The Seattle Seahawks stunned many with a playoff berth in 2018, however how a lot can they enhance with simply 4 picks within the 2019 NFL Draft?
On draft day, the workforce with probably the most draft capital is usually the one with one of the best probability to drastically enhance their respective roster for the upcoming season. That’s the place issues get tough for the Seattle Seahawks.
Whereas not many anticipated Seattle to make the playoffs in 2018 throughout a “rebuild” yr, as some would say, they did simply that and now should discover a solution to maintain tempo with fellow divisional foe and NFC champion, the Los Angeles Rams.
Everyone knows GM John Schneider’s penchant for buying and selling down within the draft, however it’s all of the extra related this yr, because the Seahawks enter with simply 4 picks on account of a number of trades over the previous couple seasons. With no picks within the second, fifth, or sixth rounds, Seattle might want to get artistic with a purpose to re-tool its roster heading into subsequent season.
Schneider has already admitted that he doesn’t anticipate the Seahawks to stroll away from the draft having solely chosen 4 instances, however that doesn’t make these mock drafts any more easy. There are nonetheless numerous wants throughout the board and with the potential free agent departures of Earl Thomas (all however a foregone conclusion), J.R. Sweezy, D.J. Fluker, and Justin Coleman, their wants may very well be even additional accelerated.
For the needs of this mock, we’ll check out prospects the workforce might goal and the overall vary they might be chosen. There are many prospects I imagine the workforce likes and can discover the trades down the board essential to land extra picks, however right here’s how the board may shake out with simply their present 4 picks:
After specializing in rebuilding the operating sport in 2018, the Seahawks may flip their consideration to the passing sport. They’ve already been linked to numerous vast receivers in the course of the draft course of however one participant who may very well be a superb match is Stanford’s J.J. Arcega-Whiteside.
Arcega-Whiteside has an interesting backstory (one thing the Seahawks typically love of their draft prospects) because the son of two former skilled basketball gamers, and in addition occurred to be a reasonably good highschool basketball participant himself. After redshirting throughout his first yr at Stanford in 2015, Arcega-Whiteside slowly turned himself into the Cardinal’s go-to wideout, particularly within the pink zone.
Arcega-Whiteside (6-foot-2, 225 kilos) is at his finest within the pink zone and makes use of his basketball background to field out opposing defensive backs with ease. He shows an innate means to high-point the soccer, even with opposing defenders draped throughout him. Whereas he doesn’t have blazing deep pace, he’s a greater athlete than folks give him credit score for, notably at his dimension.
The Seahawks didn’t discover a true pink zone goal final season following the departure of Jimmy Graham, which they briefly tried to mitigate with the signing of Brandon Marshall. With Tyler Lockett coming off his finest season as a professional and Doug Baldwin getting back from offseason surgical procedure, including Arcega-Whiteside would add some extra efficiency to the Seattle passing assault.