Seattle went into day two of the draft picking at 43 and 75, ultimately taking linebacker Bobby Wagner at 48 and quarterback Russell Wilson at 75.
First, Seattle picked up two more picks for day three - now at 7 on the day - projecting to 10 picks total with their move back for Wagner. My hope for Lavonte David was shattered, but I think that for any Seahawk fan that wanted David, Mychal Kendricks, or another linebacker in the 2nd Wagner is a good consolation prize. He is someone I became familiar with over the draft process; if the Seahawks were going to pass on David and not have the opportunity at Kendricks, I think Wagner was a smart next choice to fill their glaring need at linebacker.
My impression of Wagner from a previous post: "Wagner was not at the combine due to pneumonia, but he's a player that visited the Seahawks and I believe could make a lot of sense for them. I've watched nearly a handful of his games: he played inside/outside in a 3-4/4-3 in college and is a big fly-around ‘backer with 33 inch arms. He's aggressive and will over run plays, but he can move sideline to sideline and find the ball. He can cover, flashes as a rusher and packs a punch for 6' 240 pounds."
Doug Baldwin noted the mean streak Wagner plays with, and you see that in the punch he packs at impact. I believe the drop-off between Wagner, or even a player like Demario Davis, to the next level for this type of versatile linebacker was rather wide. A four-year starter, two-year captain and three-time All-WAC honoree is a strong resume; his utility, speed and experience are big pluses here. All in all, this was a solid second round in my opinion.
My guess is if you frequented the site often enough in the past few months you know how I feel about Russell WIlson, and for those that may not: the more I learned about his leadership abilities and work ethic, watched the way he managed and played the game, and realized his knack for simply keeping his team in it or finishing the comeback; the I more I thought Wilson's physical and mental skill set would a phenomenal fit in Seattle. Heading into yesterday he was my "first choice" for their pick in round three, and I'm really excited to watch him grow within the program.
In general, I'm a big fan of the first two days. Seattle filled two major needs and continued to upgrade the quarterback position with a player that, in my opinion, could be special. Onto day three...
The final day of the draft will certainly be fun, as Seattle managed to build a bushel of day three picks with seven at their disposal - currently 10 total - after coming into the draft with six in all, not to mention there is undrafted free agency to follow. They could go many directions with their seven picks; they are yet to draft a touchdown catcher or a rusher, the secondary could use a corner and/or versatile safety, linebacker could use some more depth. I wouldn't be surprised to see Tom Cable get a raw but talented player to work with either. And with the way things have gone thus far, I'm not counting out any trade possibilities. My dream for 12 picks in 2012 starting with trading down from 12 is still alive! C'mon!
The day three watchlist is after the jump.
How players are listed at each position: Players still left from day two watchlist/added players to day three/players that visited the VMAC.
(Anyone italicized is a player I'm keeping my eye on in particular)
Quarterback: Kirk Cousins, Ryan Lindley/Chandler Harnish (also visited), Jordan Jefferson
Runningback: Cyrus Gray, Chris Polk, Robert Turbin (TAKEN IN 4TH), Terrance Gannaway/Princeton McCarty, Brandon Bolden, Michael Smith/Derrick Coleman, Logwone Mitz
Wide receiver/Tight end: WR: Marvin Jones, Keshawn Martin, Joe Adams, Greg Childs/WR: Tommy Streeter, Junior Hemmingway, Devin Wylie, Lavon Brazill, Dale Moss, Marvin McNutt TE: James Hanna, Rhett Ellison (TE/H-B), Ladarius Green and Orson Charles have fallen, could be good value/WR: Devin Aguilar, Deonte Thompson, Jermaine Kearse, Lavasier Tuinei, Nathan Palmer TE: Derek Carrier, Lamant Bryant, Adrien Robinson, Logan Paulsen, Brad Smelley.
Offensive lineman: Ben Jones, Phillip Blake/Quinton Saulsberry, Andrew Datko/Mike Ryan, Will Blackwell, Jon Operud
Defensive lineman: Jared Crick, Alameda Ta''amu, Cam Johnson, Malik Jackson, Jaye Howard (TAKEN IN 4TH), Mike Daniels, Jack Crawford, Trevor Guyton/Vaughn Meatoga, Chigbo Anunoby, Derrick Shelby, Billy Winn, Jamie Blatnick, Markus Kuhn, J.R. Sweezy (TAKEN IN 7TH), Marcus Forston, Louis Nzegwu/Matt Conrath, Claude Davis, Renard Williams. Adrian Hamilton, Prairie View A&M, could be one to watch as well.
Linebackers: Josh Kaddu, Johnathan Massaquoi, Ronnell Lewis, Nigel Bradham, James Michael Johnson, Kyle Wilbur/Brandon Marshall, Keenan Robinson, Audie Cole, Darius Fleming, Miles Burris, Tim Fugger, Tank Carder, Tahir Whitehead/Danny Travethan, Korey Toomer (TAKEN IN 5TH)
Corner/Safety: Ryan Steed, DaQuan Menzie/Derrius Brooks/Ron Brooks, George Iloka, Donnie Fletcher, Jeremy Lane (TAKEN IN 6TH), Josh Bellamy, Deshawn Shead, Desmond Morrow. (The first players are one's I've highlighted previously, but I think this whole group is generally intriguing.) Brandon Boykin or Alfonso Dennard could be good value on day three as well.