In the heady moments immediately following the NFL draft, just about every pick looks good. Coaches and general managers wax optimistically about the future of each new player and fans are giddy with excitement about what those players may accomplish.

The reality is that some will pan out and some won’t. Conventional wisdom is that if three players out of a seven-man class become solid contributors, it’s a good draft.

The Seahawks drafted 11 players last weekend, using a first-round pick acquired in the Frank Clark trade as collateral to make a bevy of trades to increase its total from the five it held when the draft began.

It’s a volume-drafting strategy that the Seahawks have made pay off before.

As coach Pete Carroll said during an appearance on ESPN 710 Seattle on Thursday, it’s an approach that’s more vital than ever when the team has to pay big salaries to veterans, such as the $140 million contract handed to Russell Wilson a few weeks ago.

Draft picks come with inexpensive (by NFL standards) rookie contracts, and the Seahawks will need as much of that bargain labor to contribute as they can get.


“To come up with 11 draft picks was a tremendous statement for us,’’ Carroll said. “Of course we need the young guys.’’

But as Carroll also said, when asked what immediate impact he expects out of the three receivers the team drafted, “we’ll have to wait and see.’’

That’s really the only logical response at this point.

And now, after the excitement of the draft, the “seeing’’ finally happens this weekend when the 11 draft picks, as well as a dozen or so undrafted free agents, convene for the team’s rookie minicamp Friday through Sunday.

Here are four things to watch as they do.


The Seahawks made their biggest investment in receivers taking three — D.K. Metcalf in the second round, Gary Jennings in the fourth and John Ursua in the seventh — to add some weapons for Wilson and to replenish the position if Doug Baldwin retires.

The team isn’t going to know anything official on Baldwin for a little while, with the team giving him some time to decide on his future. Metcalf and Jennings seem pegged for big roles in 2019, regardless.

Carroll said Thursday on ESPN 710 Seattle it’s too early to know exactly what Seattle has in its new receivers, “but we feel good about it.’’

The Seahawks are bringing in two undrafted free agents at receiver — Jazz Ferguson of Northwestern (La.) State and Terry Wright of Purdue.


Carroll said the team won’t depend solely on the new guys, noting that Jaron Brown should take on a bigger role, and they hope David Moore makes a big leap in year three. Still, the hope is the new guys can help quite a bit.


The minicamp gives Seattle its first look at first-round pick L.J. Collier, who is expected to start his career at the five-technique end spot, and sixth-round tackle Demarcus Christmas.

The Seahawks also have signed a couple of intriguing undrafted free agents such as Bryan Mone, a 335-pound nose tackle from Michigan.

As Carroll said on ESPN 710 Seattle, the Seahawks are going to continue to scout the ranks of veteran NFL free agents.

Seattle has already had Nick Perry and Ziggy Ansah in for visits, and Thursday it was learned that Shane Ray — a 25-year-old who played the last four seasons with Denver — is expected to visit Friday. Ray has just two sacks the last two seasons in 19 games but had 12 in his first two seasons and could be a candidate to help out at strongside linebacker.

No signings of veterans is expected until after May 7, when a signing would no longer impact the formula for determining compensatory picks for the 2020 draft.


The Seahawks are on track to get four in 2020 for the losses of free agents this year such as Earl Thomas and Justin Coleman and doesn’t want to lose them.

Ansah, who is the biggest name of the group, is coming off shoulder surgery, so Seattle appears willing to wait that one out.

The Seahawks have plenty of cap space to sign one, two or even three defensive linemen with the trade of Frank Clark clearing out $17.1 million. The Seahawks are listed as having almost $26 million in cap space entering the weekend according to


The Seahawks get their first look at safeties Marquise Blair and Ugo Amadi, who were taken in the second and fourth rounds, respectively.

Blair is listed as a strong safety and Amadi at free, where they will compete with Delano Hill (strong) and Tedric Thompson (free), who were each taken in the 2017 draft.


Carroll said Thursday they will need time to sort it all out. But the general assumption is that the Seahawks will let those four compete to see the best fit alongside veteran Bradley McDougald, who can play either spot.

Amadi also could get some looks at the nickel corner spot.


The Seahawks have no player listed as a fullback on their roster. It was around this time a year ago that the Seahawks had four on their roster, which led to an easy way to describe the team’s run-first offensive shift under new coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

The Seahawks have made consistent use of the fullback under Carroll, with Tre Madden playing that spot primarily the last two seasons. Madden remains unsigned and presumably is still there if the Seahawks need him.

Carroll also noted on 710 ESPN Seattle that, “we’ve got a guy coming from El Paso.’’

That was a reference to Winston Dimel of University of Texas-El Paso, who will attend this week’s minicamp as a tryout player.


Like all teams, the Seahawks will have 25-35 players in camp as tryout players, and don’t be surprised if they sign a few to the 90-man roster. Dimel will be among those hoping to make an impression.

Dimel is the son of UTEP head coach Dana Dimel and played three seasons at Kansas State, where he was the starter each year at fullback — named All-Big 12 in 2015 and 2016 and second team in 2017 — before transferring to UTEP when his father became coach.

The 6-1, 243-pounder was limited to five games in 2018 because of a shoulder injury which might have left him under the radar heading into the draft, though at least one mock had him going as high as the sixth round.

Just one of the many new Seahawks stories that will begin to develop this weekend.