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By Dan Arkush

With substantial needs at every position except perhaps tight end and linebacker, it would seem every pick the Seahawks make in the draft will have an opportunity to make a relatively quick impact.

In the first round, the Pete Carroll regime hit tape-measure home runs with the selections of Russell Okung and Earl Thomas, who figure to be instant starters at left tackle and one of the safety spots, respectively.

Make that three dingers following the second-round selection (60th overall) of Notre Dame graduate Golden Tate, an athletic, speedy and explosive receiver who should quickly become a productive downfield complement to possession receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Few teams in the league had a greater need at wide receiver than the Seahawks, who lost their only proven pass catcher capable of really stretching the field when Nate Burleson, the team's second-leading receiver in 2009, signed with the Lions earlier this offseason.

Enter Tate, who not only can catch the ball downfield but also possibly make an impact as a kick returner and a "Wildcat" weapon (he rushed 31 times out of the Wildcat at Notre Dame).

"The first thing I said to him is that I'm glad I don't have to go against you anymore," a very happy Carroll told NFL Network when asked about Tate, who faced the new Seahawks head coach's USC teams more than a few times in his college career. "He's terrific with the ball after the catch and gives us a lot of versatility. His numbers were crazy (at Notre Dame), and we're very excited to have him in our offense."

In addition to having superb downfield skills, Tate has a good head on his shoulders (scored 29 on the Wonderlic).

He is not perfect — his routes aren't very polished and he makes too many body catches — but he more than fills the bill for a Seahawks team that is looking a lot stronger with every pick it makes.

 

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