Can John Schneider end his run as the NFL’s worst Day 3 drafter today?
Once upon a time, the Seahawks having eight picks on Day 3 of the draft was something to get excited about.
But that was back when Schneider had built a momentary reputation as the NFL’s preeminent Day 3 picker, cultivating Pro Bowl players such as Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman and K.J. Wright from the middle rounds and key role players such as Malcolm Smith, Byron Maxwell, Jeremy Lane and J.R. Sweezy in the sixth and seventh rounds.
For Seattle, Day 3 is no longer the big deal it was for that flash-in-the-pan stretch (2010-12). In fact, Schneider and company have been the worst Day 3 drafters in the NFL since 2013 (based on Pro Football Reference’s weighted AV ratings).
The Seahawks have drafted the third-most players on Day 3 in that span, and just three of the 32 (Luke Willson, Mark Glowinski, Cassius Marsh) have done anything noteworthy for Seattle. Spencer Ware and Alex Collins went elsewhere to be productive.
There are still four from the 2017 draft who could turn into regular contributors: Chris Carson, Tedric Thompson, Mike Tyson, David Moore. But don’t hold your breath, especially with Rashaad Penny coming in to take the starting spot Carson briefly held last year.
This Seattle draft is set up a lot like 2011: The Hawks had no second-rounder this time either, and they have eight picks today (they had seven in 2011).
Schneider whiffed on his first two picks in 2011, James Carpenter and John Moffitt. But he hit it big with Wright and Sherman, and Smith and Maxwell were key role players on the Super Bowl teams.
Schneider might have done better with his first two picks this time. Penny looks capable of being the lead back, and Rasheem Green has the potential to take Michael Bennett’s old role.
But, for this draft to be as successful as 2011, Schneider will need to hit at least a couple of picks today. He has a fourth-rounder and four fifth-rounders, so he will have his share of shots at ending his Day 3 skid.
If Schneider does not hit on anything today, he will continue to be stuck in the cycle of signing one-year vets to fill out the roster — he has signed 30 such players the past two years.
Here are some of the top available players the Seahawks reportedly met with or worked out before the draft:
DT Maurice Hurst, Michigan
OLB Shaquem Griffin, Central Florida
DT Andrew Brown, Virginia
DT Poona Ford, Texas
DE Josh Sweat, Florida State
CB Holton Hill, Texas
Here are others Seattle could consider in the fourth and fifth rounds:
TE Ian Thomas, Indiana
DT Tim Settle, Virginia Tech
DE Da’Shawn Hand, Alabama
OT Tyrell Crosby, Oregon
TE Dalton Schultz, Stanford