Seahawks saw draft’s 1st round unfold perfectly for their 2nd-round pick

Apr 30, 2021, 11:44 AM
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Seahawks GM John Schneider will make his first pick of the 2021 NFL Draft on Friday. (Getty)

Saying the Seahawks are in good shape after a first round of the NFL Draft where they didn’t own a single pick may seem odd, but, well, the Seahawks are in good shape after a first round of the NFL Draft where they didn’t own a single pick.

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How? On 710 ESPN Seattle’s post-draft show Thursday night following the conclusion of the first round, Jake Heaps and Stacy Rost explained that with the Seahawks still 24 picks away for their first selection of the draft – 56th overall during Friday’s second round – a ton of players remain that could make sense for Seattle to select.

“The way that this draft unfolded, I’m actually very pleased for the Seahawks,” said Heaps, a former Seahawks quarterback who along with Rost hosts Jake and Stacy from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays on 710 ESPN Seattle.

Heaps went into detail on how players remain at three spots the Seahawks are expected to be concentrated on with their three picks in this draft: offensive line, wide receiver and cornerback.

Though he is more concerned about center than any other O-line position, there were three players he mentioned who may still be on the board when Seattle’s selection comes up Friday night.

“I think you’re going to see a little bit more of a run at offensive guard, at offensive tackle. There wasn’t quite the same run (in the first round) as people were anticipating, and this is an extremely deep draft when it comes to offensive linemen,” he said. “You talk about the centers that we all profiled (on Jake and Stacy). You talk about Creed Humphrey, Quinn Meinerz, Landon Dickerson from Alabama, those guys are available.”

Sticking on offense, there are a host of receivers still out there, as well.

“You look at the receivers – Elijah Moore, I don’t think he’s going to last very long in the second round, Terrace Marshall Jr., Rondale Moore, D’Wayne Eskridge, Tylan Wallace out of Oklahoma State, Amari Rodgers, Dyami Brown. These guys are all still available for the Seahawks.”

Finally, there’s the secondary, a spot that several of 710 ESPN Seattle’s football experts have predicted the Seahawks will use their second-round pick on.

“And then cornerback, all these guys that we profiled – Tyson Campbell, Ifeatu Melifonwu, Aaron Robinson, Benjamin St-Juste, who (Senior Bowl executive director) Jim Nagy said would be a tremendous fit here in Seattle and is a guy to keep an eye on – are still in play and still on the board.

“If you’re asking me what I wanted to see, that’s exactly what I wanted going into Day 2.”

Is Stacy still on Team Trade Back?

With all of those players available, Heaps put Rost on the spot to see if she was sticking with her opinion from earlier in the week that she’d like the Seahawks to trade back from No. 56 in order to acquire more picks in the draft.

“I still think that my priories for Seattle remain the same,” Rost said. “… The only thing that is going to tempt me is if several of those guys that you profiled and that we talked about are still available. … I think this team badly needs a wide receiver 3. In fact, I would put wide receiver 3 and cornerback ahead of offensive line now because I really do like the addition of (veteran tackle) Gabe Jackson (who Seattle traded a fifth-round pick for).”

You can hear the full conversation in the podcast at this link or in the player below of Thursday’s post-draft recap show from 710 ESPN Seattle.

For more on Thursday’s NFL Draft, check out podcasts of the entire 710 ESPN Seattle Draft Show featuring Brock Huard, Dave Wyman and Bob Stelton, who reacted in real time to all of the first-round action. And watch the 710Sports.com video livestream of our draft coverage both beginning at 4 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday starting at 9 a.m.

More Seahawks NFL Draft coverage from 710Sports.com

O’Neil: Hawks sit pretty on draft Day 1 with QB drama out of way
UW LB Joe Tryon taken by Tampa Bay in first round
Football 101: Why CB Tyson Campbell should be Seahawks’ top pick
Seahawks Takeaways: NFL Draft, updates on Jamal Adams, K.J. Wright
• Huard: How the Seahawks’ needs match up with 2021 draft class
• Clayton: Hawks could draft a CB higher than they ever have under Schneider
• Draft expert Matt Miller: Why Hawks may stick with 3 draft picks
• Rost: Making case for Seahawks draft picks at different positions
• Bumpus: Small-school WR Hawks should consider drafting
• Heaps: Positions for Hawks to address and avoid in draft

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