College Football Rankings And Picks: Week 2

Our first full weekend of college football for the year had some pretty decent games. The game on the largest stage came down to the wire – and Oregon managed to shit the bed again. We had an electric performance from Jalen Hurts in his Oklahoma debut. We also had a true freshman QB from Boise State lead his team to a comeback on the road at FSU.

Many contributors to Hefty Headlines were invited to participate in our Week 1 poll. Of the ten people invited – five responded, again. Here is what we have after the first full week of action:

Hefty Headlines Top 25 Poll : Week 1

The top of our poll has the same names we are used to. We had LSU jump into the top 5 after looking like they finally have a decent QB in Baton Rouge. Auburn leapt into the top 10 after an impressive win against the Ducks. There was some shuffling amongst the rest of the teams in our poll, likely due to us not remembering where we ranked teams last week.

Two teams debuted in our top 25; Syracuse at #25 and BYU at #20. The Cougars somehow managed to steal a first place vote from Clemson even after losing their opener to Utah. Two teams from the northwest managed to gather votes – even though they are not Division I programs. FCS Portland State received a #24 vote in one poll, Division III Linfield College received a #25 vote in another.

RankTeamRecordPointsTrend
1Clemson (3)1 – 0122
2Alabama (1)1 – 0119
3Georgia1 – 0107+1
4Oklahoma1 – 0102-1
4LSU1 – 0102+3
6Texas1 – 090
7Auburn1 – 084+8
8Ohio State1 – 083-3
8Michigan1 – 083
10Notre Dame1 – 078-1
11Washington1 – 069-1
12Florida1 – 064-1
13Utah1 – 061+4
14Texas A&M1 – 059+1
15Penn State1 – 056-1
16Wisconsin1 – 050+5
17Oregon0 – 140-5
18UCF1 – 037-2
19Iowa1 – 029-1
20BYU (1)0 – 125NR
21Washington State1 – 023+4
22Boise State1 – 022+2
23Stanford1 – 020-4
23Michigan State1 – 020-3
25Syracuse1 – 015NR
  • Others receiving votes: TCU 7, Iowa State 7, Oklahoma State 6, Cincinnati 6, Nebraska 5, Mississippi State 4, Army 3, Portland State 2, UL-Lafayette 1, Linfield College 1.

Week 2 Picks

Heisman Pick

Jalen Hurts – QB – Oklahoma

Not close right now. Murray or Baker never put up those numbers. He looked better than Kyler and Baker. Hurts could be the third Oklahoma transfer QB to win in a row. Jalen definitely stood out this weekend and he will continue to put up unreal numbers trying to outscore the Big 12 each game.

Other’s Receiving Votes: Tua Tagovailoa – Lawrence gets the hype but Tua will be showcased by Alabama to try and win it after being runner up last year.

  • Pre-Season: Trevor Lawrence – QB – Clemson

Final Week One Thoughts

  • Chamby: PAC 12 North is going to be interesting to watch. Oregon and Washington obviously look good. Teams like OSU can score on you so can’t have a bad day. Washington State always dangerous.
  • Buzz: Impressed with the Boise State offense and true freshman QB – coming back on the road at FSU. Oregon was embarrassing. Herbert is not a top QB prospect after that performance. If you are a top QB you simply cannot lose to a true freshman at a neutral place. Oklahoma looks great with Jalen Hurts – he is electric.
  • Stormin’ Mormon: BYU got screwed
  • Tommy Nuggets: It’s going to be a long season, buckle up…
  • Bix: Jacob Eason for Heisman!!

Wrap Up

We are all on board with Clemson beating Texas A&M this weekend, so I would put my money on A&M winning. There is a ton of football to watch this weekend – we will be back with our thoughts next week.

Geaux Tigers.
– Buzz

Seahawks 53-Man Roster Predictions

A projection of the Seahawks roster following a win against the Oakland Raiders to finish the preseason 3-1. This is a guess as to what the Seahawks WILL do, not what I think they SHOULD do.

Here we go:

QB:

1) Russell Wilson

2) Geno Smith- Geno was the more consistent player in games and throughout camp but he did leave the 4th preseason game early. Barring this injury being serious, he’ll be the backup.

Cut: Paxton Lynch – Had one brilliant game against his former team but other than that has really struggled.

RB:

This is the toughest group. Will the Seahawks keep 3 or 4 here?

