This draft almost looks like an admission by the Seahawks that they screwed up the third round of the 2016 draft — they basically performed a do-over by drafting Rashaad Penny, Will Dissly and Jamarco Jones.
The 2016 third-rounders, who were supposed to be part of the next core, have done next to nothing for Seattle. C.J. Prosise has been injured almost his entire first two years, Rees Odhiambo was ineffective before getting hurt last year and Nick Vannett has barely contributed.
That trio has one last chance to show something, but the Seahawks’ additions of Penny, Dissly and Jones are obvious signs of discontent by John Schneider and Pete Carroll.
In 2016, the Seahawks actually drafted three running backs — Prosise in the third, Alex Collins in the fifth and Zac Brooks in the seventh. That group was such a failure that the team added Chris Carson in the seventh round last year and then felt compelled to up the ante with its first-round pick on Penny this year.
Carroll was stoked about Prosise in 2016, declaring the coaches had huge plans for him. He has spoken similarly about Penny, who will be expected to take over the main rusher role. Prosise, meanwhile, needs to stay healthy just to make the roster.
In 2016, the Hawks took Vannett four picks after Prosise — and the tight end seemed like the better pick at the time. But, he was stuck behind Jimmy Graham and Luke Willson in his first two years, and Schneider and Carroll apparently think so little of him that they signed veteran Ed Dickson to start and then overdrafted Dissly in the fourth because they wanted a blocking tight end so badly. Vannett seems to have fallen to third, with Tyrone Swoopes possibly breathing down his neck for a roster spot.
Odhiambo was taken three picks after Vannett — a major reach/projection at the time who has not come close to proving Schneider right. Now here comes Jones, a fifth-rounder who looks like he might bump Odhiambo from the roster unless the latter steps it up and proves he offers something as a versatile backup.
Rather than Prosise and Odhiambo in that 2016 third round, the Seahawks could have gone with a couple from this Seahawky-looking group: OL Graham Glasgow, LB Joe Schobert, LB De’Vondre Campbell, SS Miles Killebrew, RB Jordan Howard.
But they didn’t, and now it looks like they might have just replaced the 2016 third-rounders.