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Seahawks Round-Up: Byron Murphy's Introductory Press Conference, Seahawks Draft Steals And Other News

All the Seahawks news you might have missed this week.


Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's going on out there and any news you might have missed, about your Seattle Seahawks this week.

On Thursday the Seahawks introduced their first-round pick, Byron Murphy II and in his first press conference as a Seahawk, Murphy II talked about playing against 9 and 10-year-olds when he was seven.

"I just remember really dominating,' he said to laughter. "Scoring three, four touchdowns a game. Man, it was crazy, you know, seven years old going against 9- to 10-year-olds, just being able to do that. I knew I was special right away then.''

As the years went on, he'd think if someday there would be days like last Thursday, when he got the call from the Seahawks, who took him with the 16th overall pick, and days like this Thursday, when he took part in one of the rituals of being a first-round draft choice, happily holding up his new jersey for pictures with family and team officials.

"A dream come true,'' Murphy said.

Soon will come the reality of adjusting to life in the NFL, which, even for the most promising of rookies, throws a few curveballs.

ESPN's Adam Yates named his 2024 NFL Draft steals for each round of the draft. Two Seahawks draft picks made the list – Christian Haynes and Michael Jerrell.

Yates on Haynes: "Few players bring as much tenacity on a snap-in, snap-out basis as Haynes, who ended up No. 59 on my board. Over the past two seasons, he allowed zero sacks and a mere five pressures. Haynes excels in pass protection and addresses arguably Seattle's biggest need of interior line depth, helping replace Damien Lewis and Evan Brown (both left in free agency)."

Yates on Jerrell: "One of the best small-school prospects in the draft, Findlay's Jerrell was a savvy Day 3 upside swing by Seattle. He has a basketball background, and you can see his explosive physical traits on tape -- exactly what you wanted to see from a prospect who played at a lower level. Jerrell consistently overwhelms opposing players."

Mike Macdonald joined NFL Total Access to talk about Byron Murphy II, Geno Smith and the "new era." In his first draft as a head coach, Macdonald welcomed Murphy and his family, saying "it was really neat," to be able to welcome them all the the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. "I'm just really proud for Byron and his family that they can have that moment and share it together, really excited for him and you can tell they've done such a great job with him, raising him the right way. He's a great young man, but we're excited to make him a Seahawk," Macdonald said.

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