The Seahawks now hold two 1st-round picks, a 3rd, a 4th, and a 5th after jettisoning Frank Clark and their native 3rd-round pick to the Kansas City Chiefs. KC sent their 1st-rounder (No. 29 overall), a 2020 2nd, and swapped 3rds. This puts Seattle in a great position to land a handful of impact players. It’s likely John Schneider flips one of the 1st-rounders to drop back, adding more draft capital, something he often does. Who might he take? Let’s find out.
Evan Silva and Josh Norris mentioned on today’s Rotoworld Football Podcast that there have been whispers about Jon Gruden, the man truly pulling the strings in the personnel department of the Oakland Raiders, having his eye on running back Josh Jacobs as a late 1st-round pick. To safely make this foolhardy decision, Gruden will have to move ahead of the Houston Texans in the back half of the draft — a team in need of a new bell-cow back. As it stands, the Raiders hold three 1st-round picks, a 2nd, a 4th, and a 5th. In Round 1, those picks are Nos. 4, 24, and 27. They’ll likely take Ed Oliver at 4 if he’s available. With the Texans picking at 23, Gruden needs to scoot up a couple of spots from 24 — potentially to No. 21 in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks.
To calculate proper trade value, Danny Kelly recommends using Drafttek’s 2019 Trade Value Chart, so that’s the one that was used here. Per Drafttek, the No. 21 overall pick has a value of 800. To match that approximate value, the Raiders could put two packages on the table. Package 1: Nos. 27 (1st-round, value of 680) and 106 (4th-round, value of 82), reaching a total value of 762. Package 2: Nos. 24 (1st-round, value of 740) and 140 (5th-round, value of 35.5), reaching a total value of 775.5. In this mock, we take the latter. It holds both greater value but on the trade market, in case Schneider wants to acquire more picks, and in player availability.
1st-round, No. 24 overall
Seattle selects Montez Sweat, a defensive end out of Mississippi State. Sweat is the type of physical specimen that Seattle’s front office covets. Although he does not fit the LEO end prototypes, Pete Carroll and John Schneider will be happy to add a do-it-all athletic freak. A 6’6”, 260lbs frame, boasting 1.54 10-yard split speed — faster than Bruce Irvin’s otherworldly 1.55 at 15lbs lighter, Sweat has the potential to be a game wrecker.
- 40-yard dash: 4.41 Seconds
- 10-yard split: 1.54 Seconds
- 225lbs Bench: 21
- Vertical Jump: 36”
- Broad Jump: 10’05”
- 20-yard Short Shuttle: 4.29
- 3-Cone: 7.00
These types of physical traits are scary. The jumps show his explosiveness and the Short Shuttle/3-Cone tell us that this guy can turn on a dime. So why’d he’s still available? Sweat carries some risk due to a heart condition. It’s something worth noting, however, it’s never been an issue for him. As of now, there’s no reason to expect it to slow him down — it’s just something to be aware of.
Others considered at No. 24: Jeffery Simmons – interior defensive lineman, Brian Burns – edge rusher, Jerry Tillery – interior defensive lineman, Jachai Polite – edge rusher.
1st Round, No. 29 overall
Seattle selects Darnell Savage Jr., safety out of Maryland. Savage is currently flying up NFL draft boards, with buzz being generated by his outstanding tape, physical attributes, and Ian Rapoport somehow not knowing who he is. It’s worth noting in Rapoport’s tweet, the Seahawks hosted Savage as one of the Official 30 Visits.
In Danny Kelly’s Draft Guide, Savage is compared to future Hall of Famer Earl Thomas in his “field speed when coming downhill and [his ability to react] decisively before flying to the ball like a heat-seeking missile”. That’s a strong endorsement.
Savage stands 5’11”, tipping the scales at 198lbs. As discussed in the Positional Needs: Safeties article, the typical physical requirement for Seahawks safeties’ height and weight are roughly 6’ tall and between 200 – 220lbs. 5’11”, 198lbs is just fine. You’ll find a full comparison of Seahawks safety physical requirements and Darnell Savage Jr. below.
Seahawks Safety Physical Requirements / Darnell Savage Jr.
- Height: Roughly 6’ /Height: 5’11”
- Weight: 200 – 220lbs / Weight: 198lbs
- 10-yard Split: 1.55 – 1.65 Seconds / 10-yard Split: 1.56 Seconds
- 20-yard Short Shuttle: 4.00 – 4.30 Seconds / 20-yard Short Shuttle: 4.14 Seconds
- 3-Cone: 6.70 – 7.10 Seconds / 3-Cone: 7.03 Seconds
- Bench Press: 17 – 24 Reps / Bench Press: 11 Reps
It’s worth giving Savage credit for his other workout numbers as well, even if they’re not true requirements to man Seattle’s free safety position. The former Maryland product flashed his top-end speed, blazing a 4.36 seconds 40-yard dash — good for 2nd amongst safeties at the NFL Combine. His outlandish 39.5” vertical was good for 3rd best, while his 10’6” broad jump took 5th. He performed well in his other workouts relative to the field as well: 8th in the 3-Cone, 7th in the Short Shuttle, and 18th on the Bench.
This much is clear, Darnell Savage Jr. is a near perfect fit to become the next Seattle free safety. He’d be an instant-impact player from Year 1, giving Pete Carroll his defense’s most important piece.
Others considered at No. 29: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson – safety, A.J. Brown – wide receiver, all remaining players from the previous “others considered” list.
Some final notes for the Seahawks Faithful:
- Check back after Round 1 concludes for a breakdown of who we might select on Day 2.
- Anyone hoping we’ll take CB Greedy Williams is going to be let down. The Seahawks do not draft cornerbacks this early. Pete Carroll’s kick-step technique takes time to learn, hence their method of drafting corners late and giving them time to develop. For more info on this, find me on twitter @Ginger__Nic.