It's no secret that the Seahawks need to address their offensive line. Russell Wilson was constantly running for his life last year, and things can only get worse this upcoming season with Russell Okung gone. Germain Ifedi is an option in the first round, and I'm sure Seattle loves his athleticism.
*** OTHER 2016 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. Vernon Butler or Jonathan Bullard, DT - More athletic, interior players who makes sense.
2. Robert Nkemdiche, DE/DT - The Seahawks need an interior pass-rusher, and they've taken chances on players like Nkemdiche before.
Pick change; previously Robert Nkemdiche, DE/DT
Rd. 2, Pk. 25
Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
It's sounding like Derrick Henry could drop this far. There's some concern about Alabama running backs after several of them have flopped. The Patriots won't mind, as Henry is everything they're looking for from an athleticism perspective.
Rd. 3, Pk. 27
Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State
I slotted Robert Nkemdiche here in an earlier update. He still makes sense, but if the Seahawks go in a different direction, the athletic Javon Hargrave could be a target in Round 3.
Pick change; previously Connor McGovern, G
Rd. 3, Pk. 34
Joe Haeg, OT, North Dakota State
The Seahawks lost Bruce Irvin to free agency, so it shouldn't surprise anyone if they draft a linebacker who can rush the passer at some point.
Rd. 4, Pk. 26
Ben Braunecker, TE, Harvard
With Jimmy Graham's future in doubt, the Seahawks could look for a tight end in the middle rounds for insurance purposes.
Rd. 5, Pk. 32
DeAndre Elliott, CB, Colorado State
Seattle's latest mid-round tall cornerback, DeAndre Elliott could help an ailing secondary that couldn't stop Cam Newton in the divisional round.
Rd. 6, Pk. 39
Alex McCalister, DE/3-4OLB, Florida
Seattle continues to improve its pass rush. Brandon Mebane signed with the Chargers this offseason, but he needed to be upgraded anyway. The Seahawks need someone better on the edge in addition to an interior rusher.
Rd. 7, Pk. 4
Rees Odhiambo, G, Boise State
Here's a third lineman for the Seahawks. They desperately need to retool their blocking unit.
Rd. 7, Pk. 26
Marcus Henry, C, Boise State
Here's a fourth lineman. Improving the blocking unit is obviously extremely important, and I haven't given Seattle a center yet.
Sources have told me the Seahawks love Melifonwu, and it is easy to see why. He could be a replacement for Kam Chancellor if he leaves in free agency, or Earl Thomas if he retires, or even Richard Sherman if he gets traded. The Seahawks can play the versatile Melifonwu at corner and safety since he is a perfect fit in their defense.
Melifonwu has ideal size with length to help defend receivers. In 2016, he totaled 118 tackles with three passes broken up and four interceptions. The 6-foot-4, 219-pounder had an excellent week at the Senior Bowl to ignite a buzz about him that he carried over into a tremendous performance at the combine.
Melifonwu possesses a great combination of size and speed. He has the cover skills to play corner on big receivers, can be the deep free safety, and also is able to come down in the tackle box. In a matchup league, Melifonwu should provide his defensive coordinator the solution to a lot of problems.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado
The Seahawks could use young corner talent, and Seattle and Witherspoon are a perfect fit.
Some team sources really like Witherspoon and have given him second-day grades. Teams like the size and length of the 6-foot-3, 198-pounder, but also say that he has speed to run. The senior notched a staggering 22 passes broken up in 2016. He also chipped in one interception with 23 tackles. As a junior, Witherspoon recorded 36 tackles with three pass breakups and two interceptions.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Ethan Pocic, C/G, LSU
The Seahawks could grab some interior offensive line help.
Pocic was generally solid for LSU in 2016. He had some problems with Auburn's Montravius Adams and Alabama's defensive front, but he performed well, overall. The senior was effective at opening holes up the middle and reliable in pass blocking. Even if his height is slightly exaggerated, the 6-foot-6, 310-pounder is taller than most interior linemen. Pocic was an excellent blocker for Leonard Fournette in 2015. Pocic broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Davon Godchaux, DT/3-4DE, LSU
The Seahawks could use some interior defensive line disruptors.
Godchaux caused his share of havoc in the backfield in 2016, demonstrating the skills to be an interior pass-rusher. He had 62 tackles with 6.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for a loss on the year. Godchaux was very disruptive for LSU in 2015. He totaled 41 tackles with nine for a loss, six sacks and a pass broken up on the season.
The 6-foot-4, 293-pounder is fast and explosive at the point of attack. He has a lot of potential.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Shaquil Griffin, CB, Central Florida
The Seahawks could use some more cornerback talent even if they don't trade Richard Sherman.
At the combine, Griffin was a star. The 6-foot, 194-pounder illustrated surprising speed with a 4.38-second time in the 40-yard dash. Griffin's impressive combine could cause teams to take a second look at him and reevaluate where they would take him.
Sources say that Griffin didn't play up to his combine speed in college as he was beaten deep and his instincts were off. Thus, they had given him late-round grades. However, his stock is rising after his great combine, and the press-man defenses especially could be interested in him. In 2016, Griffin had impressive production with 50 tackles with 15 passes broken up and four interceptions, which was similar to his junior year totals (50-13-2).
