Grading the Draft - Seattle Seahawks

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Chris Tripodi

Draft Analyst Writer

The Seahawks missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2011 season last year and received a top-20 pick as a result, although rumor had it that they wanted to trade down. To nobody's surprise they were able to move down, but their eventual first-round pick was a shock.

Round 1 (No. 27 overall): Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State

Round 3 (No. 79): Rasheem Green, DE, USC

Round 4 (No. 120): Will Dissly, TE, Washington

Round 5 (No. 141): Shaquem Griffin, LB, Central Florida

Round 5 (No. 146): Tre Flowers, S, Oklahoma State

Round 5 (No. 149): Michael Dickson, P, Texas

Round 5 (No. 168): Jamarco Jones, OG, Ohio State

Round 6 (No. 186): Jake Martin, DE, Temple

Round 7 (No. 220): Alexander McGough, QB, Florida International

UDFA: Emmanuel Beal, LB, Oklahoma; Tanner Carew, LS, Oregon; Poona Ford, DT, Texas; Marcell Frazier, DE, Missouri; Khalid Hill, FB, Michigan; Warren Long, LB, Northwestern; Marcus Martin, FB, Slippery Rock; Skyler Phillips, OG, Idaho State; Jake Pugh, LB, Florida State; Caleb Scott, WR, Vanderbilt; Clayton Wilson, TE, Northwest Missouri State; Eddy Wilson, DT, Purdue

Seattle's rushing attack needed an upgrade, but nobody expected them to take a running back in the first round -- especially not the one they eventually selected. Rashaad Penny led the FBS in rushing last season after taking over for Donnel Pumphrey and has good size and speed. He isn't shifty and struggles to break tackles and pass protect, which could prove to be an issue since he'll be running behind one of the league's worst offensive lines after he consistently enjoyed gaping running lanes at San Diego State.

The Seahawks followed a poor value pick with a good one in Rasheem Green. Green combines explosive athleticism, balance and bend off the edge and is an excellent pass-rushing prospect, but he'll need to improve his playing strength to succeed against NFL tackles and contribute as a run defender.

Will Dissly was another curious pick in Round 4, and we graded him as a late-round value. A blocking tight end who is essentially an extension of the offensive line, Dissly could have a role in short-yardage and goal-line sets but isn't enough of a pass-catching threat to warrant an early Day 3 selection.

Reuniting Shaquem Griffin and brother Shaq was the storyline of the draft, but it was also a solid pick for football reasons. Griffin may max out as a sub-package linebacker and special teamer, but that's a solid floor for a fifth-round pick, and his elite athleticism portends the potential upside for more if used correctly on defense.

A fourth-round prospect on our board, Tre Flowers plays best against the run and is an explosive hitter at 6-foot-3.5, 202 pounds, but he's shown range out to the sidelines and could surprise as a pass defender despite a lack of ball skills.

Michael Dickson has a big leg but isn't a great directional kicker and will have to prove he can handle the elements in the Pacific Northwest. Jamarco Jones flashes strength at the point but is a small-area tackle who struggles to finish in the run game and will likely need to kick inside, where he projects as a backup.

Jake Martin lacks prototypical size for a 4-3 defensive end but could see action as a sub-package rusher thanks to his speed off the edge. Alexander McGough is a high-IQ game manager with decent athleticism who could compete for the backup job to Russell Wilson.

Seattle added two intriguing defensive tackles in free agency in Eddy Wilson and Poona Ford.

Wilson is a space eater with an underdeveloped game and below-average size for that role, and he'll need time to develop on the practice squad. Ford is an explosive three-technique who was snubbed for a combine invite after impressing at the Shrine Game and holding his own at the Senior Bowl. Height is an issue at 5-foot-11, but his movement skills give him a chance to succeed despite a lack of draft capital.

Analysis: The Seahawks shocked most with the Penny pick in the first round and again failed to address their poor offensive line early in the draft. They did well to scoop Green at nice value and added potential contributors on the third day, but it's hard to justify two of their first three picks, and those were the only top-125 bullets they had. Grade: C