While the Seahawks used Day 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft to add defensive end L.J. Collier, as well as a handful of extra draft picks, their NFC West rivals were also busy making what they hope will be franchise-altering moves, particularly the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers, who had the first two picks of the draft.
Here’s what Seattle’s NFC West opponents did in the first round:
Despite picking a quarterback 10th overall a year ago, the Cardinals went quarterback again, this time using the first overall pick on Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, a dynamic but undersized quarterback who has drawn comparisons to Russell Wilson both because of his height and his combination of big arm and athletic ability. Murray, who was also a first-round pick in baseball (Oakland Athletics), passed for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns in 2018, and rushed for 1,001 yards and 12 touchdowns to lead the Oklahoma Sooners to a Big 12 championship.
The Seahawks will get a look at Murray early, as they play at Arizona in Week 4. Murray and the Cardinals come to Seattle in Week 16.
San Francisco 49ers
Like the Cardinals, the 49ers went with a player a lot of people thought they might pick, Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa. Bosa, the younger brother of Chargers Pro-Bowl defensive end Joey Bosa, had 4.0 sacks in three games during an injury-shortened junior season. As a sophomore, Bosa recorded 8.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss.
The Seahawks will get their first look at Bosa and the 49ers in Week 10 when they play at Levi’s Stadium. The 49ers come to CenturyLink Field in Week 17 to close out the regular season.
Los Angeles Rams
Unlike the Cardinals and 49ers, the Rams had to wait a long time to be on the clock Thursday, having advanced to the Super Bowl last season. The Rams didn’t use the 31st pick, trading it to Atlanta, which used the pick on University of Washington tackle Kaleb McGary.
The Rams have a second-round pick Friday, No. 45 overall, as well as three third-rounders.
Photos from the Seattle Seahawks draft party at Earl's in Bellevue during Day 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft.