A look at the second-day picks of the Seahawks’ division rivals.
Picks: Jaquiski Tartt, Samford safety, second round (No. 46); Eli Harold, Virginia DE, third round (No. 79)
Overview: Interesting that for the third straight year the 49ers used a high pick on drafting a safety. They took Eric Reid with the 18th pick in the first round in 2013 and took Jimmie Ward with the 30th pick in the first round last year. And this year, the 49ers add another safety in Tartt. He is a physical safety who could be a candidate to sit a year behind Reid and veteran Antoine Bethea before taking over. He is a big hitter who has had issues in coverage. Harold is an edge rusher and could be an upcoming replacement for outside linebackers Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks. Many draft analysts had Harold going earlier in the draft, with some even having him going late in the first round.
Picks: Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin OT, second round (No. 57); Jamon Brown, Louisville OT, third round (No. 72); Sean Mannion, Oregon State QB, third round (No. 89)
Overview: The most interesting pick is Mannion, the Oregon State quarterback who will get a shot to be the Rams’ future quarterback (St. Louis traded for Nick Foles this offseason). Mannion is an accurate passer, played in a pro-style system and has the size teams want from a quarterback. But he will likely need time to develop and was turnover-prone in college. The more immediate picks, though, were along the offensive line, a position of need for the Rams. Havenstein is hailed for his size and power as a run blocker, and he could help pave the way for running back Todd Gurley, St. Louis’ first-round pick.
Picks: Markus Golden, Missouri LB, second round (No. 58); David Johnson, Northern Iowa running back, third round (No. 86)
Overview: The Cardinals added another running back to a position group that desperately needed some help. Andre Ellington averaged just 3.3 yards per carry last season, but he has the quickness to pair nicely with Johnson’s size. Ellington is 5 feet 9, 199 pounds while Johnson is 6-1 and 224. It seems likely that they’ll share duties next year. Golden gives the Cardinals another weapon capable of rushing the passer. He had 10 sacks last season, and while he is a little undersized at 6-2 for an outside edge rusher, he is quick enough to improve Arizona’s pass rush.