Seattle's move to trade down and get an pick was universally praised, but some observers have mixed thoughts on the selection of OL Germain Ifedi.
The reality is that no NFL draft can be properly weighed for at least two or three years, by which time the career paths of most players has become clear.
But what’s the fun in that? These days, every pick has an immediate good-or-bad reaction, even if that immediate reaction can sometimes be one worth regretting for a lifetime (remember Seattle’s infamous F grade for its famous 2012 class from Bleacher Report?)
So yes, take these with a grain of salt. But if you want some immediate reaction to Seattle’s first-round activity Thursday, here you go.
In general, the Seahawks got high marks for moving down five spots and picking up an extra third round pick (No. 94 overall). But the pick of OL Germain Ifedi with the No. 31 overall selection raised a few eyebrows among some.
Seahawks in 2016 draft
Round 1, Pick 31
OL Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M | Bio
Round 2, Pick 49
DT Jarran Reed, Alabama | Bio
Round 3, Pick 90
RB C.J. Prosise, Notre Dame | Bio
Round 3, Pick 94
TE Nick Vannett, Ohio State | Bio
Round 3, Pick 97
OL Rees Odhiambo, Boise State | Bio
Round 5, Pick 147
DT Quinton Jefferson, Maryland | Bio
Round 5, Pick 171
RB Alex Collins, Arkansas | Bio
Round 6, Pick 215
C Joey Hunt, TCU | Bio
Round 7, Pick 243
WR Kenny Lawler, Cal | Bio
Round 7, Pick 247
RB Zac Brooks, Clemson | Bio
This is setting up to be a great second day of the draft, as there are just so many good players on the board. So you have to give Seattle credit for adding a valuable third-round pick from the Broncos to move down just a handful of spots and then still get an offensive lineman who could be useful fairly soon, at least as a guard. Germain Ifedi needs work, but he’s a solid value as the last pick in Round 1, and again, you’re getting a future third-round pick in addition. John Schneider has to be thinking that’s a future starter.
This is a good pick from both value — Ifedi was No. 29 on our board — and need standpoints, as addressing the offensive line should be the Seahawks’ top priority. While his technique needs work, Ifedi is a versatile player with experience at right guard and right tackle, as well as the length and athletic ability to potentially develop into an effective left tackle.
They added extra picks and traded down to get a good lineman. Grade: B
The Seahawks very obviously needed offensive line help following the departure of Russell Okung and J.R. Sweezy this offseason. Where Ifedi fits will be determined. He has experience at guard and tackle, but needs to be coached up. Fortunately, the Seahawks have arguably the best offensive line teacher in the NFL. Ifedi is the perfect piece of clay for Cable to shape. The value may not be there with Ifedi, but the potential is. Grade: B
Russell Wilson is a happy man. The Seahawks offensive line was a mess last year and just lost left tackle Russell Okung in free agency. Now Seattle has a blindside protector with the potential to develop into a Pro Bowl if offensive line coach Tom Cable can coach him up. Grade: B+
The Seahawks have had all sorts of issues with their offensive line over the last few seasons, so it’s at least good that they’re addressing it in the first round for the first time since they took Russell Okung in 2010. However, Ifedi is a bit of a tweener at this point: very strong in his run sets but a work in progress as a pass protector. Perhaps the idea is to move him inside or see how he’ll work at right tackle, but this doesn’t do much for the worst position group in the NFL. Grade: C.
Trading down to grab an extra third-round pick in this very deep draft deserves a big grade. Then, the Seahawks got an equally big player in Ifedi, who can dominate at guard or tackle with some technique coaching. Grade: A.
Many experts expected the Seahawks to address their offensive line and Ifedi will step into one of their offensive tackle spots. His awkward technique led to some ugly plays and a -1.9 pass block grade that ranks 67th in the draft class, as he gave up five sacks, three QB hits and 18 hurries. He was much better in the run game at +7.8 (23rd in the class), but there’s a lot of work to do before he becomes a worthwhile first-round pick. Seattle is banking on his athleticism shining through as he develops, but there are parts of his game — particularly in pass protection — that need to be overhauled. Grade: D.
Trading down five spots, the Seahawks got the player they wanted at No. 25. That’s always great from a value perspective, and Ifedi has top-15 ability. It didn’t always come to fruition at College Station, and it’s unclear where Ifedi’s best position will be after he struggled at times at left tackle. The Seahawks, as they usually do, gamble on a talent that other teams might not have rated quite as high. Grade: C+
Seattle wants to build from the inside out but Ifedi is a bit of a surprise here. Ifedi has the upside but still needs to develop quite a bit. Grade: D+.