Seattle Seahawks Day 3 2014 NFL Draft Primer
The second day of the 2014 NFL draft is complete, and the Seattle Seahawks have finally added some new names to their roster. The Seahawks traded down twice—once on Day 1 and then again early on Day 2—before they made their first selection.
Seattle heads into Day 3 of the draft with two of its biggest needs already filled. Now it has six picks in the remaining four rounds of the draft.
Seattle will have two of the first 11 picks tomorrow.— Curtis Crabtree (@Curtis_Crabtree) May 10, 2014
Day 3 is certain to be filled will action as the Seahawks finish reloading their roster for their quest to repeat as Super Bowl champions. Here is a comprehensive guide to help you get ready for Seattle's third and final day of the 2014 NFL draft.
Day 2 Recap and Analysis
The Seahawks kicked off Day 2 in the same way they ended Day 1, by making a trade. This time it was with the Detroit Lions. The Seahawks sent pick Nos. 40 and 146 to the Lions for pick Nos. 45, 111 and 227.
The trade gives the Seahawks a seventh-round selection, which is something they were lacking beforehand. It also moved another pick from early in the fifth round to early in the fourth.
The Seahawks get their wide receiver
With pick No. 45, the Seahawks selected wide receiver Paul Richardson from Colorado. Richardson has tremendous speed and is a very good route-runner. There are some concerns about his durability because of his size, but there is no doubting his talent and explosiveness.
Paul Richardson after the catch reminds me a lot of Sammy Watkins. After the catch, he can score from anywhere on the field. #Seahawks— Tyson Langland (@TysonNFL) May 10, 2014
#Seahawks had Paul Richardson lined up for pick 32 last night before trading down. Shows how highly organization thinks of him.— Corbin Smith (@CorbinSmithNFL) May 10, 2014
Seattle gets a new right tackle
Later in the second round, the Seahawks filled their other pressing need on the offensive side of the ball by selecting offensive tackle Justin Britt out of Missouri. This was a surprise pick because many analysts had Britt graded as a mid-to-late-round prospect.
Britt is a powerful run-blocker with the qualities necessary to be dominant in Seattle's zone-blocking scheme.
When asked about his style of play, Justin Britt said if nasty is the word you want to use, then yes, I'm nasty. #Seahawks— Chris Egan King-5 TV (@ChrisEgan5) May 10, 2014
The concern with Britt is that he may struggle at times against the NFL's top speed-rushers. Fortunately, he was able to hold up fairly well in college when playing against a guy like Jadeveon Clowney, who went to the Houston Texans with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
Updated Needs for the Seahawks
The Seahawks still haven't filled their need for a situational pass-rusher or found a long-term solution at the "Leo" defensive end position. They will likely be targeting that area with one of their two picks early in the fourth round.
Seattle has its starters in place at corner for 2014, but Byron Maxwell is set to become a free agent after this season. It is unlikely that the Seahawks will be able to keep him, given the large contracts already handed out to members of the secondary. Finding a potential replacement for Maxwell now is a priority.
The Seahawks currently have four very good linebackers and just three spots on the field for them. That sounds like good depth, but unfortunately two of those players are entering the final year of their contracts. Adding additional players who can provide depth for 2014 and become potential starters by 2015 would be a wise move for Seattle.
Seattle added Justin Britt at tackle, filling one of its needs along the offensive line. Even if Michael Bowie is penciled in as the new starter at left guard, the Seahawks still need to acquire some new depth along the offensive interior.
The Seahawks picked up Paul Richardson early in the second round but could still use some additional help at the wide receiver position. Even with Richardson's addition, the Seahawks still lack depth on the outside.
Top Day 3 Targets
With four rounds to go, there are countless options for the Seahawks with their remaining picks. Here are just a few of the potential targets for the team:
Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas
Jeffcoat is the best remaining pass-rusher, and the Seahawks need to find some depth to play opposite Cliff Avril on passing downs.
Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
Don't let the small school fool you. Desir is a big-time talent and a potential starter at cornerback within two years.
Keith McGill, CB, Utah
McGill is a slightly better athlete than Desir but isn't as polished in coverage.
Dakota Dozier, OG, Furman
Dozier isn't the powerful run-blocker that the Seahawks typically select, but he has the pass-blocking skills that are currently lacking along Seattle's offensive line.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
Bryant was projected to be gone long before this point in the draft and might be too much for the Seahawks to pass up. He's tall and very fast but also raw. He will take time to develop.
Michael Sam, DE, Missouri
Sam is a one-dimensional pass-rusher who might not have the first step to make an impact in the NFL. On the other hand, it's hard to ignore the SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
James Gayle, DE, Virginia Tech
Gayle is another pass-rusher suited for Seattle's Leo defensive end position.
Cassius Marsh, DE, UCLA
Marsh is different than the other defensive ends listed here. He is more of a bull-rusher than a guy who wins with speed.
Shaquille Richardson, DB, Arizona
Richardson is a tall, physical corner who has great speed. He needs some technique work, but could become a solid NFL player.
Antone Exum, CB/S, Virginia Tech
Exum played corner in college but is better suited to play free safety in the NFL. The Seahawks like players with versatility, and Exum's ability to play both positions will interest Seattle.
David Yankey, OG, Stanford
Yankey is more of a technician than a mauler, but he plays mistake-free football. That is something that cannot be said for Seattle's current guards.
