Corbin Smith

Seahawks Day Two NFL Draft Round-Up

Created on May. 10, 2014 1:21 AM EST

After trading out of the first round on Thursday night, the second round proved to be much more exciting for Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks. In the process, Seattle hopes to have added two big-time talents who can compete for playing time right away.

Seattle traded down from the 32nd spot to gain an extra 4th round selection, and ultimately, the organization managed to get the player they sought with that first round pick even after trading down. The Seahawks initially opened the festivities by trading away the 40th pick they acquired from the Minnesota Vikings in last night's deal to the Detroit Lions, once again leaving fans wondering when they would finally draft a player.

Once they settled in at the 45th slot, general manager John Schneider drafted speedy receiver Paul Richardson out of Colorado to give Russell Wilson another lethal big play threat on the outside. Richardson hauled in 83 receptions for the lowly Buffaloes in 2013, an incredible accomplishment considering he missed all of 2012 with a torn ACL. Add in the fact that Colorado didn't have great quarterback play, and it's no wonder that Schneider and Carroll were both enamored by this kid and even mentioned this evening that he was the player they would have drafted at the end of the first round.

"He's a downfield receiver who can run all the routes," head coach Pete Carroll said at his post-draft press conference, adding, "He's a really smart kid."

Adding another dynamic play maker to the receiving core should make life easier for Doug Baldwin and Percy Harvin. Defenses will have to be even more conscious of deep passes, opening up room underneath for short routes to turn into big gains. It should also open up room in the ground game for Marshawn Lynch as defenses try to adjust to all the speed on the outside. To see an example of how Richardson can use an extra gear to burn opposing defenses, look no further than the first play from this highlight video showcasing his performance against Arizona last season.

The Seahawks made an even more surprising selection to end the second round, grabbing versatile tackle Justin Britt out of Missouri. A 1st Team All-SEC performer last season, Britt showed well against top-flight talents like Jadeveon Clowney and left a positive impression on Seahawks' offensive line coach Tom Cable. Most scouts viewed Britt as a fourth or fifth round talent, but with most of the top tackles off the board, Seattle feared that he wouldn't be available later in the draft if they passed on him at pick 64.

Cable said that he expects Britt to compete against second year tackle Michael Bowie to replace recently-departed starter Breno Giacomini. A former undefeated wrestler in high school, the former Tiger brings the type of toughness and competitiveness that Seattle looks for from offensive linemen.

"I got excited watching him play Clowney," Cable said, showing that he valued his experience in the trenches against top college competition.

Seattle goes against convention when drafting players, and it can often leave scouts shaking their heads. But in the end, the Seahawks look for traits in players that other teams do not. It's worked pretty well for Carroll and Schneider, and they seemed pretty happy in the war room after making their selections. Both picks should lead to outstanding positional battles when training camp arrives in August for the defending champs.
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