3) Chris Carson

4) Rashaad Penny

5) CJ Prosise: If you would have said this a week ago I would have laughed. CJ balled out and looked unbelievable in the third and fourth preseason games. He has been out with injuries far more often then not in his career in Seattle. But they obviously have kept him around for a reason. His talents are off the charts.

Cut: JD McKissic – He’s a veteran weapon but did not show enough to earn a spot.

BOLD PREDICTION: The Seahawks will end up trading Prosise and keeping Homer. But as is, this is the group we go with.

WR:

6) Tyler Lockett

7) Jerron Brown

8) DK Metcalf

9) John Ursua: The Seahawks 7th round pick showed enough to make this team and clearly has Russell Wilson’s eye. That matters.

10) David Moore: Moore has a bone fracture in his elbow, but according to reports may only miss week one before being back. No danger of being on IR or cut here.

Cut: Gary Jennings: It sucks to cut a 4th round pick but Gary Jennings simply has shown nothing on the field in any of the preseason games. I don’t watch practice obviously and maybe he tears it up there but based on what we know Gary doesn’t deserve to make this team.

Cut: Keenan Reynolds: One of Russell’s favorites but just isn’t polished enough to be a full time WR and make the team.

Cut: Jazz Ferguson: Jazz flashed big play potential but also had some drops. He’s a project and a good candidate for the practice squad should he clear waivers.

Offensive Line:

11) Duane Brown

12) Mike Iupati

13) Justin Britt

14) DJ Fluker

15) Germain Ifedi

16) Ethan Pocic – I can’t stand Ethan Pocic, but he played well at left guard, especially run blocking. They’ll keep him which I think is a mistake.

17) George Fant – Apparently very close to being back from the ankle sprain

18) Jordan Simmons: Showed enough last season to earn a look this year. Looked good before getting injured.

IR: Phil Haynes – Phil will make the team as the Seahawks loved him prior to the injury. He’ll go on IR and be eligible to return after week 6.

Tight End:

19)Will Dissly

20) Nick Vannett

21) Jacob Hollister

Cut: Ed Dickson – Ed never got healthy and look for the Seahawks to part ways with him and add $3M in cap space.

Defensive Line:

22) Jarran Reed: see below

23) Ziggy Ansah

24) Jacob Martin

25) Cassius Marsh

26) Poonah Ford

27) Quinton Jefferson

28) Rasheem Green

29) LJ Collier

30) Al Woods

(?) Earl Mitchell: If Reed can go on some kind of suspended list while injured, Earl will make the team. If not and Reed needs to be on the 53, Earl gets cut.

Cut: Barkevious Mingo – Can’t rush the passer. Which is what Seattle needed him to do.

Linebackers:

31) Bobby Wagner

32) KJ Wright

33) Mychael Kendricks

34) Cody Barton

35) Austin Calitro

36) Shaqueem Griffin

Practice squad: BBK

Defensive Backs

37) Shaq Griffin

38) Tre Flowers

39) Ugo Amadi

40) Bradley McDougald

41) Tedric Thompson

43) Deshawn Shead

44) Lano Hill

45) Marquise Blair

ST:

46) Tyler Ott

47) Michael Dickson

48) Jason Myers

I feel pretty confident in a majority of those 48 players. Now we’re down to the last five:

49) Travis Homer RB: There’s enough there to keep him, especially if the plan is to keep Prosise as well..

50) Jamar Taylor CB: Outplayed Akeem King at the Nickel and makes the team.

51) Branden Jackson DL: He’s a good rotation DL. He should be safe.

52) Neiko Thorpe CB: Another guy that do a lot of things in the secondary and on ST

53) Joey Hunt C: Plays his ass off and can play multiple spots on the Offensive Line.

Go Hawks!

– @Reaves9

Hefty Headlines Presents: The 2019 College Football Pre-Season Rankings

The 2019 college football season kicks off on Saturday with Miami vs Florida at 4pm.

Prior to the start of the year – we wanted to get our rankings out. We will also include our CFP, Heisman, and National Champion predictions.

