Monday Round-Up: Grading The Seattle Seahawks 2016 NFL Draft Class

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Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Monday, May 2 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Seahawks Draft Grades

Seattle came away with 10 picks in the 2016 NFL Draft: Texas A&M offensive tackle Germain Ifedi, Alabama defensive tackle Jarran Reed, Notre Dame running back C.J. Prosise, Ohio State tight end Nick Vannett, Boise State offensive guard Rees Odhiambo, Maryland defenisve tackle Quinton Jefferson, Arkansas running back Alex Collins, TCU center Joey Hunt, California wide receiver Kenny Lawler, and Clemson running back Zac Brooks. 

All of our written, video, audio, and photo coverage of this year's selection process can be found at Seahawks.com/draft, but here's a look around the rest of the web at how draft analysts are grading Seattle's 2016 haul, marks which range from 'A' to 'B-Minus.'

Analysis: "For the second straight year, I'm a big fan of the Seattle draft class. The Seahawks needed to add an offensive lineman or two, and got one with their first-round pick in Germain Ifedi, who is a project for O-line coach Tom Cable at tackle but could move inside to guard early on. The move up to getJarran Reed is one of the best moments of the draft. Not only is Reed No. 21 on my final Big Board and thus a steal at No. 49, he can be plugged right into the rotation and pick up the departed snaps of Brandon Mebane. C.J. Prosise is a nice weapon because he's a running back who started out at wide receiver, so the hands are good. Nick Vannett is an underrated pass-catcher at tight end, and he actually blocks. Rees Odhiambo is another guy who can compete for a role at guard. Alex Collins is a really good runner who has had some fumbles but can make you miss in a phone booth. I think Quinton Jefferson has a chance to stick at a need position. For a team that's already good, this is a pretty good haul."

Analysis: "The Seahawks' top priority going into the draft was to address the offensive line, and they did that. For the second consecutive year, they selected three offensive linemen: Ifedi in the first, Boise State's Rees Odhiambo in the third and Hunt in the sixth. On the defensive side of the ball, they filled needs with Reed as a run-stuffer and Jefferson as an interior pass-rusher. Taking three running backs was a bit puzzling, but the Seahawks now have options in the event that Rawls suffers a setback rehabbing from the fractured ankle or has different injury issues. Entering the draft, the Seahawks were the favorites to get to the Super Bowl out of the NFC, according to the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook. They filled their holes nicely in the draft and have assembled a roster capable of competing for another Lombardi Trophy."

Analysis: 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. The Seahawks traded up to get Reed, a nice fit to fill in for Brandon Mebane in the middle of the defensive line. Prosise could be the next Matt Forte, so getting him at pick No. 90 was great value. I do have a bit of a concern picking Odhiambo in the third round, but only because of durability concerns. If he can stay healthy, he should be a starting left tackle. Jefferson fits the strong and long defensive linemen that Pete Carroll likes. Collins could be Beast Mode Jr., and Brooks is also a tough guy. Hunt is a solid center. Lawler could have been a fourth- or fifth-round pick, so hats off to the Seahawks.

Doug Farrar, SI.com: 'B-Minus'

Analysis: "Before we address the selection of Texas A&M tackle Germain Ifedi in the first round, let's say this—the fact that Alabama defensive tackle Jarran Reed fell into the second round is a great bounty for the Seahawks, who will use him perfectly as a one- and three-tech tackle. As for Ifedi, the first-round pick seems odd, given that he's miles away from being a finished pass-blocker. Seattle took a shot on his "ass-kicking" abilities, but may regret this when he has to show technique. Third-round back C.J. Procise from Notre Dame is a former receiver with speed and power in his new position. Seattle took two more offensive line projects in Boise State's Rees Odhiambo and TCU's Joey Hunt. It's clear this is a franchise that would prefer to build up on mild potential than take obvious talent. That's a sound strategy, unless those potential picks are high ones. Still, Seattle tends to do well in the late rounds, so keep an eye on Cal receiver Kenny Lawler and Clemson running back Zac Brooks."

Analysis: "They had to get help on both lines, and they did. That was smart. I love the Reed pick. They also drafted a bunch of running backs to help replace Marsahwn Lynch. That was smart too. It was a decent haul for John Schneider."

Analysis: "The Seahawks had no choice but to address their offensive line, and they did so with the final pick of the first round with Texas A&M's Germain Ifedi. It's also interesting to note they drafted two running backs, Notre Dame's C.J. Prosise and Arkansas' Alex Collins, who will join 2015 undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls in trying to replace Marshawn Lynch."

Analysis: "Heavily rumored to be interested in trading down from No. 26, GM John Schneider executed in a deal with Denver, dropping just five first-round slots and adding the Broncos' third-round pick (94) in the process. Schneider traded up in round two, landing Reed after a seven-spot jump that cost Seattle a fourth-round pick (124). Schneider moved up again on day three, sending a 2017 fourth-round pick to New England in a move up for Jefferson. This draft brought to Seattle a lot of good football players; three much-needed offensive line reinforcements, running back competition following Marshawn Lynch's retirement, likely year-one defensive line help from Reed and perhaps Jefferson, and steady in-line tight end Vannett. How Ifedi and Odhiambo fare under the tutelage of Tom Cable will go a long way in determining the results of this draft. On paper, I think Seattle emerged with a nice haul."

Analysis: "The Seahawks surprised some by using a first-round pick taking offensive tackle Germain Ifedi. He has off-the-charts tools, but needs developing. Reed was a steal of this year's draft. He and Ahtyba Rubin give Seattle a nice pair of run stoppers in the middle. Seattle grabbed a duo of running backs in C.J. Prosise and Alex Collins. Both are talented starting-caliber players. Prosise is a really good receiver and Collins has some pop in his game. Jefferson is an interesting late-round pick. He's a gap-shooting lineman who had 12.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks in 2015."

Analysis: "The rich got richer this weekend. Seattle traded back in the first round and still got an offensive tackle they coveted in Germain Ifedi at 31st overall, got big man Jarran Reed -- a top-20 talent -- €”in the second round, and two talented offensive players who can make real impacts next year in Nick Vannett and C.J. Prosise in the third round. I see Prosise as a Reggie Bush/Percy Harvin clone. He played wide receiver in college, moved to running back, and did it all in the special teams game. I also like the value they got in Tyvis Powell, an undrafted free agent, who is a tall, rangy safety that left Ohio State early. Perfect fit for the Legion Of Boom."

Analysis: "The Seahawks ended up with five of the draft's first 97 picks and used three of them to rebuild along the offensive and defensive lines. First-rounder Germain Ifedi will help along the offensive line but it's unclear if he'll be a tackle or guard in the NFL. Getting DT Jarran Reed in the middle of the second round was a terrific value, and third-round RB C.J. Prosise should have an immediately significant role on offense."

Analysis: "With Marshawn Lynch gone and Thomas Rawls coming off injury, John Schneider worked to rebuild the running back corps with three tailback selections, headed by C.J. Procise in the third round. Don't be surprised if Procise is an instant contributor this year. Second-round defensive tackle Jarran Reed was a great value, and Seattle keeps doing everything it can to protect Russell Wilson. First-round pick Germain Ifedi of Texas A&M was one of three offensive linemen selected; if one or two emerge as contributors this season, this draft will have been a success."

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from us - @Seahawks, as we share a graphic depicting the team's 2016 draft class.

More From Around The Web

Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times reviews the Seahawks' 10-player class.

The final day of the 2016 NFL Draft began at 9am PT, with John Schnieder, Pete Carroll and staff making early moves to trade up in the fourth round.

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