Anthony Steen, OG/C, Alabama
Steen's short arms make him far from an ideal fit for Seattle, but he plays with power that will be difficult to find in the later rounds. He might be better suited to play center in the NFL.
Howard Jones, LB, Shephard
Extremely athletic and extremely raw, Jones will remind Seahawks fans of John Lotulelei from training camp in 2013.
Ed Reynolds, FS, Sanford
Reynolds is a fast, big-hitting safety who plays like he's been shot out of a cannon. He can play out of control at times and will only be a backup in Seattle.
Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
Lyerla is an extremely athletically gifted prospect with major off-field issues. His technique is still raw as well, so it may be some time before he makes an impact in the NFL.
Marcel Jensen, TE, Fresno State
Jensen is a good blocker and a decent receiver. He should become a well-rounded tight end in the NFL.
Brock Coyle, LB, Montana
Croyle put together some impressive workout numbers before the draft and would be a nice backup at middle linebacker in Seattle.
What Are the Experts Saying?
Peter Schrager of Fox Sports released a seven-round mock draft on Thursday before the start of Round 1. This means that it came out before Seattle's trades on Thursday and Friday, and before its selections of Richardson and Britt Friday evening. He has the Seahawks selecting:
Round 4: Chris Davis, CB, Auburn
Round 5: Preston Brown, LB, Louisville
Round 5: Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB Boston College
Round 6: Michael Sam, DE, Missouri
While I expect to see the Seahawks pick up a linebacker on Day 3, it will be tough to expect two rookies to make the roster at the position. Defensive end Michael Sam will certainly be a notable pick wherever he ends up, and he is actually a good fit in Seattle, both on and off the field.
Matt Miller of Bleacher Report also released a seven-round mock prior to the start of the draft. He has the Seahawks selecting the following players on Saturday:
Round 4: Chris Watt, OG, Notre Dame
Round 5: Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
Round 5: De'Anthony Thomas, WR, Oregon
Round 6: Larry Webster, DE/TE, Bloomsburg
Oregon's Colt Lyerla is an interesting suggestion. He certainly has the athletic profile the Seahawks look for but hasn't played football in a year and has plenty of off-field concerns. De'Anthony Thomas, Lyerla's Oregon teammate, is a bit of a head-scratcher of a pick.
A college running back, Thomas plays with speed but lacks all semblance of size and power. He certainly doesn't fit the profile of a Seahawks draft pick, but general manager John Schneider has a tendency to draft surprises every year.
Walter Cherepinsky of Walterfootball's seven-round mock has the Seahawks selecting a defensive prospect early and late on Day 3, with offensive players in the middle:
Round 4: Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice
Round 5: Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley State
Round 5: Blake Annen, TE, Cincinnati
Round 6: Carlos Fields, OLB, Winston-Salem
Fields is a definite possibility given his athleticism, but Janis seems unlikely for Seattle. He's a straight-line runner who doesn't appear to change directions quick enough to have much of an NFL future. The Seahawks already have a player like that in Ricardo Lockette.
4 Predictions for Day 3
1. More Trades for the Seahawks
John Schneider has already made two trades during this year's draft, picking up two additional picks. Expect him to continue to make deals throughout Day 3 as well. Schneider has picked 39 times total in his four drafts with Seattle, so it is easy to expect him to try to acquire at least one more selection before the draft is over.
2. Seattle will finally get a defensive end early on Day 3
The Seahawks addressed their offensive needs on Day 2, picking up a wide receiver and an offensive tackle. Now it is time to address their biggest need on defense. The Seahawks cannot get to the end of the draft without a productive pass-rusher at defensive end, so expect them to select one early in Round 4.
3. Seattle continues to focus on offense on Day 3
The Seahawks still need an edge-rusher and some cornerback depth, but the bulk of their needs remain on the offensive side of the ball. Guard, tight end and another receiver are all possibilities for Seattle before the draft is over.
4. The Seahawks will draft a player to play a position other than what he played in college
Two years ago it was J.R. Sweezy. Last season it was Jared Smith. Both were college defensive tackles who became offensive linemen with the Seahawks. The Seahawks trust offensive line coach Tom Cable to convert defensive linemen because they are typically more athletic than their offensive counterparts late in the draft.
Updated Seahawks Mock Draft
Round 4, Pick No. 108: Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
This is earlier than the Seahawks are likely planning on getting a corner, but Desir is too good to pass up. He has the talent to take over as the starter opposite Richard Sherman by the start of the 2015 season.
Round 4, Pick No. 111: Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas
The Seahawks need to find a situational edge-rusher at some point in the draft, and Jeffcoat fills that need. He's got good speed and enough burst to get around the corner to the quarterback.
Round 4, Pick No. 132: Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State
Smith put together some impressive workout numbers, per NFL.com, and seems to play even faster than his 4.52 40-yard dash time at the combine on his game tape. He's undersized for an NFL linebacker (6'3", 218 lbs), but his speed makes him an interesting fit for Seattle.
Round 5, Pick No. 172: Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
His off-field issues will be difficult to look past, but there is no mistaking Lyerla's athleticism and potential.
Round 6, Pick No. 208: Brock Coyle, LB, Montana
A superb athlete with a great combination of size and speed. Coyle provides the Seahawks with a true backup for middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, which is something they don't currently have.
Round 7, Pick No. 227: Jon Halapio, OG, Florida
The Seahawks can finish restocking their offensive line depth with another powerful run-blocker here. Halapio is a bit heavy-footed in pass protection, but his run-blocking power will be attractive in Seattle.