I must admit I’ve spent less time watching the draft this year than any other year. The coverage and effort put into the coverage has become akin to reality TV in my opinion, looking more like a Housewives of Where-the-fuck-ever reunion than sports programming.
It has become a near-annual tradition for Seahawks fans to hate the team’s draft on draft day, but to leave with some sort of optimism based on the team’s history of success in the draft. It seems like this year there is more upfront optimism, skipping out on hard feelings founded in preconceived opinions of players.
What we’ve found out, and one of the major difference between the Pete Carroll/John Schneider combination compared to Tim Ruskell is that this regime is willing to take risks. They’ve assembled a team that is pretty solid at just about every position, so in every spot in the draft they pick a guy that has potential to be a starter some day. Gone are the days when the Seahawks draft players who are bound to be career backups, but also gone are the days when the Seahawks draft guys that are sure to contribute on snaps.
We’ve seen this team cut players early and we’ve seen them give significant snaps to undrafted and low-drafted players. We’ve seen this team vow to make everyone compete, even the best players on the team, and it seems likely that this year the competition will be rich, albeit not at the quarterback position like it was last year.
Here’s a look at who the Seahawks picked:
Round 2, 60th overall
Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M
Michael is a big, physical back. Mike Mayock called him the “most gifted tailback in this class” but with off-field issues. He’s also broken his leg and torn an ACL to end his 2010 and 2011 seasons respectively.
Round 3, 87th overall
Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State
Hill steps in and rotates with Tony McDaniel right away. Competition on the interior line seems to be at the forefront of this draft with the departure of Alan Branch.
Round 4, 123rd overall
Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State
Harper is big (6-1, 229) and physical, and has potential to play outside, something the Seahawks have a need for with all the depth they’ll have in the slot and interior receiver positions next year.
Round 5, 137th overall
Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
Australia-native with character. Not character issues. Interesting story and a 2nd round grade by some, Williams is great value and enters the interior-line competition. Has some injury history.
Round 5, 138th overall
Tharold Simon, CB, LSU
One of the Honey Badger’s teammates. Huge CB (6-2, 202 lbs). Tackles well and should be able to contribute in nickel and dime packages this year, potential Brandon Browner replacement.
Round 5, 158th overall
Luke Wilson, TE, Rice
Oh wait, different Luke Wilson. Draft Breakdown doesn’t have any video of Wilson but he’s very athletic, very big, and this looks not unlike the shot this team took on Cameron Morrah. This Luke Wilson is likely unassociated with Elisha Cuthbert, who only likes hockey players.
Round 6, 194th overall
Spencer Ware, RB, LSU
Ware’s pick, combined with Michael’s pick earlier actually seem to point to a potential change at the fullback position. Michael Robinson makes decent money. Hopefully if the Seahawks move forward with a new fullback they teach him how to work a camera.
Round 7, 220th overall
Ryan Seymour, OG, Vanderbilt
Seymour enters the competition on the interior of the offensive line.
Round 7, 231st overall
Ty Powell, OLB/DE, Harding
Picking Powell has drawn some praise for the Seahawks, who found a guy who apparently has athletic ability to be drafted much higher, but off-field concerns that led to him transferring three times. Powell turned 25 years old today.
Round 7, 241st overall
Jared Smith, DT/OG, New Hampshire
J.R. Sweezy 2.0, Smith will apparently switch to guard.
Michael Bowie, OT, NE Oklahoma State
Bowie has a classic frame and comes from a small school. I’ve never heard of him, and this could very well be the last we hear of him. He could also be a hall of famer. The latter is less likely.