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--Soon after the draft the Seahawks agreed to terms with 10 undrafted rookie free agents. It's an important list for Seattle, because guys like Josh Portis, Jeron Johnson, Doug Baldwin and Ricardo Lockette all finished the season on the 53-man roster last year.

University of Washington receiver Jermaine Kearse will stay home, agreeing to terms with Seattle to join the team's 90-man roster. Kearse worked out in front of Seattle wide receiver coach Kippy Brown at UW's pro day, and also attended the local pro day at the Seahawks facility on April 5.

Here's the full list: Phil Bates, WR, Ohio U; London Durham, CB, McNeese State; Rishaw Johnson, OG, California (PA); Jermaine Kearse, WR, Washington; Sean McGrath, TE, Henderson State ;Jon Opperud, OT, Montana; DeShawn Shead, DB, Portland State; Monte Taylor, LEO, Cincinnati; Lavasier Tuinei, WR, Oregon; Carson Wiggs, K, Purdue.

--Seattle general manager John Schneider said the team decided to draft North Carolina defensive tackle J.R. Sweezy and move him to offensive guard instead of drafting an offensive lineman in the seventh round because his athleticism is better than any offensive line prospect available at that spot.

Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable went down to North Carolina to work Sweezy out, and came away impressed.

"You get to a point in the draft where there's a certain level of athleticism," Schneider said. "There's a little bit of a cut off all the way through it. And here's a guy that's a real tough, aggressive, quick defensive lineman who the staff at N.C. State would tell you out the door, 'Hey, this guy has a chance to be a really good offensive lineman, too."

--Schneider addressed the reason for Seattle selecting eight defensive players in this year's draft, saying most times when Seattle made a selection the best players available were on the defensive side of the ball.

In the last three years, 20 of the 28 players Seattle has selected have been defensive players.

"It's not anything where we don't like the offensive players," Schneider said. "It's just the way the draft has fallen. Every time we've been ready to pick we've had better defensive players; not all the time, but the majority of it."

Furthermore, Seattle has addressed a lot of its needs offensively through free agency or trade, including quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn, running back Marshawn Lynch, running back Michael Robinson, tight end Zach Miller and receiver Sidney Rice. So the Seahawks have looked to balance that out by selecting defensive players in the draft.

"The Lord knew it was all B.S., and he took care of it." -- Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin, addressing the latest incident he had in March back in Morgantown, West Virginia for disorderly conduct. Irvin said he recently got the charges dropped.

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