2016, 31st overall – Germain Ifedi: C-
Germain Ifedi isn’t a bad player, he was just generally bad in Seattle. One thing that Ifedi did do, and this is why his grade is only in the C range, is that he stayed healthy. Ifedi missed just four games in his four seasons with Seattle. Mind you, maybe in most of those games Ifedi could have been substituted by a better player, but I digress.
Ifedi, as it turns out, really was out of position in Seattle. He played right tackle. After going to the Bears in 2020 he was moved to right guard and made much more of an impact, especially with run-blocking. Ifedi was ill-used in Seattle and should have never played outside but along the interior.
2018, 27th overall – Rashaad Penny: B?
I have to add the question mark for Penny, right? I mean, he is great…when he plays. The problem is that he hasn’t stayed healthy for a full season in his four years and there is no guarantee, even though the Seahawks re-signed him to a one-year deal that could be worth $6.5 million, that Penny will earn any penny of his new deal.
Then again, if Penny can play nearly a full year and if he can play the way he did in the last five games of 2021, Penny will be one of the best running backs in the NFL and help Seattle win a lot more football games in 2022 than anyone expects. He has the talent as we have all seen it. Now Penny just needs to make year five for him very special.