The Seahawks focused on adding depth at positions of need on the last day of the NFL draft, grabbing more defensive backs and another offensive lineman.
The Seahawks started the final day of the NFL draft by selecting Colorado safety Tedric Thompson. They drafted Cincinnati safety Mike Tyson and Mississippi State offensive tackle Justin Senior in the sixth round before turning their focus to offensive skill positions in the seventh, picking East Central (Oklahoma) receiver David Moore and Oklahoma State running back Chris Carson.
4th round, 111th overall: DB Tedric Thompson, Colorado
First reaction: Consider this: The Seahawks haven’t drafted a safety higher than the sixth round since 2011, a reflection of the stability they’ve had with Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. But Thompson is the second safety the Seahawks have drafted in the first four rounds this season.
How he fits: That’s something we’ll hear about more after Pete Carroll and John Schneider talk later this afternoon, but Thompson can and has played both free and strong safety (Most places list him as a free safety, so that’s what it sounds like he’ll play). That versatility is important, especially early in Thompson’s career as he serves as a backup.
Round 2 | Pick 2 | No. 35 overallDT Malik McDowell, Michigan State
Round 2 | Pick 26 | No. 58 overallOL Ethan Pocic, LSU
Round 3 | Pick 26 | No. 90 overallCB Shaquill Griffin, UCF
Round 3 | Pick 31 | No. 95 overallS Delano Hill, Michigan
Round 3 | Pick 38 | No. 102 overallDT Nazair Jones, North Carolina
Round 3 | Pick 42 | No. 106 overallWR Amara Darboh, Michigan
Round 4 | Pick 4 | No. 111 overallS Tedric Thompson, Colorado
Round 6 | Pick 3 | No. 187 overallDB Mike Tyson, Cincinnati
Round 6 | Pick 26 | No. 210 overallOT Justin Senior, Mississippi State
Round 7 | Pick 8 | No. 226 overallWR David Moore, East Central Oklahoma
Round 7 | Pick 31 | No 249 overallRB Chris Carson, Oklahoma State
Looking ahead: That’s where this pick gets interesting. Chancellor is entering the final year of his contract and will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. He is also 29. Earl Thomas has two years left on his contract and turns 28 in a week. As weird as it to think about, the Seahawks appear preparing for the future at safety.
6th round, 187th overall: DB Mike Tyson, Cincinnati
First reaction: At first blush, it looks like the Seahawks added another safety this draft. But Tyson played a hybrid safety/corner position in college, and he said he often covered receivers. So he’s probably more of a defensive back than a safety.
How he fits: In fact, Tyson said the Seahawks told him he would start as a cornerback. He played outside cornerback, nickel corner and safety in college, and as with most guys the Seahawks draft, that versatility is probably one of the reasons they drafted him. The Seahawks need depth in the defensive backfield, period, and they need to develop the next crop of young defensive backs.
Looking ahead: Lots of uncertainty in the Seahawks’ secondary. DeShawn Shead is coming off surgery and is in the final year of his contract. Richard Sherman has been the subject of trade talk. Kam Chancellor is in the final year of his contract, Jeremy Lane struggled last season and Earl Thomas is coming off surgery. The Seahawks needed to get younger in the secondary and have addressed that need in this draft.
6th round, 210th overall: OT Justin Senior, Mississippi State
First reaction: The second offensive tackle drafted by the Seahawks. He started three straight years at right tackle in college. Also, just a reminder: No team in the NFL has drafted more offensive linemen than the Seahawks since Pete Carroll and John Schneider took over in 2010.
How he fits: Senior said the Seahawks told him he would start out at left tackle, although the Seahawks have a history of moving college tackles to guard, especially early in their careers (James Carpenter, Germain Ifedi). Given the depth the Seahawks have along the offensive line right now — they added two veterans in Luke Joeckel and Oday Aboushi — Senior is likely a developmental player.
Looking ahead: This just continues the trend of the Seahawks looking for offensive linemen, which hasn’t always been a successful hunt for them. What’s pretty clear at this point is the Seahawks are going to have a battle to make the roster along the offensive line in training camp.
7th round, 226th overall: WR David Moore, East Central University (Oklahoma)
First reaction: Not a ton of information available on Moore, other than he played at a D-II school and he’s 6-foot-1, 219 pounds. Another bigger-bodied receiver for the Seahawks.
How he fits: He’ll be thrown into the competition at receiver, which is turning into a pretty competitive and deep position for the Seahawks: Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Jermaine Kearse, Paul Richardson, Tanner McEvoy and now two draft picks in Moore and Michigan wide receiver Amara Darboh, a third-round pick.
Looking ahead: Jermaine Kearse has two years left on his contract but his salary escalates after this season, and Paul Richardson is in the final year of his contract. The Seahawks are looking for depth and future production.
7th round, 249th overall: RB Chris Carson, Oklahoma State
First reaction: He looks like a Seahawks running back. he’s about 6-feet tall, 218 pounds, which is pretty close to the mold of most Seahawks running backs: Marshawn Lynch (5-11, 215), Christine Michael (5-10, 221), Robert Turbin (5-10, 225). If nothing else, he’s got the look.
How he fits: It’s a really crowded backfield right now. Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise and Alex Collins are back. The Seahawks added Eddie Lacy in free agency. Carson will get his shot to compete among that group but keep in mind the Seahawks typically keep four or five running backs on the roster.
Looking ahead: Lacy is on a one-year contract, and Rawls is entering the final year of his rookie contract. So the running back position is a bit up for grabs after this season.