Seattle Seahawks' 2017 draft class: Kiper's grades, McShay's best pick, more
NFL Draft Insiders
Posted: 2017-05-01

The 2017 NFL draft is over, and it's time to review how your favorite team fared. Where did it reach? Did it get a potential steal in Round 5? Is there a bust waiting to happen?

ESPN Insider's draft experts break down each draft class, starting with Mel Kiper Jr.'s grade, Todd McShay's favorite pick, and Scouts Inc.'s analysis on how each player fits into his new team.

Seattle Seahawks

Mel Kiper's Draft Grade: C+

Kiper: Life comes at you fast. A year ago at this time, the Seahawks had a secondary to envy and a great D-line, with arguably the best safety (Earl Thomas) and cornerback (Richard Sherman) in the league and name defenders up front. Those secondary players guys are still great, but Thomas is coming off a serious injury, and Sherman trade talk has dominated the spring. Up front, Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril? They're both 31. So the defensive backfield was clearly a priority, as the Seahawks nabbed a trio of safeties (Delano Hill, Tedric Thompson, Mike Tyson), as well as a cornerback (Shaquill Griffin). It's insurance everywhere for Thomas, Sherman and Kam Chancellor.

And up front, the Seahawks got a great value in Malik McDowell at 35 even after trading back a couple of times, as well as Nazir Jones, an interesting D-line prospect with a great story. I can quibble with value at a couple of spots here, but if they get the best of McDowell, that's a potentially massive steal.

Elsewhere, they hit a need for another wide receiver with Amara Darboh, and he was a good value -- they got the No. 90 player on my board at No. 106. And then there's that pesky O-line. It's been a mess, and Seattle added help with Ethan Pocic, who could play either center or guard.

Overall, Seattle did pretty well. Value was up and down, but they hit needs and are trying to stay ahead of attrition on defense.

2/35 Malik McDowell DT MICHIGAN STATE
2/58 Ethan Pocic C LSU
3/90 Shaquill Griffin CB UCF
3/95 Delano Hill S MICHIGAN
3/102 Nazair Jones DT NORTH CAROLINA
3/106 Amara Darboh WR MICHIGAN
4/111 Tedric Thompson S COLORADO
6/187 Mike Tyson S CINCINNATI
6/210 Justin Senior OT MISSISSIPPI STATE
7/249 Christopher Carson RB OKLAHOMA STATE

Todd McShay's favorite pick

Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State (No. 35 pick)

I had been hyping up this fit for a while: It's the perfect spot for a player like McDowell, who has limitless potential and raw tools but did not always give the best effort while at Michigan State. Pete Carroll's culture of competition will get the most out of McDowell. A very underrated part of this pick: The Seahawks could've justified taking McDowell with their original first-round pick (No. 26 overall). But they traded down three separate times, accumulating additional third-, fourth-, sixth- and seventh-round selections in this year's draft ... and still got McDowell. (Those additional picks turned into S Delano Hill, S Tedric Thompson, S Michael Tyson and RB Christopher Carson.) That's a great job of maneuvering the draft board by GM John Schneider and still getting an impact player.

Scouts Inc. on 2017 class

2 (3) Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State | Highlights

What he brings: McDowell didn't always play like it last year, but he's one of the most talented defensive linemen in this draft -- when the effort is there. He's the most physically gifted interior pass-rusher and a disruptive run defender who can play defensive tackle or end. -- Steve Muench

How he fits: Seattle adds depth and improves its interior pass rush by adding McDowell, who is the most gifted interior pass-rusher in this class. It's a good landing spot for the inconsistent McDowell, as Seattle has the leaders to hold him accountable, and defensive coordinator Kris Richard will make the most of his versatility. -- Steve Muench

2 (26) Ethan Pocic, C, LSU | Highlights

What he brings: Pocic dealt with some injuries and did not play as well as he did as a junior in 2015. But he has quick feet, good hands and is one of the most versatile offensive linemen in the class. He has the ability to line up at all five positions if need be. -- Kevin Weidl

