Seattle Seahawks April Scouting Report
It has been a very quiet couple of weeks leading up to the draft. Almost nothing has changed with Seattle looking towards the 27th pick on Thursday night, 59th and 64th overall on Friday, then 101, 133, 144, and 214 for seven total picks as things stand before the draft.
QB Russell Wilson’s backup remains in question with no free agent signings yet. But with only 7 picks and a generally weak board I do not foresee a pick here by Seattle. They need someone soon though.
Even with LG BJ Finney being added in free agency, both sides of the trenches are obvious needs. If OT Isaiah Wilson is still on the board, Seattle should nab him at #27. Perhaps a stretch but he will have the best upside at that point in the draft. I could also see OG Shane Lemieux being added here, but I like him better in the 2nd round.
This could be interesting. RB Chris Carson may not be back from injury at the start of the season. Same goes for RB Rashaad Penny. Penny may never be who he could have been at this point. And RB Travis Homer is the backup guy only. So what happens if RB Cam Akers is on the board at #27? Imagine Wilson having Akers in the mix as a receiving back. But taking a running back when the trenches look like they could fall in does not make sense. Which does not mean it might not happen anyway.
Now that there has been some time since the WR Phillip Dorsett signing, I have come back to the reality that he is likely still a bust. Dorsett could be everything Seattle needs to close out the trio with WR Tyler Lockett and WR DK Metcalf, but history has not been on his side. Still his signing should mean that the earliest pick at receiver would be a day 2 guy. Maybe WR Jalen Reagor is still there at #59? Otherwise this goes to a late round pick.
There just cannot be a tight end called in this year’s draft for Seattle. TE Will Dissly and TE Greg Olsen could both start now that OT George Fant is not here to be introduced as tackle eligible every down. And TE Luke Willson and TE Jacob Hollister add depth with talent of their own.
More of the same, or nab someone like PK Rodrigo Blankenship to nail this position down for a bit?
I think the interior of the defensive line may be more of a need than the end mainly due to the loss of DT Al Woods. And DE Jadeveon Clowney still remains a possibility to re-sign in free agency and DE Jarron Reed is already re-signed. DE LJ Collier remains a mystery impact as well. I could see either DT Ross Blacklock or DE Yetur Gross-Matos getting picked up by Seattle at #27 if they are still there. If not then DE Raekwon Davis might fall to #59 and he is the right size to move inside some too. He would be a reach at #27, but with such a gap in talent Seattle might grab him there.
The linebackers probably will not include LB Bruce Irvin, instead he will be reserved as edge. But I still wonder if he returns to his SAM role. Either way the story here is one of great talent that is aging. The new guys from last year are not going to turn into LB Bobby Wagner or LB KJ Wright. I would like to see one of the day 2 picks turn into someone like LB Jordyn Brooks to infuse more youth and talent into this group.
SS Marquise Blair and FS Quandre Diggs are my picks as Seattle’s starting safeties. SS Bradley McDougald has not been my favorite even though he has been starting over Blair. FS Lano Hill will compete as may FS Ugo Amadi. Unless something crazy happens Seattle is set at safety.
I always like a corner being drafted in the 5th round, but CB Quinton Dunbar being added to CB Shaquill Griffin and CB Tre Flowers makes for a solid group (and we do not have a 5th round pick). But the drop off is steep past them and no one looks like a starter at nickel. I would like to see them pick a natural nickel guy on day 3.
So here is wish list:
#27 OT Isaiah Wilson or DT Ross Blacklock
#59 LB Jordyn Brooks
#64 Best available at the position not picked at 27.
#101 Best available running back
#133 PK Rodrigo Blankenship
#144 Best available nickel corner
#214 Best available offensive or defensive lineman.
But all that will go in the bin once Carroll and Schneider start making deals.
Enjoy the NFL Draft Social Distancing Edition and Go Hawks!
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