The first day of drafting is now complete. Seattle was able to address a big positional hole by drafting C Tyler Linderbaum out of Iowa. For the second day of the draft, the Seahawks will now have the luxury of picking three times in the second round.
Round 2, Pick 40 (via DEN)
For their round 2, 40th overall pick, the Seahawks select Nik Bonitto, edge rusher out of Oklahoma.
Pass rushing has been a problem for the Seahawks in each of the past two seasons. There is no question that the team has to solve that through the draft. In Bonitto, Seattle will get, who according to PFF, was college football’s most productive pass rusher on a per-snap basis over the past two seasons.
In 12 starts in 2021, Bonitto had 39 total tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, and 7 sacks, earning him third-team AP pick and second-team All-Big selection. According to scouting reports, Bonitto has a unique athletic ability. He uses his quickness and speed to get a step on offensive linemen.
Having a pass rusher like Bonitto will solve Seattle’s anemic pash-rush defense for the next few seasons.
Round 2, Pick 41
Sam Howell out of North Carolina might be the quarterback the Seahawks need. Although he struggled in the passing game in 2021 after losing multiple offensive playmakers to the NFL, Howell shined in his rushing game. He amassed a whopping 1,072 yards through the ground, with 11 rush tds in 12 games.
Even though the Seahawks kept stating that Drew Lock is their quarterback next season, adding Howell’s unique rushing skill set to the team will add more dynamic to their offense. If the Seahawks intend to pound the ball through the ground, a second-round pick of Howell is a no-brainer.
Round 2, Pick 52 (via Pit)
In Taylor-Britt who has great speed and range and has an aggressive ball challenge, Seattle gets a cornerback that can keep up with the top wide receivers in the league. He is one of the most physical cornerbacks in the draft that can be a great compliment to Seattle’s secondary. A two-time Second-Team All-Big Ten, Taylor-Britt also has the experience of playing safety which bodes well alongside the Seahawks safety duo of Adams and Diggs.
Yes, I promised a 3 round mock draft but by trading down to 20th overall Seattle was able to grab an extra second-rounder from Pittsburgh in exchange for their third-rounder. This year’s draft will be anything but predictable for the Seahawks.