The Breakdown: A look at all 11 Seahawks 2019 NFL Draft picks
The metaphorical whirlwind that is a Seattle Seahawks NFL Draft is in the books for 2019.
So where do the Seahawks sit? After making
six seven trades – five six during the draft, plus sending Frank Clark to Kansas City for picks on Tuesday – the Seahawks went from four picks entering the week to 11 players selected.
Like we said, a metaphorical whirlwind.
Here’s a quick look at every pick the Seahawks made between Thursday’s first round and the final four rounds on Saturday, plus links to full stories on each new Seattle player.
L.J. Collier, DE, TCU (29th overall)
When it comes to Collier, we can just let these quotes do the talking.
“L.J. fits us. He’s a heavy-handed, tough, chip-on-his-shoulder guy.” – Seahawks general manager John Schneider
“Power and versatility.” – ESPN college football analyst and 710 ESPN Seattle host Brock Huard
“(Collier) is a big dude, 6-2, 283 pounds, plays with power, plays with anger, and that’s what everybody seemed to be excited about.” – 710 ESPN Seattle host Mike Salk
• Thursday’s draft story on L.J. Collier
• Collier’s prospect profile
• Pete Carroll: Seahawks ‘found something special’ in Collier
• Brock and Salk break down Collier as a player
• Collier joins Brock and Salk for an interview
• John Clayton looks at Seahawks’ pick of Collier
• Danny O’Neil on what we learned from the Seahawks’ first round
Marquise Blair, S, Utah (47th overall)
For the first time since 2009, the Seahawks played a season without Kam Chancellor in the ‘enforcer’ role at strong safety in 2018. Well, here’s the new enforcer.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Blair is, like Chancellor was, a hard-hitter at the safety spot. In 2018, Blair recorded 106 tackles, four passes defended and two interceptions for the Utes.
D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss (64th overall)
The pick that caused maybe the most excitement from the Seahawks’ draft is Metcalf, who is especially fast, considerably tall and incredibly buff.
Metcalf was one of the biggest stories at the NFL Combine, somehow getting his 6-3, 228-pound frame through the 40-yard dash in just 4.33 seconds, the fastest of any player weighing 225 pounds or more. Oh, he also walked into his meeting with the Seahawks at the combine shirtless, and head coach Pete Carroll followed suit. That’s a real sentence.
Cody Barton, LB, Utah (88th overall)
The Seahawks apparently like what the Utes are doing on defense – makes sense considering Utah kept the UW Huskies’ offense completely out of the end zone in the 2018 Pac-12 Championship – as Barton was the second Utes player chosen in the Seattle’s draft class out of its first four picks.
Barton can play all three linebacker spots and is expected to be an asset on special teams.
“That versatility is really important to us and we know he’s an incredibly gifted special teams player as well,” Carroll said.
Gary Jennings, WR, West Virginia (120th overall)
If the report that two-time Pro Bowler Doug Baldwin may have played his last snap turns out to be prophetic, the Seahawks may have found his replacement at the slot receiver position.
Jennings is similar to Baldwin in that he may not be especially impressive in any one skillset but is notably efficient in the passing game; he caught 13 touchdowns on 54 receptions as a senior, totaling 917 yards to earn All-Big 12 honorable mention.
Also, he has a detailed history with Russell Wilson, which can only be a good thing.
Phil Haynes, OG, Wake Forest (124th overall)
What’s not to like about an offensive linemen with experience playing both guard and tackle that comes from a Wake Forest line nicknamed the “Beef Boys”? Correct, there is nothing not to like about it.
The Seahawks will have a few options in how they can use the 6-4, 322-pound Haynes, who like current Seahawks O-lineman George Fant has a past as a basketball player.
Ugochukwu Amadi, DB, Oregon (132nd overall)
By the sounds of it, Amadi will come into the Seahawks’ system in a role very similar to what DeShawn Shead used to serve in Seattle.
“They want me to do everything – nickel corner, safety, special teams, everything – Swiss army knife,” Amadi said in a conference call with the media.
Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington (142nd overall)
The nation’s leading tackler in 2018 is crossing Lake Washington to join the Seahawks.
Burr-Kirven, the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year award winner as a senior, is a high-motor guy who should give Seattle depth at linebacker and make an impact on special teams.
Travis Homer, RB, Miami (204th overall)
Homer joins the backfield mix in Seattle, where he could challenge C.J. Prosise for a role on the active roster as a pass-catching back.
A starter in his final two years at Miami, Homer averaged six yards per carry in 2018 and finished the season with a combined 1,171 yards and eight touchdowns.
Demarcus Christmas, DT, Florida State (209th overall)
The Seahawks seemingly finished their draft (of course they had another trick up their sleeve) with the same emphasis they started it with, adding size to its defensive line following the trade of Frank Clark.
The 6-3, 293-pound Christmas was third-team All-ACC as a redshirt senior in 2018.
John Ursua, WR, Hawaii (236th overall)
Just when it seemed like a bow was on the draft for the Seahawks, they traded back in, sending a sixth-round pick in 2020 to Jacksonville for the 236th overall selection in the seventh round to get a third wide receiver.
The 5-10, 175-pound Ursua had 1,343 yards and 16 touchdowns on 89 receptions as a junior in 2018, earning first-team All-Mountain West honors.