Many contributors to Hefty Headlines were invited to participate in this inaugural pre-season poll. Of the ten people invited – five responded. Anyways, here is what we have:

RankTeamRecordPoints
1Clemson (5)0 – 0125
2Alabama0 – 0120
3Oklahoma0 – 0112
4Georgia0 – 0110
5Ohio State0 – 099
6Texas0 – 096
7LSU0 – 095
8Michigan0 – 090
9Notre Dame0 – 081
10Washington0 – 080
11Florida0 – 079
12Oregon0 – 071
13Texas A&M 0 – 065
14Penn State0 – 048
15Auburn0 – 043
16UCF0 – 041
17Utah0 – 036
18Iowa0 – 030
19Stanford0 – 022
20Michigan State0 – 021
21Wisconsin0 – 020
22Miami0 – 017
23Army0 – 015
24Boise State0 – 014
25Washington State0 – 012
  • Others receiving votes: Nebraska 11, BYU 10, TCU 9, Syracuse 8, USC 8, Missouri 7, Iowa State 7, Northwestern 6, Mississippi State 6, Virginia Tech 5, Utah State 3, Fresno State 1, UL-Lafayette 1, Oklahoma State 1.

Heisman Pick

Trevor Lawrence – QB – Clemson

The most common name chosen was that of Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence. Other names that were brought up were Wisconsin RB Johnathan Taylor, Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, and Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts.

CFP Predictions

Clemson, Alabama, Texas, and ….Ohio State or Oklahoma.

Clemson and Alabama were unanimously selected to make it into the CFP. Texas was selected by the majority of our voters. Ohio State and Oklahoma were tied for the 4th spot. Washington, Michigan, and Notre Dame also received a vote.

National Champion

Clemson

The Tigers are our pick to win the College Football Playoff – receiving most of the votes. Alabama and Texas were also selected as potential winners.

Wrap Up

We will keep this going throughout the season – hopefully. Some weeks we will have more voters – some weeks we will have less. The only thing that is for sure is none of us really know what we are talking about – just like everyone else.

– Buzz

Seahawks Preseason Week Two Takeaways

The Seahawks were defeated by the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night, 25-19. There were some good things, but this was really a disappointing effort by the second and third string players. The good vibes of last week’s win did not carry over to this week, and the Seahawks paid the price.

Quarterbacks: 

Russell Wilson: Russell played two series in his first action this preseason and lead good drives down field that were both spoiled by penalties and throws that were just a hair off. Russell connected downfield to Tyler Lockett on a nice crossing route and hit Jaron Brown twice downfield for big gains. Russell did however just miss Brown on a key third down that grazed Brown’s fingertips on what might have been a miss timed jump. Russell also had Chris Carson wide open on another 3rd down deep in Viking territory but had to rush the throw and missed Carson with a low throw. Most importantly Russell did not get hit once.

Paxton Lynch: The star of last week was unable to string together a second straight good performance. Paxton was errant with a lot of throws and had trouble getting the second team moving. He did look good running the ball when he took off with it, but he needs to do more than that to make this team. Paxton left the game after a dirty helmet to helmet hit by Vikings CB Holton Hill which lead to his ejection. Paxton is in concussion protocol according to Pete Carroll.

I’m not going to write about JT Barrett because he has been with the team for 5 days and understandably didn’t know what he was doing, and it showed.

Running Backs:

Chris Carson: Carson looked very good and ran the ball hard, and most importantly patiently. Chris waited for plays to develop and exploded through the line. Nothing much to say here. Chris is going to have a MONSTER year so long as he stays healthy.

Rashad Penny: Rashad ran the ball six times for negative two yards. Not his fault. Every time Penny got the ball, he had a Viking player in the backfield. He simply could not get going to no fault of his own and Carroll echoed that after the game. Penny was clearly frustrated, but his time will come I assure you.

Travis Homer: First look at the Seahawks rookie running back from Miami. Travis clearly has a boost and looked very explosive in his opportunities. Again, its hard to judge with a patch offensive line but you can clearly see the speed and boost he possess. Travis is going to make this team and will likely be the final nail in the coffin for CJ Prosise’s Seahawks career.

Wide Receivers:

DK Metcalf: DK raised eyebrows when he did not play. Pete Carroll after the game said he needs a minor knee surgery to correct the problem. He didn’t sound too concerned with it and was optimistic he would be ready for week one. This will be the hot topic over the next few weeks to be certain.

Tyler Lockett: Tyler caught one nice deep cross from Russell and just missed another when Harrison Smith made an elite play on the ball later in the drive. Tyler is the guy now with Doug Baldwin’s retirement and he is ready to take it to the next level with his play.

