Seahawks should move down to draft one of these three
Seattle only has four picks in the 2019 draft. One in the first round, then one each in the third, fourth and fifth rounds. There is no way they’ll stay in the first round. Yes, last year I said there was no way they would draft a running back in the first round. They promptly drafted one, taking Rashaad Penny. Undoubtedly this was just to make me look foolish. I need no assistance to do that, trust me. Ask me about Eddie Lacy if you need proof.
On to the defensive ends the Seahawks should be looking at. The first is Zach Allen, from Boston College. 6’5″ and 285 pounds, he’s noted as very tough against the run, but still had 16.5 sacks in his last three seasons. Allen added 40.5 tackles for a loss and broke up 14 passes in those three years. A player who’s stout against the run and can still pressure the quarterback. Sounds like Michael Bennett without the penalties. Allen might be gone by the second round. It all depends on how the draft plays out. CBS Sports has him ranked fifth, while walterfootball.com has him sixth.
Jaylon Ferguson shredded quarterbacks for Louisiana Tech. I’d be more impressed if he’d posted these stats for LSU in the SEC instead of Conference USA, but it’s hard to argue with 45 sacks in four years anywhere. Ferguson really cranked it up as a senior with 17.5 sacks and 26 tackles for a loss. Yes folks, that was in just 13 games. He also posted 65 combined tackles, defend three passes and forced two fumbles last year. The 6’5″ 262 pound Ferguson is ranked sixth by CBS, sixth by Sports Illustrated, and seventh by walterfootball.com.
The last player I’ll highlight (for now) is ranked ninth by CBS Sports and twelfth (for pure defensive ends) by walterfootball.com. Undoubtedly this is because it isn’t readily apparent that they play defense in the Big 12, and Charles Omenihu played his college ball at the University of Texas. I can’t vouch for the conference as a whole, but Omenihu can defend. He really came through as a senior with 9.5 sacks, 18 tackles for a loss, and 45 combined tackles. He’s very quick, shows excellent strength in shedding blockers, and at 6’6″ and 275, he’s no hybrid edge rusher.
Listen, if Bosa somehow falls to the second round, I’d be thrilled for the Seahawks to get him. But he’ll almost certainly be gone in the top ten, maybe even five picks. Seattle has a lot more needs to address than just defensive end. They’ve proven they can find talent in the lower rounds, and this is a year they need to get that done again.