For a team that didn’t pick until 27th overall and had just two picks over the first two days, the Seattle Seahawks had quite the high-profile NFL draft this year.
The draft took place Thursday through Saturday, and the Seahawks made nine selections. Here they are, along with their position, college, height and weight:
Round 1 (27th overall): Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State, 5-10, 220
Round 3 (79): Rasheem Green, DE, USC, 6-5, 275
Round 4 (120): Will Dissly, TE, Washington, 6-4, 267
Round 5 (141): Shaquem Griffin, OLB, Central Florida, 6-1, 227
Round 5 (146): Tre Flowers, CB, Oklahoma State, 6-3, 200
Round 5 (149): Michael Dickson, P, Texas, 6-3, 205
Round 5 (168): Jamarco Jones, T, Ohio State, 6-5, 310
Round 6 (186): Jacob Martin, DE, Temple, 6-2, 240
Round 7 (220): Alex McGough, QB, Florida International, 6-3, 218
The snap-judgment evaluators weren’t particularly impressed with Seattle’s draft this year. Many didn’t like the Seahawks using their first-round pick on Penny, either in taking a running back when the team seemed to have more-pressing needs, or in taking Perry ahead of backs who were rated higher like Derrius Guice (I had my own thoughts about the Seahawks using a first-round pick on a running back). Trading up in the fifth round to select a punter generated a certain amount of eyebrow raising as well.
However, the entire nation got behind Seattle’s selection of Griffin, the firebrand who overcome the loss of a hand to become the AAC Defensive Player of the Year, as he was reunited with his twin brother Shaquil, a Seahawks draft pick last year. It was unquestionably the feel-good story of the draft.
— NFL (@NFL) April 28, 2018
Not that draft grades immediately following the draft mean anything. Seattle’s 2012 draft class was universally panned at the time, but it produced a franchise quarterback in the third round in Russell Wilson, as well as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate in the second round in linebacker Bobby Wagner. Meanwhile, the Seahawks’ 2013 draft received generally acceptable grades, but turned into a disaster as there are no members of that class still with the team.
So this week’s poll won’t ask anyone to grade Seattle’s draft. Instead, I’m interested in which draft pick you think will have the greatest impact on the Seahawks in 2018. That requires some thought, as one has to take into account not only a player’s ability, but also the likelihood he’ll receive playing time as a rookie.
Here’s the entire list. Make your pick: