Day Three of the NFL Draft may not be flashy, but it can be the difference between championships and early draft picks next year. The Seahawks are no different than any other team in this respect. Or are they? We’ll take a look at how Seattle did with those late picks in just a bit.
Day Three is where you add the depth needed to succeed in a game that regularly features nickels and dimes, two-down running backs supplanted by third-down specialists, and five wideout sets. And maybe that slot receiver you’re looking at in the fifth round played was an all-state quarterback in high school; maybe he can play a little Wildcat. A lot of good can come from this day. Let’s see just what the Seahawks did with their picks.
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Tedric Thompson, safety, University of Colorado. At 6’1″ and 205 pounds, Thompson has the frame to add a bit more muscle and will need it in the NFL. His cover skills are impeccable, as opposing quarterbacks compiled a rating of just 21.3 when targeting Thompson. That is the best performance of any safety in the FBS targeted at least 25 times. He made seven picks and defended an additional seventeen passes in 2016.
So how on earth did he fall to the fourth round? He ran a 4.60 40, and has been reported as less than stellar in run support. Thompson is projected at free safety, although he was one of the PAC-12’s best strong safeties, winning the league’s Defensive Player of the Week twice in 2016. One more, the Seahawks’ favorite word: flexibility.
Michael Tyson, safety, University of Cincinnati. At 6’1″ and 204 pounds, he’s practically a mirror image of Thompson. Tyson led the Bearcats with five interceptions in his only year as a starter. He made 45 tackles, 4.5 of those for a loss, and broke up five additional passes in 2016.
Why was he available in the sixth round? I don’t know, maybe scouts were scared off by that name. Truly, he didn’t stand out in any one area; he was simply a hard-tackling football player with good instincts, and there are a lot of them in this year’s draft. And no, he’s not related to the boxer. His father and grandfather are both Michaels as well, so it’s all his by rights.
Justin Senior, tackle, Mississippi State University. 6’5″ and 331 pounds, Senior also has the length to extend the pocket for his quarterback. Playing in the SEC West against three of the top fifteen squads in team sack yardage (Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M combined for 129 sacks), Senior only gave up three sacks and two quarterback hits in 2016. Yes, he can play.
How did he drop to the sixth round? Mississippi State’s blocking schemes are said to be rudimentary, and he’ll have steep learning curve to get up to par with pro-style techniques. Luckily the Seahawks have this guy named Tom Cable on their staff.
David Moore, wide receiver, East Central University. 6’0″ and 219 pounds, Moore ran a 4.43 on his pro day. His stats weren’t too shabby either, as he brought in 57 passes for 878 yards and 10 touchdowns in his senior season. That cam on the heels of his school record performance as a junior, when he caught 13 touchdowns. Sure, it’s a Division II school, but the entire team only had 21 touchdowns through the air in 2016. This kid can make plays.
Why did he drop to the seventh round? Are you kidding? He played in Division II, and regardless of his talent or accomplishments, he was going to be available late.
Christopher Carson, running back, Oklahoma State University. 5’11” and 218 pounds, Carson closes out the Seahawks 2017 draft with another potential replacement for Beastmode. In 2015, the junior college transfer piled up 131 carries for and four touchdowns for the Cowboys. His senior season was limited to just nine games due to a broken thumb, but he still managed 82 carries for 559 yards and 9 touchdowns. That’s a 6.8 yard per carry average. He never fumbled in over 200 touches as a Cowboy, and hauled in 30 passes while at Stillwater.
So how was this guy not gone in the third round? He got a late start in the FBS division, and had limited opportunities to prove he’s consistent, both due to injury and playing time. Coach Mike Gundy chose to give the ball more often to his backfield partner Justice Hill in every game but one. Hill led all FBS freshmen in rushing, so it’s hard to say that was the wrong choice. If you can’t beat out your own teammate, you don’t get drafted high. Personally, I think he’s the steal of the draft.
Tomorrow we’ll take a look at how you, the 12s, graded the Seahawks 2017 draft. Until then, Go Hawks!