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Ricky Seals-Jones, WR, Texas A&M
Seattle grabs a mismatch receiver for the red zone.
Germain Ifedi. The streak continues. Luke Joeckel, Jake Matthews, Cedric Ogbuehi and now Germain Ifedi. Four straight years of a Texas A&M LT getting drafted in the first round. Ifedi may not be the prospect Joeckel or Matthews was, or have the same intrigue as Ogbuehi (without his injury he might’ve gone nearly as high as the other two) but Ifedi is a very solid prospect in his own right. His position might be a bit unclear as he might be best suited to playing guard and not tackle but either way this guy looks like a very solid pro. Built very well for an offensive lineman at 6’6 324lbs with 36” arms. Great athlete and hands. Really does look the part. Most of his problems however come down to technique issues which leads to believe he might be a bit of a project and someone who at the least looks likely to start out at guard and hopefully transition to the outside. Seattle absolutely has to do something to stop Russell Wilson from having to constantly run for his life and could really use an upgrade almost everywhere along the offensive line so the best lineman available should be this pick regardless of where he can play.
At some point, John Schneider has to take a first round lineman…right? He has a franchise quarterback running around in circles for his life, and no Beast Mode to break five tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Seattle’s offensive identity, even with Thomas Rawls stepping in for Lynch, is still that of a hard-nosed running team, and Decker is a road-paver in the run game. He fires through his block with a powerful lower body to open up lanes and seems to take a joy—a vindictive joy—in absolutely obliterating second-level defenders. He doesn’t have the requisite athleticism, flexibility, and length to be a consistent pass-blocker on the left side—but honestly, with Russell Wilson PIVOT!ing behind him, he could be serviceable on the left side if need be. Ideally, he lines up on the right, Thomas Rawls runs behind him for the next 15 years, and Seattle wins every game 13-9.
The Seahawks desperately need offensive linemen. There is almost no need to even address the other needs because their offensive line is one of if not the worst line the NFL. Russell Okung is really the only good and reliable linemen who is going to start next year. This pick could be Vadal Alexander or Denver Kirkland for the inside of the Seahawks line. However, with Alvin Bailey being able to bounce back inside to his more natural guard position and Justin Britt another year accustomed to playing guard that would help immensely. Jason Spriggs is a very underrated offensive linemen who has gained more national attention as the season has gone along. Indiana does like to throw a lot and Spriggs showed up each and every week and usually won the majority of his one on one battles. Spriggs should excel on the right side in pass protection especially not going against the best pass rushers every week, while his run blocking could use some work that will come with coaching and getting into a strength program at the NFL level. Spriggs showed up well against players such as Calhoun and Bosa giving them a fight. Spriggs should be able to step in from day one as the starter at right tackle for the Seahawks.
NFL.com Comparison: Sharrif Floyd
My Comparison: Sheldon Richardson
Exceptional build. Carries no bad weight and has outstanding thickness and power through his rear, thighs and calves. Plus movement skills and runs like a defensive end. Has reactive explosiveness for expanded range as tackler near line of scrimmage. Wrap up finisher who won't allow running backs out of his grasp. Plays with good lateral quickness and can win the race across the face of blockers. Played stronger at point of attack this year. Proved he could penetrate and 2-gap. Showed noticeable improvement as pass rusher this season. Has a decent spin move as pass rusher and plays with the power to force his way through a guard's shoulder and into the backfield. Improved quarterback pressures from 13 to 26 this year.
Considered the top-rated prospect in the nation when he signed with Ole Miss, the 3-technique tackle is considered one of the key cogs in turning around the Ole Miss program. His talent and frame are worthy of an early selection, but his lack of high-end production and character concerns could cause him to slide. With that said, he has the talent to be an impact starter in the league.
Last offseason, the Seahawks completed a blockbuster trade that sent their franchise center, Max Unger, to New Orleans for Pro-Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham. While Graham didn't overly impress in his first season in Seattle, he filled a pressing need and should be much better in his second season. However, Seattle opened a new need by trading Unger. Last season, Patrick Lewis started at center in his place, and was downright awful. This is a bit of a reach, but Ryan Kelly is undoubtedly the best center in this draft and we've the Seahawks make reaches for offensive linemen before.
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Rd. 1, Pk. 31
Germain Ifedi, OT
If the Seahawks had stayed put and chosen Germain Ifedi at No. 26, I would've given this a solid "B" grade. It's a very logical pick. Ifedi is the sort of athletic player the Seahawks covet. He also fills a big need. Russell Wilson's pass protection was disastrous last season, and it was bound to get even worse with Russell Okung gone. Taking an offensive lineman early was a must.
This "B" turns into an A- because of the trade. The Seahawks were targeting Ifedi all along at No. 26, so it's outstanding that they were able to move down and still acquire him.
Rd. 2, Pk. 18
Jarran Reed, DT/3-4DE/NT
When I saw that the Seahawks surrendered a fourth-round pick for this selection, I said that it better be a good player, or else they'd earn a terrible grade. Well, they definitely made a solid choice. Jarran Reed is a good player, but he tested very poorly. Seattle taking a low SPARQ player will surprise quite a few, but in truth, the team doesn't completely focus on that. Reed will help a weak defensive interior for sure.