Seahawks take TCU defensive end L.J. Collier with 29th overall pick

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The Seahawks needed help at defensive end even before trading Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this week.

With the 29th overall pick in the draft, the Seahawks grabbed TCU defensive end L.J. Collier to help boost their pass rush.

The 29th pick was the selection Seattle acquired from the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for Clark.

The Seahawks current defensive end rotation consists of second-year players Rasheem Green and Jacob Martin, free agent signing Nate Orchard and Cassius Marsh, and holdovers Quinton Jefferson and Nazair Jones. Marsh’s 5.5 sacks last year with the San Francisco 49ers is the most any of those six players have had in a given season during their careers.

Collier helps add a new option to the mix as Seattle tries to retool its defensive line following Clark’s departure.

32 responses to “Seahawks take TCU defensive end L.J. Collier with 29th overall pick

  1. Love, love, love this pick! Pete Carroll is a wizard and John Schneider is a genius. Lucky kid to jump on the DangeRuss bandwagon to 4 consecutive Lombardi’s.

    We have no real competition in the NFC West. The NFC East would be lucky to post a winning record in the SEC. The NFC North is too focused on just beating each other and then serves as playoff fodder. Oh, almost forgot the NFC South… way to busy whining and moaning about literally everything. Then the decrepit AFC with the same ‘powerhouses’ from 2010.. no real competition there. #SeahawkDynasty2.0 #gohawks

  2. Not a 1st rounder. Better to have traded the pick, especially they traded pick 30. More head scratching 1st round picks from a draft challenged John Schneider.

  3. He isn’t the best player on most boards at #29, but he is one of the best picks for the team right there…….Also, Unnoticed by most is that the Seahawks went from having a first (#21) and three other picks to start the day. None in the second, Sixth and Seventh rounds…..They now have 9 total picks. One in each of the first three rounds, 4 in the fourth and two in the fifth… They get to pick 5th in round two tomorrow. I Don’t expect them to keep trading back with the adequate number they have and so much mid range talent out there. Overall, Good Day for the Seahawks…..

  4. Love this pick because it means the Hawks don’t know what they’re doing and the division will be the Rams for the next few years.

  5. Shocker! Got the Chancellor on here touting his approval, like anyone expected anything else. The Seahawks organization would never make a bad pick. And we both know you pulled up his highlight reel soon as he was announce.

  6. Loved Clark but love JSPC even more! This guy is a beast! and to come out of the first day with this stud and 4 (Four!!!!) fourth round picks, a second rounder and an extra fifth! Friggin amazing haul in the deepest D draft in years. Hats off to the Hawks front office, scouts, owner..just everyone involved. So far so great! Can’t wait to see who we get tomorrow and the next day. Go Hawks!!

  7. This guy is more of a run stuffing DE that has flashes of getting to the QB. I think he’s going to be really good in the Seattle Defense. He’s going to pair well with our other specialists off the edge. Really glad we didn’t take a WR in the first round. I don’t think the Seahawks need a highly touted WR that thinks they can come in and start right away because their a high draft pick.

  8. I thought this was a bad pick by the Hawks. DE is a massive need for SEA I get it but I thought they reached on Collier because he just isnt all that good. Collier had just 6.0 sacks last year a career high and 4.0 sacks the year before. Collier is not fast nor explosive running a 5 second 40 (4.91 n 4.97 40 Times) yard dash posting a 7.71 sec 3 cone drill & 4.78 20yd shuttle and is just a 1yr starter with a motor that wears out quickly. He’s powerful with strong hands, is a power rusher but most tackles in the league can deal with power rushers. With just LJ Collier, Cassius Marsh, Rasheem Green (1 sack), Jacob Martin (2.0 sacks) and Quinton Jefferson (3.0 sacks) that’s a pretty weak depth chart going into 2019 with no true #1 Edge rusher who can win w/ both speed or power with the ability to turn speed into power. With a bad secondary on the backend w/ a #1CB who ranked 111th of 118CBs with a weak pass rush up front that doesn’t bode very well for Pete Carrolls defense heading into 2019.

  9. kamthechancellor says:
    April 25, 2019 at 11:51 pm
    Dude can ball. Was watching his highlights the other day. Super quick off the snap with nice hands.
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    What games are you watching? LJ Collier is invisible 85% of the time. Dude had just 6.0 sacks last season, that’s not “Balling”. The season before that he had just 4.0 sacks. He was balling so hard he was just a 1yr starter despite being @ TCU for 4yrs. Lacks both speed and explosiveness of the edge running a 5.0 second 40 time (4.91) w/ a 7.71 3 cone time and 4.78 20yd shuttle he lacks lateral quickness as well to mirror mobile QBs or RB’s. Not that big either at 6″2/283pds. He is dependent on beating guys as a power rusher which doesnt work consistently in the NFL, you need a full tool box with both speed & power to win consistently in the NFL. Waste of a 1st round pick. The Hawks Edge rushing depth doesnt look any stronger today than it did before the draft started yesterday.

