Sources have told me the Seahawks love Melifonwu, and it is easy to see why. He could be a replacement for Kam Chancellor if he leaves in free agency, or Earl Thomas if he retires, or even Richard Sherman if he gets traded. The Seahawks can play the versatile Melifonwu at corner and safety since he is a perfect fit in their defense.
Melifonwu has ideal size with length to help defend receivers. In 2016, he totaled 118 tackles with three passes broken up and four interceptions. The 6-foot-4, 219-pounder had an excellent week at the Senior Bowl to ignite a buzz about him that he carried over into a tremendous performance at the combine.
Melifonwu possesses a great combination of size and speed. He has the cover skills to play corner on big receivers, can be the deep free safety, and also is able to come down in the tackle box. In a matchup league, Melifonwu should provide his defensive coordinator the solution to a lot of problems.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado
The Seahawks could use young corner talent, and Seattle and Witherspoon are a perfect fit.
Some team sources really like Witherspoon and have given him second-day grades. Teams like the size and length of the 6-foot-3, 198-pounder, but also say that he has speed to run. The senior notched a staggering 22 passes broken up in 2016. He also chipped in one interception with 23 tackles. As a junior, Witherspoon recorded 36 tackles with three pass breakups and two interceptions.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Ethan Pocic, C/G, LSU
The Seahawks could grab some interior offensive line help.
Pocic was generally solid for LSU in 2016. He had some problems with Auburn's Montravius Adams and Alabama's defensive front, but he performed well, overall. The senior was effective at opening holes up the middle and reliable in pass blocking. Even if his height is slightly exaggerated, the 6-foot-6, 310-pounder is taller than most interior linemen. Pocic was an excellent blocker for Leonard Fournette in 2015. Pocic broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Davon Godchaux, DT/3-4DE, LSU
The Seahawks could use some interior defensive line disruptors.
Godchaux caused his share of havoc in the backfield in 2016, demonstrating the skills to be an interior pass-rusher. He had 62 tackles with 6.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for a loss on the year. Godchaux was very disruptive for LSU in 2015. He totaled 41 tackles with nine for a loss, six sacks and a pass broken up on the season.
The 6-foot-4, 293-pounder is fast and explosive at the point of attack. He has a lot of potential.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Shaquil Griffin, CB, Central Florida
The Seahawks could use some more cornerback talent even if they don't trade Richard Sherman.
At the combine, Griffin was a star. The 6-foot, 194-pounder illustrated surprising speed with a 4.38-second time in the 40-yard dash. Griffin's impressive combine could cause teams to take a second look at him and reevaluate where they would take him.
Sources say that Griffin didn't play up to his combine speed in college as he was beaten deep and his instincts were off. Thus, they had given him late-round grades. However, his stock is rising after his great combine, and the press-man defenses especially could be interested in him. In 2016, Griffin had impressive production with 50 tackles with 15 passes broken up and four interceptions, which was similar to his junior year totals (50-13-2).
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Ricky Seals-Jones, WR, Texas A&M
Seattle grabs a mismatch receiver for the red zone.
Seattle selects their replacement to the recently departed Richard Sherman in cornerback Joshua Jackson. There is a good chance Seattle trades this pick in hopes of gaining more draft picks since they do not have another pick until selection 120 in the fourth round. Seattle has had a tough offseason this year losing big name players such as Sherman, Michael Bennett, Deshawn Shead, and Jeremy Lane.
Every year, Seattle's top need is the offensive line to help protect superstar quarterback Russell Wilson, although Seattle's entire passing offensive is focused around his unique ability to run and improvise with his receivers. This year, however, the Hawks have traded to bring in big left tackle Duane Brown and signing draft bust DJ Fluker in free agency. Seattle has also brought in receiver Marcus Johnson via trade and Jaron Brown via free agency. These moves give Wilson more support than he has received in the past three years. Sure, Seattle no longer has tight end Jimmy Graham to target in the end zone and a preexisting glaring hole at running back. General manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll have recognized that their identity as the "Legion of Boom" has aged and deteriorated and needs to be addressed to extend the longevity of their winning tradition.
Joshua Jackson came into the 2018 draft process as the top overall cornerback prospect after recording 8 interceptions and returning 2 for touchdowns last year at Iowa. He slid after a disappointing combine where he ran a 4.56 40, 4.03 20 yard shuttle, and most importantly displayed timid awkwardness when completing on-field drills, implying that he may not be the man coverage corner that so many were believing he could be. This was the common belief because of sheer stats, despite the fact that he ran primarily a zone defense at Iowa. Luckily for him and the Seahawks, that makes him the perfect outside corner for them. Seattle runs a zone hybrid defense and is currently sporting the names of Neiko Thorpe and Justin Coleman as starters at the position. Jackson would provide the type of playmaking ability that fans have grown accustomed to seeing at CenturyLink Field and form a young, formidable duo in him and Shaquill Griffin. Together, they can begin the next generation of the LOB.
