Category Archives: NFL draft

Hawks could have had Clark and Ansah, plus basically the same draft

NFL draftWhat if we told you the Seahawks could have had Frank Clark, Ziggy Ansah and pretty much all of the same draft picks (just a different pass rusher) and still have room for more, like they do now?

A lot of people are buying Seattle’s claim that the Clark trade to Kansas City enabled Seattle to turn four picks into 11, in what looks to some like an ingenious draft for the ages. Pete Carroll called the trade “the key to kick-start this thing.” And John Schneider said, “That draft choice with Frank definitely helped us.”

But the reality is: Clark became L.J. Collier, and Schneider did what he always planned to do with pick No. 21 — flipping it over and over until it became a six-player pancake. One had nothing to do with the other. And, as much as we love to see an aggressive move from Schneider, he didn’t have to trade Clark to do anything he has done since that deal.

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Hawks, Wagner preparing for possible separation

NFL draftThe Seahawks used the draft to try to address immediate needs of replacing Frank Clark and Doug Baldwin, but they also sure looked to be hedging their bets on Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright by drafting two linebackers for the first time in seven years.

Wagner wants to stay in Seattle beyond 2019, but he has seen plenty of guys leave and knows he might join them.

“I want to retire a Seahawk, but I understand it’s a business,” Wagner told NFL Network’s Omar Ruiz on Saturday. “I’m preparing like this is my last year as a Seahawk. If it is, I want to make sure I go out with a bang and make sure I give the city something to remember.”

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Another volume draft, but what are the odds these guys stick?

NFL draftJohn Schneider is getting all kinds of accolades for turning four draft picks into 11 last week, in keeping with his mantra that “the more picks you have, the better your chance of improving your team.”

That’s not necessarily true. And Schneider needs only look at his own team to see it. So, what are the chances of these new guys making this club — especially given recent history?

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Phase 3: Hawks need veteran D-linemen

Logo -- Free agencyThe Seahawks are usually very set with their roster by this time of the offseason, having already retained their key free agents, perhaps added a couple and then of course drafted.

But this year is different: They should be very active in the so-called Phase 3 of free agency, because they still have not improved their defensive line.

The Seahawks have ditched their top three pass rushers over the past two offseasons, and the only notable guy they have added to replace them is first-round pick L.J. Collier. And he alone will not add up to a Frank Clark, Michael Bennett or Cliff Avril.

Thankfully, Pete Carroll and John Schneider plan to do more.

“We talk about those phases of free agency,” Schneider said. “There’s basically like three or four different phases, and we’re basically now heading into Phase 3.”

“We’re very much involved with what’s coming up next,” Carroll said. “We’re not done. We’ve got work to do, and we’re excited about what’s coming up. You guys will see in time.”

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A look at roster after special-teams draft

NFL draftWith two first-round selections in this draft, the Seahawks had a chance to be aggressive in trying to replace Frank Clark. Instead, they kept to their usual MO — drafting for volume, their “Seahawky” traits and development.

Pete Carroll already liked his roster and even had said rookies would have a tough time making the team. But that didn’t stop John Schneider from making seven trades and 11 selections in what basically amounted to a special-teams draft.

“We know a lot of these guys are going to be special-teams players; they’ve already done it, they’ve proven it,” Schneider said. “Some of them are projections, but the majority of them, we’ve seen them play on teams.”

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Hawks move up for Combine star Metcalf

NFL draftD.K. Metcalf was the hit of the Combine, yet he slid into the deep second round because teams were not impressed by his receiving acumen.

The Seahawks saw him sitting there at 64 and decided to jump up from 77 to take him (it cost them one of their four fourth-rounders).

Through tears, on the phone, Metcalf hilariously asked Pete Carroll: “Why y’all wait this long, man?”

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Marquise pick: Hawks bring back the boom

NFL draftLike their former Bam Bam safety, the Seahawks dropped, waited and then lay the boom.

The Seahawks, slated to pick fifth on Day 2, did their usual and traded down from 37. They got nice value for the move down 10 spots with Carolina, adding a third-round pick, and then they drafted Utah’s Marquise Blair, a guy who had been called a “Seahawk safety” by former Seattle scout Jim Nagy.

Blair was generally considered a Round 4-5 guy, but the Seahawks apparently see him as Kam Chancellor 2.0.

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After 37, Schneider needs to trade up

NFL draftJohn Schneider may be “back in the draft,” but he still has a bunch of maneuvering to do.

He has just two picks today and needs to try to turn that into three or four. You know he wants to, because he previously mentioned there is a big drop in talent from Round 3 to Round 4.

Seattle has selections 37 and 92 — along with four fourths, two fifths and a bevy of 2020 picks — and should be able to move around.

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Chasing picks, Hawks reached for Collier (but he could be worth it)

NFL draftThe Seahawks never know what to do with first-round picks, so imagine the problem they had Thursday when they had two of them back to back and their only real goal was to expand the rest of their draft.

The Seahawks had two picks, and yet it felt like they had no plan for them — other than to bail out as much as possible to add more selections. And they didn’t do that very well either, failing to add a Day 2 selection (beyond the one their first-rounder became).

There’s a reason the Hawks usually trade out of the first round: When they stay, they typically use the pick on a second-round player anyway. They’ve now picked five players in the first round since 2011, and four of them have had second-round grades by most draft analysts. The Hawks have to hope L.J. Collier is a better version of Bruce Irvin (a first-round reach who had eight sacks as a rookie).

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Draft day live: Hawks trade down twice, add pass rusher Collier

NFL draft8:45 p.m.: Picking at 29 and 30, the Seahawks used 29 to draft TCU pass rusher L.J. Collier and moved out of the 30th spot, dropping to 37th and getting a fourth and fifth from the Giants.

Most of the top pass rushers were gone after the Hawks traded down from 21; their only other options were offensive linemen or cornerbacks. But they wanted to make sure they got a pass rusher.

Collier was considered a second-round prospect (ranked in the 50s) and didn’t really fit Seattle’s athletic profile, but he’s strong and versatile and has been compared to Michael Bennett.

Pete Carroll called him “a lot like Michael Bennett. … He has a nice pass rush bag of tricks.”

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