GREGG BELL’S TOP 10 OF THE 2016 NFL DRAFT
(Ranked by skill, not necessarily by draft position)
Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi
Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
Jalen Ramsey, FS, Florida State
Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi
Jared Goff, QB, California
Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
BY THE NUMBERS
4: How many picks Seattle has among the first 100. Tied with Denver and New England for second-most in this draft. Only teams with more top-100 picks: the Titans and Browns (six). Tennessee and Cleveland got many of theirs in recent hauls from trading with the quarterback-starved Rams and Eagles out of the first- and second-overall spots, respectively.
9: Number of total picks for the Seahawks in this draft – as of right now. That’s two fewer than last season. They start at No. 26 overall late in Thursday’s round one, then at 56th overall in the second round and two picks late in round three on Friday, then one each in the fourth, fifth and sixth round plus two in the seventh and final round on Saturday.
27: Number of choices acquired by general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll since they arrived in 2010 to lead the Seahawks. They’ve made deals that have added choices in every draft. The only year Seattle didn’t have multiple trades involving draft picks was 2011.
31: Total selections among the 32 teams in Thursday’s first round. The NFL took away the New England Patriots’ first-round pick this year as part of the “Deflategate” footballs scandal.
2009: The last year the University of Washington did not have a player drafted. That was a few months after the proud program hit rock bottom with the 0-12 season under coach Tyrone Willingham. Linebackers Travis Feeney and Cory Littleton are considered late-round possibilities if not undrafted free agents.
3,416: How many hours it will seem like this draft has gone on by the seventh round Saturday afternoon, day three. Also roughly the number of times you will hear the word “upside” uttered over the next three days.
See how they fall: With character and intangibles becoming increasingly important to investing teams, watch how many pass on pass rushers Robert Nkemdiche from Mississippi and Noah Spence from Eastern Kentucky. Each are top-10 talents that have so-called “red flags” for off-field drug incidents. They could be available at 26 for the Seahawks, who haven’t shied from taking supposed risks with past first picks (Bruce Irvin, Frank Clark). But Nkemdiche’s and Spence’s skills may be too tempting for one of the first 25 teams to all pass on them.
Will the Browns draft a quarterback?: That seemed a sure thing before they traded with Philadelphia out of the No. 2-overall spot. Is newly signed Robert Griffin III really their replacement for discarded, troubled Johnny Manziel? Or does Cleveland, tearing it up again and starting over, go get Connor Cook or Paxton Lynch or Christian Hackenberg or other QBs who will be available when it picks at No. 8 and later on.
Watch what Seattle does on Saturday and Sunday: Even for draft junkies those are the days when enough is pretty much enough. But Saturday’s final four rounds then the flurry of undrafted free-agent signings immediate after the draft ends are when the Seahawks have shined brightest. GM John Schneider’s regime has routinely turned late-round picks into starters (Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, K.J. Wright, J.R. Sweezy and Jeremy Lane). And coach Pete Carroll goes back into USC chief-recruiter mode to woo the rookie free agents to sign with a franchise that last December had half its roster made up of the formerly undrafted. That includes Thomas Rawls, Seattle’s new No. 1 back replacing retiring Marshawn Lynch.
LOCALS IN THE DRAFT
Myles Jack, LB, UCLA: Thudding tackler who can also cover any receiver and run like the running back he was starring at Bellevue High School and at times for UCLA. If he hadn’t had his final college season ruined by a knee injury he may be the No. 1-overall player in this draft. Still may go in the top five.
Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford: Outland Trophy winner as college football’s top interior lineman. Native of Puyallup says it’d be a “dream come true” for Seahawks to draft him. May not last past second round.
Joe Dahl, OL, Washington State: Played guard and tackle at WSU, but projects inside to guard. Only played stand-up, two-point stance in Mike Leach’s pass-a-rama. Says he was in a three-point stance more in one week at the Senior Bowl in January than three years at WSU. Could go in fourth round.
Travis Feeney, UW: Feeney’s a freakish athlete who could excel in a 4-3 scheme at LB, but teams will question his four shoulder surgeries. Late-round possibility.
Cory Littleton, UW: A stand-up pass rusher built like a wide receiver. Some think isn’t strong enough for the NFL. May be an undrafted free agent.