With the draft fast approaching next week, the Seahawks have solidified almost every position on the team.
After re-signing Austin Davis and Paul Dawson, they at least have a pretty full complement at every position — some obviously stronger in talent than others. The one spot that is still very unsettled is the secondary.
Yeah, they have re-signed Bradley McDougald and Justin Coleman and added Maurice Alexander, Dontae Johnson and C.J. Smith. But we still don’t know whether Earl Thomas will remain a Seahawk or who will be the No. 2 corner opposite Shaquill Griffin.
Dez Bryant’s release by Dallas has cranked up the volume on Earl Thomas trade speculation. The Cowboys, who now have cap room to add Thomas, reportedly are hoping the Seahawks will drop their asking price to a second-rounder.
The prevailing opinion is that the Seahawks will not get a 1 for Thomas. Would they accept a 2 this year and 3 or 4 in 2019? It is probably the best they could get. If Dallas or another team offers it, they should take it.
We are in favor of the Hawks extending Thomas, but John Schneider has basically said he isn’t going to. So he really has to trade the safety — and a second-rounder plus another pick is better than a third-round comp pick in 2020.
Assuming Thomas will be gone by draft day, that would leave the Hawks with McDougald, Alexander and Delano Hill as the top safeties, entering the draft. The Hawks reportedly have met with three safeties since the Combine. Stanford’s Justin Reid, who looks like a combo safety, and Alabama’s Ronnie Harrison, a pure strong safety, are both potential Round 2 options. Same with Wake Forest’s Jessie Bates.
The Seahawks should end up with at least one pick in Round 2, as they are expected to move down from No. 18 overall — possibly all the way out of the first round. Trading Thomas to Dallas could net another second-rounder.
A lot of mocks have been slotting Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson to the Hawks at 18; but, even if the Seahawks were to stay at 18, there is no way they would pick a corner that high or even draft Jackson (he doesn’t meet their specs).
In Seattle, Schneider has never drafted a corner as high as the second round. But he might consider it for Colorado’s Isaiah Oliver, who fits all of Seattle’s ideals and could push for a starting spot right away.
Seattle obviously is not handing Johnson the No. 2 spot — his deal is worth just $1.3 million. So it seems as though Schneider is going to be looking for a potential starter, for now or later, at some point in the draft. Among the other corners Seattle might consider on Day 3 are Texas’ Holton Hill, Boston College’s Isaac Yiadom and Virginia Tech’s Brandon Facyson.
However it works out, Seattle should come out of the draft with a cover guy to jump into a No. 2 corner fray that includes Johnson, Coleman, Neiko Thorpe, DeAndre Elliott and Mike Tyson.
Whether the Hawks also nab a safety largely depends on whether they end up trading Thomas. Will they take the second-rounder from Dallas?