Moon shots

Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon was in Cam Newton’s corner throughout the process leading up to the NFL Draft – when the Auburn QB was the first pick overall by the Carolina Panthers.

But Moon, the radio analyst for Seahawks games, also was at Jake Locker’s Pro Day workout at the University of Washington. In what was somewhat of a surprise, Locker went at No. 8 to the Tennessee Titans – one of the NFL teams Moon played for, before the franchise moved from Houston.

Moon praised that pick in this story from the Tennessean, offering, “Jake will fit their style a lot better (than Vince Young). Munch (new coach Mike Munchak) is a worker, (offensive line coach) Bruce Matthews is a worker, and those are the type guys they like to be around. With me, they saw me as a worker, and I think that is the type of quarterback they want on their football team. Jake will bring that – he will work as hard as anybody.”

If the comments during the chat I did here last Thursday are any indication, many in Seahawks Nation wanted Locker in a Seahawks uniform. Even after he went to the Titans, some suggested that – no, pleaded for – the Seahawks to work a trade to obtain Locker.

Here’s what GM John Schneider had to say about Locker in his post-draft recap: “You get a certain feel for a prospect, and when he goes you say, ‘Damn.’ Jake would be the first one. When Jake went, we went, ‘Wow, good for him. What a great dude.’ I just had dinner with him last week; he’s a phenomenal guy.”


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Seeing is believing

You’ve heard and read all about the nine players the Seahawks selected in the NFL Draft – from first-round pick James Carpenter to Malcolm Smith, the 242nd pick overall. But seeing is believing.  Check out some of the top YouTube videos (mostly fan made) from this year’s draft class.

First-round pick: James Carpenter, OT, Alabama

Did you know? His favorite meal is macaroni and cheese – his mother’s macaroni and cheese.

You don’t say: “I wouldn’t have drafted him if he was finesse. That’s not my style. I thought he was a very physical presence at Alabama in a tremendous league against a lot of very talented defensive ends in that league.” – line coach Tom Cable

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On QBs and DTs

In their recap of the just-completed NFL Draft, Seahawks general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll also touched on a couple of hot-topic subjects.

Schneider, when asked if the fact that they drafted only one defensive lineman (Pep Levingston in the seventh round) put more urgency on re-signing Brandon Mebane: “We’d like to have Brandon back anyway. It probably does, to a certain extent. I’d be lying if I told you any different. But again, we’re not a team that’s going to panic. We’re going to plow through it and see what we can accomplish.”

Schneider, when asked if the Seahawks were in a tough position because they did not draft a quarterback and Charlie Whitehurst is the only one on the roster: “No. We had a plan going in, and we still have our plan. We just can’t execute that plan right now.”


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Seahawks add LB Smith in seventh round

The Seahawks used their final pick in the NFL Draft to select USC linebacker Malcolm Smith.

The 6-foot, 226-pound Smith obviously played for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll when he was with the Trojans.

Smith, selected No. 242 overall with a compensatory pick, joins a draft class that also includes: Alabama tackle James Carpenter (first round); Wisconsin guard John Moffitt (third round); Mississippi State linebacker K.J. Wright and Georgia wide receiver Kris Durham (fourth round); Stanford cornerback Richard Sherman and Appalachian State safety Mark LeGree (fifth round); Clemson cornerback Byron Maxwell (sixth round); and LSU defensive end Pep Levingston (seventh round).


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Seahawks select DE Levingston in seventh round

With the first of their two picks in the seventh round of the NFL Draft, the Seahawks selected LSU defensive end Pep Levingston.

The 6-foot-3, 292-pound Levingston – whose given name is Lazarius Cortez – started 12 games at left defensive tackle last season. But the Seahawks are listing him as defensive end – at five-technique spot, where they needed a backup for Red Bryant.

Pro Football Weekly on Levingston: “A big, solid-frame defensive lineman who underachieved, until late in his career and projects best inside or as a base end in the pros.”

The pick, the second in the final round, was acquired in Friday’s trade with the Detroit Lions. The Seahawks also have a compensatory pick in this round, No. 242 overall.


