Defensive tackle Xavier Cooper is expected to become the third graduate of Tacoma’s Wilson High School drafted into the NFL in the last dozen years. Marcus Trufant, who like Cooper played for Washington State, went to the Seahawks in the first round, 11th overall in 2003. His brother Desmond Trufant went 22nd overall in 2013 to Atlanta. A fourth Wilson High grad, third Trufant brother Isaiah, is still playing in the NFL, for Cleveland, after not being drafted in 2006.
The University of Washington hasn’t had four players drafted in a single year since 2001 when it had five. Four Huskies seem like locks to get picked this weekend: Danny Shelton is rated as the top defensive tackle in the draft and could go within the first 10 or 15 selections. Marcus Peters is considered the best cover cornerback. Hau’oli Kikaha led the nation with 19 sacks last season and had 40.5 tackles for losses and 32 sacks his last two Huskies seasons. And Shaq Thompson may be so gifted athletically as a linebacker, safety or even a running back that NFL teams may not know exactly how to use him.
This is the Seahawks’ sixth draft with general manager John Schneider and coach/executive vice president Pete Carroll running the show. Of their previous first two picks over five years they’ve selected six offensive players (four of them linemen) and four defensive players. Of their 48 total picks so far in Seattle, 26 have been on defense, 22 on offense. They have yet to select a college center, long snapper, kicker or punter. They have drafted one quarterback in five years -- Russell Wilson (3rd round, 2012). They haven’t needed another one since.
The Seahawks are the first team since the 1994-97 San Diego Chargers to not have a first-round pick in three consecutive drafts. They got wide receiver Percy Harvin from Minnesota for their top pick in 2013. Schneider traded his 32nd and final pick of the first round last year to the Vikings for the 40th and 108th overall choices. Seattle traded the 31st overall pick in this draft to New Orleans last month to get tight end Jimmy Graham.
OUR TOP 10 (players,
not necessarily picks)
Leonard Williams, DE, USC
Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
Dante Fowler, OLB, Florida
Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
La’el Collins, OT, LSU
BY THE NUMBERS
11 The number of picks for the Seahawks in this draft, most in the NFL. They start at No. 63 overall at the end of the second round, and have nine selections in rounds 4-7 on Saturday.
63 The first selection Seattle currently owns, at the end of round two after trading the 31st-overall pick to New Orleans to get Jimmy Graham. It would be the latest initial pick in team history, one spot lower than Christine Michael got picked to begin Seattle’s 2013 draft.
256Total selections in this draft, rounds one through seven.
1995The last time the University of Washington has had two players selected in the first round: Running back Napoleon Kaufman No. 18 overall to the Raiders, TE Mark Bruener nine spots later to the Steelers. UW could get two Thursday with Danny Shelton and Marcus Peters.