Rounding up some grades for Seattle's 2015 Draft class, which were mostly positive.
There’s nothing left but the grading when it comes to the 2015 NFL Draft.
And the marks are mostly positive for Seattle, the highest grade coming from maybe the best-known in the business, Mel Kiper, Jr., who gave the Seahawks an A-minus.
But almost all gave the Seahawks a B or better, taking into account the trade for Jimmy Graham, the trade up to get Tyler Lockett, and liking the potential of some of the team’s late-round selections.
Hardly needs to be said that the real grading will come on the field and a more accurate accounting in a few years or so.
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But for those who like their day-after draft grades, here they are (what follows is the name of each person or organization and then what they said about Seattle’s draft):
MEL KIPER, ESPN
Let’s start with this question: Will there be any rookie in the NFL next year who figures to be better than Jimmy Graham? In a health vacuum, I’d say no. And remember, Graham is truly the centerpiece of this draft, as he came over for the price of the 31st pick and Max Unger. Every guy drafted this week has the hope of being a star; Jimmy Graham IS a star. That’s a good grade on its own. I have to trust Seattle has vetted Frank Clark‘s off-field problems and feels comfortable bringing him in. Assuming he’s OK there, the value is pretty fair, and they could use the pass-rushing help. The pick of Tyler Lockett (they moved up for him) is one of my favorites in the entire draft. The guy is just always open, and anybody who watched the Super Bowl knows how much the Seahawks need pass-catchers who can create some separation. This is your guy. From there, you see some decent bets on offensive line help, which we know is an obvious need area. Overall, the combination of adding Graham and Lockett, plus the attempt to improve things with some new competitors to win jobs along the offensive line makes this draft a pretty good one for the Seahawks, who seem to always have a developmental plan for their picks. We often have players graded differently, but they know how to coach them up.
EVAN SILVA, ROTOWORLD
The Seahawks’ grade includes the pre-draft acquisition of Jimmy Graham, while keeping in mind that the move cost No. 31 and stud C Max Unger. Seattle was obviously in absolute love with Lockett, sending fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-rounders to the Redskins in order to land the dynamic slot receiver/return man. While Clark’s off-field history is worrisome, he offers difference-making talent as a 4-3 end. Underrated throughout the pre-draft phase, Glowinski could become a year-one starter at guard or center. Poole, Gwacham, Sokoli, and Murphy are athleticism-based projections. Albeit long speed-deficient, Smith is an intriguing press-corner prospect with plus length. I really would have liked to see Seattle draft a big wide receiver for Russell Wilson‘s sake. Still, my sense is there will be more year-one impact from this class than most expect. It becomes an excellent group if some of the late-round projects hit.
DAN KADAR, SB NATION
Best pick: Lockett – If Paul Richardson’s health is a long term concern, Lockett can quiet those worries.
Questionable pick: Clark – The Michigan defensive end is obviously talented, but taking a player with his off-field issues in the second round was odd.
Lockett is one of the fastest players in the draft and will make big plays for the Seahawks. Poole is an athletic blocker who really does well out on the move. He could stick at tackle or move inside to guard for the Seahawks, he just has to get stronger. The Seahawks coaching staff will love Glowinski, a no-nonsense and nasty blocker up front. Smith isn’t the fastest cornerback but Seattle is the perfect landing spot for him. Gwacham an Sokoli are big athlete with nice developmental project.
VINNIE IYER, THE SPORTING NEWS
Did you expect anything much lower from John Schneider and Seattle. The trade for Jimmy Graham is in the backdrop of this draft, but they still hit on their needs for depth at their strongest defensive positions (end, corner) and interior offensive line after losing Max Unger. Clark is just a pretty high risk for the second round.
MARK MASKE, WASHINGTON POST
The Seahawks get credit here for the trade that sent the 31st overall selection (along with C Max Unger) to the Saints for TE Jimmy Graham and a fourth-round choice. There certainly was not a player of Graham’s caliber available for the 31st pick, and the deal greatly strengthened Seattle’s bid for a third straight Super Bowl appearance. The Seahawks traded up to get a potential contributor in the third round in WR Tyler Lockett, who could help on offense and is a dynamic returner. They gave up quite a bit to the Redskins in that trade but, in their enviable situation, could afford to do so.
Thumbs down. Hard to doubt their draft success, but this one started badly when they made Michigan DE Frank Clark their top pick. Clark was kicked off the team last season after being charged with domestic violence (he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct). WR Tyler Lockett fills a huge need as a returner, but Seattle gave up three picks to get him. Twenty-five offensive linemen were selected before Seattle addressed its top need by taking two OLs in Round 4. The later picks have talent, but are projects who will need time to develop.
ROB RANG, CBSSPORTS.COM
With Pro Bowl center Max Unger traded and starting left guard James Carpenter signing with the New York Jets, the Seahawks were widely expected to focus on the offensive line. Instead, they reinforced the defensive line with top selection Frank Clark and “tool-sy” sixth-round pick Obum Gwachum, a bulked up former wide receiver. Clark comes with significant character red flags, but his talent is clear and coach Pete Carroll has a soft spot (and proven track record) with troubled players, focusing their aggression onto the field. Contrasting Clark’s off-field questions was Seattle’s next pick, NFL legacy and Kansas State team captain Tyler Lockett, who lacks size but neither toughness nor playmaking ability, offering immediate help as a receiver and returner. Former West Virginia right guard Mark Glowinski could compete for early playing time with fellow fourth-rounder Terry Poole and defensive line convert Kristjan Sokoli (he’ll be asked to switch to the offensive line for the Seahawks) offering offensive line coach Tom Cable toys to develop.
BRYAN FISCHER, NFL.COM
Day 1 grade: N/A
Day 2 grade: D
Day 3 grade: C
Overall grade: C-
The skinny: The Seahawks don’t get a Day 1 grade because they didn’t have a first-round pick, but their grade would be an A+, considering they turned the second-to-last pick in the first round into a Pro Bowl tight end/receiver in Jimmy Graham. Yes, the price was high, but Graham is a proven commodity who can help get this team another ring. Frank Clark had a ton of character concerns entering the draft, and getting him in the second round was a massive reach. The team managed an average Day 2 grade, however, because the selection of Lockett was a home run.
Bottom line: Moving up to get Lockett was a big win. Otherwise, the team’s braintrust reached on almost all of its picks as the Seahawks look to restock the back end of the roster. There are a lot of athletes in this class, and maybe some will pan out, but they’re betting a lot on coaching up raw talent.
DOUG FARRAR, SI.COM
Pete Carroll and John Schneider have built up a lot of equity with great pick after great pick since they took over the Seahawks organization in 2010, but they tested a lot of that faith with the second-round selection of Michigan edge-rusher Frank Clark, a third- to fourth-round prospect in the minds of many before you throw in the domestic violence issue that got him kicked off the Wolverines last November. Clark had better be special on the field and perfect off it, because Carroll and Schneider are taking a huge risk here. The move to trade up for Kansas State receiver Tyler Lockett in the third round was better-received, and for good reason. He’s an outstanding return man and the kind of speedster who can take the top off a defense—just what Seattle needs. Seattle also took three offensive linemen: San Diego State tackle Terry Poole (who projects as a guard), West Virginia’s Mark Glowinski (who might kick inside to center) and Buffalo defensive tackle Kristjan Sokoli, who the Seahawks want to turn into a guard. The guy to watch in Seattle’s draft is Towson cornerback Tye Hill, regarded by many as the best small-school pass defender in the 2015 class. He’ll get a legitimate shot to crash into the Legion of Boom.