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Seahawks select cornerback Maxwell in sixth round

With their only pick in the sixth round of the NFL Draft, the Seahawks selected Clemson cornerback Byron Maxwell.

The 6-foot, 207-pound Maxwell was the third consecutive defensive back tabbed by the Seahawks, after they drafted Stanford cornerback Richard Sherman and Appalachian State free safety Mark LeGree in the fifth round.

Maxwell started 10 games last season, registering 48 tackles.

Pro Football Weekly on Maxwell: “Tough, long-limbed press-man corner who could warrant interest for gunning ability (on special teams) and has a chance to earn a job for a predominantly press defense.”

The Seahawks have two picks in the seventh, and final, round – No. 2, 205th overall; and No. 41, 242nd overall.


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Seahawks add safety LeGree in fifth round

The Seahawks added another player to their secondary with their second pick in the fifth round, selecting Appalachian State safety Mark LeGree.

The 6-foot, 211-pound LeGree led the nation in interceptions and was a Buchanan Award finalist in 2008, when he started 13 games at free safety. Last season, he started at strong safety. He had 22 career interceptions.

Pro Football Weekly on LeGree: “Finesse free safety with speed and ball skills to warrant a look as a centerfielder, but average athletic ability and instincts limit his ceiling.”

With the Seahawks, he adds depth at a spot where Earl Thomas, a first-round draft choice last year, is the starter at free safety and Kam Chancellor has a chance to replace Lawyer Milloy at strong safety.

The Seahawks’ remaining picks:

Sixth round (1) – 8th pick, 173rd overall

Seventh round (2) – 2nd pick, 205th overall; 41st pick, 242nd overall


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Seahawks select cornerback Sherman in fifth round

With the first of their two picks in the fifth round of the NFL Draft, the Seahawks selected a big corner – Richard Sherman of Stanford.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Sherman fills a need, and satisfies a desire to get bigger at the position. He started for the Cardinal on the left side last season, after making the transition from receiver to corner in 2009.

The Seahawks also have the 25th pick in the round. Here are their remaining selections:

Fifth round – 25th, 156th overall

Sixth round (1) – 8th pick, 173rd overall

Seventh round (2) – 2nd pick, 205th overall; 41st pick, 242nd overall


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Seahawk add receiver in fourth round

After selecting their first defensive player with the second pick in the fourth round – Mississippi State outside linebacker K.J. Wright – the Seahawks added Georgia wide receiver Kris Durham with the 10th pick in the round.

The 6-foot-5, 216-pound Durham started eight games last season – four at split end, four a flanker – and caught 32 passes for a 20.6-yard average. He sat out the 2009 season while recovering from a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Pro Football Weekly on Durham: “Has excellent size and deceptive, functional speed. Attacks the ball and snag throws outside his frame.”

The Seahawks’ next scheduled pick is the 23rd selection in the fifth round.

Before that, first-round draft choice James Carpenter will be introduced in a news conference, which will be carried live on Seahawks.com.

The Seahawks’ remaining picks:

Fifth round (2) – 23rd pick, 154th overall; 25th, 156th overall

Sixth round (1) – 8th pick, 173rd overall

Seventh round (2) – 2nd pick, 205th overall; 41st pick, 242nd overall


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Seahawks select linebacker in fourth round

The Seahawks got an early start to the final day of the NFL Draft, selecting Mississippi State linebacker K.J. Wright with the second pick in the fourth round.

The 6-foot-3, 246-pound Wright switched to weak-side ‘backer last season, starting 13 games and recording 98 tackles. In 2009, he started 10 games on the strong side, making 82 tackles.

The Seahawks will be back on the clock shortly, as they also have the 10th pick in this round – which was obtained Friday in a trade with the Detroit Lions.

Rebuilding the offensive line was the priority in the first two days of the draft, with the Seahawks tackling Alabama offensive tackle James Carpenter in the first round Thursday night and Wisconsin guard John Moffitt in the third round Friday.

The Seahawks’ remaining picks:

Fourth round – 10th pick, 107th overall

Fifth round (2) – 23rd pick, 154th overall; 25th, 156th overall

Sixth round (1) – 8th pick, 173rd overall

Seventh round (2) – 2nd pick, 205th overall; 41st pick, 242nd overall


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