The 2017 draft is a week away. As with every year there will be a few who slip from their ‘expected’ draft slot on draft night. Here we will look at a few who may fall and fit for the Seahawks.
Haason Reddick, EDGE, Temple
Haason Reddick is someone who has flew up the boards since the 2016 season ended. Seen as a Top 100 pick during the season, strong workouts over the last few months with solid tape for the Owls has seen the pass rusher seen as a consensus top 20 pick.
But, as with players like Reddick, who has such a strong pass rush game, his fits may not be plentiful.
So how does he end up there at 26? The 2017 class is seen as having a deep crop of players at corner. A rush of players like Kevin King, Marlon Humphrey and Fabien Moreau coming off the board would aid Reddick in Seattle hope.
Outside of that, the rush of panic for Franchise QB’s which plagues so many franchises may see ‘reaches’ for the top of that group too.
But the likeliest is that ‘fit’ Reddick may not have a broad appeal in. In 2012 the Seahawks selected Bruce Irvin who was seen as a pass rusher, one-dimensional defender. They put him in their system, gave him the opportunity to thrive and produce. Four years later he cashed in and formed a top-tier pass rush duo in Oakland with Khalil Mack last year.
Over those four years, Irvin became a steady presence as a cover linebacker.That path and framework wouldn’t be as long with Reddick who showed flashes of good pass coverage skills at LB for Temple. But adding his pass rush presence to the Seahawks front seven would be exciting.
In reality, the stock of Reddick seems pretty set as such that it’ll see him searching for real estate by the time Seattle pick. But a trade up not completely out of the question and a ‘rush’ at another position could be to Seattle’s benefit next Thursday.
Garret Bolles, T, Utah
The Seahawks stepped into the 2017 off-season stating they want to address their offensive line position, group and depth. They have done that in free agency somewhat with signing Luke Joeckel and Oday Aboushi. But questions still abound. Most precisely with the 26th pick.
At the front of that queue for some is Garret Bolles, the impressive tackle for the Utah Utes.
Bolles, took a circular route to this level. With legal issues derailing him in years past before a stint at JuCo before signing with the Utes. In his one year, Bolles started and held down the left tackle spot for the Utes. But despite that alongside his age- he will be 25 in May- some, including Seahawks Draft Blog’s Rob Staton, have been on the Bolles/Seattle wagon for a long while.
But, as well as that, a trumpeteer for the Top 15, first tackle off the board, talk that now surrounds Bolles. Way out of the reach of Seattle at 26.
So, again, how does he ‘fall’?
First off would be that age issue which may put teams off plunging the capita and length- first round picks come with the 5th year option- of deal to someone who will be 30 by the time he sees his second deal. That along with his limited experience could see others like Cam Robinson from Alabama take potential landing spots off the table for Bolles.
Another way would be the low-stock the 2017 group of offensive lineman have league wide. NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah saying he has been told by scouts that is an all-time low in terms of O-line talent in this group. That may scare off teams from plucking from the deeper groups and waiting or hoping for a Bolles type to fall to a better value.
If that happens and he is there at 26, Bolles is the archetypal Seahawks lineman. Atheltic with ability to get to the second level and able to play at either side of the line.
Like Reddick though, his stock seems concrete at this stage. But his name has been mentioned as one who Seattle may trade up for. His name is one to definitely watch with interest next week.
Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
This one appeared as a possibility with the news that the Seahawks visited with the former MSU defensive lineman. McDowell has been touted as a Top 20 prospect for most of the process. Through the season his stock barely diminished in spite of a poor season for the team.
He is a disruptive presence who has a unique mix of strength and length to be a fit on the interior of the Seahawks front.
So why would he fall?
There are questions around his effort on-field and work ethic. Watching him, McDowell does show a habit of taking plays ‘off’. His workouts haven’t aided his stock and with a group headlined with Jon Allen and Solomon Thomas his athletic ability and clear talent hasn’t pushed him to that top echelon. That could see him fall to 26 and for the Seahawks plucking.
But the questions over his work ethic wouldn’t seem to suggest he would work well in the ‘Always Compete’ mantra so relevent in Seattle. However that environment may be ideal and seen as a possibility to the Seattle decision makers, to smooth that out. Putting him in a position to thrive.
This seems the likeliest to fall of the three. But the most unlikely of the three to be the man. Twelve months ago, all signs pointed to a defensive tackle early pick. This year, doesn’t have that feel.
Overall, the Seahawks are at a nice spot again as the draft unfolds and ferments over the next week. With a rush likely at a few positions all options would be on the table for Seattle. Either addressing the most glaring of needs, re-tooling a vaunted position or cashing in on other teams desperation and moving back to stack picks.