Sunday, 26 April 2009

Seahawks take Deon Butler

The Seahawks have traded back into round three to select Penn State receiver Deon Butler. They gave up 5th and 7th round selections this year and a 2010 third rounder. Butler lacks height (5'10") but he's fast (4.38) and had decent production for Penn State (22 TD's, 2771 yards). The Seahawks may have been hoping to wait and move into the fourth round to take a receiver, but a run in the third saw Derrick Williams, Brandon Tate, Mike Williams, Ramses Barden and Patrick Turner leave the board possibly prompting the trade.

I take two things from this pick - one, that the Seahawks felt they had to add a receiver at some stage in this draft. The injury situation was a serious achilles heel for Seattle in 2008 and they didn't want a similar problem this year. Secondly - the team are comfortable with their group of offensive tackles. Jamon Meredith (OT, South Carolina) remains available and the team are lacking ammunition (6th round, 3x7th rounders) to add significant bodies later. This is a statement of confidence not only in Walter Jones, but also that Sean Locklear really is the left tackle for the future.

14 comments:

jjhsix said...

I'm not a big fan of all they gave up for this guy Rob. I have to put a caveat on that though because to be honest I wasn't that big a fan when they traded up for Tatupu in '05 and Carlson last year and now I love those guys. Ruskell seems to be able to find guys in these rounds.

jjhsix said...

Am I the only one who thinks Jamon Meredith has a lot of value right now and especially in the ZBS? Am I missing something with him? I actually like Meredith quite a bit more than Loadholt.

Rob Staton said...

I'm surprised Meredith has fallen like this.

jjhsix said...

Rob - on the NFL Network, Mayock mentioned off the field issues with Meredith. Any idea what that refers to because I can't find anything.

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Louis said...

Hey- I see that Duke Robinson is still on the board...any chance he falls to us in the 6th round?

ALso...do u see us picking a RB in the 6th round? If so, who?

BTW...it just doesnt really make sense to remove the franchise tag from Leroy Hill. We added a very good LB in CUrry, but we also let go of a very good LB in Hill. So basically, we used the #4 pick and did not get much better.

Big Poppa...The showstoppa said...

Anybody know who Deon Butler's agent is?

akki said...

I'd forgotten about Butler until I looked up his Youtube stuff. I'm a Northwestern fan, and #3 from Penn State was a constant thorn in our sides. That's a good thing for the Seahawks. I'd have liked Mike Thomas, but it seems like if you stuck Butler in the Arizona offense you'd have seen similar results.

If Hill leaves, we we supposed to gain a comp pick next year? Maybe that's what went into the thinking in giving up next year's #3 - we already have plenty of picks next year.

Rob Staton said...

jjhsix - I am not aware about any character concerns, but the fact he's not off the board and we're approaching round six says something. Gerald Cadogan hasn't gone yet either which is a surprise to me.

Louis - I will be shocked if the Seahawks consider Duke Robinson. He had a lot of hype, but the fact he's dropped this significantly tells me it was unwarranted. He isn't a good scheme fit for Seattle, even Herman Johnson would be better and I believe he's still around. Running back could be an option if Rashad Jennings makes it, I think he'd be great value. The team have said they are happy with what they have though. Jennings, Meredith, Cadogan,Pegues, Davis, Ringer - all guys I'd consider but they're still around for a reason I guess.

Akki - I must admit to confusion surrounding the Hill situation. You have a solid LB corps but problems elsewhere. Then you use the draft and free agency to dedicate reworking the linebacker position? I like Aaron Curry and clearly the team wanted an instant impact which Curry provides. However, I hope the offense will heal itself this year because I'm not sure T.J. Housmandzadeh on his own is enough - they need to be lucky with injuries unlike 2008.

jjhsix said...

I am now hoping for Cedric Peerman or Rashad Jennings with one of our remaining picks.

Louis said...

Wow...both Michael Hamlin and Duke Robinson fell to the late 5th round. If we still had our 5th round pick, we could have gotten one of them, hopefully Hamlin to solve our S problem.

akki said...

Hamlin's fall happens to at least a couple of safeties every year it seems. He sounds just like Jamar Adams - makes plays on the ball, good football i.q., team leader, plays the run well. Despite that, if you get tabbed with a "lacks deep speed" sticker, you end up plummeting several rounds if not out of the draft altogether.

J said...

The Butler pick sounds like a panic move by the Seahawks who wanted to make sure they'd get a high-end WR prospect.
I can see the logic of giving up this much to get him if he's a guy they couldn't live without or he's too talented to let by. It looks like so far that the pick was more of a reactionary move to the run on WRs.
If that's the case, it's too bad they wasted so much in order to make sure the same problem with receiver depth doesn't happen again.

Anonymous said...

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1) had no profanity
2) was not antagonistic
3) was two sentences long
4) differed with your opinion

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