To wrap up the draft’s 2nd day the Seahawks went both offense and defense with their two 3rd round compensatory picks. Bringing the total for the 2017 haul, and Friday, to six.
After doubling down on the secondary depth, the team used the 102nd and 106th picks to bring competition to both sides of the ball.
First at 102 overall, the team selected their 2nd defensive tackle of the class with former North Carolina Tar Heel Nazair Jones.
Nazair Jones’ Seahawks Fit
Jones tips the scales at just over 300lb and adds another imposing figure alongside Jarran Reed in the middle of the Seahawks line on early downs. At North Carolina he was a consistent threat and really good at not losing his vision of the QB. That upright stance in a rush saw him bat down 12 balls for the Tar Heels. He is a near-immovable object at times and is a really strong force who is rarely ran out of plays.
At 6’5 and 34′ arms, he is a really long player who can keep clean with that arm length off blockers. In the run game that shows up as he stays in his lane. That sees him be a better run defender than pass rusher, but in a rotation with the guys Seattle already have, that could lead to some production.
Off the field, Jones is a remarkable story.
At 16 he was diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome. A ailment which left him almost paralysed and unable to walk. Told to step away from playing, Jones ignored it and once healthy bulked up and got an offer from his home-state Tar Heels.
That backstory is a constant with some of the Seahawks recent draft picks- including the guy who came next. But at 102, the Seahawks add another body, with age on his side to really give the team two young, productive groups on either side of the ball.
Seahawks @ 106
Four picks later the team were back on the clock and made it two Michigan Wolverines in the third round. This time selecting the Wolverines leading WR in 2016- Amara Darboh.
Darboh’s Seahawks Fit
Darboh was called ‘a professional wide receiver’ by GM John Schneider in his post-Day 2 press conference. At Michigan Darboh was the prime target in 2016. In Seattle his fit is clear alongside what the team already have at the position.
At 6’2 and 214lb he has a bigger frame than Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin, but for the former, his game looks familiar.
Darboh is a receiver who while having trouble to beat press at Michigan who uses long-speed to get that separation. He is a versatile receiver who can line up at all 3 spots at receiver and brings a good route-running level to the table also. A strong handed player who can go up and grab it, he is an intriguing addition.
His size can clearly be an asset for Seattle, again with youth on his side, the development of Darboh could be something to watch in 2017.
A solid special teamer is likely how he sees the field early for Seattle. But if his skills translate and develop, Darboh could make a cap decision for the Seahawks in 2018. Not one to be dismissed.
Darboh is another player with a unique story. Born in Sierra Leone, Darboh moved to Iowa at 7 and became a citizen in 2015. That path to the NFL is another example of the team’s search for players with ‘grit’ and that chip on shoulder. The experience he has in Jim Harbaugh’s pro offense is another plus for a player at this stage of development and the draft.
A really solid pick.
The Seahawks came into the day with 6 picks. They, surprisingly, made all six selections and with a trade back at 34, added another for day 3. With the six the depth added is one thing in secondary, receiver and the defensive line. But the chance of seeing some day 1 payback on these picks appears likely and the excitement could build over the rest of the off-season.