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Seahawks say flexibility is the key to their draft evaluations

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No NFL team had a better 2012 NFL draft than the Seahawks, who nabbed offensive rookie of the year candidate Russell Wilson, defensive rookie of the year candidate Bobby Wagner and eight-sack defensive end Bruce Irvin with their first three picks. A big part of the reason other teams weren’t as high on those three players as the Seahawks is their size.

But Seahawks G.M. John Schneider says that he’s lucky enough to work with Pete Carroll and a coaching staff who aren’t particularly concerned about a player’s size, as long as he can make plays.

Pete is not afraid to play with people of different dimensions,” Schneider told the team’s website.

Carroll tells Schneider that as long as players are showing in college that they can compete on the field, Carroll and his staff can find a role for them.

“When we’re selecting players, we’re giving the coaches players who are legitimate competitors at each position,” Schneider said. “Rather than having a head coach who has his mind made up and he’s not going to change and be flexible, Pete is very flexible in terms of the players that we can provide.”

It’s safe to bet that 31 other teams have noticed the success the Seahawks had in last year’s draft, and have started to consider whether they’re putting too much emphasis on height and weight, and not enough emphasis on production.

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22 Responses to “Seahawks say flexibility is the key to their draft evaluations”
  1. trippymane says: Feb 20, 2013 4:17 PM

    We need a WR, and OLB to be contributers from day 1 from this draft + dwight freeney or charles woodson to add experience to that d dont see why we cant go all the way.. #GOHAWKS!

  2. overweightman says: Feb 20, 2013 4:18 PM

    Tyrann Mathieu, I hope you like rain

  3. dennisatunity says: Feb 20, 2013 4:19 PM

    Sports is just like any other business–in a constant state of trying to figure out what really counts. It’s always production. Can the player produce? Height and weight are only potential indicators. The actual record from college is much more valuable. I’m glad the Seahawks have been able to get past conventional wisdom and get to the heart of the matter. It reminds me of the leading-edge wisdom of the Cowboys in the 1960s.

  4. chaypin says: Feb 20, 2013 4:22 PM

    How does Mel Kiper Jr. still have a job? Pretty sure he said the Seahawks had one of the worst drafts. Maybe he thinks he’s a comedian instead of an analyst.

  5. seahawks4alltime says: Feb 20, 2013 4:24 PM

    It’s not just production. It’s about being able to make the transition from cool player to the NFL. And that takes passion and desire. The common thread in all the Seahawks playmakers, from Lynch to Wilson and the rest, is an unquenchable desire to work hard and play top tier football. Being able to produce on the college field is not worth much if you don’t also have the desire to be the best regardless of what people say.

  6. finsphan says: Feb 20, 2013 4:26 PM

    I love Wilson, great kid and I hope he is around for a long time, but that team is so good most qb’s in this league would have won with this team and the best qb’s would have gone all the way.

  7. dans761 says: Feb 20, 2013 4:28 PM

    Last year? How bout the past 3 drafts?!? No team has had a better 2010, 2011 and 2012 drafts then the Seahawks. Many pro bowlers, all pros and legit players

  8. circuscivics says: Feb 20, 2013 4:33 PM

    “It’s safe to bet that 31 other teams have noticed the success the Seahawks had in last year’s draft, and have started to consider whether they’re putting too much emphasis on height and weight, and not enough emphasis on production.”

    There is a novel idea. Draft guys who can play rather than falling in love with physical metrics. Some of the GMs in the NFL are too influenced by media. Good for the Seahawks that they have a GM and coach that is not afraid of the media criticism.

  9. hehateme2 says: Feb 20, 2013 4:34 PM

    And when they break down too early due to their “size” they may change their mind.

  10. supesfan34 says: Feb 20, 2013 4:40 PM

    It is interesting though, that the first thing Carroll and Schneider did when they took over was get bigger and more athletic on the OL. They also have huge DB’s other than Earl Thomas. This is not an undersized roster.

  11. mazblast says: Feb 20, 2013 4:41 PM

    As much as I loathe Pete “Rah-Rah!” Carroll, I have to give him, his staff, and the front office credit for knowing how to find players and use them to the best of their abilities.

  12. theclaim says: Feb 20, 2013 4:49 PM

    overweightman says:
    Feb 20, 2013 4:18 PM
    Tyrann Mathieu, I hope you like rain

     Honey Badgers like it arid and warm. Who you cutting? Sherman or Browner?

  13. milesrunner262 says: Feb 20, 2013 5:14 PM

    Loved the Seahawks draft. Picking football players who prove over and over they are just ballers shouldn’t be a novel concept.

  14. bolts0621 says: Feb 20, 2013 5:19 PM

    Nobody does it better…. also had Robert Turbin; JR Sweezy and Jeremy Lane all contribute this past year. prio to that – add in Richard Sherman Rd5; Kam Chancellor Rd 5; Brandon Browner & Doug Baldwin undrafted;

  15. tjh9985 says: Feb 20, 2013 5:38 PM

    One of the best drafts we’ve seen in a while, and the ‘analysts’ killed Seattle for it. Hilarious.

  16. txtroutslayer says: Feb 20, 2013 5:39 PM

    The Seahawks coaches are doing well with drafts because they still know these college players very well…Its the same reason Dallas had such fantastic drafts when Jimmy Johnson and his staff joined the Cowboys…the magic will run its course in another year…..

  17. uschawk says: Feb 20, 2013 5:50 PM

    txtroutslayer says: Feb 20, 2013 5:39 PM

    The Seahawks coaches are doing well with drafts because they still know these college players very well…Its the same reason Dallas had such fantastic drafts when Jimmy Johnson and his staff joined the Cowboys…the magic will run its course in another year…..

    So what’s your point? If they win 3 Championships like Jimmys Boys did then it will be quite worth it then won’t it.

  18. jdubb84 says: Feb 20, 2013 7:22 PM

    move Bruce Irving to OLB he can be a greater Julian Petersen then get a freak DE to replace him or possibly Clem and get that reciever from Cal! or Tennessee. need a receiver with seperation skills

  19. amaf21 says: Feb 20, 2013 7:49 PM

    This should read:

    “Pete is not afraid to play with people from different dimensions,” Schneider told the team’s website.

  20. slugbaitspace says: Feb 20, 2013 10:54 PM

    Also consider the fact that the Seahawks walked into last year’s draft with six picks, and walked out with 10.

    It wasn’t just picking well, it was also the dealing around that made their draft so successful.

    In other words, they’re not just evaluating the new kids, they’re also evaluating what their competition is going to do, and they evaluated both sides very well.

  21. themackstrong says: Feb 21, 2013 12:28 AM

    Like the list fans shared but I don’t know if people understand how good KJ Wright (4th rd) really is..The kid is a stud and beside Wagner with both of them with another year under their belt is going to be special. Seattle has had some of the best drafts the past 3 years without question. Carptenter and Moffit stay healthy I will give them even more credit. Biggest waste of a pick Kris Durham but they drafted McCoy in 6th allowing us to let Carlson walk he may break out.

  22. randallflagg52 says: Feb 22, 2013 6:44 AM

    Seattle doesn’t seam to care about size at all except for their cornerback corp. Seriously it’s like all their corners grew up near a nuclear power plant. Those guys are freakishly huge!

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