Jarron Brown: Brown looked fantastic which is good news considering he should expect more targets this season. He just missed on a big third down on a throw that was just a tad high but overall, he was able to get free several times during his two series.

John Ursua: Ursua is going to make this team, which is a surprise for any seventh-round pick. He just knows how to get open and I think come midseason he is going to be a factor for Seattle.

Gary Jennings: The opposite can be said here. The Seahawks fourth round pick was a no show for the second straight game. He needs to show something next week or he is going to be cut, which is a shame for any 4th round pick.

Jazz Ferguson: Jazz was the best of the bunch last week but had a mostly downer night. He was able to make a few grabs but had a drop and worst of all a fumble after making a nice first down catch. After last week, you would’ve thought Jazz had a decent chance at a roster spot, but this week certainly was a step back.

Tight Ends:

Seahawks tight ends were a nonfactor, but we did see Will Dissly get his first snap since a bad knee injury ended his rookie campaign. This group as a whole are solid blockers but not much to speak of in the passing game (yet).

Offensive Line:

Starters: Looked outstanding in pass protection and were also able to open up some holes for Carson. My one complaint were the two false start penalties that killed both drives; one on Justin Britt the other Germain Ifedi. This simply can’t happen and hopefully whatever was the issue gets fixed.

Backups: Terrible. Missed assignments, free rushers, penalties..  Both the pass and run blocking were way off. The Seahawks are short a couple of guys on the offensive line so its safe to assume this unit did not have a lot of time together in practice and it certainly showed on game day.

Defensive Line:

Jarran Reed: Reed is a monster and not having him the first six games of the season is going to be a killer. Reed looked quick and was especially effective on run stuffs.

Cassius Marsh: Marsh played his ass off in this game. He looked very fast off the edge and was able to get pressure several times on passing downs. Really nice to see him play well, the Seahawks are going to count on him this season to get to the passer.

Poona Ford: Poona might be one of the best stories in the NFL this year. Undrafted out of Texas last year and made an impact. In this game he went against first round center Garrett Bradbury and completely dominated him. Really tough to not get excited about this kid.

Rasheem Green: Last years 3rd round pick continues to be unimpressive. He made several big mistakes in this game especially in play action and run downs not sealing the edge or crashing down the line. Green just doesn’t seem to have gotten any better on paper, and should be having success against backup tackles, however he continues to be a nonfactor.

Linebackers:

Cody Barton: I am very tuned in to a lot of analysis and coverage on this team. The only thing that everyone seems to be on board with Cody Barton being a future star on this team. I don’t get it. He received praise from several outlets yet his mistakes in this game were clear and very costly. Yes, he is very fast and super athletic, but he’s small and struggles to make secure tackles against even backup NFL running backs. He also is often caught flat footed, and it showed on this game when he was slow to react to the RB bouncing a run outside left and blowing right past him. Barton has potential sure, but he’s miles away from being ready.

Mychal Kendricks: Kendricks is a stud. Say what you will about the mistakes he has made but this guy can flat out ball. Kendricks is an outstand linebacker against both the run and in pass rush. Kendricks has his sentencing trial on September 26th stemming from an insider trading incident he had a few years back. He paid back all the money he made from the deal plus fines and so long as he is able to avoid prison time, this guy will be a key player on this defense.

Defensive Backs:

UGHHHH.. Everyone was bad, lets just get that out of the way. Everyone. Yes, Shead had a pick six on an overthrow where the receiver didn’t even know the ball was coming. Great play. Apart from that this group was by far the worst of any group the Seahawks had. They gave up several third down conversions, committed penalties, didn’t line up properly, missed assignments. This was a total nightmare performance and the biggest cause for concern for this team.

Shaq Griffin: Shaq was lined up one on one against one the NFL elites in Adam Thielen and was beat on a simple go route. Shaq was right on Thielen’s hip when he made the catch, but this is the difference between an average corner and Richard Sherman. NFL QB’s stopped trying that route on Richard simply because if they did, it was likely going back the other way. That isn’t the case with Shaq, and he needs to improve or this defense is in trouble.

