Russell Okung and Earl Thomas seem like players that will start for the Seahawks for the next 5-10 years and have Pro Bowl potential. If that turns out to be true, this was a successful first round.

That said, my immediate reaction to the first round was disappointment that we didn’t trade back and acquire more picks. I really believe we need a third rounder, and would have loved to see another 2nd rounder somehow. Watching the 49ers build a potentially devastating offensive line by selecting a tackle and a guard in the 1st round was tough. That’s an example of drafting for depth to create a strength versus drafting breadth to fill holes in multiple parts of the team.

Granted, the Seahawks have so many holes, it’s hard not to try and fill them all. To be a great team down the road, we will need a great line. Why not build it now? Great lines take years to develop, so I’m a bit impatient.

Okung is extremely talented, so I’m thrilled to get him. Thomas will struggle to make a major impact at the safety position in his rookie year, but we don’t need him to be great yet. It’s unlikely any draft bounty would lead to a winning season next year. Let’s see if we can get some additional picks and additional talents tomorrow.

2 Responses

  1. Mr Posh

    Hi HB.

    Woke up this morning and switched on my lap and found out who we've taken – I live in the UK so satying up till 3am on a work night with 10 month old just ait gonan happen!

    I'm happy, most definitely, but I agree we need a 3rd rounder as we need to keep 'the flow' going right the way throughout the draft.

    Perhaps we could have traded #14, but that may have not been wise as we have SOOOOO many holes to fill. Still, I believe we will do somehting else tonight and tomorrow to effect this and I'm waiting with baited breath.

    Props to Pete for not letting his heart rule his head on Mays and also props to you for mentioning me as the guy who passed on the link about Morgan from FO in your Twitter feed. Thanks 🙂

  2. JohnDoeAt30Below

    The 49ers have now selected 3 players that the 'Hawks wouldn't touch.

    Anthony Davis has, at times, had a serious weight problem and ballooned up to 370. He has lousy work habits and is lazy.

    Mike Iupati has short arms and Seattle was not interested at all.

    Taylor Mays is physically impressive but the coach who knows him the best chose to pass.

    We've done just fine. At some point, you have to take quality over quantity.