The Seahawks did what they needed to on Day 1, finding their new permanent left tackle in Charles Cross.
Now they prepare for a big Day 2, where they have the eighth and ninth picks to start the session, plus No. 72 overall (third round).
They figure to be looking for a possible QB, plus a corner, center, running back, linebacker and edge rusher.
At QB, Malik Willis fell out of the first round, and Desmond Ridder and Matt Corral also are available. With Pittsburgh the only team that drafted a QB (hometown hero Kenny Pickett), the Falcons, Lions and Saints all could have their eyes on the passers. Tampa Bay, Indy, Houston, Tennesse and Minnesota may as well.
The Hawks actually are the betting favorites to get Willis, but that assumes they would move up for him.
The Bucs seem likely to dangle the 33rd pick to the highest QB-needy bidder, but there’s no reason to get impatient. The Hawks should just sit still and take the board as it comes, getting the best players available at 40 and 41 – whether a QB is there or not.
Among the top options, beyond the QBs: pass rusher Arnold Ebiketie (who has been likened to new Seahawk Uchenna Nwosu), edge Boye Mafe, Husky CB Kyler Gordon, NT Travis Jones. Any of those four would be great additions.
A bunch of good linebackers are available today as well, and the Hawks probably will grab one at some point.
The Hawks worked the phones on Day 1 but didn’t come up with anything. They often move around on Day 2 though. They made two Day 2 trades in 2020 (netting Darrell Taylor, Damien Lewis, Alton Robinson), one in 2019 (DK Metcalf), one in 2017 (Malik McDowell) and one in 2016 (Jarran Reed).
John Schneider is about a C-plus drafter in Round 2. He hit big on Bobby Wagner, Frank Clark, Jarran Reed and DK Metcalf. He did OK with late bloomers Golden Tate, Paul Richardson and Justin Britt. He made horrible picks of Christine Michael, Malik McDowell, Ethan Pocic and Marquise Blair. And we’re still waiting to see Darrell Taylor and D’Wayne Eskridge prove worthy.
Schneider has had a star-crossed experience in the third round. Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett turned into superstars, and Schneider also found starters in Shaq Griffin, Rasheem Green and Damien Lewis.
But Schneider whiffed hugely on his big 2016-17 third rounds –a seven-pick bonanza that should have set up the current roster. Griffin was the only hit, and Nick Vannett was a good backup before being traded. But Schneider blew it spectacularly with C.J. Prosise, Rees Odhiambo, Lano Hill, Nazair Jones and Amara Darboh.
Let’s hope he does better today.
The Big Board’s top remaining:
- CB Andrew Booth Jr.
- LB Nakobe Dean
- Edge David Ojabo
- Edge Arnold Ebikitie
- Edge Boye Mafe
- CB Kyler Gordon
- RB Breece Hall
- S Jaquan Brisker
- OT Bernhard Raimann
- DT Travis Jones
- DB Jalen Pitre
- RB Kenneth Walker