After a busy night on Friday, where the Seahawks traded back once and selected six. The team got to work on Saturday, adding to their biggest draft haul since 2013.
Five more were added to the roster, here we will break down what and who the Seahawks added on Saturday.
Pick 4.111: Tedric Thompson, Safety, Colorado
“He’s a Ball Hawk, that’s a big deal.”- Pete Carroll
After drafting two on Friday, the Seahawks made it a triple-pick from the deep depth at secondary in the 2017 draft. Thompson at Colorado was a big part of a suffocating secondary in 2016, helping lead the Buffaloes to the Pac-12 Championship game in December.
In 2016 the 6’1, 210lb Thompson got his hands on a conference leading 7 interceptions. To go with 7 more pass breakups. Thompson’s ball skills were key in the Seahawks selecting him. A lesser than ideal athletic profile. Thompson really thrives more than survives thanks to his incredible anticipation for where the ball is going and great movement when back as the centre fielder.
In Seattle, Thompson immediately pops as a no.2 free safety. In 2016 with Earl Thomas out, the productivity and strength of the Seahawks defense wilted. Adding Thompson to that backfield, if in any instance he needs to fill for the All Pro Thomas, the drop off in skillset is likely to be not as great as it was in 2016.
Pick 6.187: Mike Tyson, Safety, Cincinnati
“He is a big, tough, aggressive guy that has really good cover skills.”- John Schneider
With no 5th round pick in 2017, the Seahawks had a 76 pick wait- a long arduous one per GM John Schneider- before they came on the clock again. When they did, they made it a four-fer in the secondary with Cincinatti’s Mike Tyson.
Tyson- who is no relative of that Mike Tyson- was a four-year contributor and one-year starter for the Bearcats. A versatile defender who lined up at Safety and at nickel for Cincinatti, Tyson will get his first look in Seattle as a press corner.
At 6’1, 205lbs, Tyson’s frame certainly fits what the Seahawks have and look for outside. But inexperience- in terms of starts sees Tyson get on the field most as a special teamer. A really imposing presence who could be a late-round gem down the road.
Pick 6.210: Justin Senior, Tackle, Mississippi State
“He’s got a lot of talent…his pass protection is phenomenal.”- John Schneider
Like McDowell was on Friday, Senior appears to be a pick where his 2015 play did more than his 2016 play as for the Seahawks when drafting him.
After playing at 295lbs in 2015, Senior piled up to 315lb last year and per Schneider on Saturday evening, that number has risen further. That weight-gain did not do any favours to his workouts or 2016 play. One reason Senior, who is a big frame at 6’4, was still around outside of the top 200.
On the field, Senior is set to join in the competition at left tackle. In his college starts he played on both sides of the line and played in 49 games for the Bulldogs. That experience and versatility could be vital, just with a weight-loss program likely coming for Senior. That will help him push George Fant and Luke Joeckel for playing time and/or a spot on the 53.
Pick 7.226: David Moore, Wide Receiver, East Central (OK)
“We think David is a stud. He’s 219lbs, really fast and really physical.”- Pete Carroll
As seems a yearly tradition, the Seahawks picked a player which had some draftniks scrambling for information and clips of the D-II receiver on the field.
A player who- per Moore- himself was often in contact with the team over the draft process, had a 2016 at ECO of 878 yards and 10 touchdowns off of 59 receptions. He really shows good productivity, of that statline alone. At 6ft and 220lb, Moore is stacked and ran a impressive 4.4 40.
With little known of him, training camp will see him be a name to watch.
Pick 7.249: Chris Carson, Running Back, Oklahoma State
“I really love this guy because he is so physical….he didn’t run it alot, but when he did he made a statement with his style.”- Pete Carroll
After a spell at a JuCo, Carson spent the past two years at Oklahoma State. There, Carson ran for 1,076 yards at a 5.1 per carry clip. Scoring 13 touchdowns.
Carson is a tough, physical runner who moves well through the hole. Over his two years, he didn’t fumble the ball once.
With the comparison to Thomas Rawls, the Seahawks may have found another 7th round/UDFA star at running back.
The Seahawks Haul Wrap-Up
With that, the Seahawks wrapped up their 11-pick Draft crop. With undrafted signings yet to be confirmed officially, the group added is a big one in 2017. With depth at most positions added along the way. Following the great day the team had on Friday, they followed it up here with five who have a mix of ccontributors on special teams from day one. To players who have a tough path to the 53 at the end of the pre-season camps.
A fun group with some players to track over the coming weeks and months.