Tre Flowers: I love Tre Flowers. But he showed his weakness in this game. He is far too grabby when he often does not need to be. Tre committed a 45-yard pass interference on a play where he was already in perfect position to break up the deep ball. He grabs Adam Thielen’s hand right before the ball arrives and the refs threw the flag. It was tacky, but that’s the NFL. Its there for Flowers, he simply just needs to learn that he doesn’t need to grab on to the WRs to make a good play. He was far more guilty on another play, grabbing a handful of jersey during a route, luckily it was missed and the pass went to another receiver downfield.

Tedric Thompson: No one seems to be challenging TT for his spot as FS but I am not sure why. TT never seems to be around the ball, which is different for a Seahawks FS as we’ve been spoiled by Earl Thomas the past 8 years. I honestly can’t give any insight on TT, he doesn’t do anything good enough or bad enough to stand out.

Marquise Blair: Marquise was unable to follow up on his monster first game as he went out in the 2nd quarter with back spasms. This was the first time this has happened to him since the opening of camp that I can recall and hopefully its nothing that flares up again.

Ugo Amadi: Amadi had the play of the game with a perfectly timed hit on a punt returner after a 53-yard boomer by punter Michael Dickson. Amadi is a head hunter and plays uber fast. Its up to the coaches to get this guy on the field to maximize his output.

Special Teams:

Jason Myers /Michael Dickson: Best combo in the NFL. The Seahawks officially have elite special teams because of these two. Enjoy it.

Next up: Saturday August 24th at Los Angeles Chargers.

Look for Russell and the first team offense to get a bit more run in this game before shutting it down prior to the preseason finale.

Go Hawks.

– @Reaves9

Seahawks Preseason Week One Takeaways

The Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 22-14 in their preseason opener on Thursday night in Seattle.

The Seahawks are taking a very different approach to the preseason this year than they have in years past under Pete Carroll. Seattle elected to rest a majority of their high-profile players in an effort to not only minimize their risk of injuries but to also get as much opportunity as possible for the rest of this young roster. Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner, KJ Wright, Duane Brown, Tyler Lockett, Bradley McDougald, Chris Carson, Mike Iupati and DJ Fluker are established veterans who did not play a snap in game number one. In years past, Seattle would play all of their stars at least one series if not a couple in the first preseason game.

While its always fun to win games, the preseason results don’t matter much. The Seahawks went 0-4 last season and went on to win 10 games and secure a wildcard spot during the regular season. What is important is how the young players, particularly ones who will be expected to contribute this season, have developed so far since being drafted or since last season.

Here are some thoughts on key players at each position during Thursday Night’s win.

Quarterbacks:

Geno Smith: Geno got the start for Seattle in this game and played the entire first half. He showed good mobility and arm strength but was only able to complete 3/9 pass attempts for 58 yards. At times he looked hesitant as he would often not be able to find a place to throw the ball after dropping back, resulting in scrambles and throws on the run.

Paxton Lynch: WOW.. The reports out of training camp in regards to Lynch have been unanimously terrible. By all accounts Lynch has struggled mightily throwing the ball in his first training camp with the Seahawks. His first pass after entering the game at halftime was pretty much in line with those reports as he short armed it straight into the turf of CenturyLink. After that he was nothing short of spectacular, completing 11/15 passes for 109 yards and a Touchdown. He also rushed for 38 yards including an outstanding run to put the Seahawks ahead for good in the 4th quarter. Lynch did not make any poor decisions with the ball, checking it down numerous times when no one was open downfield. The competition for the backup QB job came back to life last night with Lynch’s performance, this will be fun to keep an eye on moving forward.

Running Backs:

Rashaad Penny: Seattle’s first round pick from a year ago looked good in the opener. Most importantly he looked decisive with the ball in his hands after looking timid for most of the early part of last season. Seattle was without three of their five starting offensive lineman and the run blocking reflected that. Penny did however get free on a 27-yard screen pass and showed off the burst and shifty moves that made him a first-round pick. All of the tools are there for Penny and its just a matter of time before he breaks out.

Bo Scarborough: The former Alabama star ran very well as he rushed seven times for 32 yards. He ran downhill and looked for contact. His odds of making the team are low with the stable of young backs Seattle has but would be a very valuable member of the practice squad should the Seahawks be able to hold onto him.

