Day one of the 2019 NFL Draft has finished up, and surprise surprise, the Seattle Seahawks managed multiple trade-downs. They started Thursday with picks 21 and 29, then swapped spots with the Green Bay Packers to go from 21st to 30th, collecting a pair of fourth-rounders (114th and 118th overall).
Equipped with back-to-back selections at the tail-end of round one, Seattle did use its 29th pick (acquired from the Frank Clark trade) on TCU defensive end L.J. Collier, while they traded the 30th overall pick to the New York Giants for picks #37 (2nd round), 132 (4th round), and 142 (5th round). Seattle went from five picks entering Thursday to presently nine picks.
Collier was a one-year starter at TCU who made the most of his time in the starting line up in 2018. He picked up six sacks and 11.5 TFLs, and the immediate comparison from NFL Network was former Seahawks DE Michael Bennett. Collier stands 6’2” and 283 lbs with 34” arms, and the expectation is that he’ll also play some snaps on the interior given his size.
Given the Frank Clark trade, it’s not surprising that Seattle opted to go for the defensive line right away, as Collier now joins a roster that includes fellow youngsters Rasheem Green and Jacob Martin.
As for Seattle’s NFC West rivals, the Arizona Cardinals chose Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray #1 overall, and did not deal Josh Rosen... although that doesn’t mean he won’t be traded on Friday. Meanwhile, ex-Ohio State pass-rushing stud Nick Bosa went #2 to the San Francisco 49ers, and the Los Angeles Rams traded out of the first-round, giving the Atlanta Falcons the #31 spot.
The draft resumes on Friday at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT on ESPN, ESPN2, and NFL Network.
Seahawks Remaining Draft Picks
Round 2: 37th overall
Round 3: 92nd overall
Round 4: 114th overall, 118th overall, 124th overall, 132nd overall
Round 5: 142nd overall, 159th overall
Round 6: N/A
Round 7: N/A