7 p.m.: The Seahawks are making some RASH picks. After picking Rashaad Penny in the first round, they moved down three spots in the third and drafted versatile defensive end Rasheem Green.
The 6-4, 275-pound Green, who recorded 16 sacks the past two years at USC, seems to fit what Seattle likes in defensive linemen. He is expected to be a base end who can play 3-tech on passing downs.
Lance Zierlein: “He has obvious upside that is waiting to be unlocked and unleashed, but he must get stronger and play with better technique and toughness. Green doesn’t have the sand in his pants to hold up at the point of attack as an interior defender and will likely be targeted as a base end in 4-3 or 3-4 schemes with a likely role of reducing inside on passing downs. Green may need a team with a patient approach and willing mentor to guide him along his early stages. It will take time, but he should become an impact starter in the league.”
Tony Pauline: “Green is an athletic defensive line prospect who plays with an explosive style and offers possibilities as a three-technique tackle or two-gap end. He comes with incredible upside but must physically mature and improve his playing strength to have an impact at the next level.”
6:15 p.m.: With no ammo to get back in, the Seahawks sat out the second round for the first time since 2011. They were without this second after sending it to the Jets for Sheldon Richardson (who then left for Minnesota).
In 2011, the Seahawks vacated Round 2 to add picks in the third and fourth rounds, which became draft flops John Moffitt and Kris Durham. If the Hawks had stood pat in the second, they could have had WR Torrey Smith or WR Randall Cobb.
As the third round began tonight, these were some of the top remaining players Seattle showed pre-draft interest in: Alabama S Ronnie Harrison, Stanford S Justin Reid, Texas CB Holton Hill, Florida State DE Josh Sweat, Virginia DT Andrew Brown and, of course, Central Florida OLB Shaquem Griffin.
Michigan DT Maurice Hurst, a first-round talent, also is still there — due to the heart issue that was revealed at the Combine. The Seahawks checked him out, so if they pass, it will mean they didn’t like the medical reports.
Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph also is on the board, if John Schneider is serious about taking a quarterback for only the second time since he became Seattle’s GM.
5:25 p.m.: There will be no Earl Thomas trade today, it appears. Dallas stayed at 50 and picked Texas offensive lineman Connor Williams, and no other team stepped up with an acceptable offer for Thomas (one other team reportedly talked to Seattle about a deal this week).
As the second round winds down, a number of defensive players mentioned below are still on the board.
11:15 a.m.: The Seahawks re-signed Byron Maxwell to a one-year deal that could be worth $3 million. He should end up starting opposite Shaquill Griffin, which alleviates Seattle’s need for a starting corner in this draft.
10:50 a.m.: The Seahawks have one pick today — a third-rounder that will be the 44th pick of the day. If that remains their only pick today, they should simply take the best player available. Will it be Griffin’s brother, Shaquem?
Other possibilities at that point: Wake Forest FS Jessie Bates, Florida State DE Josh Sweat, Rutgers DE Kemoko Turay, Virginia DT Andrew Brown, N.C. State DT B.J. Hill.
Meanwhile, Jason Witten’s sudden retirement seems likely to have an adverse effect on the chances of Dallas and Seattle pulling off a deal involving Earl Thomas. The Cowboys are now going to be looking for tight ends even more keenly than they might otherwise have done.
There reportedly is a second team talking with the Seahawks as well.
8:45 a.m.: The Seahawks still have no second-round pick today. A trade of Earl Thomas would fix that, but it is considered a long shot.
Dallas owner Jerry Jones said Thursday, “I’m not going to get into that. … We have no deal.”
Another report out of Dallas indicates the Cowboys think the possibility is still there.
Of course, some other team could come up with a deal, too. If the Seahawks have no intention of re-signing him (which they should, by the way), then they really do need to get what they can for him before letting him walk for a 2020 comp pick. A second-rounder and change would be better than a 2020 third.
It is always possible they wait until later this year, even during the season leading to the trade deadline, to move him, too. But that would mean they run the risk of a holdout (he has said he would not report without a new deal) — the kind of distraction Pete Carroll obviously is trying to get rid of.
We’ll see if they eliminate that potential with a deal today.