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In retrospect, Carpenter at No. 25 doesn’t look as bad

By staff

A pair of injury-plagued seasons hasn’t validated the Seahawks’ decision to draft James Carpenter with the 25th pick in the 2011 draft, a move that was widely panned at the time.

Carpenter has missed 16 games because of a pair of knee injuries, changed positions, and will be competing for a starting spot at guard in his third NFL season. That’s not what a team envisions when drafting a player in the first round.

But that selection doesn’t look as bad considering that Gabe Carimi, the offensive lineman taken one pick after Carpenter, is by most accounts fighting for a roster spot with the Bears.

In the video below, Brock Huard and Danny O’Neil revisit those picks and discuss whether Carimi could be an option for the Seahawks as a backup if he’s released.

You can listen to Wednesday’s show here.