The Seattle Seahawks have completed the 2019 NFL Draft and added 11 new players through that process. You can see both of our John’s here at Field Gulls grade Seattle’s draft class — Gilbert by the classical way and Fraley looking at the process as he grades. You’ve also had your chance to chime in somewhat on the class, but forget about the whole pictures, who is your favorite pick in the lot?
29. LJ Collier, DE, TCU
The Seahawks number one pick of 2019 after they traded down from 21 to 30 and were on the clock for the price of two. Collier’s argument to be your favorite pick of 2019 is easy: he was the first one. It’s too soon to tell exactly what the whole body of work at the NFL might look like, but immediately replacing Frank Clark’s 13 sacks in 2019 is unlikely. People are calling Collier more of a Michael Bennett type, which also wouldn’t be that bad and is something that Pete Carroll’s defense has been missing.
Collier, like a lot of players in this class seem to be, has also received high marks for his attitude and work ethic in game.
47. Marquise Blair, S, Utah
Fans could be drawn to Blair because he’s the second-highest DB ever drafted by Carroll and John Schneider, behind only the guy he’s kind of replacing in a way: Earl Thomas. Blair also has the reputation for being a big hitter, following in the footsteps of other fan favorites like Kam Chancellor Ken Hamlin.
64. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
He’s a second round receiver and you’ve got a fantasy team to worry about. He also looks like David Boston ate Robert Turbin.
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88. Cody Barton, LB, Utah
Barton’s candidacy for favorite pick has to overcome the fact that very few people had heard of him prior to the draft. In our 2019 armchair GM challenge, 0 of 93 entries had Barton listed as a potential pick of Seattle. Even Demarcus Christmas was on two entries. But maybe that gives Barton the “I’ll like him since nobody else does” vote. Also, this is the second-highest that Carroll has ever drafted a linebacker after only Bobby Wagner. (Third if you consider Bruce Irvin a linebacker prospect in 2012.)
I mean, Barton was drafted very high for a linebacker and I think it’s going to be really interesting to watch this defense now that they’ve spent so much time and capital on the linebacking position in 2019.
120. Gary Jennings, WR, West Virginia
Jennings was also drafted pretty high for a wide receiver, but he has to overcome Carroll’s mid-round wide receiver curse. That will have to include beating out former 106th overall pick Amara Darboh for a job. Remember: Darboh was basically in Jennings’ exact same position only two years ago. The likely downgrade of Doug Baldwin as a primary target next season increases the need for a receiver to step up, so I could see Metcalf and Jennings both drawing a lot of fan interest their way.
124. Phil Haynes, G, Wake Forest
I mean, I think everyone would love it if the Seahawks managed to draft a guard who could replace Mike Iupati/Ethan Pocic sooner rather than later. Guards the team has drafted in this range include Mark Glowinski and Rees Odhiambo. They also picked tackle Terry Poole around this area of the draft. None of those picks worked in Seattle’s favor, though Glowinski has become a starter for the Colts.
132. Ugo Amadi, CB/S, Oregon
I assume there are a lot of people who are Seahawks fans and also hate the Oregon Ducks. The Seahawks haven’t drafted a player out of Oregon since Walter Thurmond in 2010, the 111th overall pick that year. I think everyone would be pretty satisfied if Amadi turned out like Thurmond, but healthier.
142. Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington
From the rival Amadi to the hometown favorite Burr-Kirven. Not only did Burr-Kirven play his college ball in Seattle, he drew comparisons to Lofa Tatupu and was called the tackling machine of the draft. Yeah, this linebacker group is going to be fascinating to watch.
204. Travis Homer, RB, Miami
It would normally be a bonus to be a running back; fans can focus on you for fantasy points, you get the ball a lot, and anybody from any round (or no round) could become a superstar. But Homer is coming into a group with Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny and I think fans hope he just comes in and helps clean up some garbage time carries when Seattle is up 30 points next season. I could be wrong though, maybe fans are already homers for Homer.
209. Demarcus Christmas, DT, Florida State
I know people have nostalgic feelings for Christmas, but I would be surprised if the sixth round defensive tackle got many votes. Carroll/Schneider have drafted these defensive linemen after the fifth round: Pep Levingston, Greg Scruggs, Ty Powell, Obum Gwachum, and most recently, Jacob Martin. They’ve also drafted some two-way linemen in this area: JR Sweezy, Jared Smith, Kristjan Sokoli, Ryan Seymour, and Jameson Konz.
236. John Ursua, WR, Hawaii
They snuck in one more pick and one more receiver. This will definitely make Ursua a popular sleeper pick among the crowd who favors the longshot (and the crowd that is looking for the closest comp to Baldwin) but if you’re picking a receiver who has the best chance of making the team, you’d definitely go with Metcalf, who is a lock. Jennings is close to a lock but we’ve seen it’s possible for fourth round picks to get released. Ursua has to prove himself every day but the team traded back into the seventh round to secure him, so he’s off to a good start.
So who is your favorite pick?
Who is your favorite pick of the Seahawks 2019 draft class?
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