With the 108th pick in the 2014 Draft, the Seahawks select…

…DE Cassius Marsh out of UCLA.  Judging by his size (6’4″, 252 lbs) and relatively quick burst off the line, Marsh looks to have the exact sort of ‘tweener build that Carroll prefers in his Leo defensive ends.

Interestingly enough, he has some experience playing both inside and outside positions on the defensive line, so his weight doesn’t rule out the possibility of him being used as a rush DT in a nickel rush line package; according to NFL.com, he played as a 5-technique in a 3-4 defensive front his last two seasons at UCLA.  Marsh has the speed to become a strong edge rusher, but he can also handle two-gap responsibilities and by all accounts plays with great technique.  Assuming he can add some muscle to his frame without hurting his speed and doesn’t turn out to be a liability against the run, he could develop into a key rotational/sub-package player.  I like this pick.

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While I was typing this post, the Seahawks traded down again, this time sending the 11th pick in the fourth round (111th overall) to the Bengals in exchange for the 23rd pick in the fourth (123rd overall) and the 23rd pick in the sixth (199th overall).  It’s hard to argue with Schneider arming himself with yet another mid-to-late round choice.

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