With the No. 94 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Seahawks selected Nick Vannett, a 6-foot-6, 257-pound tight end out of Ohio State.
"It's just a thrill," Vannett said. "I've been waiting for this day since I was little. Every kid has his dream. Towards the end I was thinking you know what, I might get it tomorrow, and then I got that Washington area phone call and I was just excited. Excited to be a part of the Seattle Seahawks, and getting to meet all of the '12' fans out there. They're the best fans in the league, so I'm excited to be a part of the organization."
The Vannett pick represents the second of three draft choices Seattle held within an eight-pick span in the draft's third round on Friday, with the Seahawks picking Notre Dame running back C.J. Prosise No. 90 overall before snagging Vannett four picks later.
Vannett played in 53 games for the Buckeyes, starting 15, including 12 as a senior in 2015. He totaled 55 receptions for 585 yards (10.6 yards per catch) and six touchdowns during his career at Ohio State.
"I think especially in this draft I'm one of the best three-down tight ends who can do both [block and catch]," Vannett said. "I've always felt that I was a great receiver, and that's something I did a lot of at Ohio State when Jeff Heuerman was there. Then once he moved on I really had to step up my blocking game. That's an area where I made tremendous strides in, so I think that allowed me to be a really good blocking and receiving tight end. But I think I'm just your typical three-down tight end who can do it both."
Vannett will add competition to a position group that already includes three-time Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham, who's coming off a knee injury that ended his first season in Seattle early, backup Luke Willson, and depth players Brandon Cottom, Cooper Helfet, and Ronnie Shields.
"I like to study the best," Vannett said. "Like I said, I think I'm one of the complete tight ends who can do both. So I like studying Rob Gronkowski. I've always studied Jimmy Graham, too. He's one of the best receiving tight ends in the league. Getting a chance to come in and learn from him, and getting to work with him, and learn from Luke Willson and all the other guys. I'm ecstatic for the opportunity."
The No. 94 overall selection came to Seattle thanks to the team's trade with the Denver Broncos on Thursday, when the Seahawks moved back five spots from No. 26 to No. 31 overall and picked up Denver's third-round pick in the process.
"It's a great organization," Vannett said of the Seahawks. "A great, successful team. Obviously I watch them on Sundays and Mondays, they're always doing well so I love watching them. Just to have that chance to be a part of them now, words can't explain how excited I am."
Here's a look at Seattle's remaining picks, assuming the club doesn't make any additional moves:
Round 1 | Pick 31 | No. 31 overall: OT Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M
Round 2 | Pick 25 | No. 49 overall: DT Jarran Reed, Alabama
Round 3 | Pick 27 | No. 90 overall: RB C.J. Prosise, Notre Dame
Round 3 | Pick 35 | No. 94 overall (from Denver): TE Nick Vannett, Ohio State
Round 3 | Pick 35 | No. 97 overall*
Round 5 | Pick 34 | No. 171 overall*
Round 6 | Pick 40 | No. 215 overall*
Round 7 | Pick 4 | No. 225 overall (from Dallas)
Round 7 | Pick 26 | No. 247 overall
* - Compensatory Pick (compensatory picks cannot be traded)
Seahawks use the 94th overall pick and select Nick Vannett in the third round, a tight end form Ohio State University.