The Seahawks paid a huge price in giving up three picks for Duane Brown, particularly the third-round choice in the 2018 NFL Draft and the second-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. While Brown is still a solid but declining player, they could use more talent on their offensive line. If they draft a tackle like Mike McGlinchey, they could move the disappointing Germain Ifedi inside to guard. McGlinchey could end up, in a couple of years, replacing Brown as the blind-side protector for Russell Wilson. <br> <br>
As a senior, McGlinchey has blocked well for Notre Dame. The 6-foot-7, 310-pounder is a tough run blocker and has been part of a good Notre Dame line for years. He has good enough feet and athletic ability to get depth in his kick slide and cut off speed rushers. As a run blocker, McGlinchey can get movement at the point of attack. He flashes heavy hands to push defenders out of their gaps and open holes for his back. McGlinchey also has a nice ability to bend at the knee, and that in combination with his feet, keeps him from having to reach after edge rushers. He uses his strength to sustain blocks and has developed good hand placement. His performance in 2017 and 2016 protecting Notre Dame's quarterbacks is evidence that McGlinchey is a future starting left tackle in the NFL and a first-round pick. <br> <br>
McGlinchey was very impressive at left tackle for the Fighting Irish in 2016. He looked natural in pass protection, and one wouldn't have thought that he wasn't playing the position before last season. In 2015, McGlinchey showed well as a right tackle and had a more physical style of play than former Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley. The main area that McGlinchey really needed to improve was his repeated problem with false starts as a junior. McGlinchey seems to have fixed that as a senior.
I think the Seahawks will hope and pray that they can trade down due to being without any picks in the second and third round. Seattle could go with a defensive end, a cornerback, or interior offensive line help with this pick. Davenport makes a ton of sense. Michael Bennett was traded, Cliff Avril is nearing the end of his career, Frank Clark is in a contract year, and the team lost both Malik McDowell and Sheldon Richardson. Clearly, Seattle needs more defensive line talent. <br> <br>
Davenport (6-5, 264) possesses an excellent skill set with speed and agility. He has length and athleticism to play on the edge in the NFL, but needs to learn more pass-rushing moves. In 2017, Davenport notched 55 tackles with 17.5 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, four passes batted and three forced fumbles. He totaled 6.5 sacks as a junior after notching four as a sophomore. <br> <br>
Edge defenders with length, quickness and athleticism are always in demand, so Davenport could go in the first round in a weak year at defensive end. Scouts from multiple teams have told me that Davenport is a good player and impressed them in 2017, but they thought the top 16 is too high for him. They think the back half of Round 1 is possible.
Defense easily could be an option here especially with the dismantlement of the legion of boom. However Seattle’s number one priority should be protecting Russell Wilson. Wynn played tackle at Georgia however due to his size he is projected to be a very talented guard. This pick will hopefully also create more holes for the Seattle rushing attack. Something that struggled greatly last year. With the top tackles remaining, Seattle could be tempted to grab one of them however Wynn offers versatility to a line that needs help pretty much everywhere.
The Seahawks are in bad shape, and need to decide how to proceed. There has been a power struggle between many of the Seahawks aging defensive stars and QB Russel Wilson, who they don't like because... he acts white. Ugh. Its a mess.
I don't think the Seahawks have much to discuss though. Wilson has developed into a very solid QB who is in his prime. Meanwhile, defenders like Sherman and Bennett are old and increasingly ineffective, while Chancellor may never play again. So I expect most of the aging and expensive defenders to be cut to save the cap, while the team focuses of making Wilson the unquestioned leader and build around him. And fixing the worst offensive line in football needs to be priority one. Brown is massive, maybe too big,a dn struggles against speed rushers. But his length, strength and mean streak make him a possibly dominate right tackle.
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Rd. 1, Pk. 27
Rashaad Penny, RB
The Seahawks are clearly eager to replace Marshawn Lynch, but this is not a good decision. Rashaad Penny was seen as a second- or third-round prospect among teams. I know one team in the early 40s that was targeting him, and I imagine they're surprised that he was taken.
I almost gave this a Millen grade - I would've gone with Kielbasa-Mode - but the Seahawks don't have a second-round choice and almost certainly wouldn't have gotten Penny in the third. So, I understand this pick ... sort of. The Seahawks could've traded down once more to get Penny.