Russell Okung the 6th overall pick to the Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks have made their pick, and went with OT Russell Okung with the 6th overall pick. Here’s what Walter Football has to say about the pick:

The Seahawks have released their draft plans! Pete Carroll apparently has placed clues on Twitter in the form of song titles that describe which prospects he plans on drafting this weekend. A promising start to the new regime in Seattle.

Unless you can crack Carroll’s code, this pick is a bit of a mystery because we don’t know how Carroll and new general manager John Schneider will draft. Carroll coached in New England for a few years in the late 90s, but didn’t have control over draft decisions; in fact, Bill Parcells left the Patriots because Bob Kraft forced him into taking Terry Glenn. Schneider, meanwhile, has served under Ted Thompson the last five years. Thompson likes taking the best player available on his board, but that might be irrelevant here because Carroll will have the ultimate say.

The Seahawks have tons of needs and can’t afford a luxury pick like Berry. Adding a player projected to be the next Ed Reed may sound great to the fan base, but safeties aren’t nearly as important as many other positions on the football field, and Seattle is a team with tons of holes at those more important positions – most prominently at left tackle.

Carroll traded for Charlie Whitehurst, so it doesn’t make much sense to risk injury to his new quarterback. The Seahawks have nothing at left tackle, so Carroll may want to draft the left tackle in this class.


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