The Seahawks did what pretty much everyone hoped they would and reunited Shaquill Griffin with his one-handed twin Shaquem — easily the best story of the entire draft right there.
Shaquem, who runs a 4.38 40 at 227 pounds, could play anywhere from outside linebacker to strong safety, and he obviously will be a huge factor on special teams.
The Seahawks then made another notable pick when they traded the 226th overall pick (seventh round) to move up from 156 to 149 and draft Texas punter Michael Dickson.
He apparently won the staring contest he had with the Seahawks at the Combine. The Broncos reportedly laughed when the Hawks traded up for a punter, but will the Seahawks be the ones laughing after Dickson booms 70-yard punts in the thin air of Denver in the season opener?
Dickson’s arrival surely marks the end of Jon Ryan’s time in Seattle. He is the longest-tenured player on the team, the only one who predates Pete Carroll and John Schneider (Ryan arrived in 2008). The Seahawks will save $2 million against the 2018 cap when they let Ryan go.
The Seahawks also added Washington blocking tight end Will Dissly in the fourth round, Oklahoma State cornerback Trey Flowers and Ohio State left tackle Jamarco Jones in the fifth and Temple LEO Jake Martin in the sixth.
Flowers is 6-3 with nearly 34-inch arms. He seems like a bit of a project, moving from safety to corner.
NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein: “Flowers is a long-armed, lanky safety with solid instincts, good straight-line speed, but limited agility. Flowers’ length has helped with tackle and ball production, but his lack of adequate man cover skills could be an issue if offenses target him in space. His thin frame and inconsistencies as a tackler will concern some teams. Backup safety might be his ceiling.”
Jones (6-4, 299) had a poor Combine, which apparently is why he slipped out of the second day, so the Hawks may have gotten good value on him.
Schneider has drafted 10 linemen on Day 3, and just two (J.R. Sweezy and Mark Glowinski) have put in full seasons as starters. Joey Hunt is the only other Day 3 lineman to last more than one season. Will Jones buck that trend, either as a versatile backup or starter?
Martin is a project LEO who probably won’t make the team. Seattle has a pretty solid corps of pass rushers: Frank Clark, Dion Jordan, Barkevious Mingo, Marcus Smith, Griffin, Tom Johnson, Rasheem Green and even Nazair Jones.
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