The Seattle Seahawks have traded up in the 5th round to select Maryland defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson with the the 147th overall pick in the NFL Draft. To trade up to this spot, Seattle swapped 7th rounders with the Patriots while giving them a 4th rounder in the 2017 draft.
Jefferson projects as an attacking nickel three-technique, sort of in the mold of a Jordan Hill, who will be a free agent after this season. Seattle looking to add some depth and talent to the interior line in this draft, obviously.
Here's a scouting report on Jefferson from NFL.com's Lance Zeirlein.
STRENGTHS Can come off the snap with low pad level and make initial penetration with leverage into the gap. Is a different player when his motor is right. Shows some disruptive qualities when he commits to the attack. Rushes passer with head fakes and stutter steps that create uncertainty in blockers. Flashes upper body strength. Has a nifty swim move tied to a jump cut for his go-to inside move. Married with children. Scouts consider him grounded.
WEAKNESSES As play develops, pad level rises and allows himself to be redirected with punches under his armpit. Doesn't fire off the snap and into blockers with much juice. Rushes with a narrow base causing balance inconsistencies. Has thin ankles and below average lower body power. Lack of power in his base prevents him from fighting back against wash down blocks on the move. Suffered a torn ACL in 2014 that will have to pass medicals.
DRAFT PROJECTION Rounds 6 or 7
BOTTOM LINE High cut 3-technique with good upper body strength but below average lower body power to take a stand. Jefferson flashes penetration ability and some pass rushing talent, but he needs to be fitted to a 1-gap, upfield defense and will have to make a team as a rotational lineman.
Here's what scouts at NFLDraftScout.com had to say.
STRENGTHS: Flexible mover with the first step quickness to convert his momentum to power, staying low and driving his legs...shoots gaps with burst and snap anticipation to shave blocks...dips his shoulder with a rip move to leverage leaky holes on the offensive line...functional length with active hands to grab, pull and keep blockers guessing...backside chase skills with an adequate motor...meaty thighs and has done a nice job distributing weight throughout his frame...driven by family and has his priorities straight - married (Nadia Jackson) with three young daughters...considered a team leader by his coaches...one career block on special teams coverages...versatile experience in both even and odd fronts, producing respectable numbers (21.0 tackles for loss in 28 career starts).
WEAKNESSES: Long legged with high hips, causing him to pop upright at times...quick to lose blocking leverage after his initial move...can be washed out of the hole and struggles to re-anchor his base - easily moved by doubles...slows once engaged with inconsistent push...too easily walled off from run lanes with streaky ball awareness...stays glued to blocks and needs to better separate, lacking the shed instincts to get himself clean...needs to clean up his move-to-move transition as a pass rusher...cut too easily an doesn't protect his legs...marginal change of direction skills to answer counters or false steps...medical evaluations need approved by the doctors, missing most of the 2014 season due to a torn ACL in his right knee (Sept. 2014) - left the Senior Bowl early due to a minor back injury.
IN OUR VIEW: A two-year starter, Jefferson started as a defensive end as a sophomore before moving inside as a junior in 2015, finishing among the team leaders in tackles for loss and sacks - takes a business-like approach to the field because it is more than a game due to his family dynamic. He has a basketball background and moves well for a 290+ pounder, showing the early quickness to launch off the line of scrimmage and infiltrate the backfield. But Jefferson gets himself in trouble when he allows his pads to rise and base to narrow, allowing offenses to successfully run at him.
Although his effectiveness drops if he doesn't win with quickness off the snap, Jefferson has the athletic traits and workable frame to be a quality three-technique in a defensive line rotation.
The Seahawks still have 9 selections total in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Round 1, Pick 26 (31): Germain Ifedi, OL Texas A&M
Round 2, Pick 18 (49): Jarran Reed, DL Alabama
Round 3, Pick 27 (90): C.J. Prosise, RB Notre Dame
Round 3, Pick 31 (94): Nick Vannett, TE Ohio State
Round 3, Pick 35 (97) (Comp pick): Rees Odhiambo, OL Boise State
Round 5, Pick 8 (147) (From Patriots): DT Quinton Jefferson, DL Maryland
Round 5, Pick 34 (171) (Comp pick):
Round 6, Pick 40 (215) (Comp pick):
Round 7, Pick 4 (243) (From Patriots):
Round 7, Pick 26 (247):