Legion of Griffins: Seahawks select one-handed LB Shaquem Griffin

Apr 30, 2018, 01:39
Legion of Griffins: Seahawks select one-handed LB Shaquem Griffin

The Seahawks added to their defensive line in the third round of the 2018 National Football League draft, selecting USC defensive end Rasheem Green with the 79th overall pick.

Intriguingly, Schneider noted following the draft Saturday that he was once with a team that drafted a punter in the third round "that completely failed" as evidence that the drafting of Dickson doesn't mean Ryan is totally a goner just yet. Perhaps most impressive, Dickson was the MVP of the Texas Bowl victory over Missouri after downing 10 of his 11 punts inside the 20-yard line.

Learning Michael Dickson's name is now Seattle coach Pete Carroll's problem. "That's what I think is the complete package and I think they understand the body type, 6-foot4, 260-pound tight end is kind of what you look for", he said. Penny should be a plug-and-play running back that should immediately make the Seahawks better. Flowers also had two interceptions that season.

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Even though others weren't taken in the draft, they had chanced to sign free agent deals elsewhere. Dickson left a year of eligibility on the table at Texas.

The Seahawks selected Temple defensive end Jacob Martin in the sixth round of the 2018 draft, adding a pass rusher who recorded eight sacks last season. The Seahawks took UCF linebacker Shauqem Griffin with pick No. 141.

Not only was the Ray Guy Award victor the top punter taken in this year's draft, he was the first specialist of any kind selected. Carroll has said before that Fant could maybe be used there, but this seemed the most direct statement yet that the team will throw Fant into the competition at right tackle with Ifedi, the team's first-round pick in 2016. Seattle was slated to have the No. 76-overall pick but traded with Pittsburgh and moved back three spots to No. 79 while also picking up an additional seventh-round selection.

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"We thought he was the best blocker in the draft", Carroll said.

And given that the Seahawks want to get back to running the ball, Seattle could well keep five tailbacks. "Obviously I'm looking to grow my game as much as possible but I always put my pride in my run blocking".

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