Round 4 Pick 112: Junior Colson, linebacker, Michigan
Did I say that I like this Michigan defense? I really like this defense, and Junior Colson is the quarterback of this high level unit.
An incredible story of heartbreak and perseverance, Colson was once an orphan due to the destruction of the Haiti earthquake in 2010, before being adopted and growing up in the United States. Now, Colson is one of the most talented linebackers in college.
The 6-2 225 lbs junior could potentially return to Michigan next year, but with a successful playoff run, I expect him to declare. Colson is a hard-hitting tackler who needs to improve on actually finishing the tackles, but the potential is all there. A ceiling pro comparison I have for Colson is New Orleans LB Demario Davis.
Round 5 Pick 143: Joshua Gray, Guard, Oregon State
Another local addition to the Seahawks, Joshua Gray is one of the most slept-on offensive line prospects in this draft. The Oregon State Beaver is a rare four-year starting left tackle for an offense that was consistently wearing down defenses with one of the best rushing attacks in the country. Before missing the upcoming Sun Bowl with a foot injury, Gray had played in 44 straight contests.
While Gray could step in and play a tackle spot in the NFL, he projects as an immediate starter as a guard. In a draft class that has a few solid options at guard, Gray could easily be skipped over due to his lack of experience at the position. This is another area where the Seahawks can take advantage and get a plug-and-play guard to help complete this young, but talented offensive line.