  10. Lol Hawkkiller. Worry about that bust Rosen that no one wanted and that bust you reached for at #1! You guys passed on Bosa and Williams! Colossal mistake setting Arizona back years. Collier dominated the senior bowl practices, that why he was picked fool. He was in that range of players that could go late 1st/early second. Seattle also turned 5 picks into 9…all in the first 5 rounds. I wouldn’t expect you to understand how a real GM builds a successful team though seeing as how you’re stuck with Steve Keim. Good luck with that dumpsterfire burning out of control in AZ dude.

  11. The only people that think this was a good pick are Seahawks fans. The rest of the country were holding their noses when Collier got called.

  12. hawkkiller says:
    April 26, 2019 at 8:28 am
    I thought this was a bad pick by the Hawks. DE is a massive need for SEA I get it but I thought they reached on Collier because he just isnt all that good. Collier had just 6.0 sacks last year a career high and 4.0 sacks the year before. Collier is not fast nor explosive running a 5 second 40 (4.91 n 4.97 40 Times) yard dash posting a 7.71 sec 3 cone drill & 4.78 20yd shuttle and is just a 1yr starter with a motor that wears out quickly. He’s powerful with strong hands, is a power rusher but most tackles in the league can deal with power rushers. With just LJ Collier, Cassius Marsh, Rasheem Green (1 sack), Jacob Martin (2.0 sacks) and Quinton Jefferson (3.0 sacks) that’s a pretty weak depth chart going into 2019 with no true #1 Edge rusher who can win w/ both speed or power with the ability to turn speed into power. With a bad secondary on the backend w/ a #1CB who ranked 111th of 118CBs with a weak pass rush up front that doesn’t bode very well for Pete Carrolls defense heading into 2019.
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    And what’s MOST concerning is Mike Iupati’s PFF grades! Right??

  13. I’m honestly not sure about this pick. You know when you do a fantasy draft and you have to pick a kicker to fill the spot? That’s how I feel, we needed a DL so we picked one.

  14. the only thing about this pick that made sense to me was his height, weight, arms and grit. little production and lacking quicks. Would have much preferred Zach Allen who is still available. Maybe they go that way at 2-5, but I suspect it will be one of the safeties to compete for big nickel, like Rapp, Thornhill or Gardner-Johnson.

  15. Daniel Jeremiah compares him to Michael Bennet. He can rush from inside or outside. Was a a reach? Maybe if you go by the draft nazi big boards (most have him between 59 and 43…not like he was projected to go undrafted lol), but on Seattle’s board he fits what they like. He has versatility and he has a nonstop motor. Also…Seattle has lots of picks left now. Let Schneider do his work. Go Hawks!

  16. Every year the Hawks get roasted for their unorthodox picks and yet they always manage to find some real gems by looking outside of the box. I don’t know how this particular pick will work out, but I have faith in the Hawks’ front office.

  17. Russell Wilson..meet Nick Bosa!

    Niners will win the division

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    Not with that flash in the pan QB you have….

  18. Sounds like Brian Baldinger loves this pick as well. Says this kid has as much power coming off the edge as anyone in this draft, not to let his combine numbers fool you, and if you don’t think he’s an elite prospect you haven’t studied his tape.

  19. He had 6 sacks in 11 games….that’s 9 in 16 games. Also…I don’t know how many snaps he played per game…but I’m sure it was less than he would be playing in the NFL.

  20. I wasn’t a fan of the pick only because Sweat was there for the taking. To the people that say he’s a 2nd round pick. When its the one of the last 3 picks of the first round it basically is a 2nd round pick.

    I don’t trust John Schneider in round 1 but where he makes his magic happen is day 2 all the way to the undrafted rookie free agents. The trade backs gave him so much ammunition to work with. They have 8 picks coming between rounds 2 and 5 after having the least draft capital to start the day.

  21. Remember when Seattle picked Frank clerk and everybody hated it?

    9 out of 10 people here have no idea who he was when they picked him or never saw him play. Now they are experts… *Eyeroll*

    John Schneider and Pete Carroll picked him for a reason and I suspect we will all find out what that reason is in the next couple years.

  22. you don’t get the flash athletes at #29, that’s kind of the deal – but everyone seems to agree that Collier is strong, tough, and plays super-hard on every play. I’ll take that.

    still worried about pass rush w/out Clark – there were lots of games where he was our only threat – but we’ll see. I thought Norton did a pretty solid job a D-coordinator last year — and Carroll always seems to put together good defenses, so it will be on them to figure out ways to get pressure.

    Looking for some help at WR/TE today . . .

  23. For what it is worth, Yahoo Sports gave this pick a grade of C-, picking a DE ranked 59th overall with the 29th pick of the draft. If the Sea Dorks did not trade away their 21st overall pick, they could have taken DE Montez Sweat. The Redskins picked Sweat with the 26th pick overall by trading up, and they got a grade of A-.

  24. OMEIMONTIS…..In answer to your “For what it is worth;” Grades right now are worthless……The real test is after a few years and you get a chance to see if the player picked is worth the perceived value of the draft pick number. For instance, Frank Clark was an instance low grade of C- on draft day. Today, that seems to be wrong and he was an A or A-.

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