Seattle Seahawks Draft Report
Round 1 (27): Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech
We don't often get to see the Seahawks making first round picks, as they trade out of them more often than not, which is already a sign that they love Jordyn Brooks. I am a huge fan of this pick. The Seahawks are going to be competing with the 49ers for the foreseeable future in the NFC West, and with a linebacking core of Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, and now Jordyn Brooks, they are putting themselves in the perfect position to stop that run game. Brooks is a beast in the run game, as he is quick to diagnose run schemes, and is a sure handed tackler, as he tallied 360 tackles in 4 seasons with the Red Raiders. Brooks needs to learn a bit when it comes to his coverage abilities, but that should come with time. As an athletic specimen, with speed, and physicality, Brooks is the perfect understudy for Bobby Wagner, and will flourish into a star quickly in the league.
Pick Grade: A
Round 2 (48): Darrell Taylor, EDGE, Tennessee
This is a good pick, in the sense that the Seahawks drafted a need. With the loss of Jadeveon Clowney in free agency, there was a massive hole to be filled. I just don't think that this is the correct pick. There was serious first round talent still available at the edge position, in A.J. Epenesa, and Julian Okwara. In my humble opinion, passing on Epenesa will haunt the Seahawks for years to come. If it weren't for the fact that Epenesa was still available however, this is a good pick. Taylor is a freak athlete, who did nothing but produce with the Volunteers, accumulating 19.5 sacks, 118 tackles, and 26.5 tackles for loss in 38 games at Tennessee. Taylor is a talented, freakishly athletic edge defender, but he would fit better in a traditional 3-4 defense, and Epenesa would fit best in this Seahawks 4-3.
Pick Grade: B-
Round 3 (69): Damien Lewis, G ,LSU
Again here, the Seahawks address a need. This is a great pick, as Lewis will likely be a week 1 starter. Lewis is a massive human being, but he is in control at all times, and rarely gets too reckless. He knows how to use his size in all the right ways, but with that being said, he is also not the most athletic, or the longest, so he is not useful when it comes to outside zones or pull plays. Lewis should be a good scheme fit in that heavy Seattle run offense. The Seahawks get a plus here, for grabbing a starter in the second half of day 2, and someone that fits the teams schemes as well.
Pick Grade: B
Round 4 (133): Colby Parkinson, TE, Stanford
I have an issue here. On one hand, I feel that this is the first miss of the draft for the Seahawks, as Parkinson is not someone that they need. On the other hand, I've seen a lot of Colby Parkinson, and I really like him as a prospect. We all know Stanford churns out successful NFL tight ends, and Parkinson is a threat, in every sense of the word, he creates massive mismatches in the red zone, and runs routes like a large receiver. In other words, he runs routes very well for a tight end. My issue is that we all witnessed Will Dissly begin to flourish into a star last season before he tore his ACL, the Seahawks just signed Greg Olsen, and they really liked Jacob Hollister. It's going to be very hard for Parkinson to see the field, and find a place to fit in during his rookie season, and since the Seahawks are very much in a win-now mode, this is going to hurt their grade.
Pick Grade: C+
Round 4 (144): Deejay Dallas, RB, Miami
Dallas is a very intriguing prospect, as he played both receiver and running back at the U. He was a much better running back, and possess seriously good vision, burst, and physicality. The Seahawks know that running the ball is what gets them rolling, as they have been top 5 in the league in rush attempts per game for the last two seasons. Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny have both seriously struggled with injuries, and Marshawn Lynch ain't gonna cut it at age 34 in Seattle. The Seahawks may be unsure if Chris Carson will be ready to go for week 1, so adding a capable running back in the draft seems like a logical decision. This is merely a safety net-type pick, and who knows if DeeJay Dallas even winds up seeing the field much for the Seahawks.
Pick Grade: C+
Round 5 (148): Alton Robinson, DE, Syracuse
The Seahawks biggest weaknesses are either in the trenches, on the lines, or that number three wide receiver position, but they have a very strong top two receivers, so that's less of a pressing issue. Here they add more depth to the defensive line, which is not the wrong move, but many would have liked to see them adress the center, or right tackle position, as there was still serious value on the offensive line in this area. If the Hawks had traded up 2 spots, they could have grabbed Tyler Biadasz, who was a massive steal for the Cowboys at the end of the fourth round. This pick just doesn't have much appeal to it, and Robinson may only see the field when it comes to special teams.
Pick Grade: C-
Round 6 (214): Freddie Swain, WR, Florida
This is a pick that I'm on board with. Swain has the size, at 6 feet, 200 pounds, to play
just about any wide receiver position on the field, and he possesses the speed to compliment that. Swain may give Phillip Dorsett a run for his money at that number 3 receiver spot, or he may sit behind David Moore on the depth chart. Either way, this is a pick with upside, and addresses a minor need. Swain has slick footwork, and is able to create opportunities with his speed, he's also a formidable punt returner, as he works well in space. Keep your eye on this kid.
Pick Grade: B-
Round 7 (251): Stephen Sullivan, TE, LSU
Now, one can only assume that the Seahawks plan to convert Sullivan to a red zone threat type receiver, as he would likely fit into the depth chart as the fifth tight end. In addition to giving us one of the funniest draft night calls we've heard in a long time, Sullivan should provide the Seahawks with a spark on offense, with his 6'5", 245 pound frame. This isn't a great pick, as the Seahawks already have a go-to jump ball receiver, in D.K. Metcalf, and don't really need another receiver to add to the end of the depth chart, but hey, you can't really have a bad 7th round pick, can you?
Pick Grade: C
The Seahawks did something that a number of teams, like the Green Bay Packers, did not do, and that was draft to address holes on their current roster. Seattle knows that they need to win in the immediate future, during Russell WIlson's prime, so they went out and grabbed 3 targets for him, an offensive lineman, and another capable running back. On the defensive side of the ball, I believe that the Seahawks made a tremendous pick in terms of being able to compete with their division rivals when it comes to Jordyn Brooks. The Darrell Taylor pick is good, but it could have been better, and the Alton Robinson pick feels safe, and adds depth to the trenches. The Seahawks have no glaring mishaps in their draft, and for that they get a solid overall draft grade.
Overall Draft Grade: B+