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Sometimes when it comes to the draft, it’s better to be lucky than good. Although he was projected as a second-rounder, after being passed over in favor of Ebiketie, Lucas somehow remained available when the Seahawks went back on the clock 31 picks later. While Penn State’s Rasheed Walker was favored by some, it turned out to be one of the most lopsided picks in the draft, with the former All-Pac 12 selection receiving 62.7% of the vote.
Looking at where Lucas fits into Seattle’s plans, he played good tackle exclusively for the Cougars and will likely stay there in the NFL. He won’t get a job immediately and questions about his run blocking abilities from an air raid offense will linger until he can show what he can do on the field, but after starting for four seasons collegially, he would be an instant favorite. to beat Jake Curhan for the job and could be a fixture in the trenches for years to come.
Round 4, Pick 109 – Dameon Pierce, RB, Florida
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Even with the return of Rashaad Penny and Chris Carson, both veterans have long injury histories and will be free agents next March, making the job a pretty big need. Fans didn’t rush to draft a running back in the first three rounds, but with several centers and passers flying off the board after pick 72, the fourth round seemed like a great place to add Pierce.
Earning 37.7 of the vote to edge out Arizona State center Dohnovan West, Pierce ticks all the boxes the Seahawks tend to look for in running backs. He’s well-built at 5-foot-10 and 218 pounds, runs like a wrecking ball looking for contact, possesses surprising bustle for a powerful back, and excels at catching the ball and picking up blitzes in protecting against the passes. While he’s not the fastest in his class, if they can get him this late in the draft, it has a chance of being a steal on the road in salvaging a potential feature.
Among the fan comments, many were arguing for Penn State linebacker Brandon Smith with this selection, but he only received 18.2 percent of the vote.