The Seahawks are poised for a big day — one that should satisfy a couple of needs and possibly bring a couple of so-called luxury picks.
The Hawks are one of four teams with four picks today — set up to dominate the tail end of the day, with three picks in the final nine.
Pete Carroll called it “the meat part of this draft,” and John Schneider said, “It’s going to be a blast.”
“It’s huge — huge for us picking three times in the third round,” Schneider said. “We pick at 56 tomorrow, and then we have nine more picks, so that’s really exciting for us. … We feel like it’s a solid draft all the way through.”
As it turns out, the Seahawks’ needs match up with the strength of the second and third rounds: linemen on both sides, linebackers, running backs, safeties.
Look for the Seahawks to draft a defensive player with the 56th pick. It is possible they could use one of their third-rounders to move up into the middle of the second round, if they really covet a defensive lineman such as Emmanuel Ogbah, Jonathan Bullard or Chris Jones.
If they stay at 56, they might decide the remaining defensive tackles can wait until the third round, leaving Seattle to look at running backs, linebackers and safeties.
The second round seems high to take a No. 2 running back, but the Hawks have done it before (Christine Michael in 2013). With that in mind, they could go with Derrick Henry or Kenneth Dixon at 56.
At linebacker, they could look at Su’a Cravens, Kyler Fackrell or Jordan Jenkins. At safety, they could consider Miles Killebrew, T.J. Green or Justin Simmons.
The Seahawks typically use their second-rounder on guys who have visited. This year that list includes Bullard, Jones, defensive end Kevin Dodd, linebacker Reggie Ragland and Henry.
The Hawks likely will add another offensive lineman in the third round. Even after taking Germain Ifedi on Thursday, they need to add more help on the line. Connor McGovern is the clubhouse favorite in the third, and the Hawks could look at a center prospect as well.
Two of their third-rounders are tradeable (No. 97 overall is a comp pick), so the Hawks could move up if they feel they need to. They also have a fourth and two sevenths as ammunition (they’re fifth and sixth are comps, which they must make at those spots).
Today will be a success if the Hawks find at least one lineman on each side of the ball and a linebacker. The fourth player can be a running back, safety or another lineman.
The Seahawks reportedly are among the teams considering adding a quarterback today, but that would be a surprise. There are too many other good players to consider with their four picks (if they use all four).
The Hawks should have drafted Brett Hundley in the fourth round last year. But they took lineman Terry Poole instead — he didn’t make the team.
The fourth or fifth round seems like the right place to consider a QB this year, too. Jacoby Brissett would be an apropos pick, giving the Hawks two former N.C. State quarterbacks.