As a refresher, the Seahawks had 11 selections in the 2017 NFL draft. Five of those players appeared in 10 or more games: second-rounder Ethan Pocic and third rounders Shaquill Griffin, Delano Hill, Nazair Jones and Amara Darboh. Fourth-rounder Tedric Thompson played in nine games, and seventh-rounder Chris Carson logged just four before suffering a season-ending injury.
Second-rounder Malik McDowell (Non-Football Injury List) and sixth-rounders Mike Tyson and Justin Senior did not play a snap last season and seventh-rounder David Moore appeared in just one game.
Bergman writes: “It’s an odd year when your best draft selection was a seventh-rounder who missed three-quarters of the season, but that was 2017 in Seattle.”
Indeed Carson appears to be the prize of the draft, showing flashes of brilliance at the beginning of the season before being shelved with an ankle injury.
In addition to Carson, cornerback Shaquill Griffin looks like a big part of Seattle’s future. With the Legion of Boom nearing the end of their reign, Griffin and Hill will be called upon to start a new wave of elite defense in the Emerald City.
Pocic was a big piece of Seattle’s offensive line last season, but he struggled to hold his own and finished second to last among qualified guards according to Pro-Football-Focus.
The biggest question mark of this draft is second-rounder Malik McDowell, who was injured in a car accident before the season and never returned to the active roster. To make matters even worse, McDowell was arrested for disorderly conduct in December.
The defensive tackle’s performance next season will go a long way for a team that may be losing Cliff Avril to a neck injury that is potentially career-ending. USA Today
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