Seattle Seahawks news has the team selecting Germain Ifedi with the No. 31 overall selection of the 2016 NFL Draft. Ifedi was an offensive lineman for Texas A&M, known for taking up a lot of space on the line. He plays guard and could be slotted inside to move people off the ball for the Seahawks. Ifedi is about six-foot, six-inches, 324 pounds, and is likely to immediately become a starter for the Seattle Seahawks. This selection echoes what a lot of recent mock drafts had predicted the Seahawks would do in the first round.
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The Seahawks traded the No. 26 selection to the Denver Broncos in exchange for the No. 31 pick and a third-round pick. With that selection, the Broncos drafted Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch. This should usher in a new era of football for the Broncos, as Lynch was one of the highly-touted quarterbacks expected to be selected in the first round. Fearing another team would draft Lynch, the Broncos worked to move up to the No. 26 spot that Seattle possessed. Now Paxton Lynch will battle with Mark Sanchez to be the Broncos’ starting quarterback in the 2016 NFL season.
The third-round pick that the Seahawks acquired from the Broncos will be the No. 94 overall selection. This gives the Seahawks three picks in the third round, allowing the front office to specifically target three players at the end of that round. The third-round picks for the Seahawks are No. 90, No. 94, and No. 97 overall. Taking into account the deal with the Broncos and compensation picks assigned by the NFL, the Seahawks now have 10 selections to make. That is a lot of picks for the team to work with, but it could also suggest that the team will make another trade or two.
2016 Seattle Seahawks NFL Draft Picks
Round 1 (31): Germain Ifedi, OG, Texas A&M
Round 2 (56)
Round 3 (90)
Round 3 (94)
Round 3 (97)
Round 4 (124)
Round 5 (171)
Round 6 (215)
Round 7 (225)
Round 7 (247)
There are a lot of Seattle Seahawks rumors about what the team will do in the later rounds, but a mock draft from NFL.com seeks to predict how most of the selections will look. The team is predicted to go after Kansas State center Cody Whitehair in the second round, San Jose State running back Tyler Ervin in the third round, and LSU cornerback Rashard Robinson with a second third-round pick. This doesn’t yet take into account the new third-round pick that the Seahawks just acquired from the Broncos.
The Seahawks also have five draft selections on the last day that take place in rounds four through seven. The predictions of those picks are that the Seahawks will pick Notre Dame defensive tackle Sheldon Day in the fourth round, Virginia Tech defensive end Dadi Nicolas in the fifth round, Washington outside linebacker Travis Feeney in the sixth round, and then Auburn wide receiver Ricardo Louis and Florida tight end Jack McGee in the seventh round. It’s possible that the team could look to acquire even more picks through a trade or two this weekend.
The Seahawks now have a significant offensive lineman to put in front of quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Thomas Rawls in the 2016 NFL season. There are still holes that the Seahawks may address with some of the other nine selections, but the team just made a huge step to improve for the long-term. Many mock drafts have the team looking at Kansas State center Cody Whitehair with the No. 56 pick, so now fans will watch closely to see if it plays out that way. On Day 2 of the 2016 NFL Draft (April 29), the Seattle Seahawks have four picks to make.
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