With the 102nd pick in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks have selected defensive lineman Nazair Jones out of North Carolina. At 6’5” and 304 lbs, the Seahawks seem to be beefing up the interior of their line. This fits in with the McDowell pick at the top of the 2nd round as well.
gigantic human being, not an athlete https://t.co/B6TQq2d9Hh— Zach Whitman (@zjwhitman) April 29, 2017
While Jones isn’t SPARQy, he is a mammoth human that will help Seattle’s defensive line remain stout after the departure of Tony McDaniel in free agency.
Has good size with long arms and thick lower half. Play strength is above average. Likes to iniate the contact at point of attack. Initial punch has some shock behind it and he has the power to press defenders off of his chest and keep them at the end of his length. Hand placement generally sound. Can beat one-on-one blocks. Has ability to set the edge and man both gaps. Good twitch in his shed to disengage and make the tackle. Above average tackle production for interior. Rarely beaten soundly by a base block. Shows some control at point of attack.
Seahawks positional needs (in no particular order):
- Offensive guard
- Wide receiver
35: Malik McDowell- DT Michigan State
58: Ethan Pocic - OL LSU
90: Shaquill Griffin - CB UCF
95: Delano Hill - S Michigan
102: Nazair Jones - DL UNC
Remaining Seahawks draft picks:
Round 3: 106
Round 4: 111
Round 5: n/a
Round 6: 187, 210
Round 7: 226, 249
2017 NFL Draft Schedule:
Thursday, April 27 - 5:00 pm PT (Round 1)
Friday, April 28 - 4:00 pm PT (Rounds 2-3)
Saturday, April 29 - 9:00 am PT (Rounds 4-7)