The Perfect Pairing For Seattle's First Round

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The Seattle Seahawks have made a monster move, trading star defensive end Frank Clark for a 2019 first round pick, a 2020 second round pick and swapping 2019 third round picks. The Kansas City Chiefs, the recipients of Clark, are cashing out on their early draft capital in favor of a proven commodity. But with Seattle offering a record breaking deal to QB Russell Wilson, signing Clark to a long term extension looked to be a tough task. Instead, they'll pick twice in the 20s on Thursday -- once at 21st and again at 29.

Having two picks in this range of the draft offers them endless possibilities. But I think I've crafted the perfect pairing to continue their roster overhaul and set themselves up for success in this new age of Seahawks football. This isn't necessarily who I think the Seahawks will pick...but it's a perfect pairing for Seattle's style, their needs and their early draft capital.

21st - DL Rashan Gary, Michigan

I've desperately been trying to peg Gary to Seattle all off-season, considering he's such a perfect fit for their style of defense. And with the departure of Frank Clark and the bottoming out of DL Malik McDowell, there's enough vacancies here to accommodate Gary. The problem? Gary, for a vast majority of this draft process, has been considered out of reach for Seattle, projected as a top-10 selection before sliding back slightly into the teens.

But now? With news reporting that the Michigan star has a shoulder labrum issue, Gary can very realistically be on the board for Seattle at 21. And, considering some of the red flag issues they've ran through in the past, Gary's concerns are minimal. Heck, he's expected to be able to play the entire season, regardless.

29th - S Darnell Savage, Maryland

This...ahem..."virtual unknown" is worth every bit of the buzz he's getting right now. Savage sits 41st on my final 340 player big board -- yet I'd completely understand a team in the 20s investing in his skills. For Seattle, they've lost not just Frank Clark this off-season but also FS Earl Thomas, so there's an opening in the secondary in Seattle's overhauled defense.

And Savage has about as good of range as you can ask for -- we know he can run fast and he's a very good tackler. Playing in the Big Ten also gives him some lean over a Safety that I personally prefer on tape, Delaware's Nasir Adderley. And while Adderley could very well be gone at this point, I doubt it. Instead, I think Savage has leapt over him and offers great play in the deep middle of Seattle's defense. He's also versatile enough to buzz down and play some man to man or help key the run in the nickel.

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Kyle Crabbs

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Director of Content & Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast. Former NDT Scouting Overlord.

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