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Friday Round-Up: Grading The Seattle Seahawks' First-Round Draft Pick


Good morning, 12s. 

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Friday, April 29 - about your Seattle Seahawks: 

Reviewing Seattle's No. 1 Pick

For the first time since 2012, the Seahawks made a first-round pick in the League's annual selection process, taking Texas A&M offensive lineman Germain Ifedi at No. 31 overall after trading out of the No. 26 spot with the Denver Broncos, and picking up an additional third-round pick (No. 94 overall) in the process.

The national media was quick to assess the quality of the Seahawks' first-round draft pick, and Ifedi has received mostly favorable reviews from the masses. Take a look: 

Chad Reuter at NFL.com gives the Seahawks an 'A' grade for round one: "Trading down to grab an extra third-round pick in this very deep draft deserves a big grade. Then, the Seahawks got an equally big player in Ifedi, who can dominate at guard or tackle with some technique coaching."

Mel Kiper at ESPN.com says he's "liking" the Seahawks pick: "This is setting up to be a great second day of the draft, as there are just so many good players on the board. So you have to give Seattle credit for adding a valuable third-round pick from the Broncos to move down just a handful of spots and then still get an offensive lineman who could be useful fairly soon, at least as a guard. Germain Ifedi needs work, but he's a solid value as the last pick in Round 1, and again, you're getting a future third-round pick in addition. John Schneider has to be thinking that's a future starter."

Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com gives Seattle's first pick a "thumbs up," and writes: "Judging based solely on his film, he's probably not a first-rounder. But Ifedi (6-foot-6, 324 pounds with 36-inch arms) has rare physical attributes and tested out well. The Seahawks believe in drafting prospects like Ifedi and letting offensive line coach Tom Cable work with them. Ifedi has experience playing right guard and right tackle. He could compete for a starting spot right away but is more of an upside pick with an eye toward the future. Given that the Seahawks have defined strengths and weaknesses, this pick makes sense. And the Seahawks were able to pick up an extra third-round pick in the process by trading back with the Broncos."

Steve Muench at ESPN.com liked the Seahawks' selection"This is a good pick from both value -- Ifedi was No. 29 on our board -- and need standpoints, as addressing the offensive line should be the Seahawks' top priority. While his technique needs work, Ifedi is a versatile player with experience at right guard and right tackle, as well as the length and athletic ability to potentially develop into an effective left tackle."

Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com grades the Ifedi pick a 'B': "They added extra picks and traded down to get a good lineman."

Doug Farrar at SI.com gives the Seahawks a 'C' grade for their work on day one: "The Seahawks have had all sorts of issues with their offensive line over the last few seasons, so it's at least good that they're addressing it in the first round for the first time since they took Russell Okung in 2010. However, Ifedi is a bit of a tweener at this point: very strong in his run sets but a work in progress as a pass protector."

Dan Kadar at SB Nation gives the Seahawks a 'B' for round one: "The Seahawks very obviously needed offensive line help following the departure of Russell Okung and J.R. Sweezy this offseason. Where Ifedi fits will be determined. He has experience at guard and tackle, but needs to be coached up. Fortunately, the Seahawks have arguably the best offensive line teacher in the NFL. Ifedi is the perfect piece of clay for Cable to shape. The value may not be there with Ifedi, but the potential is."

Eric Edholm at Yahoo! Sports gives Seattle a C-plus: "Trading down five spots, the Seahawks got the player they wanted at No. [26]. That's always great from a value perspective, and Ifedi has top-15 ability. It didn't always come to fruition at College Station, and it's unclear where Ifedi's best position will be after he struggled at times at left tackle. The Seahawks, as they usually do, gamble on a talent that other teams might not have rated quite as high."

And Steven Ruiz at USA Today gives the Seahawks a 'B-plus' for the Ifedi pick: "Russell Wilson is a happy man. The Seahawks offensive line was a mess last year and just lost left tackle Russell Okung in free agency. Now Seattle has a blindside protector with the potential to develop into a Pro Bowl if offensive line coach Tom Cable can coach him up."

Tweet Of The Day

You've probably seen it by now, but it's so good we have to share it again, so today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from ESPN's SportsCenter, which has video of Germain Ifedi's genuine reaction to learning he'll become the newest member of the Seahawks. 

More From Around The Web

Here at Seahawks.com, we caught up with Germain Ifedi for a fun Q&A session that should help 12s get to know the team's first-round pick a little better.

Here's how the Seahawks reacted on social media to the Ifedi pick.

Larry Stone at the Seattle Times says Ifedi could be a great fit in Seattle

Stephen Cohen at SeattlePI.com looks at the draft's best remaining players, including former Bellevue High School standout Myles Jack.

And Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com names a few day two draft targets for Seattle

Seahawks select Germain Ifedi, tackle from Texas A&M with the 31st overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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