The 2018 NFL Draft is in the books for the Seahawks and the team made worldwide news by taking Shaquem Griffin, twin brother of Shaquille Griffin, in the fifth round of the draft. Griffin was born with amniotic band syndrome and had his left hand amputated at age four. He becomes the first one-handed player drafted into the NFL.
Seattle continued their push to improve the run game by being the second team to take a running back in the draft and selecting Rashaad Penny out of San Diego State. Will Dissly became the first player from the University of Washington drafted by the Seahawks since Jerramy Stevens was taken in the first round back in 2002.
The full list of Seattle Seahawks players selected:
- Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
- Rasheem Green, DE, USC
- Will Dissly, TE, Washington
- Shaquem Griffin, OLB, Central Florida
- Tre Flowers, S, Oklahoma State
- Michael Dickson, P, Texas
- Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio St.
- Jake Martin, EDGE, Temple
- Alex Mcgough, QB, Florida International
Rob Staton of seahawksdraftblog.com offers his thoughts on each of the players and talks about some of the reasoning behind some of the later round selections. Jones was a player that was expected to go sooner in the draft, but may have fallen in the draft due to some of his numbers in the combine. Martin displayed a level of toughness at Temple that would be appealing to the Seahawks. Mcgough was a player who seemed to go under the radar leading up to the draft, but had a statistic that Seattle seemed particularly intrigued by.
Samuel Gold of Sam's Film Room on Field Gulls also joined the show to talk about his upcoming breakdown video of Rashaad Penny. While Penny wasn't his second-favorite running back on the board, he did have him as the fourth best in the class. Sam said his criteria for taking a running back in the first round is that he wanted to see a complete all-around player or someone with elite running talent.
He says pass blocking is a major area of improvement for Penny.
Sam also talks about Rasheem Green and the steps Green will need to take in his game to become a top defensive lineman at the professional level. He points toward one college game in particular where Green showed that playing on the interior of the defensive line might be difficult for him in the pros and why he is projected to play defensive end with the ability to move inside to rush the passer.
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