The Seahawks have made so many moves in this draft my head is still spinning. If they stand pat in the fourth round, they could find a cornerback.
There can be no doubt that John Schneider is a wizard. The Seahawks got a pass rusher who has no off switch with first-round choice L.J. Collier. They then made about eight trades before landing hard-hitting safety Marquise Blair in the second-round. Seattle added to the rollercoaster draft when they moved back up to get wide receiver/demigod D.K. Metcalf. The Hawks finished day two of the draft when they took perpetual tackling machine (actually linebacker) Cody Barton.
Will the Seahawks continue their surprises in the fourth round when the NFL draft wraps up today? From a purely selfish standpoint, I hope they don’t make any moves in this round. Frankly, I’m tired of rewriting articles minutes before I’m ready to publish. Selfish, like I said.
I’ll assume that Seattle will relax for a while and just stay where they are for once. Maybe Pete Carroll can put some Sominex in Schneider’s coffee, let him take a little nap. Thanks, Pete. It might not be the best thing for the team, but about a thousand writers would probably appreciate it. Alright, enough silliness. The Hawks still need to address some needs. With three picks in the fourth, they can meet a lot of needs.
Seattle still needs a corner. The draft has seen a huge run on the position, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any good options left. A few possibilities:
Amani Oruwariye, 6’2″, 205 pounds, Penn State. He ran a 4.47 40 at the Combine and he’s a long, rangy player that can hit and play run support. Sounds like a Seahawks corner to me. He isn’t the fastest player available but has shown the ability to make big plays when needed.
Isaiah Johnson, 6’2″, 208 pounds, Houston. Despite the fact that Johnson ran a 4.4 40 and that he’s also a long, rangy player, Johnson is not Oruwariye’s twin. The knock on him has been consistency, but as he’s only been a corner for two years, I think the Seahawks can fix that.
Julian Love, 5’11”, 195 pounds, Notre Dame. He only ran a 4.54 40, and doesn’t fit the Seahawks profile of the fast, rangy corner. What he does is cover receivers well. He has 36 pass defenses over the past two seasons. That’s six more than Oruwariye and Johnson combined over the same two years.
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, 5’11”, 210 pounds, Florida. He played safety in the SEC, but many draft experts project him as a slot corner. With 4.48 speed and proven ability to support the run and blitz (3 sacks in 2018), he can handle the job. With Justin Coleman in Detroit, he could fill a big need. Tre Flowers can tell you, Seattle isn’t exactly afraid of converting safeties to corners.
Seattle has plenty of needs to address today. So far, this draft class looks pretty solid, and there’s no reason to think that the Seahawks brain trust won’t continue. They’ll probably trade down twice and trade back up three times. So far, it’s working. At this point, I wouldn’t bat an eye if they managed to go back in time and draft Walter Jones.