NFL free agency will be causing some major shakeups in how the NFL draft will unfold. For the Seahawks, it may mean reaching for bad offensive lineman.
It has been a long week, and the free agency moves by the Seattle Seahawks have me thinking a lot about what they’ll do in the NFL Draft. Here are a few random and unrelated thoughts on the draft now that free agency is almost complete:
- The Seahawks really messed up by not getting a starting offensive lineman in free agency. This draft is completely barren of guys who are capable of playing at a high level as a rookie.
Their one hope at this point is that Ryan Ramczyk from Wisconsin somehow drops to them because of his hip injury, or that Garret Bolles is still on the board. It isn’t likely, but those are the only two starting OTs still out there for the Seahawks.
- The Seahawks picked an odd year to go out and sign a veteran RB. This is a deep draft class at RB, and guys who will be able to contribute will be available on Day 3.
Given his weight and injury concerns, I’m not sure that Eddie Lacy was worth the cap space as opposed to drafting someone like Samaje Perine in the 4th or 5th round.
- Former UW Husky CB Sidney Jones tore his Achilles at his Pro Day. He’ll miss the entire 2017 season, and his draft status is a huge question mark now.
Jones was likely a top 40 pick before the injury. Now, Buckey Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com think that he’s a guy who will drop to day 3 of the draft. The Seahawks should definitely consider using the last of their 3 third-round picks on Jones. He’ll be worth waiting a year for.
- Speaking of CBs, the Seahawks aren’t likely to feel compelled to draft one at 26 because of the large number of quality guys in this draft class. Kevin King (Washington), Marlon Humphrey (Alabama), Ahkello Witherspoon (Colorado), and Rasul Douglas (West Virginia) are just a few of the guys who should be available in round 2 and fit what Seattle needs.
- That gap of 104 picks between Seattle’s last pick in round 3 and their next pick at the tail end of round 6 is going to play a passive role in Seattle’s draft strategy. I expect them to see at least 2 trades by the Seahawks on draft day, with both of them of the “trade down” variety. John Scheinder will want to fill in that gap if he can.