Aloha! Well, we finally picked a player in the first round. Germain Ifedi, the athletic tackle out of Texas A&M, will immediately bring competition to the Right Tackle and Offensive Guard spots. For those of you following Seahawks Draft Blog, you'll already know his name, along with Jason Spriggs and Connor McGovern. The Seahawks have a type, and for better or for worse, they stick to it. With both Spriggs and McGovern still available in round 2, we will see if they use any of their stockpile of 3rd rounders to perhaps trade up to further secure their OL of the future.
What I liked most about our day 1 was the trade. Not just the value we got, although I do think an extra third round pick in this years draft is huge. First, we traded 26 to the Broncos, and the Broncos selected QB Paxton Lynch, which effectively ended the 49ers hopes of getting a trade worked out for Colin Kaepernick. Now I know our friends in Santa Clara have had a hard couple seasons, and while their front office has made it easy to ridicule the team, the fans are for the most part good folks who are just as befuddled with the past 24 months as the rest of us. You will however have to forgive me for enjoying a little draft day schadenfreude. For what it's worth, I loved the DeForest Buckner pick for them. I also liked that in trading with the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos, we got the last pick of the first round. Any other year it would be pick 32. Not this year. Because Patriots. All in all, the trade left me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.
Getting back to our actual draft selection, Ifedi was not a very surprising pick. Mocked to Seattle by Rob Staton at Seahawks Draft Blog for quite a while, the idea of him being our first selection became more popular in the national media recently. I'm so used to being completely dumbfounded by the Seahawks first draft pick, so this left me a bit unsettled. Don't get me wrong, I'm very happy with the pick, I'm just surprised by how unsurprising it was. Moving forward, we have a bevy of picks for day 2, and I'm sure John Schneider is excited with all of the Seahawky players still on the board. Hope everyone has a great day today, and enjoy the 2nd day of the 2016 NFL Draft!
And now...to the links!
Seahawks’ selection of Germain Ifedi in NFL draft has makings of a great fit | The Seattle Times
There comes a time when it doesn’t pay to be cute — when you have a glaring need, and the opportunity to fill it. And on Thursday, the Seahawks did just that, homing in their offensive-line deficiencies by selecting Texas A&M tackle Germain Ifedi.
Seahawks add 'ass-kicker' in first-round pick Germain Ifedi - seattlepi.com
Seahawks take OT Germain Ifedi from Texas A&M after moving back in first round
The Seahawks did indeed address their offensive line in the first round of the NFL Draft, taking Germain Ifedi from Texas A&M after a trade back.
24 Questions To Help You Get To Know Seahawks Offensive Lineman Germain Ifedi | Seattle Seahawks
New Seahawks offensive lineman Germain Ifedi offers 12s a look at the type of person he is off the field with 24 fun facts about himself.
Winner and losers: Broncos nab Lynch while Tunsil falls - NFL.com
A wild Day 1 of the 2016 NFL Draft is officially in the books. Paxton Lynch is headed to Denver. While Laremy Tunsil dropped to the Dolphins. Gregg Rosenthal recaps the first round winners and losers.
Germain Ifedi: How he fits with the Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks selected Germain Ifedi in the first round of the draft. How he fits into Seattle's scheme and on the depth chart is easy to project.
Breaking Down the 31 First-Round Picks of the NFL Draft | The MMQB with Peter King
Breaking down the ‘why’ of each of Thursday night’s first-round picks
2016 NFL Draft: UCLA's Myles Jack slides out of Round 1 - NFL.com
UCLA LB Myles Jack fell out of the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft in a stunning development that underscores concerns about the health of his right knee.
2016 NFL Draft: Quick-snap grades for AFC teams - NFL.com
The 2016 NFL Draft was filled with twists and turns few could have seen coming. While the Jets are among teams who snagged a key missing piece, which teams missed the boat?
Laremy Tunsil: Twitter, Instagram accounts were hacked on draft night - CBSSports.com
This is not what you want appearing on your Twitter account right as the draft is about to kick off.
2016 NFL Draft: Quick-snap grades for NFC teams - NFL.com
The 2016 NFL Draft was filled with twists and turns few could have seen coming. While the Buccaneers are among teams who snagged a key missing piece, which teams missed the boat?
What we learned: 2016 is year of the draft slide - NFL.com
Offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil fell to No. 13 after a video surfaced. UCLA linebacker Myles Jack is still waiting for a home. Is 2016 the year of the draft slide? Find out what we learned on Thursday.
Cowboys wanted to trade up for Paxton Lynch - NFL.com
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Dallas Cowboys tried to trade back into the first round to draft former Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch, but couldn't get it done.
Seahawks take Germain Ifedi in round one | Seahawks Draft Blog
The Seahawks want explosive offensive linemen. According to our weighted TEF formula Germain Ifedi is the third most explosive O-liner in the draft behind