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Seattle Seahawks Draft Report Card

By Bryan McGovern, NFL Editor

(Sports Network) - The Seahawks were targeting a defensive tackle with the 11th overall pick, but Marcus Trufant was simply too good to pass up. The Washington State product has a good combination of quickness, size, speed and athleticism. If Shawn Springs leaves as a free agent after the season, at least the Seahawks have some insurance. Ken Hamlin will help the secondary as a big-hitting safety. The former Arkansas standout has excellent range and instincts. He should provide depth as a rookie and battle for a starting job in 2004. Wayne Hunter was a great value pick in round three. He was originally a defensive lineman before switching sides last season. Hunter possesses the athleticism and footwork to be a very good offensive lineman. However, he's still learning the position and needs some good coaching before he makes a big impact. Bob Ferguson made an interesting selection when he picked Iowa State QB Seneca Wallace in the fourth round. Wallace said before the draft that he didn't want to switch positions, and the Seahawks are intent on using him as their third-string QB. But he's only 5-foot-11 and seems destined to be a slash-type player. Only time will tell. Solomon Bates is a big run stopper who will provide good depth at middle linebacker. FB Chris Davis will have a tough time making the roster. Tennessee's Rashad Moore could be squeezed out of the DT rotation with the addition of ex-Saint Norman Hand. Still, the former Volunteer has good ability and should get a look. It will be interesting to see if Josh Brown is the right man to replace Rian Lindell. He wasn't rated among the top-five kicker prospects, but the Seahawks liked him a lot. Taco Wallace will get a chance to be the team's fourth or fifth receiver.

2003 Draft Picks: (1st round-11th overall) CB-Marcus Trufant, Washington State; (2-42) S-Ken Hamlin, Arkansas; (3-73) OT-Wayne Hunter, Hawaii; (4-110) QB-Seneca Wallace, Iowa State; (4-135) ILB-Solomon Bates, Arizona State; (5-165) FB-Chris Davis, Syracuse; (6-183) DT-Rashad Moore, Tennessee; (7-222) K-Josh Brown, Nebraska; (7-224) WR-Taco Wallace, Kansas State.

Overall Draft Grade: C

04/30 18:16:01 ET

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