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Monday Round-Up: Seahawks 2014 NFL Draft grades are in

Posted May 12, 2014

A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Monday, May 12 - about your Seattle Seahawks two days after the completion of the 2014 NFL Draft:

Draft Grades

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com grades each of the League's 2014 draft classes, giving the Seahawks a B-plus for their efforts. Prisco says, "The Seahawks traded out of the first round to get more picks and did a nice job -- as usual -- with them. General manager John Schneider is a shrewd drafter."

Pete Prisco and Derek Stephens of CBSSports.com grade out the Seahawks' nine draft picks - no pick earned higher than a B-plus and no pick earned a lower than a C-minus.

ESPN's Mel Kiper gives the Seahawks a C-plus for their 2014 draft class, summing, "There simply isn't a better player development program in the NFL right now than Seattle's. The players the Seahawks draft -- the players I've spent many hours evaluating and making calls on -- are often players that evolve, improve and become something new after Seattle drafts them. While they've had some notable misses in Round 1, both in value and development, they've been awesome thereafter. So when Seattle moved down to No. 45 overall and still had the chance to take either Stephon Tuitt or Marqise Lee, both players that would have been nice fits at pick No. 32, you almost had to laugh because you knew the Seahawks would go in another direction. Paul Richardson was the pick, and he hits a big need, though his lean frame is a concern. The key will be that he maintains his explosiveness as he adds some needed strength. The presence of him and a healthy Percy Harvin, will keep safeties on high alert. I also thought O-line was a necessity, and Justin Britt adds depth, but he was my 21st-ranked offensive tackle, and struggles to create any movement in the run game. I saw him as a likelier fit in the third or fourth round. Again: They trust their development, and they showed it again when they took what I'd kindly refer to as a deep sleeper in Jimmy Staten, a D-tackle I had at No. 44 at the position in my rankings. The Seahawks know what they are doing, but it's fair to say they had a couple value questions again today. I look forward to seeing what becomes of these players."

Bryan Fischer of NFL.com has his draft reaction for all 32 teams, "Another draft in which Pete Carroll gets the guys he wants where he wants. There were perhaps some reaches in there, but you have to really like adding Richardson and the underrated Norwood on offense. Marsh can be very versatile in the Seahawks' scheme.

Seahawks Sign Nine Rookie Free Agents

At the conclusion of this year's draft, the Seahawks announced they had agreed to terms with nine undrafted rookie free agents, including former University of Washington quarterback Keith Price. The other eight undrafted rookie free agents include USC strong safety Dion Bailey, Montana linebacker Brock Coyle, Central Arkansas tight end Chase Dixon, Penn State tackle Garry Gilliam, Oklahoma guard Bronson Irwin, Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, South Carolina cornerback Jimmy Legree, and Eastern Washington defensive tackle Andru Pulu.

Know Your Enemy, Or In This Case, Enemies

The NFC West was the strongest division in football a season ago and because of that we kept tabs on what the Seahawks' closest rivals - the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, and St. Louis Rams - did in this past weekend's NFL Draft.

Here's what the Cardinals did in Round 1, Rounds 2 and 3, and Rounds 4-7.

Here's what the Niners did in Round 1, Rounds 2 and 3, and Rounds 4-7.

And here's what the Rams did in Round 1, Rounds 2 and 3, and Rounds 4-7.

Seahawks Draft Central

Seahawks.com/Draft is your media hub for all of our 2014 NFL Draft content, so if you missed any of this past weekend's action there's plenty of written stories, videos, and photo galleries available to get you acquainted with your newest Seahawks.

More From Around The Web

Peter King of TheMMQB.com has his 2014 NFL Draft reaction in his latest "Monday Morning Quarterback" column.

Aaron Levine of Q13 FOX says the Seahawks' 2014 draft class shows the team believes in their current talent along the offensive line - and assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tom Cable.

Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com recaps the Seahawks' final day of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks drafted for the two 'P's' - passion and perseverance.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald says the Seahawks' 2014 draft class was selected with an eye on the future.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times has his take on the team's 2014 draft.

In a guest article for the Seattle Times, Arizona State University journalism student Ryan Gamon talks with Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin about the 'waste of time' that is the NFL Combine.

And with the 2014 NFL Draft behind us, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times believes the Seahawks remain Super Bowl favorites.

Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto