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Meet the Seahawks’ Day 3 draft choices

Posted May 10, 2014

The Seahawks concluded the 2014 NFL Draft on Saturday by selecting seven players – including two offensive lineman, another wide receiver, a 220-pound cornerback and a 247-pound fullback.


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

Pertinent info: 6 feet 4, 252 pounds. … Started 38 games in four seasons with the Bruins, finishing with 155 tackles, 25.5 tackles for loss and 16 sacks. … Weighed 300 pounds as a freshman, got down to 270 as a junior and played at 255 last season. … His father, Curtis Sr., played wide receiver in the NFL for three seasons and his older brother, Curtis Jr., is a cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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

Pertinent info: 6 feet 2, 195 pounds. … Played on three National Championship teams for the Crimson Tide. … Graduated with a 3.5 GPA and also has a Master's degree in sports management. … In four seasons, he caught 81 passes for 1,275 yards and 12 touchdowns, including career-highs of 38 receptions for 568 yards and seven TDs last season. … Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine. … Was an all-state player as a senior at D'lberville (Miss.) High School.

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

Pertinent info: 6 feet, 234 pounds. … Played weak-side linebacker his first three seasons at Boston College before moving to the strong side last season, when he produced 108 of his 360 career tackles and six of his eight career sacks. … Was the fastest of the linebackers at the NFL Scouting Combine, running the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds. … Also popped a 39-inch vertical leap and did 28 reps with 225 pounds, both third-best among the linebackers. … Played Lacrosse as well as football at King Low Heywood Thomas High School in Norwalk, Ct.

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

Round/pick: Fifth, 172nd overall

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

Pertinent info: 6 feet 4, 207 pounds … Started 35 games for Marshall at tackle and guard. … Played at Coffee County High School. … Born on Nov. 14, 1991 – the 19th anniversary of the crash of the Marshall football team plane that claimed 75 lives.

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

Pertinent info: 6 feet 3, 220 pounds. … Pinkins had an exceptional Pro Day workout, running the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds, popping a 39½-inch vertical jump and doing 25 reps with 225 pounds in the bench press. … Was a two-year starter at the Aztecs' warrior safety position, a hybrid spot that involves covering slot receivers as well as rushing the passer. … Led the team with three interceptions in 2012. … Had 68 tackles in 2013 and 65 in 2012. … Played at Inderkum High School in Sacramento.

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

Pertinent info: Weighs 250 pounds, but is only 5 feet 8½. "And don't forget the half," he said. … Had 40 carries for 151 yards and three touchdowns last season, when he also caught 19 passes for 128 yards. … But an even more meaningful stat when it comes to the way he plays is the fact that he broke 26 facemasks. How? "From hitting, hitting, hitting," he said. … Played middle linebacker at Hartnell Community College in Salinas, Calif., before going to Arkansas. … Also played at Cardinal Gibbons and Mervo high schools in Baltimore.

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."

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