Round 4 – Defensive end/tackle Ta’Quon Graham, Texas
The Seahawks tend to overreach at least once every draft. Usually, that is with an early round choice but in 2021 I think they do that in the fourth round by picking Graham out of Texas. Not that Graham is a bad player but I am not sure he has the athleticism to play as an edge rusher in the NFL or the strength to play inside.
That said, Seattle hit a home run, relatively speaking, by picking up Poona Ford as undrafted free agent in 2018. In the last two seasons, Ford has started 30 games for the Seahawks and been an excellent run stopper. Graham doesn’t have Ford’s ability but that won’t stop Seattle from thinking that the same kind of coaching Ford got in college is what Graham got and Graham will be ready to step in as well.
That said, Graham is big enough to play in the NFL at 6’3″ and almost 300 pounds. While he didn’t produce great sack numbers at Texas, he did have 10.5 tackles-for-loss as a junior and 7 more as a senior in three fewer games.
Graham isn’t the type of player who looks to be better as a pro than in college but he should be a solid contributor as part of a defensive line rotation and Seattle would be taking him in the fourth round and that is a decent place to take Graham even though they probably could have gotten him in the fifth round as well.