Seattle Seahawks 2017 Draft Review

2nd/35 Malik McDowell, DT

Ht.: 6-6 Wt.: 295 School: Michigan State

Supremely talented McDowell at times can look like one of the best players in this draft and will long stretches where he disappears and looks disinterested. Seattle is hoping the culture they’ve built and the leaders they have in the building can hold McDowell accountable so he can reach his full potential. Because Seattle desperately could use a dominant inside presence.

 

2nd/58 Ethan Pocic, C

Ht.: 6-6 Wt.: 310 School: LSU

For a center Pocic is large for the position but he was able to use his quick feet and good hands to open up running lanes for Leonard Fournette. But when this pick was announced Pocic was listed as a tackle which makes sense as the Seahawks run a zone blocking scheme that wants athletes over power. Pocic has the length and feet to play tackle and could be an option on the right side.

 

3rd/90 Shaquill Griffin, CB

Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 194 School: Central Florida

Seattle loves to draft elite athletes and with a 4.36 40-yard and 32 3/8” arms Griffin has the makings for a press man corner that can turn and run with receivers down the field. Griffin is still a little raw and has only average instincts playing in this scheme that won’t ask him to do too much.  With all this talk of Richard Sherman being traded they could look to Griffin as be the eventual replacement.

 

3rd/95 Delano Hill

Ht.: 6’1 Wt: 216 School: Michigan

A strong safety Hill still has enough range to play deep half and even match up with tight ends in man to man coverage. With starter Kam Chancellor having off season surgery the Seahawks could use some quality depth in case he isn’t ready to start the season or has an injury flare up during the season.

 

3rd/102 Nazair Jones, DT

Ht.: 6-5 Wt.: 304 School: North Carolina

Seattle doubles down on boom or bust defensive tackles adding Nazair Jones who has a good combination of size, power and quickness. Jones maybe be used an an interior pass rusher initially but with his lateral quickness and length he could be a candidate to play the five technique defensive end eventually replacing Michael Bennett.

 

3rd/106 Amara Darboh, WR

Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 214 School: Michigan

With money tied up in their elite defense the Seahawks tend to draft receivers in the middle rounds each season replenishing their unit and hoping to find mid round gems. Draboh is not an elite athlete but has soft hands and good body control. Darboh has the chance to develop into a solid possession receiver to help move the chains.

 

4th/111 Tedric Thompson, S

Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 204 School: Colorado

An instinctive safety who can play back in coverage and react to the ball he is the perfect back up to Earl Thomas and as the single high in the Seattle Cover 3 defense. Thomas is an elite blue chip talent but is coming off a season ending injury. If he is not ready to go Thompson could hold down the fort while being a core special team player.

 

6th/187 Mike Tyson, CB

Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 204 School: Cincinnati

After having so much success finding press corners in the mid to late rounds the Seahawks love to go back to well hoping to find their next Richard Sherman or Byron Maxwell. Tyson has a famous name but what he is known for is his ball skills intercepting five passes last year.

 

6th/210 Justin Senior, OT

Ht.: 6-5 Wt.: 331 School: Mississippi State

With good size and length Senior has what it takes to play outside in the NFL. While he struggles with power in the run game the Seahawks zone blocking scheme will protect him as he won’t be asked to move defenders and instead seal them off. Senior has the capabilities of developing into a starter.

 

7th/226 David Moore, WR

Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 219 School: East Central

Moore is simply a height, weight, speed prospect here in the final round. At 6-1 Moore has good speed and tore up the Division 2 ranks. He have a chance to earn a special teams job and his speed could get him on the team, but with a loaded roster he has an uphill climb.

 

7th/249 Christopher Carson, RB

Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 218 School: Oklahoma State

If the Seahawks like to draft defensive backs on day three, they must love to draft running backs as they’ve taken one in four out of the last five drafts. Carson has an underwhelming career at Oklahoma State but he has enough speed and adequate size to take a look

 

Best Pick

McDowell (second round)

 

Upside Pick

Senior (sixth round)

 

Overall Thoughts

This was an interesting draft as the Seahawks took a flyer on Malik McDowell confident that they can turn him around while taking several players with the hope they turn into quality backups. When you have a loaded team you can do this, but it is hard to say the Seahawks improved much with this draft.

Grade: C

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