2018 NFL Draft Grades: Seattle Seahawks Draft Solid Class
The Seattle Seahawks selected a solid class of players in the 2018 NFL Draft but they didn’t do anything special. Seattle moved around a few times and took players that fit their schemes.
Round 1 – Pick 27 Rashaad Penny – RB – San Diego State – Sr
Seattle moved back 9 spots in the first round with Green Bay and shocked everyone with the selection of Rashaad Penny. I don’t know of anyone that thought Penny would go in Round 1. He is a great talent, however. Penny rushed for over 2000 yards as a senior and leaves the SDSU program as one of the best return men in CFB history. He is also a great route runner. The Seahawks didn’t have a second-round pick, so if Penny was their guy, they had to get him here.
Round 3 – Pick 79 Rasheem Green – DL – Southern Cal – Jr
Rasheem Green is a tremendous athlete. He has a quick get off. Green will compete with former Dolphins Top-3 pick Dion Jordan to start at defensive end. I would also expect him to kick inside on pass rush downs.
Round 4 – Pick 120 Will Dissly – TE – Washington – Sr
Will Dissly offers very little as a pass catcher. He is a tremendous blocker and will be an extension of the offensive line.
Round 5 – Pick 141 Shaquem Griffin – LB – UCF – Sr
By now everyone knows the backstory on Shaquem Griffin. He is first and foremost a tremendous football player. Griffin, day one, will be a special teams dynamo. I would expect him to also contribute as a sub-package pass rusher.
Round 5 – Pick 146 Tre Flowers – CB/S – Oklahoma State – Sr
Tre Flowers played safety for Oklahoma State but his speed, athletic ability, and length make him a perfect fit at cornerback for the Seahawks. I hate to make comparisons but Seattle also drafted Richard Sherman in the fifth round.
Round 5 – Pick 149 Michael Dickson – P – Texas – Jr
Michael Dickson was the MVP of the Texas Bowl after he dropped 10/11 punt inside the 10-yard line. If you trade up for a punter that usually means you are making the roster.
Round 5 – Pick 168 Jamarco Jones – OT – Ohio State – Sr
I had a third-round grade on Jamarco Jones. I think he is raw but he has the talent to be an NFL starter. For now, Jones should be a swing tackle for Seattle.
Round 6 – Pick 186 Jacob Martin – EDGE – Temple – Sr
I did not get to study Martin while he was at Temple. He is undersized (6’2” 236) but he tested extremely well at his pro day. He likely has an uphill climb to make the roster.
Round 7 – Pick 220 Alex McGough – QB – FIU – Sr
While watching FIU TE Pharoah McEver at no point did I think Alex McGough was a draftable QB prospect. He has minimal arm strength but he does fit the athletic profile that Seattle likes with their quarterbacks.
I think Pugh has a better chance to make the team based on his size than Jacob Martin. Poona Ford is an undersized defensive tackle but he can be a disruptor. I don’t know if it will be for Seattle or not but Tanner Carew will be a 10-year long snapper for someone in the league.
The Seattle Seahawks did not always get the best value but they added what could be some key contributors. Rashaad Penny is a low-key favorite to be Offensive Rookie of the Year. Seattle drafted three-week one starters and several key reserves. And who doesn’t love the fact that Shaquem Griffin gets to play again with his brother Shaquill?