The Seahawks traded up with the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft on Friday, selecting Alabama defensive tackle Jarran Reed at No. 49 overall.
Seattle sent its second-round pick (No. 56 overall) as well as its fourth-round pick (No. 124) to the Bears in order to move up six spots and nab the 6-foot-3, 311-pound Reed, who could serve as a potential replacement for defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, who signed with the San Diego Chargers in free agency.
“It’s been a true blessing to have this opportunity, just to come in for the Seahawks," Reed said in an interview with NFL Network. "The whole organization believing in me, coming up to get me. I’m real excited.”
According to NFL.com's draft profile, "Reed is an elite run defender with the lower body strength to command his gap, but the instincts and timing to be productive as a tackler rather than just a space eater. Reed's lack of pass rushing ability creates a potential glass ceiling on his draft stock; however, teams looking for a battle-tested run stuffer will find an instant upgrade who should be able to come in and start immediately if needed."
Added NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: "Talk about value, this was my 13th-rated player in the draft. He is always working forward with that powerful base and dominates against the run."
Reed, a junior-college transfer to Alabama, recorded 56 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and one sack in 2015, a year he was named second-team All-SEC. Reed said he's eager to join Seattle's "fast and physical" defense, adding, "That's all I know."
“I can tell you right now the Seahawks got a player coming," said Reed. "I’m ready to work.”
The Reed pick was announced by fellow Alabama product and former Seattle running back Shaun Alexander, who was joined on stage in Chicago by 13-year-old Seahawks fan and St. Jude's bone cancer patient Andrew Woodruff.
With the Seahawks' second-round pick in the books, as of this writing the team still has three picks remaining on day two of the draft, all of which come at the tail end of round three.
Seattle owns the No. 90, No. 94 (from Thursday's trade with Denver), and No. 97 (compensatory) overall picks, giving the team three selections in an eight-pick span to close out day two.
Here's a look at Seattle's remaining picks if the team 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
- Round 3 | Pick 35 | No. 94 overall (from Denver)
- 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 trade up in the second round to select Jarran Reed, defensive tackle from Alabama with the 49th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.