Grading the Seahawks Day 2 picks
The Seattle Seahawks traded their third-round choice so they ended up with just two Day 2 picks, both in the second round. One pick was roundly applauded by 12s. The other pick appears to be a love it or hate it choice.
Round 2, Pick 37: Edge rusher Derick Hall, Auburn
Hall wasn't a name at the top of lots of pre-draft lists when it came to edge rushers because that group was so overshadowed by the names Will Anderson, Jr. and Tyree Wilson. But make no mistake that Hall is a baller. He is extremely athletic with good size at 6'3" and 254 pounds. If he had played on better teams in college, he would have been more of a household name.
Hall ran a 4.55 40-yard dash at the combine as well as a 33.5" vertical jump. He had 12 tackles-for-loss and 7 sacks for Auburn in 2022. Initially, he will likely be a part of the pass-rush rotation, but he can help stop the run. Hall could simply be a replacement for Darrell Taylor as Taylor is set to be a restricted free agent in 2024.
Round 2, Pick 52: Running back Zach Charbonnet, UCLA
Here is the Seattle pick that might be the most under pressure to start his career. And that is no fault of Charbonnet's. He appears to be an excellent person so he deserves a bit of a break. He also seems to be a good running back so maybe 12s should watch him play in the NFL a bit before they judge him too harshly.
But that Seattle did spend a second-round choice on a running back could be viewed as too high. Seattle did have other needs to address, like the interior of both offensive and defensive lines, but depth at running back was also a need. Plus, quality depth is extremely important at skill positions like running back and since the Seahawks have a recent history of nearly every running back getting hurt, adding Charbonnet makes sense. Seattle only had two running backs on the roster prior to the Charbonnet pick.