With their first of two selections in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, the Seahawks selected Oregon State defensive end Obum Gwacham at No. 209 overall, using a compensatory pick to grab the 6-5, 246 pounder from Oregon State.
Born in Onitsha, Nigeria, his name translates to "Son of God" in Nigerian. He made the unique move to defensive end from wide receiver in 2014, and totaled 27 tackles and four sacks. He was also an All Pac-12 Academic First-Teamer. Scouting reports indicate Gwacham has the pure ability to develop into a true force on the edge. One source told NFL.com that "this guy is going to blow some teams away with his explosion numbers" and "teams will love him".
With the 209th pick the Seahawks choose Obum Gwacham from Oregon State.
Here is the NFL.com skinny on Gwacham: "Can unlock hips for sudden change of direction in open field. Locks quarterback in his sights once he shakes free as pass rusher. Has length and foot explosiveness defensive coordinators salivate over. Proved to be effective dropping into space on zone blitzes. Exceptional personal and football character with a desire to learn his new position. Is relentless and dogged in pursuit of the play and will come from across the field to capture a loose running back"
Gwacham looks like he can become a very valuable and possibly a difference-making member of the Seattle defensive line rotation over time. There is certainly no doubting his pure skills and desire to learn a new position. After selecting Frank Clark in the second round, the Seahawks made another move to bolster the defensive front on the draft's third day. There is certainly an emphasis on maintaining a strong presence up front, and the Seahawks have definitely looked to add quality depth to the unit with its later selections.