Over the course of May, both Joe Marino and I will be assessing each team’s specific Draft class. The objective here is to identify value: where it was best and where it was worst. NDT Premium members will soon be able to access the comprehensive breakdowns of draft classes as well, which looks at the pick by pick breakdown of value across our respective 2017 NFL Draft boards. Today I look at the Seattle Seahawks.
The full list of their 2017 NFL Draft class is below:
|35||DT||Malik McDowell||Michigan State|
|58||C||Ethan Pocic||Louisiana State|
|90||CB||Shaq Griffin||Central Florida|
|102||DT||Nazair Jones||North Carolina|
|210||OT||Justin Senior||Mississippi State|
|226||WR||David Moore||E. Central Oklahoma|
|249||RB||Chris Carson||Oklahoma State|
Best Value: WR Amara Darboh, Michigan
Darboh brings size and surprising second level burst to the Seahawks offense. While his hands are a bit shaky, landing a player with his physical abilities outside of the top 100 selections should have the Seahawks feeling very good about the pick. Darboh was open much more than his production would indicate, the Wolverines offense struggled to get him the football vertically on many of his open routes.
Darboh figures to push for reps from Jermaine Kearse; has stagnated as a player and struggled to produce with consistency in 2016. A potential mid-round selection who could push to start down the road.
Worst Value: S Delano Hill, Michigan
Hill struck me on tape as “just a guy”. He is a physical defensive back with discipline in the open field; but I don’t feel as though Hill brings notable traits in coverage and his functional athleticism left me wanting a bit more. I thought Hill would certainly get drafted but I envisioned this selection coming in the fifth or sixth round, not in the top 100 picks.
Seattle is well known for having their “prototype” in the defensive backfield and the selection of Hill further affirms that. Hill is a big bodied Safety but I don’t expect to see notable production from him any time soon.
Potential Surprise: DL Nazair Jones, North Carolina
An early entry into the 2017 NFL Draft, Jones has the versatility to play one or two gaps. His motor wasn’t consistent and his results as a Tar Heel were consistently tied to what he did with his hands immediately after the snap. The Seahawks defensive unit is filled with heavy handed defenders and it should be a great place for a player like Jones to learn to harness his length and power optimally. Expect Jones to see time in the rotation and I expect him to potentially challenge for a starting role as a three technique.