Seattle Seahawks draft picks now include Alabama defensive tackle Jarran Reed. After moving up to acquire the No. 49 selection in the second round, the Seahawks drafted Reed to fill an obvious need on the defensive line.
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The Seahawks saw an opportunity to grab Jarran Reed and worked out a trade with the Chicago Bears. In exchange for the No. 49 overall pick, the Seahawks traded the No. 56 pick (second round) and No. 124 pick (fourth round). This means that (for now) the Seahawks also maintain control of three third-round selections that will come up later on Friday, April 29.
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Despite giving up two picks in the deal with the Bears, the Seahawks have seven more selections to make in the 2016 NFL Draft. This could lead to the Seattle Seahawks drafting players to fill some key holes that remain on the active roster. Picks 90, 94, and 97 will be on the clock later Friday evening. As seen in the list below, those picks give the Seahawks a great opportunity to target several players and control the draft board as the third round concludes.
2016 Seattle Seahawks NFL Draft Picks (Updated)
Round 1 (31): Germain Ifedi, OG, Texas A&M
Round 2 (49): Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
Round 3 (90): C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame
Round 3 (94): Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State
Round 3 (97): Rees Odhaimbo, OG, Boise St.
Round 5 (171)
Round 6 (215)
Round 7 (225)
Round 7 (247)
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the Seattle Seahawks drafted Texas A&M offensive lineman Germain Ifedi with a first-round selection. The Seahawks moved down by trading their first-round pick (No. 26) to the Denver Broncos for a first-round and fourth-round selection. The Seahawks then used that first-round pick to take Ifedi and plug a hole on the offensive line. Ifedi could play guard or tackle during the 2016 NFL season and is likely to be joined by another offensive lineman at some point during the 2016 NFL Draft.
There is a new mock draft up on NFL.com that provides predictions for picks taking place in the second-round and third-round of the 2016 NFL Draft. They predict that the Seattle Seahawks draft will soon include Missouri guard Connor McGovern at No. 90, Arkansas running back Alex Collins at No. 94, and USC center Max Tuerk at No. 97. That would give the Seahawks three new offensive linemen from the draft, putting some real size in front of quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Thomas Rawls for next year.
In addition to addressing needs on the offensive line, the Seahawks will likely look to take a linebacker and cornerback at some point on Friday or Saturday. It’s also possible that the Seahawks could draft a quarterback if someone who fits their scheme is available in the later rounds. That person would become the backup to Russell Wilson, but likely wouldn’t see a lot of playing time unless an injury were to take place. It would be a tough spot for a rookie quarterback, but it’s still an NFL roster, and it would mean getting paid to play for a Super Bowl contender.
There are still a lot of rumors floating around about the Seahawks making another move on Day 2 of the NFL Draft. It could mean that the team looks to package two of the later third-round picks to move up to the front of the round. It’s also possible that the team could use one of those picks as a way to acquire two fourth-round selections for April 30. If the Seattle Seahawks front office becomes pleased with the players already selected, the team could also start looking to deal for picks in the 2017 NFL Draft. A lot could still take place before Day 2 concludes on Friday.
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