Seattle Seahawks May Scouting Report
Seattle added lots of potential but very little excitement in the 2017 draft. By trading down repeatedly with their first pick in the draft they went from 5 picks in the top 200 to 7. But the cost may have been to give division rival San Fran an excellent draft if LB Reuben Foster does turn out to be a top 5 talent. Not only did Seattle not pick him at 31, but they will play against him twice a year for as long as he plays. San Fran was ready to take Foster at #3 and they think they just solidified their defense with two top 5 picks. Did we just help revive our rival?
Trading back Seattle picked DT Malik McDowell at #35. Seattle certainly had him in the mix of who they would have taken at #26. Should his perceived attitude issues not truly be issues, then he is likely the best player that was available at #26 so the extra two picks are gravy. McDowell is just 21 years old, but is over 6 foot 6 and nearly 300 pounds. He has all the talent to be a Pro Bowler, but he has to choose to put in the work. He will either be exceptional or a bust.
Next comes OL Ethan Pocic at #58. He is a solid second round pick, but at center which is our only solid position on the line. He, like C Max Unger before him, has the talent to play anywhere on the line. But his highest upside is at center. Can C Justin Britt move back to guard after having made such a successful transition? With this pick the entire offensive line is now up for grabs in training camp.
With third round pick #90 Seattle picks CB Shaquill Griffin who is good sized at 6 foot and 194 pounds. And he is an exceptional athlete who could become the best starter opposite CB Richard Sherman that Seattle has ever had. Assuming Sherm remains a ‘Hawk which is almost certain now that the draft is over.
Next up is SS Delano Hill with the 95th pick. Hill is the first bonus player from the trading down. He has had injury issues but should compete to back up SS Kam Chancellor and FS Earl Thomas who have had to play through more than their share of injuries lately. He has the right size and talent for the LOB if he can mature and stay healthy.
Back to one of Seattle's original picks, #102 brings DT Nazair Jones at 6 foot 5 and 304 pounds. Jones looks like he could start right away in the rotation. He is a solid run stuffer who relies on strength and power and will get better as he learns more technique.
Pick #106 is WR Amara Darboh. He could become a fan favorite with his backstory of fighting back after losing both parents to war in West Africa. He has truly amazing athletic skills and could compete with WR Jermaine Kearse for snaps. Keep an eye on him in camp.
The next bonus pick for moving down comes in round 4 at #111. Another LOB candidate CB Tedric Thompson is added to the mix. CB Deshawn Shead is the starter if he comes back from injury and one of these bonus pick newcomers may well not see the 63 man roster.
CB Mike Tyson is yet another bonus pick at #187 in round 6, but he projects as a free safety and will get a shot at backing up Earl. Seattle only keeps four safeties, so he will have to fight to make the roster too.
At #210 we finally see a OT in Justin Senior. A late round tackle will almost always really be a guard, so Senior will also have to fight to make the roster even though our tackles are a weak spot. Based on his combine performance I don't think he has much of a shot. That is especially true if Britt goes back to guard.
Pick #226 goes to WR David Moore whose best chance will be special teams
Pick #249 is.RB Chris Carson who will be running uphill trying to make this roster.
Backup quarterback was addressed with undrafted free agent QB Skyler Howard. Or best said was not addressed at all as we have two undrafted free agents from the last two drafts as the only competition behind QB Russell Wilson. But late breaking news tells of the impending signing of QB Jake Heaps who will also compete. And he is … wait for it … an undrafted free agent from the 2015 draft.
That's Seattle’s draft 2017 style. It feels like a B grade. Nothing certain and no one making me want to go out and buy a new jersey, but lots of potential in most of the right spots.
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