Seattle Seahawks 2016 Draft Review
Seattle Seahawks 2016 Draft Review
Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M (1st round, 31st overall) has the makeup to be an ideal tackle at 6'6" and 36" arms — the only problem here is he’s more of a development prospect at this point. Seahawks’ Tom Cable is one of the better offensive line coaches and will need to coach him up if Ifedi is to ever realize his potential. He’ll compete at right guard for now but has the makings of a right tackle in the future. I would’ve liked a player with a higher floor for a win-now Seahawks team. Nonetheless, the Seahawks were able to trade down with Denver Broncos to snag and extra third-round pick and still get their guy.
Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama (2nd round, 49th round) is regarded as the best run-stopper in this draft class and probably fell this far due to concerns about his lack of pass-rushing abilities at the next level. Nonetheless, it was a great trade up (56th and 124th pick) with the Chicago Bears to get a player that should be an instant plug-and-play in the trenches. The Seahawks lost Brandon Mebane via free agency while Jordan Hill is injury-prone; Reed is a perfect fit for what the Seahawks need in a run stuffer.
C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame (3rd round 90th overall) is a converted wide receiver with only one full season of experience at the position. Prosise is a unique talent as a special teams stalwart along with receiver prowess, and explosiveness as a running back. Prosise still needs to work on pass protection and decisiveness which is expected since he’s still learning the nuances at the running back position. Still, the Seahawks have worked with similar talents like Pervy Harvin and Tyler Lockette so Prosise adds an interesting home run threat in the backfield.
Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State (3rd round, 94th overall) was regarded as one of the better blocking tight ends in this draft class but at 6'6" and 34' 1/4" arms, he has an ideal NFL body to actually become a better receiver in the pros. With Jimmy Graham coming off a major injury and Luke Willson set to leave in free agency, the Seahawks used their extra third-round pick (Broncos) to snag a well-rounded tight end prospect for the future.
Rees Odhiambo, OL, Boise State (3rd round, 97th overall) is one again going on the same trend as their previous draft selection — he has ideal tangibles at the next level. Odhiambo is seen as a utility offensive lineman that could play either guard or tackle which is great considering the Seahawks needs; the only problem is that he has major durability issues.
Quinton Jefferson, DT, Maryland (5th round, 147th overall) is your classic 4–3 defensive tackle with pass rushing abilities; he might be an even better fit as a defensive end if he were to lose some weight. The Seahawks need more depth along their defensive line and Jefferson addresses it.
Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas (5th round, 171st overall) is more of your classic running back versus Prosise and was extremely productive in college with three consecutive 1,000 rushing yard seasons. The last Razorback to achieve such a feat? Darren McFadden. Collins is consistent, power back runner well suited for red zone packages. When you consider the Prosise selection earlier, it’s a nice salt-and-pepper addition to their running back depth.
Joey Hunt, C, TCU (6th round, 215th overall) is a pure center and another offensive lineman that Tom Cable should enjoy coaching because he’s technically sound. Unlike the earlier draft day selections, Hunt doesn’t have ideal physical traits but should still compete with current starter Patrick Lewis.
Kenny Lawler, WR, California (7th round, 243rd overall) was one of Jared Goff’s favorite receivers in the at Cal with a huge catching radius at 6'2" and 10 1/2" hands. He’s thin for his frame and needs to add weight to compete at the next level.
Zac Brooks, RB, Clemson (7th round, 247th overall) could make his niche in the NFL as a pass-catching, change-of-pace running back. Surprisingly, this is their third running back selection.
The Seahawks had an obvious need for depth along the trenches on both sides of the football and addressed it early. With five draft picks in the top-100, they got a nice group of players that fit well in their scheme. Ifedi and Odhiambo have prototypical NFL offensive linemen builds and it will be up to their coaching staff to get the best out of them. Vannett and Prosise are intriguing offenses pieces for Russell Wilson that could be readily contributing sooner than later should the opportunity arise. In particular, it was a nice trade up to snag Reed who I think should contribute immediately.
I understand that with Marshawn Lynch retired and with little starting experience between Thomas Rawls and Christine Michael, the Seahawks wanted to add depth in the backfield…but three running backs? Nonetheless, if Michael isn’t able to fully recover, Prosise and Collins are a nice backfield tandem.
Outside of the Legion of Boom, they’re starting to get thin at cornerback so I would’ve expected them to add a defensive back or two in the later rounds to develop per usual.
The Seahawks came away with six linemen along the trenches with a sprinkle of offensive skill players. After gambling on luxury moves (Christine Michael, Jimmy Graham) in the past, they made a big effort to address their needs early; I think they realized that without Marshawn Lynch, they needed to get more pieces to make up for his departure. With proper coaching, this could be a solid meat-and-potatoes draft class.
Draft Grade: B
Best Pick: Jarran Reed
Worst Pick: Germain Ifedi