After a Day 1 surprise, Pete Carroll and John Schneider returned to business as usual by making two moves on the second day of the NFL Draft. Seattle sent the Jets its third round pick in exchange for moving up to the 16th slot. The Jets moved down to the 27th slot. Seattle used the pick to draft Tennessee Edge rusher, Darrell Taylor. A versatile player who played linebacker in 2018 and DE lineman in 2019. Taylor led the Volunteers with 10 tackles for loss, including 8.5 sacks in 2019, posting 46 total tackles. As a linebacker in 2018 Taylor led the Vols defense with 11 tackle for loss, 8 sacks, and 36 stops.
The Seahawks are looking to play the 6’4 267 Taylor on the edge where he can stuff the run and get to the quarterback. His versatility will enable the Seahawks to move him around on defense and play just behind the defensive lineman on pass-rushing downs
Schneider and Carroll rolled the dice one more time and swapped places with the Carolina Panthers. The Seahawks moved down from 32nd in the second round to 5th in the 3rd round and picked up Carolina’s 5th round pick for their troubles. Seattle selected LSU right guard Damien Lewis.
The 6’2 327 Lewis is the 19th offensive lineman on the Seahawks roster.The drafting of Lewis is a simple and clear message. It’s open competition on the offensive line may the best man win.
LSU signed Lewis in 2018 from Northwest Mississippi Community College where he was a second-team JC All-American for two years. LSU Lewis earned second-team All-SEC honors at guard. Starting in all 15 games during the Tigers National Title run. The Tigers offensive line won the Joe Moore Award as the top front five in the country last year.