

Added Don Banks, also of CNNSI: “Irvin has undeniable pass rush skills, but Seattle passed up the likes of Quinton Coples, Chandler Jones and Melvin Ingram to take him. My question? Even if Seattle had a strong conviction about him, did they not stand a pretty good chance of moving back again from No. 15 in order to take him lower in the round and still garner more draft picks?

“Seattle plans on using him as a situational pass rusher this season, and then is counting on him growing into full-blown beast mode coming off the edge. At No. 15 in the draft, he has to be more than a part-time player, and soon. The Seahawks are taking a gamble on a player they think they know well enough to bet on. But Irvin begins his NFL career with perhaps more doubters than any other first-round pick.”

We could not find a single draft report card from a media outlet that awarded the Seahawks an “A.” Almost all gave the Seahawks Cs, including Pete Prisco of CBS Sports (C+), Rob Rang of NFL DraftScout.com (C) and Mel Kiper of ESPN (C-).

So are these guys smarter than Schneider and Carroll? Or are Schneider and Carroll too much in love with their own reflections?


YourThoughts

  • RadioGuy

    I’ll give every draft an “I” for “Incomplete.”  Grading a draft before the players play is like grading an SAT test that was just handed out to the students.  Ask me again next January.

  • RadioGuy

    I’ll give every draft an “I” for “Incomplete.”  Grading a draft before the players play is like grading an SAT test that was just handed out to the students.  Ask me again next January.

  • HawkandRoll

    Last year the so called experts gave the Hawks an A and we had the season we had. The truth is no one knows. Brady was Mr.Irrelevant and became one of the best ever.

  • HawkandRoll

    Last year the so called experts gave the Hawks an A and we had the season we had. The truth is no one knows. Brady was Mr.Irrelevant and became one of the best ever.

  • cruddly

     So now we grade how the teams drafted by comparing their actual picks against the experts’ predictions?   Does this makes sense?   It kind of does if you make your living hyping this kind of crap for a football starved nation.  America loves things that can be inflated, from beach balls to the  NFL draft.

  • cruddly

     So now we grade how the teams drafted by comparing their actual picks against the experts’ predictions?   Does this makes sense?   It kind of does if you make your living hyping this kind of crap for a football starved nation.  America loves things that can be inflated, from beach balls to the  NFL draft.

  • Phharmening

    Sometimes one does roll a 7 on the come-out passline, and I’ve seen it done 3 times in succession. The NFL draft is nothing other than a crap shoot.  There is no way to give an accurate grade on this Seahawk class now.  And when a grade can be given, either PC and JS will be called geniuses, or they will be on their way to the unemployment lines.  

  • Phharmening

    Sometimes one does roll a 7 on the come-out passline, and I’ve seen it done 3 times in succession. The NFL draft is nothing other than a crap shoot.  There is no way to give an accurate grade on this Seahawk class now.  And when a grade can be given, either PC and JS will be called geniuses, or they will be on their way to the unemployment lines.  

  • Soggyblogger

    Like most polls, I hated the questions. I was forced to pick the least offensive statement: I trust PC/JS to …. blah blah. While I think this draft grade (stupid, stupid, stupid) is A, it’s not entirely because I “trust” this FO, but because I did my own pre-draft scouting, and thought Irvin the best non-QB prospect for our team. Yes, I did. I hated the other pass rush options. They all have “potential bust” written across their foreheads. Mediocre, short armed, slackers, and questionable production in college. While Irvin is fast by any standard used. I can see him terrorizing QB’s for the next ten years. 

    Who can blame sportswriters for quoting other sports writers to validate their own opinions? Original research is too much to ask. Having an original opinion is, too. Oh, well, back to amateur sports blogs………………

  • Soggyblogger

    Like most polls, I hated the questions. I was forced to pick the least offensive statement: I trust PC/JS to …. blah blah. While I think this draft grade (stupid, stupid, stupid) is A, it’s not entirely because I “trust” this FO, but because I did my own pre-draft scouting, and thought Irvin the best non-QB prospect for our team. Yes, I did. I hated the other pass rush options. They all have “potential bust” written across their foreheads. Mediocre, short armed, slackers, and questionable production in college. While Irvin is fast by any standard used. I can see him terrorizing QB’s for the next ten years. 

    Who can blame sportswriters for quoting other sports writers to validate their own opinions? Original research is too much to ask. Having an original opinion is, too. Oh, well, back to amateur sports blogs………………