Seahawks got the other guy they were considering at No. 31

AP

On Thursday night, the Seahawks were torn between taking Texas A&M guard Germain Ifedi and Alabama defensive lineman Jarran Reed with the 31st pick in the draft. They ended up with both.

Ifedi became the last pick of round one on Thursday. On Friday, the Seahawks traded up from No. 56 to No. 49 to pounce on Reed.

“Didn’t see him making it that long,” coach Pete Carroll told reporters regarding Reed. “Somebody asked me [Thursday] night if you had considered taking an offensive player, or an offensive lineman, or a defensive lineman, was it going to be an offensive lineman for sure? Quite honestly, it was between those two players. That’s why we made that move to go get [Reed].”

G.M. John Schneider called Reed “clearly the best run defender in this draft,” and Schneider expressed optimism that the coaching staff can help Reed improve as a pass rusher.

Carroll called Reed “the alpha dog” in the Alabama program (don’t tell Nick Saban that).

“They all talk about, ‘He is the guy,'” Carroll said. “Terrific leader in a great program, a very physical, tough program as well. He’s a guy that’s in the front of the line. We love all that about him. He brings a real mentality that we love. He has versatility to play both the one technique and the three technique, which is great. We’ll see how that works for us, in the matchups that we want to create. For us to continue to play like we’ve been playing, where we really build our defense from the inside out, this is a great spot for us to add a terrific player.”

The Seahawks have plenty of terrific players, so they don’t need to add many in order to continue to contend at a high level. While not glamorous picks, guys like Ifedi and Reed (who were among the 26 players on which the Seahawks applied first-round grades this year) will help the glamor players continue to bask in the spotlight.

20 responses to “Seahawks got the other guy they were considering at No. 31

  1. If true…that they only graded 26 players with a 1st rnd grade…then they should be thrilled to get 2 and not drafting until after 26.

    They have a great draft record despite the experts grades so if the experts like this maybe it wasn’t so good.

  2. jerry944 says:
    Apr 30, 2016 10:33 AM
    The 2012s dont have any clue who the seahawks even drafted
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    Time for you to go do your paper route. The grown ups want to talk now.

  3. This is going to prove to be an outstanding draft for us. Ifedi is a monster without much technique. Cable is a great developmental coach.

    Reed was probably the best defensive lineman in all of college football last year against the run. Cable is not the guy to teach him to be a better pass rusher, so he probably only plays the first two downs each series but that will be enough. We have excellent pass rushers waiting in the wings. Clark is going to explode this year.

    We now have Nick Vannett, a Tight End who is a superb blocker. That will be a good fit, especially since the offensive line still has a ways to go. And he has that Ohio State pedigree which is great.

    Prosise is perfect replacement for Fred Jackson–only so-so as a runner but a great pass receiver and a fair blocker.

    Don’t know much about Odhiambo but he is a tackle who we are going to play at guard. We need help on our offensive line and Cable can work with him.

    Looking good ‘Hawks.

  4. The Seahawks got four starters with their first four picks to add to a loaded roster. Their main holes were O Line, NT, TE and RB. The filled them all with guys that can play right now.

  5. Just so all Seahawks fans know, the guy that announced the Seahawks pick was a RB named Shaun Alexander that played for the Seahawks before 2012.

    Now you know.

    🙂

  6. I just laugh when I see the commercials on the NFL network,where the guy in his Seahawk jersey is there with his kid, saying he’s been a fan his whole life. Sure you were….

  7. Yeah Bizzare… Seahawks had 0 fans until 2013, right??? I guess that’s why they used to sell out in the Kingdome days, hahahahaha. Another dummy!!!

  8. Pete and John, you did great this draft.

    I’m glad you tuned out Darrell Bevell this time, whose Percy Harvin and Jimmy Graham brainstorms caused us to blow two valuable first-round picks, and fall behind the Panthers.

  9. @Tobis

    Your last black out was 2002, and the Clink was built in 2002 so you do the Kingdome sell out math dummy!! 😀 #allyouhadtodowasgivetheballtolynch

  10. Bizzareslantpass says:
    Apr 30, 2016 1:23 PM

    I just laugh when I see the commercials on the NFL network,where the guy in his Seahawk jersey is there with his kid, saying he’s been a fan his whole life. Sure you were….
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    Bizarre, do you even know anything about football. The Seahawks are the second most successful franchise over the last 14 years behind only the Patriots. The Hawks have been to the playoffs in 11 of the last 14 years, and to the SB 3 times in the last decade. Only m0r0ns think the Hawks had no fans before 2012!

  11. willyeye says:
    May 2, 2016 1:25 PM
    Bizzareslantpass says:
    Apr 30, 2016 1:23 PM

    I just laugh when I see the commercials on the NFL network,where the guy in his Seahawk jersey is there with his kid, saying he’s been a fan his whole life. Sure you were….
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    Bizarre, do you even know anything about football. The Seahawks are the second most successful franchise over the last 14 years behind only the Patriots. The Hawks have been to the playoffs in 11 of the last 14 years, and to the SB 3 times in the last decade. Only m0r0ns think the Hawks had no fans before 2012!
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    pretty sure that they are the most successful over the last three seasons too… I haven’t done the numbers though.

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