2019 Seahawks NFL Draft Grades
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1 (29). L.J. Collier, DE, TCU
2 (47). Marquise Blair, S, Utah
2 (64). D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi
3 (88). Cody Barton, LB, Utah
4 (120). Gary Jennings Jr., WR, West Virginia
4 (124). Phil Haynes, G, Wake Forest
4 (132). Ugo Amadi, S, Oregon
5 (142). Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington
6 (204). Travis Homer, RB, Miami
6 (209). Demarcus Christmas, DT, Florida State
7 (236). John Ursua, WR, Hawaii
Day 1 grade: A-
Day 2 grade: B
Day 3 grade: A
Draft analysis: It was shocking to no one that the Seahawks moved down from the 21st overall selection to get more picks later in the draft (two fourth-rounders from Green Bay). With the extra pick they gained by trading edge rusher Frank Clark to the Chiefs, the Seahawks selected Collier, who is a very similar player. Forget about his 4.91 40 time -- he'll be a stout run defender and powerful pass rusher. Then, GM John Schneider acquired even more draft capital by trading the 30th overall selection to the Giants for a second-, a fourth- and a fifth-round pick.
The Seahawks apparently did not want to pick early as they moved down again to gain additional picks before selecting their guy at safety (Blair). Metcalf could be an Alshon Jeffery-type bargain for the Seahawks if he reaches his potential as a big-time downfield playmaker. Teams loved the intelligence and athleticism of Barton, and it's not surprising the Seahawks found him intriguing.
Jennings is a solid mid-round receiver who bolsters the depth for recently-signed Russell Wilson. Haynes jumped up boards with nice workouts after being a sturdy, reliable player for Wake Forest for four years. Amadi is as tough and versatile as they come in the secondary, and Burr-Kirven will be a special teams star. Homer is a speed back to complement Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny.
This was a very Seattle draft: a ton of trades, players drafted higher than most expected, and filled needs. That started with their first-round pick. L.J. Collier is a consistent and powerful lineman whom they probably view as a new Michael Bennett.
Seattle kept moving back in the second round before settling at No. 47 and taking Utah safety Marquise Blair. Like Collier, Blair was selected earlier than anticipated. Blair is a hard-hitting safety with speed who can play nickel.
Seattle ended D.K. Metcalf’s drop by trading up to No. 64 to get him. The wide receiver has big-time traits, but he’s limited as a route runner. They added another receiver with Gary Jennings of West Virginia. If Doug Baldwin does retire, the Seahawks smartly safeguarded themselves.
They upgraded their nickel package with defensive back Ugo Amadi and linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven.
Grade C (First Three Rounds 2.5 GPA)
Not gonna lie: It wasn’t looking great for Seattle after their first two picks — though both will be solid contributors — but then they landed D.K. Metcalf with the final pick of the second round before bringing in another underrated receiver prospect in Gary Jennings. The Seahawks needed to find Russell Wilson more pass catchers, and they did so.
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Best pick: I think they landed a big-time steal in fourth-round receiver Gary Jennings Jr. The kid can fly.
Worst pick: I think they took second-round safety Marquise Blair a round too high. I know they need range back there, but they had other needs.
The skinny: First-round defensive end L.J. Collier fits with what they wanted to do in replacing the traded Frank Clark. I like the pick. But this draft will be judged on Blair and second-round receiver D.K. Metcalf.
People close to Doug Baldwin were privately saying back in February that the 30-year-old slot receiver might retire, so it’s unlikely that the news from Adam Schefter on Friday night caught the Seahawks off-guard. The team selecting D.K. Metcalf isn’t necessarily a response to that news; Metcalf was incredible value at the end of Round 2. Metcalf and Baldwin are opposite styles of receiver, and Seattle had a serious need for a big downfield perimeter target in Metcalf’s mold. Metcalf’s unrefined route running is less problematic in a system that’s built around Russell Wilson’s deep ball excellence and scramble drill playmaking, where routes inherently lose their detail anyway.
At the end of Round 1, Seattle took the defensive end it needed after trading what would have been a very expensive Frank Clark for a boatload to Kansas City. L.J. Collier doesn’t have Clark’s all-around quickness (perhaps no player on Earth save for Von Miller does), but he’s twitchy and versatile, which is key in a pass rush scheme that features a lot of stunts and twists.
Also on defense, the Hawks added depth at linebacker and safety—showcase positions in their Cover 3 system, which is built on inside defenders closing quickly on the ball. Marquise Blair will soon compete at either free safety or strong safety, where the Seahawks are still figuring out what they have in Tedric Thompson, Delano Hill and vastly underappreciated Bradley McDougald. LB Cody Barton offers nickel depth behind Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright while, hopefully, also solving the problematic No. 3 linebacker situation in base.
The only negative? Seattle did not address its glaring lack of depth at cornerback. The ever-critical slot position (which, to be fair, is a tad less critical in Seattle’s landmark zone cover scheme than it is in the matchup coverage schemes that most teams have) is still bereft of experience and talent following free agent Justin Colemans defection to Detroit.
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Surprising to see my personal draft grade of B+ kind of run the average.
The biggest knock against the Seahawks will always be their unconventional way of addressing the draft. I think this manifested itself when someone posed the question on 710 AM; "Who's going to be a Pro-Bowler from this draft?"
My initial reaction is "who cares because they can't make it when they're playing in the Superbowl." I think Seattle values playing time and availability more so than accolades which is great for the team but maybe not for branding or individual goals.