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Seahawks Fill Holes With This Year's Draft

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KIRKLAND, Wash - The Seattle Seahawks selected defensive end Lawrence Jackson of Southern California with the 28th overall choice in today's NFL draft.      

To get Jackson, the Seahawks traded their 25th pick to the Dallas Cowboys, and also picked up Dallas' fifth-round pick and a seventh-round selection.      

In the second round, the Seahawks filled their need at tight end by selecting John Carlson from Notre Dame at 38th overall. To get the 6-foot-5 Carlson, they traded with Baltimore to move up from 55th overall. Seattle also sent the Ravens its third-round pick.      

Many draft experts had Carlson rated among the top four at his position in the draft. He was a finalist for last season's Mackey Award as the nation's top collegiate tight end.      

Jackson's selection fills the Seahawks' need to bolster a defensive line that lost free agents Chuck Darby and Ellis Wyms.      

Jackson, known for his speed in getting into offensive backfields, was listed as 6-foot-5 and 268 pounds at the NFL combine in March. Jackson was a four-year starter for USC, and The Associated Press named him a second-team All-American last season.