Seahawks rival #2: San Francisco 49ers
Hey, Niners fan! Yeah, I’m talking to you. I know there’s at least one of you out there reading this. I don’t want to hear any garbage about your team being the Seahawks number one rival. Do more than win one of the last ten games, and we’ll talk. Until then (and it better not happen), the Rams, sadly, are the number one rival.
Round 4, pick 8: Mitch Wishnowsky, P, 6’2″, 218 pounds. Remember when your little brother just had to do everything you did, but could never do it as well? Yeah, nice job, Niners. Oh look, it’s another punter with a background in Australian Rules football. Wishnowsky finished 10th in the nation for punt average as a senior, just a little more than two yards worse than the Seahawks Michael Dickson. That’s just adorable, isn’t it? I’m sure he’ll be a fine punter, but in the fourth round, this was a major reach.
Round 5, pick 10: Dre Greenlaw, LB, 5’11”, 237 pounds. Greenlaw was a four-year starter at Arkansas, a pretty nifty trick in the SEC. He’s noted for always being around the ball. Far too many sites note that he while he’s around the ball a lot, he doesn’t tackle as well as he should. A bit of a reach on this one.
Round 6, pick 3: Kaden Smith, TE, 6’5″, 255 pounds. The Stanford product is a decent blocker and has good hands, but doesn’t really stand out in any aspect of his game. On the plus side, he doesn’t have any glaring holes in his game. He could add some strength and work on his technique, but that can be said for most rookies. I don’t see him as ever being the primary tight end, but he could clearly be a solid two. Nice value here.
Round 6, pick 10: Justin Skule, OT, 6’7″, 317 pounds. He was a three-year starter for Vanderbilt, the last two at left tackle. He gets dinged for not getting low often enough and didn’t even appear on some draft boards. But 40 straight starts in the SEC is a talent in itself. Average value here.
Round 6, pick 26: Tim Harris, CB, 6’2″, 197 pounds. Harris has impressive workout stats; a 4.45 40, and a 39″ vertical jump. His stats don’t quite match, though. Despite starting 29 games at Virginia, he made just four interceptions and defended 17 passes. He also missed most of 2016 and 2017 with injuries. Not a terrible pick, but it seems he’d have been available after the draft.
Unlike the Seahawks and Cardinals, the Niners got no steals on day three and made some reaches instead. It isn’t that they got bad players, just that practically all of them could have been selected much later. Of their five picks, I’d say just one (Smith) will be better than his draft slot.