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Seahawks beef up pass rush with Cassius Marsh

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For the last several years, plenty of tentacles have extended between the Vikings and the Seahawks.  The latest connection could end up being one of the most intriguing.

With the ninth pick in the first round, the Vikings took UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr.  With the fourth-round pick obtained by the Vikings when Minnesota traded back to the bottom of the first round for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the Seahawks took UCLA defensive end Cassius Marsh.

In connection with our position-by-position previews on NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk, a seasoned and respected NFL scout told me that Barr is regarded as the most overrated pass rusher in the class — and that Marsh is regarded as the most underrated pass rusher.

From that point, an apples-to-apples comparison became inevitable for the two players.  The fact that one plays for the Vikings and the other was drafted with a pick sent by the Vikings to the Seahawks makes the situation even more compelling.

At least for us.  The rest of you may not care.  If so, scroll down to the next story.

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28 Responses to “Seahawks beef up pass rush with Cassius Marsh”
  1. hawkforlife says: May 10, 2014 1:14 PM

    Seahawks / Vikings, Vikings / Seahawks. Something almost weird here since Steve Hutchinson.

  2. legionofboom88 says: May 10, 2014 1:14 PM

    Jared Allen 2.0


  3. kolbydoerge says: May 10, 2014 1:24 PM

    Barr can go to Seattles triple A farm team (aka Vikings) and develop. Once he is ready to then he will join the Seahawks and play with another nfl starter from UCLA. Having MN in our hip pocket is fun! Its ok to join the Hawk Nation since youre shipwrecked as a franchise!

  4. redandgoldhitman52 says: May 10, 2014 1:26 PM

    i just saw game film of stevie johnson vs richard sherman. oh boy does stevie johnson make richard sherman look silly.

  5. whosgotitbetterthanruss says: May 10, 2014 1:29 PM

    Look at StevIRe’s time in the training room too.


  6. cartrasuma says: May 10, 2014 1:30 PM

    Barr may be raw but if any coach can train him properly, it’s Zimmer.

  7. dfwhawkguy says: May 10, 2014 1:31 PM

    Exactly why the Vikes are perennial cellar dwellers and the Hawks are a dynasty in the happening.

  8. fumblenuts says: May 10, 2014 1:33 PM

    This dude is the next Jared Allen!!

  9. seaeagle707 says: May 10, 2014 2:15 PM

    Since I don’t know anything about either player, I can’t legitimately comment about them. But I have seen the results of Pete Carroll’s coaching abilities both with USC and the Hawks. That fills me with optimism for Marsh’s future contributions to the Seahawks’ war machine.

  10. brkviking says: May 10, 2014 2:20 PM

    I am confused, what players have the Vikings developed into star players for the Seahawks? Jackson? Rice? Winfield? Harvin?

    Why do Seattle fans on here equate the Minnesota with the KC A’s and Yankee relationship from the 50s/60s.

  11. deltaoracle says: May 10, 2014 2:23 PM

    Seattle is generally at the “octopus” end of the tentacles between the two organizations, while the Vikings play the “hapless clam or fish” role.

  12. palatypus says: May 10, 2014 2:27 PM

    Stevie Johnson was great against Sherman in the Bills 58-0 loss with the Bills in Toronto a couple years ago.

  13. jayovalentine says: May 10, 2014 2:39 PM

    They should have drafted a QB that can see over the line.

  14. dcviking says: May 10, 2014 2:47 PM

    Seattle is generally at the “octopus” end of the tentacles between the two organizations, while the Vikings play the “hapless clam or fish” role.


    Meanwhile, Green Bay is more a bearded clam…

  15. kamthechancellor says: May 10, 2014 2:58 PM


    I’m pretty sure they’ll stick with the quarterback that won the SuperBowl.

  16. rdubluv12 says: May 10, 2014 3:37 PM

    Actually the Hawks beat Buffalo 50-17…you’re thinking the AZ blowout 58-0. But who’s counting lol

  17. ballhawk75 says: May 10, 2014 3:56 PM

    Hit man , is that the game the bills lost by fifty-something points? So many blowouts last couple years hard to keep track of the scores

  18. Norseman says: May 10, 2014 4:24 PM

    Vikings drafted Barr as a raw talent with only 2 years experience as a OLB with huge upside and elite measurables.

    Zimmer will develop Barr into a SLB ala Von Miller.

    Marsh doesn’t have the measurables to be that good.

  19. pacificnw7722 says: May 10, 2014 4:57 PM

    Put on the tape of this guy. He is RELENTLESS and has a non-stop motor, good job Hawks!

  20. chicagotomahawk says: May 10, 2014 5:29 PM

    Stevie Johnson. I remember when he dropped the game winning pass and blamed it on god.

  21. jermainewiggins says: May 10, 2014 5:34 PM

    Did I just hear a few fans say this guy is another jared allen?? Thanks for the laugh

  22. brewdogg says: May 10, 2014 5:46 PM

    To the best of my knowledge, one player that switched teams lived up to expectations and became a perennial Pro Bowl player, and that was Hutchinson. So tell me again how this “farm team” thing came about…. I understand that you are all soooo proud of the unparalleled success that Burleson, Rice, Jackson, and Harvin have had in Seattle, but I still don’t understand this.

    Other than perhaps Seattle fans are the equivalent of the obnoxious drunk sitting at the poker table that is actually winning a few hands for the first time in his life…..

  23. sweetnlow44 says: May 10, 2014 8:49 PM

    Given Seattle’s track record finding gems in the later rounds, it’s probably a pretty safe bet that Marsh turns out better than Barr. Plus he gets to join one of the best defenses in the league. Barr joins the worst. Sad for him and Bridgewater. Nobody deserves to be stuck on that minor league team.

  24. revren10 says: May 10, 2014 9:39 PM

    Minnesotta is a model franchise they are the owner of multiple superbowl titles. Just writing that made me laugh, they draft a quarterback who has to wear gloves to be good oh please can we say bust

  25. higheriqthanyou says: May 10, 2014 10:12 PM

    How many rings does Hutch have?

    How about Rice, Harvin and TJack?

    Enough said.

  26. jprcox says: May 10, 2014 11:22 PM

    brew – Viking fans actually beat out Seattle fans for obnoxious – and at least Seattle fans have something to gloat about.

    Just waiting for that next non-sense statement from a Viking fan talking about delusions of grandeur – SKOL

  27. sbchampsagain says: May 12, 2014 9:28 AM

    Liked that Seattle got Norwood out of Bama. Norwood was a great pickup and should be good in the seattle system that doesnt rely on so much verticle offense.

  28. realitycheckbaby says: May 13, 2014 12:02 AM

    “Just what Seattle needed; more pass rushers.”

    Payton Manning

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