How he fits: This is early to take Pocic, especially with Ohio State's Pat Elflein still on the board, but the pick makes sense considering Seattle gave up 42 sacks (27th in NFL) and averaged only 3.4 yards per rush (29th) last year. Look for Pocic to compete for one of the three interior offensive line spots. -- Steve Muench

3 (26) Shaquill Griffin, CB, Central Florida | Highlights

What he brings: Griffin lacks ideal instincts at this point and needs some polish with his technique. However, Griffin is a bigger cornerback with long arms (32 3/8-inch arms) and has intriguing athleticism on tape to become an adequate reserve with the potential to develop into a starter down the road. -- Kevin Weidl

How he fits: Seattle looks to groom Richard Sherman's potential eventual replacement here. Griffin is raw, but he has big-time upside and the quality size the Seahawks covet at the position. -- Kevin Weidl

3 (31) Delano Hill, S, Michigan | Highlights

What he brings: A bigger safety with enough range to hold up in the back end, Hill can also matchup with tight ends in man coverage. He's not much of a playmaker at this point, but he has the ability to add depth to a secondary while also contributing on special teams early in his career. -- Kevin Weidl

How he fits: Seattle needed to add depth, considering strong safety Kam Chancellor had offseason surgery to remove bone spurs from both ankles and missed four games with a groin injury in 2016, plus he's going into a contract year. Hill is a good fit at strong safety in the Seahawks' scheme. -- Steve Muench

3 (38) Nazair Jones, DT, North Carolina | Highlights

What he brings: Jones needs some development as a pass-rusher and can play with more consistency at times. However, he has an intriguing physical skill set with a combination of size, athleticism and power to develop with the potential to add depth on the interior of a front line. -- Kevin Weidl

How he fits: Seattle doesn't have great depth behind 2016 second-round pick Jarran Reed and Ahtyba Rubin, who turns 31 this year. They have addressed that by adding Malik McDowell in the second and now Jones. -- Steve Muench

3 (42) Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan | Highlights

What he brings: Darboh lacks elite quickness, but he has the size, strength and toughness to win in contested-catch situations. Also shows very good hands and focus operating in traffic. He has a chance to develop into a quality No. 3 receiver. -- Kevin Weidl

How he fits: Seattle has good depth and some talented young receivers, but no one has emerged as a true No. 2 opposite Doug Baldwin. Darboh is a good value pick at this point and has the skill set to emerge as that player. -- Steve Muench

4 (4) Tedric Thompson, S, Colorado | Highlights

What he brings: Thompson has good range and is athletic enough to match up one-on-one vs. many bigger wide receivers. He is an experienced and instinctive player who has a chance to develop into a quality reserve. -- Kevin Weidl

6 (3) Mike Tyson, S, Cincinnati

What he brings: Tyson had five interceptions last year, and he has the height-weight-speed combination to develop into a starting safety in time. Early in his career, he projects as a sub-package defensive back who lines up over the slot and contributes on special team. -- Steve Muench

6 (26) Justin Senior, OT, Mississippi State

What he brings: A three-year starter, Senior has the frame, smarts and enough length to provide depth as a No. 3 swing tackle. He'll have to improve his power base and make strides as a hand fighter if he's going to develop into a starter at right tackle. -- Steve Muench

7 (8) David Moore, WR, East Central Oklahoma

What he brings: There are obvious concerns about the level of competition Moore faced in college, and he has shorter arms, but Moore has an above-average blend of size and speed. He's an intriguing developmental prospect. -- Steve Muench

7 (31) Christopher Carson, RB, Oklahoma State

What he brings: A JUCO transfer, there are concerns about Carson's pedestrian production at Oklahoma State and durability, plus he has average size and top-end speed. -- Steve Muench

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