After sitting out the first round, the Seahawks will finally be on the clock on Friday night.
What will they do with No. 56? And will they find a way to add to their pick total in either the second or third round?
We’ve got you covered. Follow along throughout the weekend as our staff of reporters offers the latest on the Seahawks and the rest of the league throughout the 2021 draft.
2nd-3rd rounds: Friday, 4 p.m. PT
4th-7th rounds: Saturday, 9 a.m. PT
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Seahawks draft picks:
2nd round, pick No. 56: WR D’Wayne Eskridge, Western Michigan
4th round, pick No. 129
7th round, pick No. 250
Former Husky DB Elijah Molden drafted by Titans at No. 100
Elijah Molden is a football player.
Of course, that’s the cliché when a player may not fit into one particular position, or when his 40-yard dash time or measurables can’t match his impact.
But for Molden, the cliché is entirely accurate.
On Friday, the two-time Pro Football Focus second-team All-American was taken by the Tennessee Titans with the 100th overall pick in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He was also the third Husky off the board, following outside linebacker Joe Tryon (No. 32 to Tampa Bay) and defensive tackle Levi Onwuzurike (No. 41 to Detroit).
Seahawks give Russell Wilson another option at WR with D'Wayne Eskridge
The Seahawks did not get Russell Wilson a lineman with their first pick in the 2021 draft.
But they did get him some help in the form of a receiver, D’Wayne Eskridge of Western Michigan.
Listed at 5-9, 188 pounds, Eskridge will add speed to Seattle’s offense and clocked in 4.39 in the 40.
Eskridge played in the slot 30% of the time last season at Western Michigan, according to Sports Info Solutions, when he caught 34 passes for 784 yards and eight touchdowns.
He averaged 23 yards per reception last season.
Also, he was one of just 11 players in FBS with three or more kickoff returns of at least 40 yards.
Eskridge will compete with holders on the roster such as Freddie Swain, Penny Hart and John Ursua to be the third receiver after Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf.
More on Lions' selection of UW DT Levi Onwuzurike at No. 41
Levi Onwuzurike did not want to settle for second.
At his pro day last month, the former UW standout stated a desire to be the first defensive tackle taken in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
“I think that’s how it should be, 100%,” Onwuzurike said, when asked about the possibility of being a first-round pick. “I think I’m the best d-tackle in the draft. The best d-tackle in the draft should go in the first round. It’s something that’s important to me. But at the end of the day, I’m going to just ball wherever I go.”
He’s going to Detroit.
Seahawks have to be pleased with QB situation compared to NFC West after first round
On Wednesday, the Seahawks’ top brass, Pete Carroll and John Schneider, made the case that their relationship with Russell Wilson is all patched up. The Seahawks are ready to thrive with him, they said.
The NFL draft kicked off Thursday following a tweetstorm of massive proportions regarding the volatile status of reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers, and fevered analysis of how it affected the plight of the quarterback-seeking San Francisco 49ers.
That helped a surprising phenomenon came into focus, even if a Rodgers trade to San Francisco (or anywhere else, so far) never did.
The Seahawks, who spent much of their offseason listening to rampant speculation about a rift with Wilson — much of generated by the words and actions of Wilson himself and his camp — nevertheless have the most stable quarterback situation in the division.
And the best.
After watching from the sidelines during the first round, the Seahawks could take one of these players in the second
For once this offseason, the NFL had a soap opera of a day that for once didn’t feature the Seahawks, not even in a cameo appearance, let alone a starring role.
Instead, while the NFL draft kicked off amid the stunning rumors of Aaron Rodgers wanting out of Green Bay, the Seahawks, as expected, did nothing other than signing veteran defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, a move already in the works, and watched as the first round went on without them.
That’s because Seattle entered the draft with just three picks, and none until 56 in the second round, due to four trades the team made over the last 12 months. That included trading first- and third-round picks in the 2021 draft to the Jets in exchange for safety Jamal Adams last July.
The Jets on Thursday traded both of those picks to the Vikings in a deal to move up from 23 to 14 in order to take USC guard Alijah Vera-Tucker. The Vikings used the 23rd pick to take left tackle Christian Darrisaw of Virginia Tech.
The Seahawks, meanwhile, will for now be more than content with Adams and hoping to get some good players on the final two days, having apparently never been tempted to try to land a first-rounder somehow this year.
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