So now it's day two, the Seahawks' time to jump into the NFL draft after basking in the Jimmy Graham glow during last night's round one. They have their initial pick right now at 63 overall at the bottom of the second round that begins at 4 p.m. Pacific Time, and then the 95th-overall choice near the end of round three tonight.
The talk now is: Will Seattle, with a league-high 11 picks, trade up higher in the second round today?
What might prompt general manager John Schneider to do that?
The popular buzz (for whatever that may or may not be worth) is that Dorial Green-Beckham being available might. We've talked about on here his pros -- being 6 feet 5 and 255 pounds, a physical mismatch for most defensive backs, even those already in the NFL -- and one, big, con: dismissed from Missouri's program after a charge he dragged a woman from an apartment by her neck.
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Arizona State's big Jaelen Strong, a star at February's combine some thought would be selected last night, remains available. So does Devin Smith, the home-run wide receiver who averaged more than 28 yards per catch last season while winning the national championship with Ohio State. And Devin Funchess, who is even bigger than Green-Beckham and visited the Seahawks before the draft.
I pose a third, more fundamental question for the Seahawks' day: Why should Seattle trade up in the second round?
Sure, they have the stockpile of picks. But Schneider stockpiled those by not aggressively pursuing unrestricted free agents while letting Golden Tate and others go last offseason so he would have 11 opportunities to improve the roster. Plus, the Seahawks' needs go beyond a big wide receiver -- and the way some top prospects fell yesterday (Pitt offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings, Alabama safety Landon Collins, Nebraska rush end Randy Gregory, UCLA inside linebacker Eric Kendricks, the troubling situation surrounding LSU tackle La'el Collins and the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana wanting to talk to him as part of the investigation into the murder of a woman eight months pregnant) -- I believe big receivers such as Funchess may not be available in round three.
To me the likely decision now (contrary to my predicted Seahawks' draft yesterday) will be Seattle stays at 63 and drafts an offensive lineman to fill its needs at left guard and center. Perhaps Donovan Smith from Penn State, who could play tackle, guard or some think even center in the NFL. Or tackle Jake Fisher from Oregon. Or Ty Sambrailo from Colorado State. Or another Duck, Hroniss Grasu, though he may also be available in round three or even four, given how low centers historically go in the draft.
As for Collins, not sure Seahawks owner Paul Allen, who is indeed involved and in talks on these picks (often from inside the team's draft room), would sign off on selecting a first-round talent who may or may not be deeply involved in a murder investigation. Not even convinced not matter how skilled Collins is that Schneider would even consider that at this point. Or any NFL GM, for that matter. It's why Collins' representatives asked the NFL yesterday to remove their client from this draft and then, on the assumption he is cleared when and if he does talk to the police, he be permitted to enter the later supplemental draft. The league said no, so Collins drops in the draft.
A lot to consider on what will be an interesting day for these second and third rounds. And not just for the Seahawks.
--Join our News Tribune live draft chat from the second floor of Seahawks' headquarters in Renton at about 3:45 p.m. PT today. Here's what we did last night.
--Hey, if you missed the chance to submit your predictions for the Seahawks' 11 picks in the TNT's Great Draft Caper 2015, we are extending the deadline to 4 p.m. today. Reply in the comments section below your predicitions.
Again, Seattle's current lineup of picks (barring trades):
2nd round (63rd overall)
3rd round (95th overall)
4th round (112th overall)
4th round (130th overall)
4th round (134th overall)
5th round (167th overall)
5th round (170th overall)
6th round (181st overall)
6th round (209th overall)
6th round (214th overall)
7th round (248th overall)