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Fast facts: 2016 draft class snap counts

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NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Last week Kenneth wrote about how Seattle Seahawks right tackle Germain Ifedi has developed from a fundamentally raw prospect just over two years ago into one half of what ESPN's Pass Blocking Win Ranking (PBWR) calls one of the top five tackle duos in the NFL. It's certainly quite an improvement over the complaints thrown his way by fans over the first two years of his career, and should he continue down the path of steadily playing better and better, there's a very good chance he could become an anchor on the line for the next decade, given that he is just 24 years old.

However, this article isn't about Ifedi in particular. All I am doing today is looking at the 2016 draft class from a single angle - how much time have they seen on the field. Specifically, how many snaps has each member of the draft class played for the Seahawks.

Without beating around the bush any further, here are the snap counts for the 2016 draft class through Week 6.

Seahawks 2016 Draft Class by Snap Count

Round Player Selected Snaps Played Percentage of Draft Class Snaps
Round Player Selected Snaps Played Percentage of Draft Class Snaps
1 Germain Ifedi 2353 40.14%
2 Jarran Reed 1441 24.58%
3 C.J. Prosise 249 4.25%
3 Nick Vannett 593 10.12%
3 Rees Odhiambo 517 8.82%
5 Quinton Jefferson 421 7.18%
5 Alex Collins 141 2.41%
6 Joey Hunt 147 2.51%
7 Kenny Lawler 0 0.00%
7 Zac Brooks 0 0.00%
Total 10 players 5862 100.00%

Obviously, I've only included snaps these players played for the Seahawks, otherwise Alex Collins of the Baltimore Ravens would have far more snaps in the spreadsheet.

In addition, I was tempted to not include the snaps Quinton Jefferson has played in his second tour with the Hawks after being cut at the end of camp in 2017 and spending time with the Los Angeles Rams. However, in the and, I decided to include the 2017 snaps for QJeff, as well as the 2018 snaps for center Joey Hunt, who spent most of 2017 on the Seattle practice squad.

But, just in case anyone is interested in the numbers if QJeff's post-Rams snaps and Hunt’s post-waivers snaps are removed, the numbers look like this.

Snap counts for Seahawks 2016 draft class

Round Player Selected Snaps Played Percentage of Draft Class Snaps
Round Player Selected Snaps Played Percentage of Draft Class Snaps
1 Germain Ifedi 2353 43.74%
2 Jarran Reed 1441 26.78%
3 C.J. Prosise 249 4.63%
3 Nick Vannett 593 11.02%
3 Rees Odhiambo 517 9.61%
5 Quinton Jefferson 20 0.37%
5 Alex Collins 141 2.62%
6 Joey Hunt 66 1.23%
7 Kenny Lawler 0 0.00%
7 Zac Brooks 0 0.00%
Total 10 players 5380 100.00%

Thus, regardless of which way we want to look at it, Ifedi and defensive tackle Jarran Reed comprise the majority of the snaps played for this draft class. This is obviously to be expected, given their draft position, however, I am somewhat surprised - and I'd guess that many fans are as well - by how little action the trio of third round selections, including Rees Odhiambo, C.J. Prosise and Nick Vannett have contributed on the field during their time with the Hawks.

In any case, this is not any sort of in depth analysis, it's simply a quick look at one piece of the puzzle when analyzing the Seahawks 2016 draft class. Each day this week I’ll be doing this for a Seattle draft class, working backwards to the 2012 class, which is when the NFL started publishing official snap counts.

For those who recall the article about how inexpensive the 2018 Seahawks starting secondary is that I penned just before the bye, this is part of a new series that I’ll be regularly putting up for readers called Fast Facts. These are not meant to be any kind of in depth analysis or deep, reflective pieces. They are far more likely to be simple trivia answers, and they will, for the most part, be short, quick reads.