Wide Receivers:

DK Metcalf: The man everyone came out to see. DK is an absolute freak of nature and looks like an Avatar in a Seahawks uniform. Every time he lined up wide, Denver defensive backs gave him 10 yards of cushion in free of his speed. DK had a couple of big play opportunities that were off by just a hair but was able to bring in two catches on shorter routes. DK has a lot to learn, but his ability to just burn people with his size is going to wreak havoc this season. If this kid figures out how to play, the rest of the NFC is in trouble.

John Ursua: The Seahawks 7th round pick looked very quick and polished in his time out. His one catch for 23 yards on a quick seam route displayed his ability to separate in the slot position and get open off the snap. I think the Seahawks hit it with this draft pick.

Jazz Ferguson: Jazz went undrafted due to character concerns coming out of his time at LSU where he was ultimately dismissed from the team. The Seahawks gave Jazz an opportunity and he made the most of it, leading the team with 4 catches and 58 yards including a fantastic TD inside the 10 yard line. Jazz is probably a long shot to make this team with who is in front of him on the depth chart, but he definitely put on a display for other teams in the market for a WR.

Offensive Line:

George Fant: Really a bummer to see him get hurt out there. George simply got caught in the pile and had someone roll over the back of his leg resulting in an ankle sprain. Luckily George was able to walk off the field on his own, but Pete Carroll did refer to this as a “legit” sprain in the postgame press conference. Pete said on Sunday that George will try to be back for the opener on Sep 8th.

Ethan Pocic: Since being selected with the 58th pick in the 2017 draft, Pocic has been a big disappointment for the Seahawks considering his second-round selection. Nothing appears to have changed here as Pocic continues to simply get man handled by defensive tackles, especially in the run game. If Pocic had been a 5th or 6th round pick, he’d already have been cut. Time for the Seahawks to cut their losses and move on before he gets someone hurt.

Defensive Line: 

Jacob Martin: Martin has big shoes to fill with the departure of Frank Clark. He looked fast coming off the edge in his time on the field, getting to the QB for a nice sack.

Barkevious Mingo: It appears Seattle has settled on moving Mingo to the edge to rush the passer. He recorded a sack and has a big role on special teams. 

Rasheem Green: Green dominated the preseason last season as a rookie but had a relatively unproductive regular season. Green played sparingly and did record a tackle for loss. He is still very young but needs to show progress this year as his name will be called on very often.

Linebackers:

Cody Barton: Of all the Seahawks draft picks, Cody Barton was the one I was the most confused by. However, as the offseason went along, Barton was constantly being brought up as a standout player. This game was a mixed bag for him. On a 3rd & 1, Royce Freeman took a handoff with a lead FB and had a big hole to run through on the left side. Barton froze and did not fill the lane, but instead simply froze six yards behind the line of scrimmage. The fullback came through the hole and blasted Cody and it was off the races for Freeman for a 50-yard gain. This was a good teachable moment for Barton, but for me was a big concern because this was not a difficult play for him to diagnose. I want to see more before I believe the hype here. The good news is, Cody is not expected to play a lot of snaps in his rookie season so long as Wright/Wagner/Kendricks are able to stay healthy.

Shaqueem Griffin: I think the experiment with trying to play Shaqueem in the WLB spot is a lost cause and the Seahawks will move forward with trying to get Shaqueem in on throwing downs to rush the passer. He is a very good special teams player as well which helps his chances of making this year’s team.

Austin Calitro: Lead the team with five tackles and was all over the field in this game. I have one complaint about Calitro and that’s he a below average tackler. On one play, Calitro did a great job of covering the flat against a swing pass but was not able to secure the tackle. This resulted in 3rd and 6 rather than a 3rd and 11. He did overall play very well, but he struggled in tackling last year and that play jumped out at me again in this game.

Defensive Backs:

Marquise Blair: I know its one game in the preseason, but I’ve seen all I need to see from Blair. He looked like a young Earl Thomas flying around hitting people. He needs to learn the system and learn his responsibilities as his aggressiveness did cost the Seahawks on one big play, but that’s a problem Pete Carroll and his staff can fix. Sit back and enjoy the Marquise Blair show.

Ugo Amadi: Another future stud. Question is how will the Seahawks decide to use him? Amadi was flying around the field making plays, returning punts. He was fun to watch. The Seahawks have a big need at nickel corner and Amadi is right there in the hunt. 

