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NFL Draft 2017 Results: Seahawks select defensive lineman Nazair Jones out of UNC

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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.

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.

Highlights:

NFL.com profile:

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):

  • Cornerback
  • Offensive guard
  • Wide receiver
  • Linebacker
  • Quarterback

Draft picks:

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)