Some quick NFL Draft thoughts, in no particular order:
Why not take Robert Nkemdiche or Myles Jack?
I was watching the draft last night with a good friend and when Seattle passed on Robert Nkemdiche and Myles Jack at 26 -- and then passed on Jack at 31 -- he was pretty upset, and got up and walked out of the bar/restaurant. I think a lot of people in Seattle felt similarly. It was painful for him to watch Jack fall out of Round 1, and hard to see Nkemdiche go to Arizona when Seattle could have had them. I get it. Extra 3rd round picks are not that valuable to him when Blue Chip players are available.
However, I understand the Germain Ifedi pick in the light of what Tom Cable is looking for at right tackle, and in the context of who was available at both 26 and 31 -- consider:
No offensive players went between 26 and 31 except for Josh Garnett. I had 12 players on offense going in Round 1 and 15 players ended up actually going. The four top rated offensive players in Round 2 (head of their positions) were in some order -- Derrick Henry, Will Fuller, Germaine Ifedi and Josh Garnett. If you want to throw QB into that mix, I would put Connor Cook into that group of five. Fuller went before 26 and Garnett went before 31. Even though there were better defensive players left when Seattle took Ifedi, an argument could be made that he was the best Offensive player available.
Tom Cable is looking for a big massive athlete at left guard and right tackle.
That has been made apparent when you look back at players such as James Carpenter, Breno Giacomini, Justin Britt, J'Marcus Webb, and now Germaine Ifedi. If you go way back, even Paul McQuistan and Robert Gallery fit into the big-athlete mold.
Cable may be looking to surround those big players with more athletic and 300-310lb sized left tackles, centers, right guards and tight ends (obviously the TE would not be 300 lb).
In the zone blocking scheme that would give you two big players -- one on each side -- and you could pair the athletes next to them for combo blocks and for moving up into the 2nd level of the defense. The big man is looking to hit the man on the LOS, while the athlete can combo with the big man and then move up into the 2nd level.
Why not other offensive linemen? Why Ifedi?
Let's go one by one:
Jason Spriggs -- athletic profile more in line with Garry Gilliam, and he may be viewed as a left tackle only, which would make him redundant since Seattle already has Gilliam.
Shon Coleman -- perhaps the best run blocker at offensive tackle, but Tony Pauline says he is slipping due to red flags with his injured knee.
LeRaven Clark -- Clark also has some fundamentals he needs to work on, perhaps Cable liked Ifedi just a little bit more. Either way, I expect both Clark and Spriggs to go very high in Day 2.
Connor McGovern -- I like him, but I think 31 is just too high to take McGovern. I see his future in the NFL at guard, and I felt right now that Garnett deserved a better grade as a guard than McGovern. I don't think McGovern ideally should play tackle in the NFL, he may be able to, but I think he could be a Pro Bowl guard down the road. There's more upside there.
Cody Whitehair -- he will go high in Day 2 I believe, but unless Seattle viewed him as a center, his size and length may not have fit what the Seahawks need right now.
Here are a few more OL I like to go on Frida, but that did not deserve to go at Pick 31: Kyle Murphy, Joe Haeg, Caleb Benenoch, Isaac Seumalo, Nick Martin, Max Tuerk, Joe Thuney, and Christian Westerman. Watch for these names on Day 2. The next layer below that I have Joe Dahl, Jack Allen and Tyler Johnstone.
Who are the best RB left?
I have them in this order:
Derrick Henry, Kenneth Dixon, Devontae Booker, Paul Perkins
/Day 2 Cutoff/
Jon Williams, Alex Collins, CJ Prosise, Kenyon Drake, Tyler Ervin, Jordan Howard.
Seattle could pluck someone from this stack soon.
Who are the best WR left?
I have them in this order: Sterling Shepherd, Michael Thomas (OSU), Tyler Boyd
/Round 2 Cutoff/
Braxton Miller, Malcolm Mitchell, Kolby Listenbee, Leonte Carroo
/Round 3 Cutoff/
Charone Peak, Michael Thomas (Southern Miss), Chris Moore, Rishard Higgins, Keyarris Garrett.
I think three guys would could fit in Seattle, and could be alive in their area are Malcolm Mitchell, Michael Thomas (Southern Miss), and Keyarris Garrett.
The defensive talent alive far outweighs the offense right now
There could be 20 defenders that go in Round 2 alone.
Big defensive front 7 names that should go soon are: Myles Jack, Reggie Ragland, Jarren Reed, Andrew Billings, Kevin Dodd, Noah Spence. In the next group I can see Chris Jones, Ashawn Robinson, Javon Hargrave, Jon Bullard, Kamalie Correa, Bronson Kaufusi, Emmanuel Ogbah, Kyler Fackrell, Shilique Calhoun, Jordan Jenkins, and Yannick Ngokoue. Truly an impressive list.
There is a lot of Defensive Back talent alive as well
Big names include Vonn Bell, Sua Cravens, TJ Green, Deonte Thompson, Justin Simmons, Mackenzie Alexander, Kendall Fuller, Sean Davis and Harlan Miller.
For Seattle's next pick, whether at 56 or if they trade up or back...
I believe they will go defense here.
If Seattle picks four times on Friday, with a gun to the head I think it will be some mix of (1) Defensive Line, (2) Defensive Back, (3) Center, and (4) Running Back.