They went and did it. The Seattle Seahawks have traded Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs for the 29th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, a 2020 2nd round pick, and a swap of 2019 third round picks.
With the trade of Frank Clark now official, the Seahawks have a new set of picks, as well as a more dramatic need for an edge pass rusher. The Seahawks will almost certainly add more edge rushers in free agency, with names like Ziggy Ansah, Nick Perry, and Aaron Lynch still available. But today’s article is more about what the Seahawks will do with their new draft picks.
After the trade, the Seahawks now have picks 21, 29, 92, 124, and 159. Of course, with just 5 picks, we can still expect GM John Schneider to trade down to add more picks. As the GM of the Seahawks, Schneider has never made less than 8 picks, so we can expect that to be the minimum total.
It will be interesting to see if the team will trade down on both picks, or stick at one and trade the other. It will likely come down to who is on the board at both spots, but it does give Schneider legitimate options. But with all that in mind, let’s get started.
Pick 21: The Seattle Seahawks select Montez Sweat, DE Mississippi State
Montez Sweat is a total wild card on Thursday. He flew into the Top 10 of mock drafts after he backed up his great senior year with an excellent Senior Bowl and Combine. But a physical showed a heart condition that cast doubt on his future. He has been cleared by doctors, but some teams are so concerned that they have removed him off the draft board.
We do not know if the Seahawks are one of these teams. If they feel comfortable with his health, Sweat is an absolute steal at pick 21. If they aren’t, they should probably trade, unless another edge like Brian Burns falls here.
Sweat is best described by the term “physical freak”. Sweat ran a 4.41 forty yard dash at 6’5″, 260 lbs. He showed plus explosion with his 36 inch vertical and 10’5″ broad jump and showed above-average agility.
He needs to add more strength, but this shouldn’t be a problem for this athlete. Sweat embarrassed SEC tackles at times and should provide immediate edge pressure for the Seahawks. If the team is okay with his help and Sweat is still on the board, Seattle should rush to the podium and select him.