The Seattle Seahawks concluded their version of the 2016 draft last weekend and this Friday they will hold a four day mini camp beginning this Thursday and ends this Sunday. It will be an orientation of sorts for the rookies. The mini camp will introduce the business end of the NFL to the rookies, physicals will be taken, nuts and bolts of the VMac in terms of weight rooms, film rooms and NFL and Seahawks conduct to name a few of the many items they be introduced to. So fair enough, the question of who did they draft and why will now be answered.
The Seahawks made 10 picks in the draft and the best way to describe the picks is they were surgical and proficient. In other words the team drafted for needs as well as the best player available. The team traded down from 26th to 31st with the Denver Broncos and used their first round pick no 31 overall on offensive line Germain Ifedi of Texas A & M. The 6-foot-5, 325 pound was a three year starter and is expected to compete for the starting right guard position.
The Seahawks continued their unpredictability on Draft day and traded up with the Chicago Bears and selected Alabama defensive tackle Jarran Reed at no.49 overall. The junior-college transfer to Alabama, recorded 56 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and one sack in 2015, a year he was named second-team All-SEC. In the third round the Seahawks selected Notre Dame running back CJ. Prosise with the No.90 overall pick. The Hawks picked TE Nick Vannett from Ohio State just four picks later at No. 94 overall and offensive guard Rees Odhiambo from Boise State was another 3rd round pick by the Hawks at No.97 overall.
The team took a respite and used its two fifth round picks on DT Quinton Jefferson of Maryland at No. 147 overall and RB Alex Collins, of Arkansas at No. 171 overall. The Seahawks went back to offensive line basics and picked up Center Joey Hunt from TCU in the sixth round and Wide Receiver Kenny Lawler from California was nabbed in round seven and no. 243 overall. Running back Zac Brooks from Clemson was the Hawks last pick in the seventh round and 247 overall.
So if you question is what does this all mean , the answers is, well complicated. While the NFL books says it takes three years to grade any drat class, the low hanging fruit regarding this drat is that the Seahawks went for need and depth. The team needed help at offensive line and Ifedi should fit the bill. DT Reed will help on the defensive line because the Hawks like to rotate the D line so late in the game, the players still have legs to get to the quarter back. The depth comes in the picks of running back Prosise and TE Vannett. While they will not be counted on to start they both will have opportunities to contribute right away.
As for the Seahawks feel about their draft picks, general manager John Schneider was excited about the picks, “It was just a phenomenal weekend for us,” general manager John Schneider said on 710 ESPN Monday morning. “We’re really excited to get these guys in the house.”