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Saturday Round-Up: Grading The Seattle Seahawks' Second & Third Round Draft Picks


Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Saturday, April 30 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Reviewing Seattle's 2nd & 3rd Round Picks

After selecting Texas A&M offensive lineman Germain Ifedi with the No. 31 overall pick in round one, the Seahawks used four picks on day two of the draft, trading up to take Alabama defensive tackle Jarran Reed in the second round (No. 49 overall) before making three picks within an eight-pick span to close out round three: Notre Dame running back C.J. Prosise (No. 90 overall), Ohio State tight end Nick Vannett (No. 94 overall), and Boise State offensive guard Rees Odhiambo (No. 97 overall). 

Just as it did on Friday, the national media was quick to provide instant analysis and grades for the second day of the NFL Draft, and Seattle's second and third round picks received mostly favorable marks. Here's a look:

Chad Reuter at NFL.com gives the Seahawks an 'A' for their moves on day two: "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."

Mel Kiper at ESPN.com labels Seattle a winner of day two: "Goodbye Brandon Mebane, hello Jarran Reed. Again, like Detroit, the Seahawks got a player at No. 49 I had rated far higher (No. 21). This guy has big-time talent as a run defender, and he's more athletic than he looks. Seattle moved down in Round 1 and added a draft pick, and they used a little of that added currency to move up. Nice work. Seattle is having a great draft so far."

Steve Muench at ESPN.com liked Seattle's Reed pick: "The 19th ranked player on our board and the top available player, Reed is an excellent value. He also fills a need as Seattle needed to add depth at defensive tackle with Brandon Mebane signing with San Diego and Jordan Hill battling a toe injury late in the 2015 season. Reed is an outstanding run defender whose toughness and strength make him a good for Seattle's stout front, plus he has some upside as a pass-rusher."

Doug Farrar at SI.com gives the Seahawks an 'A-minus' mark for Reed: "This doesn't do anything to fix Seattle's obvious holes on the offensive line, but it does take care of the vacancy left by Brandon Mebane's departure in free agency. Reed is an every-down tackle who excels against the run and could develop into a bit of a pass-rusher over time​."

Dan Kadar at SB Nation doled out an 'A-minus' grade to Seattle: "The Seattle Seahawks jumped up in the second round moving all the way from 56 to No. 49 to jump in and steal Alabama defensive tackle Jarran Reed. He is arguably the best run stopper in the draft this year and slots into a specific role on the defense. In the third round, the Seahawks grabbed running back C.J. Prosise. He's a very good all-around running back who can run and catch the ball better than most backs in the draft. Although I had a higher grade on a few running backs, Prosise is a good system fit. The Seahawks got a steal with tight end Nick Vannett at No. 94 overall. He's the draft's second-best tight end who was underused in college. The Seahawks closed things out with Rees Odhiambo of Boise State. He's a solid athlete whose versatility will allow him to play tackle or guard."

Eric Edholm at Yahoo! Sports gives the Seahawks an 'A-minus' for picking Reed: "Watching a top talent tumble deep into Round 2, the Seahawks pounce, trading up into the Bears’ old spot for Reed. He’s a perfect Seahawk: powerful, mean and a bit flaky. He committed to three schools, via junior college, before landing at Alabama. The coaches there felt he needed to mature, and he did, turning into a force against the run. A good pick at a need spot for the Seahawks."

Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com gives Seattle an 'A' for round two, and Reed: "Love this move. This kid is perfect for their scheme. John Schneider does it again."

And WalterFootball.com gives Seattle a 'B-plus' for its pick of Reed: "When I saw that the Seahawks surrendered a fourth-round pick for this selection, I said that it better be a good player, or else they'd earn a terrible grade. Well, they definitely made a solid choice. Jarran Reed is a good player, but he tested very poorly. Seattle taking a low SPARQ player will surprise quite a few, but in truth, the team doesn't completely focus on that. Reed will help a weak defensive interior for sure."

Tweet Of The Day

Draft experts weren't the only ones having fun with draft grades on Friday, and today's "Tweet of the Day" is proof. It comes from the Seattle Mariners, who hand out a draft grade of their own to the Seahawks after coming across a pair of Seattle draft picks wearing Mariners gear in some old photos posted to social media.

More From Around The Web

Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle recaps what general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll thought of their haul on the draft's second day.

Here's 24 questions and answers from defensive tackle Jarran Reed, running back C.J. Prosise, and tight end Nick Vannett that should help you get to know their off-the-field personalities.

Here's a look at how the NFC West fared in the draft's first round, and how it might affect the Seahawks.

And Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, strong safety Kam Chancellor, and defensive back DeShawn Shead share some of their own draft-day memories.

The Seahawks coaching and front office staff reconvened at the VMAC draft room for the second day of the 2016 NFL Draft.

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