9 p.m. — The Seahawks finished off the third round without making any trades, taking speedy Central Florida CB Shaq Griffin, thumping Michigan strong safety Delano Hill, run-stopping North Carolina DT Nazair Jones and big Michigan WR Amara Darboh.
Griffin is the highest-drafted corner in Seattle since Josh Wilson in 2007. The earlier John Schneider had drafted a corner was Walter Thurmond in the fourth round in 2010. Griffin, who runs a 4.38 40, should jump right into the cornerback mix.
Hill played on the Wolverines’ defense with Frank Clark, who was stoked to get the safety as a teammate again. Hill was rated a fifth-round prospect by a couple of analysts, but the Hawks and some other teams apparently liked him more than that.
Jones is a big guy (6-5, 304) who could offer depth behind Jarran Reed.
Darboh, Hill’s teammate at Michigan, has a huge catch radius, at 6-2. He has a very Seahawky backstory: His parents were killed during the civil war in Sierra Leone and he came to the United States at age 7 and became a citizen last year.
7:45 p.m. — In a video tweeted out by the Seahawks, John Schneider and Pete Carroll talk with Malik McDowell, their top pick, on the phone, and they seem to perhaps confirm the reports questioning McDowell’s football character.
Sounding like a father reminding his kid to do his chores, Schneider tells McDowell: “Don’t forget our conversation, OK?”
Carroll tells him: “Come in here serious as you can be and let’s do something really special with this, OK?”
Carroll also referenced waiting through the night to get him, which might indicate they considered him in the first round.
The Seahawks had spent time trying to get to know McDowell, and Carroll and Schneider apparently think he has the so-called “Seattle grit.”
But their phone conversation also seems to indicate he will need to be prodded and motivated as they go.
6:45 p.m. — As the third round begins, the Seahawks hold four picks toward the bottom. It will be interesting to see whether they feel like moving up. They have collected a fourth, sixth and seventh in trades during this draft — that stock could be used to move up.
The Seahawks added a lineman on each side in the second round, which leaves the secondary still a big concern. This round has several worthy options, plus pass rushers and receivers.
6:15 p.m. — The Seahawks sat tight at 58 and added LSU offensive lineman Ethan Pocic.
Pocic (6-6, 310) is a versatile player who started at several spots for the Tigers — mainly center.
A few scouting reports make it seem like he’s a reach in the second round:
“Flexible, natural athlete with starting experience all along the LSU offensive line. Scouts say Pocic has the intelligence teams look for from a center and is highly regarded by LSU coaches and teammates in the locker room. Pocic is an excellent “work-up” blocker with the ability to thrive in a running game that operates in space, but his lack of power will produce some extremely challenging matchups for him at times.” — Lance Zierlein.
“There are a variety of opinions on Pocic as to his next-level potential and the position he’ll play. His size and growth potential lend us to believe he’s best at right tackle, but he must pick up the intensity and improve his game on every level to make it with the first team on Sundays.” — Tony Pauline.
“Pocic does a lot of things well and his ability to make difficult reach blocks make him a fit in any scheme. He’s sound in pass protection and even dabbled at offensive tackle to add some versatility, though he’ll get a shot to stick at center where he looks like one of the best the draft has to offer.” — Pro Football Focus.
We can’t wait to hear Pete Carroll and Tom Cable explain what they plan to do with him.
4:20 p.m. — After the Packers started Round 2 with Washington cornerback Kevin King, the Seahawks moved back one spot with Jacksonville.
After the Jags picked Alabama OT Cam Robinson, the Seahawks finally picked: Michigan State DT Malik McDowell.
McDowell is the best inside rusher, but there are big questions about his character. The Seahawks had him in for a VMAC visit and obviously feel comfortable with him. The presence of veterans Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril is likely a consideration. They can help motivate and get the best out of McDowell, who is considered one of the three most versatile defensive linemen in this draft. That’s what the Seahawks wanted.
The Seahawks picked up a sixth-round pick for the move with the Jags — which is lower than it was expected to be. But that is because the QB market is not nearly as hot as it appeared it would be. There were four trades in the top nine spots of Round 2 — none for QBs.
By moving down three times, Seattle got great value for McDowell. The team added a third, fourth, sixth and seventh — plenty of ammunition for potential trades up later today. The Hawks’ four third-rounders are all pick 26 and later.