This is the third draft for the John Schneider and Pete Carroll regime, and more so than the other two, this draft really went against the grain in terms of what the prognosticators thought the Seahawks should take.  One thing about this regime so far; they are more likely to march to the beat of their own drum than to follow the pack.  While there were a few needs the Seahawks had going into the draft that they still didn’t quite answer, Seahawks fans everywhere have to trust that everything is going according to plan, which is exactly the tune Coach Carroll is singing.
Pick 1.15:  LB – Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
This was the biggest head scratcher of the draft for the Seahawks.  They traded back from #12, and with blue chip DEs like Quinton Coples and Melvin Ingram still on the board, and DE a major need, it looked like one of those two would be the pick.  Not saying Irvin is a bad fit for the Seahawks; they desperately need a speed rusher on the outside, and Irvin might very well be the best specialist in that category.  The problem is with the value; Irvin was not a top 15 pick.  Due to the value, this pick gets a lower grade.  Grade: C-
Pick 2.15:  LB – Bobby Wagner, Utah State
Now here was a solid pick in both value and need for the Seahawks.  Wagner was a four year starter at Utah State, is extremely coachable and a solid team player and has shown to be a veritable tackling machine, increasing the number of tackles each year, culminating with 147 his senior season.  The Seahawks needed an every down LB in this draft, and they found one in 6’0” 247lbs Wagner.  Grade: A
Pick 3.12: QB – Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
Wilson is a solid leader and the type of player that should develop into a solid, dependable veteran.  He’s on the short side (only 5’10”), which is probably why he lasted until the 3rdround.  In fact, Wilson has the solid intangibles that might have had him drafted a lot higher had he been 6’2” or 6’3”.  He has decent arm strength and accuracy, and he should develop into a solid backup for Matt Flynn.  Grade: B
Pick 4.11: RB – Robert Turbin, Utah State
Like Wilson, this is another important depth pick for the Seahawks.  While the Seahawks locked up Marshawn Lynch for the long term, they are in need of a solid backup with a similar running style that can spell Lynch.  He has similar height-weight dimensions as Lynch, and runs with a similar low center of gravity.  The only real question mark for Turbin is durability, as he’s suffered season ending foot and knee injuries during his collegiate career.  Grade: B-
Pick 4.19: DT – Jaye Howard, Florida
The Seahawks didn’t have DT as a real need, but rotational players on the DL are always a good thing to have.  Howard has decent height and weight, and has good quickness to play on passing downs.  Didn’t show to be that great against the run, but an every down DT isn’t the role the Seahawks had in mind for him when drafting him.  He’ll likely be the fourth DT in the rotation that includes starters Jason Jones and Brandon Mebane, along with backup Alan Branch.  Grade: B-
Pick 5.19: LB – Korey Toomer, Idaho
Obviously linebacker was the position the Seahawks felt like they needed the most help in, as this is the third LB they took in the draft.  The thing is, Irvin is likely to be kind of a DE/LB pass rushing specialist, and Wagner is a lock to be playing the MLB position.  Toomer fits in as more of a traditional OLB that is decent against both the run and pass.  But really, did they need to draft a guy who likely will only play on special teams and provide depth behind KJ Wright, Leroy Hill, and Bruce Irvin?  Grade: C
Pick 6.2: CB - Jeremy Lane, Northeastern State
This was another luxury pick for the Seahawks.  They’ve got a glut of young quality corners like Brandon Browner, Richard Sherman, Walter Thurmond, and Roy Lewis.  Plus they just re-signed Marcus Trufant… so again, where does this guy fit in?  This is another player that will likely have to earn his living on special teams, and will almost never see the field on defense due to the quality players ahead of him.  Grade:  C-
Pick 6.11: S – Winston Guy, Kentucky
This was actually a good value pick.  Guy was highly productive at Kentucky with over 100 tackles in each of his junior and senior seasons.  He’s excellent in run support and is a solid tackler.  He has fairly average coverage skills, but with both Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor in front of him, he won’t be asked to an every week player, but he should be a very solid rotational player that can spell either when they need a rest.  Grade: B+
Pick 7.18: DT – J.R. Sweezy, North Carolina State
Sweezy is a little under sized for a DT; he’s a full 6’4”, but weighs in at less than 300lbs.  At this point in the draft, the Seahawks really should have been looking for speculative picks at positions where they have a need, and DT just isn’t one of those.  This is a pick that looks to me like a guy who won’t make it to the regular season roster.  Grade: C-
Pick 7.25: DE - Greg Scruggs, Louisville
And with the final pick in their draft, the Seahawks finally address what was considered their biggest need: DE.  Scruggs played DT in college, but at only 285lbs, he’ll be filling in as a DE for the Seahawks.  He has the height and weight build for an every down type of end, with decent ability against the run and pass.  He’ll provide some depth behind starter Chris Clemons.  This was a good pick, considering they had yet to address the need earlier, as they should have.  Grade: B
It was obvious in this draft the Seahawks wanted to improve a defense that was already a top 10 squad.  It was perplexing that they paid almost no attention to improving an offense that ranked 23rdin the league last season, especially with some high power offenses like New England, Green Bay, and Dallas on the schedule.  Also, the Seahawks didn’t really address the one defensive need they had, and that was defensive end.  Considering they reached on their first pick and then didn’t address a need at DE or any offensive needs, I can’t really give them a very good grade.  Overall 2012 Draft Grade:  C+