Seahawks pick Ohio State edge rusher Tyreke Smith in 5th round
The Seahawks continued to hammer on defensive positions of need in the NFL Draft, selecting edge rusher Tyreke Smith from Ohio State at No. 158 overall, their second pick in the fifth round Saturday.
Smith joins Boye Mafe, one of Seattle’s two second-round selections, as rookies that will compete for time in the Seahawks’ pass rush.
A 6-foot-3, 264-pound senior from the Buckeyes, Smith had three sacks, 26 total tackles, two passes defensed and a forced fumble in 2021.
He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.86 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine this spring.
“Elastic, long-limbed edge defender whose unbridled, attacking style brings both highs and lows in every game,” wrote draft analyst Lance Zierlein in his NFL.com profile of Smith.
Zierlein added that Smith will need to fill out, especially the lower half of his frame, to develop into a “functional edge setter.”
Smith was honorable mention All-Big Ten pick in 2020 and second-team all-conference last year.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 7, 2019
More Seahawks draft selections
• Seattle selects Mississippi State OT Charles Cross at No. 9 overall
• Hawks add Minnesota DE Boye Mafe with 40th pick
• Hawks draft Michigan State RB Kenneth Walker at 41
• Seahawks take WSU OT Abraham Lucas in third round
• Seattle drafts Cincy CB Coby Bryant in fourth round
• Seahawks draft long, speedy UTSA CB Tariq Woolen in fifth round
• Hawks end draft with 2 WRs in Rutgers’ Melton, Lenoir-Rhyne’s Young