The Seahawks drafted Colorado safety Tedric Thompson, the second safety the Seahawks have drafted in the first four rounds.

Share story

The Seahawks drafted Colorado safety Tedric Thompson in the fourth round on Saturday.

DRAFT PICKS

Round 2 | Pick 2 | No. 35 overall

DT Malik McDowell, Michigan State

Round 2 | Pick 26 | No. 58 overall

OL Ethan Pocic, LSU

Round 3 | Pick 26 | No. 90 overall

CB Shaquill Griffin, UCF

Round 3 | Pick 31 | No. 95 overall

S Delano Hill, Michigan

Round 3 | Pick 38 | No. 102 overall

DT Nazair Jones, North Carolina

Round 3 | Pick 42 | No. 106 overall

WR Amara Darboh, Michigan

Round 4 | Pick 4 | No. 111 overall

S Tedric Thompson, Colorado

Round 6 | Pick 3 | No. 187 overall

DB Mike Tyson, Cincinnati

Round 6 | Pick 26 | No. 210 overall

OT Justin Senior, Mississippi State

Round 7 | Pick 8 | No. 226 overall

WR David Moore, East Central Oklahoma

Round 7 | Pick 31 | No 249 overall

RB Chris Carson, Oklahoma State

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.

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.