Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 5/1/12
Under The Hood: #PCJS

Ever wondered what was going on in the minds of Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider?

This past weekend provided a little further insight.

Here’s their Moves during the draft.

Round 1: Pick 12 Traded down to 15 with Eagles. Eagles pick Fletcher Cox, PCJS pick Bruce Irvin, Jaye Howard, and Jeremy Lane

Round 2: Pick 43 Traded down to 47 with Jets. Jets pick Stephen Hill, PCJS pick Bobby Wagner, Korey Toomer and Greg Scruggs.

Here’s the full 2012 Seahawks draft class.

Round 1. Pick 15 – Bruce Irvin, DE, West Virginia
Round 2. Pick 47 – Bobby Wagner, ILB, Utah State
Round 3. Pick 75 – Russell Wilson, QB, Washington
Round 4. Pick 106 – Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State
Round 4. Pick 114 – Jaye Howard, DT, Florida
Round 5. Pick 154 – Korey Toomer, OLB, Idaho
Round 6. Pick 172 – Jeremy Lane, CB, Northwestern State
Round 6. Pick 181 – Winston Guy, SS, Kentucky
Round 7. Pick 225 – J.R. Sweezy, DT, N.C. State
Round 7. Pick 232 – Greg Scruggs, DE, Louisville

Here a five things we have learned about them when it comes to the NFL Draft.

And without further ado…

1. They like speed over size.

Notice that every player drafted is quick for his position. Sometimes that means giving up the bigger players for smaller speedier ones, like Russell Wilson and Bruce Irvin.

And it’s not just this draft class – there’s speed all over the current roster.

“Our slowest guy ran a 4.85,” Carroll said. “There’s great speed for us in this draft.”

Let’s hope the Seahawks can get atop the NFC West just as quickly.

2. They trust what they see.

Just take a look at Bruce Irvin, the first player they picked in the draft. Melvin Ingram was available, Courtney Upshaw and Quinton Copleswere there too. All three were prospects expected to be chosen before Irvin.

“Our slowest guy ran a 4.85,” Pete Carroll said. John Schneider was fired up!

Carroll has said numerous times that Irvin is “the best pass rusher in the draft”, and he stuck to his decision.

They have been taking a lot of heat and Irvin will be out to prove himself next season.

3. They like to roll the dice.

Just about every player that was drafted can be considered as some sort of risk. Russell Wilson might be too short to compete in the NFL as he had to shift left or right when throwing passes to avoid hitting the offensive line.

Running back Robert Turbin was a great pick, but his excellent performance at Utah State was overwhelmed with injuries.

Turbin’s teammate Bobby Wagner showed a lot of potential as a college linebacker, but many think that he will struggle at the professional level. Once again take a look at Bruce Irvin, who at 6-3 and 245 pounds is considerable undersized at his position.

4. They address team needs, like, seriously.

The Seahawks headed into the draft needing help with the pass rush, talent at the linebacker position , and possibly a talented backup for Marshawn Lynch. Every one of those needs was addressed in the draft – thoroughly.

Three significant pass rushers were chosen along with two linebackers with tremendous potential.

Add running back Robert Turbin to the mix and it feels like nothing was missing in the first place.

5. They aren’t sold on a quarterback for the 2012 season.

With the offseason addition of former Green Bay backup Matt Flynn, it seemed like the competition for the starting quarterback job would be between him and Tarvaris Jackson.

Don’t speak before hearing the facts though. Jackson played considerably well in the final half of the season, leading the Seahawks on a 5-3 hot streak.

This means that we know the backup will have starter potential, and that is something to feel secure about. But hold the phone, for here comes Russell Wilson with the third-round pick (woah!).

Now it’s a 3-way competition, and it looks like it will remain that way well into the offseason.

Pete Carroll & John Schneider or (PCJS) stand with new first round draft pick & LEO Bruce Irvin. Photo From Seahawks.com

Once the draft was over we also had to see who the Seahawks plucked off the college football free agent scrap heap.

Here’s the 2012 Seahawks UDFA’s.

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