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Meet the Seahawks’ Day 3 draft choices
A closer look at the players the Seahawks selected Saturday on Day 3 of the NFL Draft:
DE Cassius Marsh, UCLA
Round/pick: Fourth, 108th overall
What he brings: A versatile, productive player who can play several spots on the line in sub packages.
Where he fits: Leo end Chris Clemons, who had 33.5 sacks from 2010-12, was released in March and signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. So Marsh adds depth at the position where Cliff Avril steps in as the starter, but also has the ability to play other positions on the line.
What they're saying: "His versatility as a rusher was what stood out about him. Plays with his hair on fire. He's all over the field. Really good with his hands." – West Coast area scout Tyler Ramsey
What he's saying: "My dad's favorite athlete is Muhammad Ali – Cassius Clay. My mom liked it because in Greek it means strength. So my dad was gung-ho for it. It's a very different name. It's a name that you have to live up to greatness. So that's what he gave to me." – on how he got his first name
WR Kevin Norwood, Alabama
Round/pick: Fourth, 123rd overall
What he brings: The height that second-round draft choice Paul Richardson lacks, and the Seahawks have been looking for in recent seasons.
Where he fits: Although he played primarily in the slot at Alabama, Norwood has the size and speed to move outside.
What they're saying: "It's hard to find a college receiver who has played in as many big games as Kevin has, and on the big stage this kid always shows up. That was really unique about him." – Southeast area scout Jim Nagy
What he's saying: "The defending Super Bowl champions. Wow. This is amazing. Oh man. I'm just very excited, very excited to get the opportunity to play with them and also help them win another one."
OLB Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College
Round/pick: Fourth, 132nd overall
What he brings: Speed, versatility and playmaking ability.
Where he fits: Wherever the coaches decide to use him, which could be at either outside linebacker position. Todd Brunner, the Seahawks' Northeast area scout, said Pierre-Louis reminds him of NaVorro Bowman, the All-Pro inside 'backer for the San Francisco 49ers.
What they're saying: "I think he's my favorite kid in this whole draft. Regardless of the grade I gave the guy, he is my favorite player in this whole draft just to watch. He plays with energy. The guy is all over the field. Very instinctive football player. He's just fun to watch play." – Brunner
What he's saying: "They like my versatility. And if you watch their defense, they're going to give you a bunch of looks. Their players are quick, they're fast, they're agile, they're players that pretty much don't fit a particular mold."
DT Jimmy Staten, Middle Tennessee State
Pertinent info: 6 feet 3, 311 pounds. … Was a three-year starter and had 30 tackles last season and 36 in 2012. … Voted a team captain last season, when he played 467 snaps despite missing spring drills while rehabbing a knee injury. … Was an all-state player at Ware County High School in Georgia.
What he brings: Another big body to a unit that lost end Red Bryant (released) and tackle Clinton McDonald (free agent) from the rotation that worked so well during the Seahawks' Super Bowl championship season.
Where he fits: As Staten said, "They'll put me where they need me." He has played both tackle positions as well as the five-technique end spot. But he'll begin my working at the three-technique tackle spot.
What they're saying: "Good first step. Good hands. Still has a good upside on him." – general manager John Schneider
What he's saying: "This couldn't have happened any better." – Staten got the call from the Seahawks while attending his graduation ceremony
OT Garrett Scott, Marshall
Round/pick: Sixth, 199th overall
What he brings: Another large, versatile player for the Tom Cable-coached line. Scott said he played both guard spots and both tackle spots in games.
Where he fits: Despite his versatility, Scott will begin by working at left tackle, as Pro Bowl-caliber starter Russell Okung is recovering from foot surgery.
What they're saying: "He's kind of an under-the-radar guy. Really quick hands. Good angles. Real nice first kick step. And a competitive guy. He just stays in front of people." – Schneider
What he's saying: "I feel comfortable out at tackle. But wherever they want me to come in and compete I'll move to it. I did it (at Marshall). It shouldn't be that hard to adjust and just absorb things."
DB Eric Pinkins, San Diego State
Round/pick: Sixth, 208th overall
What he brings: A big, athletic body to add depth in a unit where the Seahawks lost cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond and safety Chris Maragos in free agency.
Where he fits: While Pinkins fits the mold of the big corners the Seahawks like to play with, coach Pete Carroll admits it will be a transition making the move from the warrior safety spot to cornerback.
What they're saying: "He's a remarkable athlete, as long and tall as he is and the speed that he has. He's got a lot of good qualities that we like." – Carroll
What he's saying: "It's a true blessing just to be part of the Legion of Boom. I actually want to earn my spot on the Legion of Boom, because I don't want to just come in and be a part of it. I want to come in, I want to compete and I want to help out the organization."
FB Kiero Small, Arkansas
Round/pick: Seventh, 227th overall
What he brings: Toughness, tenacious and an attitude in a unique physical package.
Where he fits: The Seahawks use a lead-blocking fullback more than most teams because of the presence of Marshawn Lynch and Carroll's preference to underline the physical nature of the entire team by running the ball. Small will compete with incumbent Derrick Coleman.
What they're saying: "He's a total thumper. I like him a lot. He's super tough. Plays really low." – Schneider
What he's saying: "It's a great feeling. The Seahawks, one of my favorite teams, just the brand of football they play. For them to think enough of me to bring me in, draft me, it's a great feeling."