Seahawks draft DB Marquise Blair out of Utah at No. 47
The Seahawks’ first pick in the second round came a bit later than expected, but the team still managed to address a need on defense by selecting Utah safety Marquise Blair at No. 47 overall.
The Seahawks had been expected to pick around 4:30 p.m. (PT) at No. 37, but ultimately moved back to No. 47 in a trade with the Carolina Panthers.
Regardless of the order, Seattle still managed to fill holes on defense with its first two picks of the draft.
In two seasons with the Utes, the 6-feet-2, 195-pound Blair recorded 106 tackles, four passes defended and two interceptions.
This is a Kam Chancellor type of player. This guy plays the role of enforcer and loves every part of it. https://t.co/rxFLXLE2Ge
— Jake Heaps (@jtheaps9) April 27, 2019
Blair offers Seattle a versatile option in the secondary, having played at both free and strong safety. Blair, who said he had about a 50-50 split between both positions, told reporters the Seahawks haven’t yet told him whether they have a preference.
“He’s a hitter — he is a Kam Chancellor replacement,” Mike Salk said of the pick during 710 ESPN Seattle’s Draft Lounge. “He is a straight-up hitter as a safety coming out of Utah.”
“Which is fascinating, because he’s not your 225-pound, typical Kam Chancellor body type,” Jake Heaps added. “It’s more of the aggressive nature with which he plays… he is fearless coming downhill.”