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Seahawks add seven players on final day of 2014 draft - May 10, 2014

Defensive end Cassius Marsh #99 of the UCLA Bruins celebrates with linebacker Deon Hollins #8 after Marsh tackled quarterback King Davis III of the New Mexico State Aggies for a loss at the Rose Bowl on September 21, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Seahawks Selections:

Rd 2: 13 (45): Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado   (from Detroit)
Rd 2: 32 (64): Justin Britt, OT, Missouri
Rd 4: 8 (108): Cassius Marsh, DE, UCLA   (from Minnesota)
Rd 4: 23 (123) Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama   (from Cincinnati)
Rd 4: 32 (132) Kevin Pierre-Louis, OLB, Boston College
Rd 5: 32 (172) Jimmy Staten, DT, Middle Tennessee State
Rd 6: 23 (199) Garrett Scott, OT, Marshall   (from Cincinnati)
Rd 6: 32 (208) Eric Pinkins, S, San Diego State
Rd 7: 12 (227) Kiero Small, FB, Arkansas   (from Detroit)

by Curtis Crabtree
KJR reporter
Twitter: @Curtis_Crabtree

RENTON - The Seattle Seahawks selected UCLA DE Cassius Marsh with their first pick on the final day of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Marsh has played all over the defensive line for UCLA. He began his college career as a 300-pound defensive tackle. After his freshman season, he slimmed down and moved to a defensive end role under former Seahawks head coach Jim Mora.

"Honestly, it was a really sloppy 300," Marsh said. "I was uncomfortable, and I felt slow."

Marsh continued to slim down over his college career and ended up playing as a 260-pound end as a senior for the Bruins. He recorded 155 tackles with 16 sacks in his career. As a senior, he made a career-high 60 tackles with six sacks.

"I play with great leverage," Marsh said when asked to describe his game. "My lower body is extremely strong and explosive. I have long arms. I am able to separate. I take great pride in having great technique. I have a natural strength. I’m able to play 3-technique, anywhere up and down the line, and able to do it with success."

"He plays with his hair on fire. He’s all over the field," Seahawks west coast scout Tyler Ramsey said. "Really good with his hands. Playing a multitude of spots, kind of like Mike Bennett. Kind of in that same mold, 6-4 guy that can play all over the place."

The Seahawks traded their second scheduled pick, No. 111 overall, to the Cincinnati Bengals to add a sixth-round selection.

Seattle dropped down 12 spots in the fourth round to pick No. 123 overall and added pick No. 199 in the trade with Cincinnati.

After trading down, the Seahawks selected Alabama WR Kevin Norwood at No. 123 overall.

Norwood is listed at 6-foot-2, 198 pounds and ran a 4.44 in the 40-yard dash at the combine.

Norwood earned a bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Alabama in addition to winning three national champions with the Crimson Tide.

Kimberly Jones of NFL.com wrote about Norwood's journey to the draft on Friday. You can read more about him here.

Seattle's southeast area scout Jim Nagy said Norwood has a knack for winning jump balls and playing even bigger than his size.

"His contested catch stuff is unbelievable," Nagy said. "If you put together a reel of all the contested catches, it’s pretty remarkable."

"He really drops his weight well, and gets in and out of breaks, for a 6-2 guy, which is really rare; it’s hard to find."

With their final selection in the fourth round, the Seahawks selected Boston College LB Kevin Pierre-Louis.

Pierre-Louis ran the fastest of any linebacker at the NFL combine with a 4.51 in the 40-yard dash. Todd Brunner, Seattle's northeast area scout, called Pierre-Louis his favorite player in the draft.

Brunner compared Pierre-Louis to a linebacker he scouted while working the San Francisco 49ers. Which linebacker? NaVorro Bowman.

Seattle added another defensive lineman with their only pick of the fifth round.

The Seahawks selected Middle Tennessee State DT Jimmy Staten with pick No. 172 overall.

Staten appeared in 49 career games for Middle Tennessee State with 35 starts. He's listed at 6-foot-5, 303 pounds. Staten may be a potential 5-technique defensive end for Seattle in the mold of DE Red Bryant.

State was attending his graduating from Middle Tennessee State when he got drafted.

The Seahawks rounded out the draft by selecting San Diego St. CB/S Eric Pinkins in the sixth round and Arkansas FB Kiero Small in the seventh round.

 

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