The 2013 NFL Draft has come and gone, and now it’s time for some reflection. While some teams traded around to get who they want, others stood pat to see who would slide to them — and if there’s one thing to remember about this draft it’s players that slid around the rounds. But now that the draft is behind us, the all important grading phase has begun, so lets take a look at how the Seattle Seahawks did in this year’s NFL Draft.
- (62) Christine Michael, rb, Texas A&M
- (87) Jordan Hill, dt, Penn State
- (123) Chris Harper, wr, Kansas State
- (137) Jesse Williams, dt, Alabama
- (138) Tharold Simon, db, LSU
- (158) Luke Willson, te, Rice
- (194) Spencer Ware, rb, LSU
- (220) Ryan Seymour, g, Vanderbilt
- (231) Ty Powell, lb, Harding
- (241) Jared Smith, g, New Hampshire
- (242) Michael Bowie, ot, Northeastern State (Okla.)
Best Pick: Jesse Williams, DT/Alabama
Williams was projected as a late first/early second-round selection by most heading into the draft but he slid to the Seahawks on the third day. He’s a brute force upfront and will give the Seahawks exactly what they need to plug holes and stop the run.
Worst Pick: Jared Smith, G/New Hampshire
This seemed like a forced pick to me. The Seahawks addressed most of their needs in free agency so all 11 draft picks were made for fun. As the top names left the board of available players, this style of drafting gets boring and while Smith is an alright prospect, he may not end up making the team in 2013.
Analysis: As stated above, thanks to free agency and that Percy Harvin trade, the Seahawks already addressed their major areas of need, so the 11 picks they had in the draft were there just for them to fill a weekend with busy work. But Seattle came away with some fun prospects, like Spencer Ware and Chris Harper. The defensive tackle issue was addressed twice, and while it wasn’t a perfect draft, the Seahawks continued the trend of NFC West teams drafting with casual brilliance.
2013 Draft Grade: B