The 2nd-round will likely feature a high-volume of wide receivers and defensive backs coming off the board. Those two groups were barely touched in the 1st-round, instead teams opted for both offensive and defensive linemen, the “Devin” linebacker duo, both Hawkeye tight ends, three quarterbacks, and a running back. It’s true, two wide receivers, two safeties, and a cornerback were taken. But this year’s secondary and receiver classes are both deep and talented. There are a solid number of Day 3 corners that the Seahawks will have their eyes on. Before we get to Day 3 though, let’s take a look at Round 3 of Day 2.
With pick No. 92 on deck, the Seahawks will probably opt to draft depth on the defensive line — unless one of the presumed 2nd-round/early-3rd pass catchers is still there. The Seattle front office still hasn’t figured out how to best employ big-bodied pass catchers (see: Chris Matthews and Jimmy Graham). Small, shifty, speedy guys? That’s their bread and butter. If players like Deebo Samuel and Andy Isabella are available, expect John Schneider to take a long look at them. Danny Kelly points out in his Draft Guide that Samuel is a multi-faceted player, producing through the air, on the ground, and in the return game — the latter being a Pete Carroll/John Schneider favorite and a historically good indicator of future NFL production. Samuel’s 1.53 10-yard split is exceptional and his 39” vertical along with his 10’02” broad jump make him an enticing prospect. Additionally, his 5’11”, 214 lbs frame checks the diminutive wide receiver box. A less heralded player, Andy Isabella is a strong prospect in his own right. Danny Kelly’s NFL comp for Isabella? Tyler Lockett. This is seriously worth noting. If Doug Baldwin’s knee keeps him off the field, Tyler Lockett will slide inside to assume the role of Seattle’s de facto WR1. Lockett’s presence on the outside will need to be replaced. At 5’9”, 188 lbs, Isabella is capable of burning any and all opposing corners with his near-Tyreek Hill (1.50) 1.51 10-yard split. Isabella also notched impressive results in the vertical (36.5”), the broad (10’01”), the 20-yard short shuttle (4.15 seconds), and the 3-Cone drill (6.95 seconds).
All that being said, it would be irresponsible of us not to prepare for wide receivers being unavailable at 92. As we mentioned in the Round 1 Recap, Round 2 Preview, Jared Stanger has been on top of his game this far and he suggested that our 3rd-round pick will be “either OL or LEO”. The latter seems extremely likely given the dearth of pass rushers in this class. Anyone unfamiliar Pete Carroll’s LEO position is should stop what they’re doing and check out Danny Kelly’s evergreen piece from 2013 on the LEO prototype. Borrowing from Alfie Crow, of Big Cat Country, Kelly defined the LEO as follows: “The player will need to have arms measuring at least 33 inches, preferably longer. The player will need to run at least a 1.6 in the 10-yard split in the 40-yard dash, preferably lower. The player will also need to clock a sub 7 and a sub 4.4 in the 3-cone and shuttle drills, respectively.” Pass rushers Maxx Crosby and Chase Winovich check all of the workout boxes, however, both Crosby (32 ⅞”) and Winovich’s (32 ¾”) arm length falls just shy of the mark. Similarly, Anthony Nelson hits the req’s for the 3-Cone, short shuttle, and arm length, but posted a 10-yard split of 1.63 seconds.
Pete Carroll and John Schneider have stepped over their positional borderlines from time to time, so these slight discrepancies might not be enough to take those three out of contention. There is, however, one player who perfectly fits the mold: our 1st-round draft pick, L.J. Collier’s TCU teammate, Ben Banogu. Incredibly, Banogu posted a 1.56 10-yard split, a 4.27 20-yard short shuttle, a 7.02 3-cone, and have 33 ⅜” arms. On top of all that, he posted an impossible 40” vertical jump, an 11’02” broad jump, and 23 repetitions on the bench — all at 6’3”, 250 lbs. Ben Banogu is an athletic specimen and there’s not a doubt in the world that John Schneider wants to add him to Seattle’s defensive line. Bringing two stud, rookie teammates on-board, to man opposite ends of the defensive line is the stuff of fairy tales. But come Friday night, this fairy tale might just come true.