Rang: On the Seahawks’ draft options and more

--- By Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com ---

NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang recently spent a half hour on the Man 2 Man podcast, talking about various draft topics, including the best strategies for the Seattle Seahawks.

Rang also touched on prospects from Washington and Washington State, as well as NFL Combine star Shaquem Griffin, the one-handed linebacker from Central Florida whose brother, Shaquill Griffin, is a cornerback for the Seahawks.

Here are some excerpts from the interview:

–On whether the Seahawks, who have the No. 18 overall pick but don’t have any selections in the second or third rounds, will trade down to stockpile more picks:

“I think the smart money will be on (general manager) John Schneider trading that first pick,” Rang said.

“We have seen them do that so many times throughout his time in Seattle. And I don’t know if there has ever been a year in which the Seahawks were as desperate to acquire more selections as they appear to be this year.

“And the fact that there is good depth at some of those perceived needs — running back, cornerback, offensive line — I think it makes all the sense in the world for the Seahawks to trade out of No. 18 overall. Of course, that’s easier said than done. It is going to take two to make that happen.”

–On the possibility of Seattle taking a running back at No. 18:

“From a style standpoint, I think Derrius Guice from LSU would make sense at No. 18 overall,” Rang said. “He fits in with what the Seahawks like. He’s a very physical back. And in some ways, he does remind me of Marshawn Lynch.”

Rang added that USC running back Ronald Jones “might be a little bit rich” at No. 18 but would be an intriguing possibility.

“In terms of style, in terms of straight-line speed, Ronald Jones is the second coming of Jamaal Charles,” Rang said.

If the Seahawks move into the second round, options there could include Georgia’s Nick Chubb and Auburn’s Kerryon Johnson. This is considered a deep draft for running backs.

“Running back is one of those positions where they can bank on talent in the middle or later rounds where they can greatly improve their roster and allow them to compete with a rookie immediately in 2018,” Rang said.

–On where Shaquem Griffin will be drafted:

“I think that Shaquem Griffin is going to end up drafted somewhere in the third round. To me, he’s a Friday night special,” Rang said.

“He’s one of those guys who I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see go late (in the third round on Day 2 of the draft) because teams are worried that he’s not going to last beyond the first couple of picks in the fourth round.”

Griffin, whose left hand was amputated when he was 4 years old, ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at the Combine, the fastest for a linebacker at the event since at least 2003.

“He’s so instinctive, he’s so athletic, that he just makes plays all over the field,” Rang said.

–On the prospects of Washington State quarterback Luke Falk, who set the Pac-12 career record for passing yards in coach Mike Leach’s Air raid offense:

“The perfect offense for Luke Falk, in my opinion, would be the New Orleans Saints, to be able to learn behind Drew Brees, play in that dome, with those weapons,” said Rang, who said the quarterback could be in the third-round mix.

“Then I think you would see the accuracy, the toughness and the touch that he has rather than perhaps the average arm strength that he has. That offense wouldn’t ask him to make the same type of throws that other schemes, especially those playing outside, would ask him to make.”

–On Washington tight end Will Dissly, a former defensive end whom Rang called a “wildcard” in the draft:

“I could see him going as high as fourth to fifth round,” Rang said. “One of the very few tight ends in this class that does block a little bit. Has a defensive mindset to go along with that. That helps his cause.”


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