New Seahawks know the challenge ahead

One after another, the Seattle draft choices talked about what it means to get picked by the defending Super Bowls champs.

“It means there are high expectations for anybody that is a part of that organization,” said Garrett Scott, the offensive tackle from Marshall who was a sixth-round draft selection. “I know coming there, right off the bat, it’s going to be demanding. I just have to be ready to turn it up a few notches and go to work.”

Arkansas fullback Kiero Small, the final pick for Seattle, believes he will fit in right away. He said he broke 26 facemasks with hits in the college career.

“The Seahawks are one of my favorite teams because of the brand of football that they play,” Small said. “That they think enough of me to draft me, it’s a great feeling. I try to play a tough brand of football. The Seahawks play a tough brand of football.”

Paul Richardson, the wide receiver from Colorado who was Seattle’s first pick midway through the second round, can’t wait to test his skills against cornerback Richard Sherman.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Richardson said. “He’s the best in the league and he’s going to continue to be that guy for years to come. I plan on challenging myself and I know he wants to challenge me each and every day. That’s going to help me grow.”

Eric Pinkins, the San Diego State safety who will move to cornerback for the Seahawks, is thrilled about joining the best secondary in the NFL.

“It’s a true blessing to be a part of the Legion of Boom,” Pinkins said. “I want to earn my spot. I don’t want to just come in and be a part of it. I want to come in and compete and help out the organization.”

Missouri offensive tackle Justin Britt said joining to the defending champions has one important meaning for him.

“It just means that we can do it again,” Britt said. “We have great coaches, and with the 12th Man, I don’t see why it can’t happen again. I’m going to come in with the attitude of doing all I can to help this team win championships.”