Akeem King: I’m still pissed off at King for screwing up last season late in the first quarter against Dallas where he lost containment on Zeke Elliot and cost the Seahawks six points. However, King did look good in this game in coverage and had a very nice pass breakup. He is another guy competing for that nickel spot.

Shaq Griffin: Shaq had an awesome rookie season followed by a somewhat disappointing sophomore season. On an interview with 710 ESPN, Griffin said himself that he felt he did not play up to his ability last year. The shoes Shaq had to fill at left corner with the departure of Richard Sherman were very big and he by no surprise is not as good as Sherman was. However, it is much too soon to give up on Shaq and he played very well this this game breaking up a pass and getting involved in the run defense. 

Next up: Saturday 8/17 against the Chargers

Expect more of the same here which is Seattle resting its star players and getting the young guys as many snaps as possible. I want to see more of this Wide Receiver group. For me they are the most fascinating group of this preseason to watch. Go Hawks!

– @Reaves9

Seattle Seahawks 2019 Draft Recap

The Seahawks 2019 Draft is very complex and has several layers that need to be examined in order to fully evaluate it.

First it is important to note that Seattle signed Russell Wilson the largest contract in NFL history 11 days before the NFL Draft. This signing meant one thing; less money to go around to the rest of the team. The Seahawks needed young cheap talent to put around Russell Wilson. The problem was, they only had four picks in the 2019 draft when that deal was completed.

Then, a second bomb hit. Frank Clark was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 1st round pick in 2019 (29 overall) and a second-round pick in 2020.  The Seahawks now found themselves armed with two first round picks (22,29) as well as a 3rd, and two day 3 picks.

If you are going to fairly evaluate this entire draft it is important to consider why they only had these picks. The Seahawks traded their 2019 second round pick and fifth round pick to the Houston Texans last year for veteran pro bowl Left Tackle Duane Brown. Since that trade, Brown has established himself as the anchor for the Seahawks offensive line and signed an extension with the Seahawks. This trade was a win for the Seahawks despite the hefty price tag.

After watching the first 20 picks go by, it was the Seahawks turn at pick number 21. The Seahawks are notorious for trading down and did so again this year with the Green Bay Packers in exchange for three picks (#30,114 and 118). The Seahawks were now up to 7 total picks including back to back picks later in the first round.

Unfortunately, I think this trade was a big mistake by Seattle and I think they knew it. The Packers selected S Darnell Savage, and at pick 22, the Washington Redskins traded up and took edge rusher Montez Sweat. According to John Clayton of 710 ESPN, this was whom the Seahawks were targeting at 29, and thought would still be there. However, the trade made by Washington threw a wrench into those plans and the Seahawks were left to reach at pick 29. 

PICK 29 – DL L.J. COLLIER – TCU

I admit I did not know much about the fifth-year senior from TCU when Roger Goodell called his name. But, what I have learned since is that the Seahawks see him as a versatile defensive lineman that can play in multiple spots, similar to how they used Michael Bennett in years prior. Collier did not play until late in his college career. Collier was seen as a mid-late second round prospect according to most mocks, however this is not the first time Seattle has “reached” on a defensive lineman under John and Pete. The Seahawks selected DE Bruce Irvin in the middle of round 1 in 2012 and Frank Clark in the 2nd round of 2014. Both seen as reaches that turned out to be tremendous talents. They also selected a player very similar to Collier in 2017 in the second round, Malik McDowell, whose NFL career ended weeks after the draft due to an ATV accident that caused severe head damage.

Bottom Line: The Seahawks probably did not get the guy they wanted here, but they have earned the benefit of the doubt when it comes to evaluating young Defensive Lineman. Let’s all wait and see on Collier.

The Seahawks were on the clock again at pick 30 but decided to trade back again, this time with the NY Giants for picks 37, 132, and 142… They would then flip pick 37 to Carolina for #47 and 77…

PICK 47 – SAFTEY MARQUISE BLAIR – UTAH

The Seahawks add to their young secondary by taking Blair here. Blair is an old-fashioned box safety who loves to hit people. Blair is of the mold of Kam Chancellor where he is most effective being closer to the line of scrimmage yet does run well and can contribute in the Seahawks Cover 3 based defense. Blair will compete with Tedric Thompson and Delano Hill to play alongside last years breakout player Bradley McDougald. 

