John Schneider’s review of the 2017 draft two weeks ago suggested the Seahawks were preparing to be active one way or another:
“I don’t like it quite as much as I liked it last year. I think there’s different parts of it that I do like and that we want to pick in that range. We have, what? Two weeks left… so we have some time to kind of get back with everybody but just sitting there by myself staring at it at night… I’m not there yet. Last year I just felt like it was kind of thick all the way through and we were willing to pick players all the way through. This year it seems that there’s some gaps in there that you may be able to… which for us not having a fourth and a fifth this year may work out in our favour.”
Schneider’s colourful admission that he sits staring at the draft board at night is quite the review of how he views this class. He possibly knows he’ll need to be aggressive one way or another to get into the parts of the draft where they want to pick.
With just over a week to go I wanted to look at a scenario that would possibly lead to the Seahawks moving down.
#1 Cleveland — Myles Garrett (EDGE, Texas A&M)
#2 San Francisco — Solomon Thomas (DE, Stanford)
#3 Chicago — Jamal Adams (S, LSU)
#4 Jacksonville — Leonard Fournette (RB, LSU)
#5 Tennessee — O.J. Howard (TE, Alabama)
#6 New York Jets — Reuben Foster (LB, Alabama)
#7 LA Chargers — Malik Hooker (S, Ohio State)
#8 Carolina — Jonathan Allen (DE, Alabama)
#9 Cincinnati — Garett Bolles (T, Utah)
#10 Buffalo — David Njoku (TE, Miami)
#11 New Orleans — Marlon Humphrey (CB, Alabama)
#12 Cleveland — Gareon Conley (CB, Ohio State)
#13 Arizona — Jarrad Davis (LB, Florida)
#14 Philadelphia (via Min) — Christian McCaffrey (RB, Stanford)
#15 Indianapolis — Haason Reddick (LB, Temple)
#16 Baltimore — Forrest Lamp (G, Western Kentucky)
#17 Washington — Obi Melifonwu (S, Connecticut)
#18 Tennessee — Chidobe Awuzie (CB, Colorado)
#19 Tampa Bay — Adoree’ Jackson (CB, USC)
#20 Denver — Ryan Ramcyzk (T, Wisconsin)
#21 Detroit — Charles Harris (EDGE, Missouri)
#22 Miami — Marshon Lattimore (CB, Ohio State)
#23 New York Giants — Evan Engram (TE, Ole Miss)
#24 Oakland — Kevin King (CB, Washington)
#25 Houston — Cam Robinson (T, Alabama)
#26 Jacksonville (TRADE) — Deshaun Watson (QB, Clemson)
#27 Kansas City — Patrick Mahomes (QB, Texas Tech)
#28 Dallas — Jabrill Peppers (S, Michigan)
#29 Green Bay — Quincy Wilson (CB, Florida)
#30 Pittsburgh — John Ross (WR, Washington)
#31 Atlanta — Justin Evans (S, Texas A&M)
#32 New Orleans — Taco Charlton (EDGE, Michigan)
Notes on the trade
— There’s so little buzz about the quarterbacks, it feels possible they’ll last deep into round one. In this scenario one of the teams picking in the 30’s (Jacksonville) makes a move. I think it’s unlikely Tom Coughlin will see Blake Bortles’ character and lifestyle as the right fit for his version of the Jaguars.
— The Seahawks at #26 are well placed if they do want to move down. They sit right in front of Kansas City (a possible destination for quarterbacks). A deal with Jacksonville could net a high fourth round pick.
— The options at #26 in this scenario aren’t terrible. There are still some intriguing possibilities. However, a similar plan to last year could be on the cards. Seattle moved from #26 to #31 to get Germain Ifedi, then moved from #56 to #49 to get Jarran Reed. Considering the players they met with recently (Malik McDowell, Jourdan Lewis, Tim Williams, Ahkello Witherspoon) it feels like they’re looking at players that might be available in the #30-50 range. They might prefer to pick there twice instead of at #26 and #58.
— Who would they consider? It certainly feels like there’s a lot of momentum for a defensive back and a pass rusher with the first two picks (in no particular order).
— Ultimately their picks will come down to a handful of factors — need, grit, traits. We highlighted last week why SPARQ isn’t the be-all and end-all and they could end up taking a less athletic albeit highly gritty player.
Notes on some of the other picks
— Reuben Foster could fall. He also could easily go in the top-10 which was the initial projection at the start of the process. Mike Maccagnan has consistently gone pure BPA with his picks. Foster could be BPA at #6. It’s a weird pick to own this year in terms of value and the Jets could be a strong candidate to take a cheap deal to move down if teams want Malik Hooker or Jonathan Allen.
— We mocked David Njoku to Seattle back in January and while we’ve since moved on to other positions, he’s still a fascinating player. He could go in the top-12.
— Obi Melifonwu could easily last into range for the Seahawks. He could easily be their first round pick. Yet his rare combination of size, explosive athleticism, sure-tackling and versatility could also tempt a handful of teams to take him earlier than the 26th pick. Don’t be shocked if he goes earlier than expected.
— There’s often a big name that falls. There’s talk about teams souring on Marshon Lattimore due to hamstring issues. He might be one who drops a bit.
— Evan Engram runs a 4.42 at 234lbs. He deserves to go in round one. The Giants need a tight end and Engram could be their guy if Njoku’s off the board.
— There are question marks about the top three receivers (injury, speed, inability to workout during the off-season). Could John Ross, Mike Williams and Corey Davis fall quite far? Possibly. Especially when there are healthier, highly athletic and productive alternatives in rounds 2-3 (Zay Jones, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Curtis Samuel, Chris Godwin). The tight ends being so dynamic (Howard, Njoku, Engram) could also work against the big name wide outs.