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Let’s face it; the end of the 2018 season left the Seahawks with a lot of question marks. Were we going to have enough cap money? Could we lock up Russell Wilson long-term? Who’s gonna be our kicker? (hint: it was absolutely NOT going to be Sebastion Janikowski!) And most importantly, how were we going to fill in the gaping holes left by the final remnants of the Legion of Boom?

Thankfully, the Seahawks answered all of those questions leading up to yesterday. Two weeks ago, we gave Russell Wilson LITERALLY ALL OF THE MONEY over the next 4 years to stay in Seattle. However heading into the draft, we held only 4 picks over 7 rounds of bidding on the best talent the NCAA had to offer. Here’s what we did with those picks, and how they’ll shape our 2019 Seahawks squad in our draft recap!

1. Frank Clark to the Chiefs, L.J. Collier Steps In

To shore up the number of picks we got in the draft, we traded our star Defensive End Frank Clark to Kansas City for their 30th overall pick plus a 2nd and 3rd round pick in 2020.

After some more trading once the draft got underway, GM John Schneider and Coach Pete Carroll had netted a total of 9 picks! We used our 29th overall on Texas Christian University’s elite pass rusher L.J. Collier. He’s a BIG BOY at 6’2″ and 283 lbs, and Collier will be barreling through offensive lines in no time!

2. Marquise Blair, Utah Safety

We snatched up Kam Chancellor‘s replacement in the defensive secondary at #47 overall. Marquise Blair is an aggressive tackler with the rare combination of size and speed, plus he has cornerback experience! Since we said goodbye to All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas after 6 incredible seasons, this was a must-have for a Seahawks defense that needs to pick up where the Legion of Boom left off.

3. D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss Wide Receiver

This kid is built like Captain America. He’s a lightning bolt on the field (his 40-yard dash time at the combine was a blistering 4.33 seconds!) and he brings immediate starting qualities on the outside for Russell Wilson.

This may be the steal of the 2019 NFL Draft, as Metcalf was highly rated at the combine, but 8 other receivers were taken before him. This is likely the result of health concerns, as Metcalf suffered a neck injury last year that caused him to miss the last 5 games of the season at Ole Miss. But his unreal dedication in the weight room (see the next tweet from the Seahawks) has him getting ready to catch plenty of deep balls from #3!

4. Cody Barton, Utah Linebacker

With another swap in picks, your newest linebacker in a corps that already features All-Pro Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright is another product from the University of Utah. Cody Barton led the Utes in tackles last season with 116, and his drive and desire to win will fit in nicely with a defense that historically doesn’t play nice at all!

With all that, the 2019 Seahawks look to be in great shape coming out of the draft! OTAs (Organized Team Activities for rookies) start May 20th, so we’ll see how these new additions will help us challenge the Rams for the NFC West. GO SEAHAWKS!!!

~Ben On The Bull

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