Seahawks have a tradition of mining gems on Draft Day Three

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 17: Safety Kam Chancellor #31 of the Seattle Seahawks. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 17: Safety Kam Chancellor #31 of the Seattle Seahawks. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) /
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Chris Carson of the Seahawks
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – DECEMBER 02: Chris Carson #32 of the Seattle Seahawks. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /

Seahawks have found some true gems on Day Three

So clearly, the Seahawks do a pretty darn good job on the third day of the draft. A couple of things worth noting. The average value of points per player is extremely important, and we haven’t accounted for that here. We’ve only looked at the total value per draft day. When you only have eleven players on the field at a time, having four or five marginal players chipping in a few points per season isn’t nearly as important a having a superstar who racks up ten or twelve by himself. So let’s address that as well.

The Hawks drafted seven players in the first round over the past ten seasons. At 250 total points, that’s an average career value of 35.7 points per player. Not great, but not bad at all, considering that the past two season’s draftees only produced eight points. I’m not adjusting for those numbers, though, because first-round picks are expected to produce.

Seattle drafted a total of 24 players on Day Two. Of course, that includes the remarkable haul of 57 third-round picks in 2017. Okay, it was just four, but that’s still crazy. With 488 points, the average value of the Day Two players comes in at 20.3. It’s worth noting that the presence of Waner and Wilson skew those numbers higher than the typical value, but they are on the team, so the numbers count.

And now we arrive at Day Three. The Seahawks racked up a lot of value here, but churned through a lot of players to get it, too. Seattle has invited 66 players to join them on the third day of the NFL draft. As they totaled 557 total points, the average value of a Day Three player is just 8.4 points.

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That doesn’t seem quite so exciting, does it? Ah, but let’s consider the reality of that day’s prospects. About half of these players aren’t even expected to make the final roster. So when you find a gem like Malcolm Smith or J.R. Sweezy, seventh-round picks that are still in the league, you know your scouts are living right. And when you snatch up an absolute stud like Chris Carson, well, that’s when you know you can find a gem anywhere in the mine.