With the 79th overall pick the Seattle Seahawks selected defensive lineman Rasheem Green out of USC. While it may be basically impossible to properly grade a draft choice in the immediate aftermath of the draft, waiting several years before evaluating a draft or a draft pick doesn’t generate nearly as much traffic as doing so in the immediate aftermath of the selection. As such, here’s a roundup of what many media outlets thought of the Seahawks third round selection of Green.
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79. Rasheem Green, USC
He is a guy who will have to help right away and he can. He was a productive player at USC.
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Seattle Seahawks Draft picks: San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny (No. 27 overall), USC DE Rasheem Green (No. 79 overall). Day 1 grade: D Day 2 grade: B Overall grade: C The skinny: There was zero surprise the Seahawks traded down, as they expected their guys to be available later. Penny is a good back but picked too early. This is the modus operandi for the Seahawks in recent years, picking someone in the first round much earlier than most people project. And, in most cases, the picks haven’t worked out. Seattle lost its second-round pick in a trade for Sheldon Richardson, which only turned out to be an unsuccessful one-year deal. Selecting Green in the third round was good value, and could be a steal like Michael Bennett was years ago. He should be a better pro player than he was in college.
The Seahawks finally made a pick on the second day at No. 79 with Rasheem Green. He’s a big, athletic defensive lineman who is just scratching the surface of his potential. He was hurt for a lot of last season, but the Seahawks can turn him into a star. It’s impossible to replace Michael Bennett, but Green has tools.
79. Seattle Seahawks (from PIT via ARI via OAK) | Rasheem Green | EDGE | USC | B
79. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS—DE RASHEEM GREEN
The rebuilding of this once-epic defense must involve pass rushers, as the trade of Michael Bennett and likely retirement of Cliff Avril leaves the Seahawks bereft of many. The fact that this role wasn’t addressed until the third round suggests the Seahawks plan on hanging onto Frank Clark, at least on a trial basis in 2019.
Cliff Avril turned 32 earlier this month and played only four games in 2017. Pete Carroll gets a needed pass-rushing specialist (10.0 sacks last season) who could fit on the edge in Green, and from his old stomping grounds at USC. Green could play early in a rotation that includes a hopefully healthy Avril, Frank Clark and Dion Jordan. -- Chris Sprow
Saturday is sure to be a busy day with the Seahawks holding eight selections over the course of the final four rounds of the draft, so be sure to check back often for updates, analysis and reactions.