With four picks entering the 3rd round, the Seahawks spent two of them on re-tooling their secondary with both selections.
Their native 3rd at no.90 overall was added to with the 95th pick after Thursday’s trade with Atlanta. Before the two compensatory picks to round of a packed 2nd day of the Draft.
So who did the Seahawks select with picks 90 and 95?
Seahawks @ 90:
Shaquill Griffin, CB, Central Florida
Griffin is a burner of a corner. A 4.38 40 in Indianapolis was followed by impressive vertical and broad jumps. A workout which put him near the top of athletic measures for the deep crop in 2017.
At UCF he lined up at multiple slots all over the secondary. A starter since his junior year. He is a really smooth and fluid mover who can track the ball and make plays.
Griffin, at 6’0 and with 32+ arm length fits the makeup from a frame perspective also. He uses his eyes well to make plays on the outside and a really sure and solid tackler who is able in the run support.
Overall the pick ticks all the boxes in position, athletic profile and versatility. Griffin is one of the best stories in the draft, along with his twin Shaquem, who have both contributed at UCF.
Seahawks @ 95:
Delano Hill, SS, Michigan
Five picks later and the expected secondary double-dip comes through with the tough safety from Michigan. Often lined up as a box defender close to the line. Hill is a really good tackler, a big emphasis point in Seattle. He is a really quick and easy mover who lays the hammer on receivers he is charged with covering.
Somewhat of a hybrid type down the road, Hill when both watching the brief clips and reading his profile sounds a lot like Kam Chancellor.
A great tackler who uses his power to shed off blockers to get to the ball and ball carrier. A speed guy, like Griffin, who ran a 4.47 40 and at 6’1 215, he’s a solid Seahawk-y defensive back. Who has the speed and versatility to contribute.
Secondary depth addressed and youth infusion added. Next pick is up at 102, with final pick of Day 2 at 106. Busy day in Seattle.
Here are some fun clips of the two new Seahawks’: