With the 2019 NFL Draft coming on Thursday, the Seahawks currently have only four selections at their disposal, the lowest total among all 32 NFL teams.
General manager John Schneider has never been averse to trading down during previous drafts, as Seattle has made 23 trades involving draft picks in nine seasons with him at the helm. More specifically, the Seahawks have traded their first-round pick seven straight seasons, including trading down with the Packers to add an additional third-round pick last season.
Schneider has made it no secret trading down is “kind of fun,” and given Seattle’s lack of draft capital heading towards the weekend, he’s likely already working the phones seeking out potential suitors for the team’s No. 21 overall pick. There’s also a possibility defensive end Frank Clark could be shopped to acquire additional picks.
Now that the draft is only three short days away, it’s officially time for me to unleash my first (and only) seven-round NFL mock draft of the season. While I chose not to trade Clark, Schneider’s face would light up seeing the number of additional selections I accumulated through multiple trades without jettisoning one of his stars.
After starting with just four picks, I used five trades, including trading down in the first round three times, to acquire six additional selections over the final six rounds and finish the draft with 10 new players.
- Seahawks trade No. 21 to Chiefs for No. 29, No. 61
- Seahawks trade No. 29 to Patriots for No. 32, No. 101
- Seahawks trade No. 32 to Colts for No. 34, No. 135
- Seahawks trade No. 124 to Giants for No. 143, No. 180
- Seahawks trade 2020 fourth-round pick to Broncos for No. 156, No. 237
Following this smorgasbord of trades, how did everything play out? Let’s break down every selection.
Round 2 (No. 34) – Nasir Adderley, Safety, Delaware
Coach Pete Carroll has given multiple statements of confidence for third-year safety Tedric Thompson this offseason, but if the Seahawks trade down three times and can still get Adderley, this could be an early second-round steal. Considered by many scouts to be the best single-high safety prospect in this draft class, the former Blue Hen proved at the Senior Bowl he could thrive against top competition and would give Seattle a long-term starter to replace Earl Thomas.
Round 2 (No. 61) – Terry McLaurin, Receiver, Ohio State
Teammate Parris Campbell has received more draft buzz, but McLaurin had one of the most impressive weeks in Mobile at the Senior Bowl at any position, offers decent size (6-foot, 208 pounds), and put together a dominant combine performance of his own showing off 4.35 40-yard dash speed. The Seahawks have to find a replacement for Doug Baldwin sooner rather than later and who better to pick than a player Baldwin himself praised on Twitter? McLaurin fits the mold as a precise route runner who can play out of the slot and also contributes on special teams.
Round 3 (No. 84) – Oshane Ximines, EDGE, Old Dominion
By the time Seattle made its first selection, all of the premier EDGE rushers were already off the board, but the franchise gets excellent value in the mid-third round by snagging Ximines. Starring for the Monarchs, the 6-foot-3, 253-pound defender knows how to get after opposing quarterbacks, as he racked up 32.5 sacks over the past four seasons and forced a ridiculous 11 forced fumbles. Whether Clark stays or not, Ximines would be a nice running mate chasing down quarterbacks from the other defensive end spot.
Round 3 (No. 101) – Khalen Saunders, Defensive Tackle, Western Illinois
The Seahawks hope to keep Jarran Reed, who will become an unrestricted free agent next March. But Saunders would be one hell of a hedge in case Seattle cannot afford to keep him, providing one of the highest ceilings of any player in the entire draft class. Technique remains an issue as he makes a major jump from FCS competition to the NFL, but defensive line coach Clint Hurtt would be salivating about working with the uber-athletic Saunders, who lit it up at the Senior Bowl and fits Seattle’s scheme quite well.
Round 4 (No. 135) – Nate Davis, Guard, Charlotte
After signing Mike Iupati and bringing back D.J. Fluker, the Seahawks are set at both guard spots in the short term, but Davis provides a long-term answer at either spot. If you’ve noticed a theme here, Davis also excelled at the Senior Bowl, mauling opponents during practice sessions as well as the Saturday all-star exhibition. Like Saunders, he has technical quirks that will need to be refined to be successful at the next level, but he plays with the mean streak and tenacity Mike Solari covets and should develop into a future starter.
Round 5 (No. 143) – David Sills, Receiver, West Virginia
With Baldwin’s future in limbo and the jury still out on whether or not David Moore can become more than a third or fourth option in the receiving corps, I opted to double-dip at receiver by snagging Sills early in the fifth round. Formerly recruited by USC as a quarterback, he brings excellent football IQ to the receiver position and transformed himself into a touchdown machine for the Mountaineers, finding the end zone 33 times over his final two collegiate seasons. Though he’s not a phenomenal athlete, the 6-foot-3 Sills gives Seattle a big-bodied threat on the outside they desperately need.
Round 5 (No. 156) – Jalen Jelks, EDGE, Oregon
Jelks dropped to the fifth round because there are concerns about what position he will play in the NFL, but the Seahawks have had success with “tweeners” in the past and he’s been productive for the Ducks, recording 15.5 sacks and 30 tackles for loss in four seasons. He’ll likely start off his career as a rotational pass rusher, but if he can add muscle to his 6-foot-5, 256-pound frame, he could work his way into a larger role in future seasons.
Round 5 (No. 159) – Mark Fields, Cornerback, Clemson
Once a top-100 recruit, Fields only started a handful of games in for seasons with the Tigers, finishing his career with only 32 tackles and an interception. However, his draft stock has been rising over the past few months due to an excellent performance in the national championship game against Alabama as well as a steady week in Mobile. Built similarly to Justin Coleman (5-foot-10, 192 pounds), Fields ran a 4.37 40-yard dash at the combine and could be an ideal late-round option to replace Coleman at nickel cornerback in Seattle.
Round 6 (No. 180) – Marvell Tell, Safety, USC
After using their first pick on Adderley, Seattle doesn’t necessarily need another safety, but I envision the athletic 6-foot-2, 198-pound Tell as the Seahawks latest safety-to-cornerback convert and a potential special teams contributor. Known best for his coverage skills and lacking the body to play safety, he’d be an exciting developmental project for Carroll and his coaching staff who could eventually push Tre Flowers and Shaquill Griffin for playing time on the outside.
Round 7 (No. 237) – Oli Udoh, Tackle, Elon
With Duane Brown, Germain Ifedi, George Fant, and Jamarco Jones all on the current roster, the Seahawks don’t have an immediate need at tackle. However, Brown will turn 34 in August, Ifedi will become a free agent unless Seattle picks up his fifth-year player option, and Fant will also become a free agent in 2020. There’s plenty of uncertainty at the position long-term, making a raw developmental prospect like the powerful 6-foot-5, 325-pound Udoh appealing in the seventh round.