I had the honor of writing up the Best & Worst of Seattle's Draft class in the immediate aftermath of the draft -- it was my favorite class of the entire league. Tons of tradebacks, smart value picks, addressing 2020 depth, getting special-teams juice -- this draft had it all.
Round 1, Pick 29: L.J. Collier, EDGE, TCU
Round 2, Pick 47: Marquise Blair, S, Utah
Round 2, Pick 64: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Round 3, Pick 88: Cody Barton, LB, Utah
Round 4, Pick 120: Gary Jennings, WR, West Virginia
Round 4, Pick 124: Phil Haynes, G, Wake Forest
Round 4, Pick 132: Ugochukwu Amadi, S, Oregon
Round 5, Pick 142: Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington
Round 6, Pick 204: Travis Homer, RB, Miami
Round 6, Pick 209: Demarcus Christmas, DT, Florida St.
Round 7, Pick 236: John Ursua, WR, Hawaii
You know what it didn't have, though? It didn't have a good pick at the top.
They addressed need with the Collier selection, filling the big 5-technique role they love on their even front. Collier's size and power are very attractive in a spot that will allow him to rush from the interior and crash on stunts, as his length and bullrush are the best pass-rush tools he currently has in his arsenal.
That said, I was one of the many surprised to hear first-round rumblings for L.J. Collier following the Senior Bowl -- nothing I had seen on tape before the event, or on field during the event, led me to believe this was a Round 1 player.
Collier was certainly miscast in the TCU system, as a 270+ pounder should never be a stand-up outside linebacker -- but while he flashed traits of quickness and burst, his inability to generate consistent rushes with his hands, footwork, or physical traits left me sorely wanting.
He was a project -- and you should try not to draft projects in the first round.
My Seahawks Draft Mulligan: TCU EDGE L.J. Collier for Boston College EDGE Zach Allen
Do I love the idea of Zach Allen in the first round? Not necessarily -- but he's much, much more prepared to contribute in Year 1 as compared to Collier.
Allen has refined hand technique on the outside arc to compromise pocket depth when he's a true defensive end, but what's most impressive is how he uses those hands to soften interior rush angles and keep things tight in the gaps. It's easy for a lot of hybrid rushers to get pushed around when they attack the interior, but Allen is staunch and his punch delivers a pop, and it helps him turn slants and inside rushes into pressures and sacks.
Allen fits the athletic and size requirements of what Seattle likes, so they must have preferred Collier's film -- or otherwise had a problem with Allen that we didn't really hear about. But I think he's multiple rounds better a player, in the same mold -- that's where I would have preferred to see Seattle go in Round 1.