PICK 64 – WR D.K. METCALF – OLE MISS

This is going to be the pick everyone will be talking about all season long. It is not often that the third player a team takes steals all the headlines, but that’s what happened here when the Seahawks traded up to select Metcalf. The Seahawks trading up in the draft is very rare. The last time the Seahawks traded up for a receiver was in 2014 when they selected star WR Tyler Lockett. Metcalf is a boom or bust pick. He could be Calvin Johnson, or he could be Braylon Edwards. Metcalf is 6’3”, 230 lbs and ran a 4.33-40 yard dash with a 40 inch vertical. He looks like an Avatar. The question becomes, can he be a polished NFL WR? Had the Seahawks not taken him here, Metcalf slips into the 3rd round, which would seem to indicate that most NFL teams did not think so. Time will tell..

More on Metcalf: The Seahawks held their NFL Rookie Camp on the weekend of May 3rd where all draft picks and dozens of other tryout players went through a 3-day camp of various drills and film study. I was tuned into this camp religiously and I can tell you one thing; everyone is down right giddy about DK Metcalf. The early returns on his route running and catch radius were off the charts from all media/coaches/players. The retirement of WR Doug Baldwin leaves a gigantic hole at WR for the Seahawks. DK Metcalf will have every opportunity to make an impact right away. Watch out. Metcalf might be biggest steal of the draft.

PICK 88 – LB CODY BARTON – UTAH

I didn’t understand this pick. The Seahawks seemed to be pretty set at Linebacker as they return everyone from last year at that spot. The Seahawks need a replacement for the aging KJ Wright, but I thought they had other needs and this pick for me was a head scratcher.

PICK 120 – WR GARY JENNINGS – WVU

Another receiver here for the Seahawks which again is much needed with the retirement of Baldwin. Jennings is a 6’1 slot receiver that ran a 4.42 at the combine and had great production at WVU. He is extremely effective in the red zone and should have the opportunity to compete right away for playing time.

PICK 124 – G PHIL HAYNES – WFU

Haynes did not start playing football until his Senior year in high school. Haynes weighs in at 322 pounds and projects as a run blocking guard that seems to fit the Seahawks style. He’ll compete with Jordan Simmonds and Ethan Pocic for a backup spot to DJ Fluker and Mike Iupati who are both on one year contracts.

PICK 132 – S/CB UGO AMADI – OREGON

Ah yes, a Duck! Amadi played primarily cornerback while at Oregon but will be moved around to see where he might be best utilized. Amadi is not the biggest defensive back at only 5’9 but played very physical while at Oregon and was a very reliable player who contributed in all 4 years at Oregon. He got better every year and according to one person inside the program I spoke with, matured over the years and became a good leader on the Oregon defense. I thought Amadi was a very solid player for Oregon and very much like this pick. He’ll have a chance to contribute right away on special teams.

PICK 142 – LB BEN BURR-KIRVEN – WASHINGTON

Seattle went from picking a player from a great school to a player from a terrible one; Washington. BBK had unbelievable production at UW, leading the entire nation in tackles. He doesn’t project well in the NFL with his limited size and athleticism. He might contribute on special teams but will have a hard time getting any reps so long as Bobby Wagner is still on the roster.

PICK 204 – RB TRAVIS HOMER – MIAMI

Homer is exactly what the Seahawks look for in a running back; a guy that like to hit people. Homer will compete to be the third running back on this team behind star RB Chris Carson and last years top pick Rashad Penny. 

PICK 209 – DT DEMARCUS CHRISTMAS – FLORIDA STATE

Christmas is a massive human-being that could be used on running downs as a run stuffer. The Seahawks also signed veteran DT Al Woods this week so Christmas will have to compete hard to make this team.

PICK 236 – WR JOHN URSUA – HAWAII

Seattle trades into the 7th round to pick up Ursua. John Schneider felt the need to trade a 2020 6th round pick to get Ursua because he felt that they would not be able to sign him as a UDFA. Ursua lead all of college football in TD catches last season while at Hawaii and had a very productive senior season. He will be another player in the mix competing for reps at WR.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Draft grades are stupid. I remember vividly the Seahawks 2012 Draft getting just torched by every “expert” out there, calling it the worst of any team. Who did Seattle select that year? Bruce Irvin, Bobby Wagner, Russell Wilson, Jeremy Lane and JR Sweezy… Like all drafts, only time will tell how good this class will be. Just get ready for DK Metcalf.

– @Reaves9