2019 NFL Draft: Seattle Seahawks
It’s time to talk draft Seattle Seahawks fans . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.
by Nat L. Faybian • Senior Writer • @natlfaybian • nlfmockdraft.com • March 3, 2019 • Updated: April 8, 2019
GM John Schneider isn’t afraid to make trades; typically very active in the free agency market; and has unearthed several late-round/UDFA gems over the years. The Seahawks have made the playoffs three of the last four seasons. Seattle hired Brian Schottenheimer as the OC in 2018, and they finished seventh in the league in total offense. They also ranked seventh in time of possession, helping keep the defense well rested. The defense was only on the field for 955 plays last year, ranking them 30th in the league.
2019 draft picks
The Seahawks have no Compensatory Picks.
- Defensive End
- Offensive Tackle
- Offensive Guard
- Tight End
The Seahawks could use some help at the offensive guard position. And upgrade at tackle could also be in the cards. A play making tight end might be a good option with the twenty-first pick of the first round. Depending on how the board falls, but they might have their choice of Alabama’s Irv Smith, Jr., or either of the Iowa tight ends – Noah Fant or T.J. Hockenstein.
The Seahawks recently added a pair of players to improve their pass rush, signing defensive ends Cassius Marsh and Nate Orchard. They could still add another end through the draft. At the twenty-first pick, they might be able to get the first safety off the board, or perhaps, be able to grab the forth or fifth best corner in the draft. With no second round pick, don’t be shocked if they “reach” for a speedster like S Darnell Savage with their first round selection, and driving all the analysts to distraction. They’ll be watching the board carefully to see who might slip down to them in the third.
Prospects to watch
Darnell Savage, FS, Maryland
Savage was already on the radar as a mid-round selection when he came to the Combine. His athleticism, and blazing 4.36 speed, assure teams that he had the necessary sideline-to-sideline range they covet. Teams won’t be afraid to match him up one-on-one with backs or tight ends.
Khalen Saunders, DT, Western Illinois
Saunders was an FCS first team All-American. Besides Montez Sweat, Saunders was the other player scouts were constantly raving about at the Senior Bowl. Saunders showed consistent cat-quick burst off the ball. He is rather short (6-0, 320), which actually helped him gain leverage and good push into the backfield. If you haven’t see Saunders’ backflips, check out the video. He crazy athletic for his size.
L.J. Collier, DE, Texas Christian
Collier was another standout from Senior Bowl week. He showed good initial quickness off the ball. He used his reach to his advantage, swatting away offensive linemen’s hands. Collier had a breakout season last year posting 11.5 tackles for loss and six sacks.
Players to Watch: S Nasir Adderely, Delaware; WR Parris Campbell, Ohio State; OLB Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas; DE/OLB Jalen Jelks, Oregon; CB Lonnie Johnson, Kentucky; S Darnell Savage, Boston College; and S Juan Thornhill.
General Manager: John Schneider | Head Coach: Pete Carroll | Offensive Coordinator: Brian Schottenheimer | Defensive Coordinator: Ken Norton, Jr.
Recent Top Draft selections:
2018: R1 Rashaad Penny RB | R3 Rasheem Green DE
R2 Malik McDowell DT | R2 Ethan Pocic OC
2016: R1 Germain Ifedi OT | R2 Jarran Reed DT
R2 Frank Clark DE | R3 Tyler Lockett WR