Draftseason’s Draft Grade A Day is back! This is where we look at each team’s 2019 Draft class and grade it based on PRODUCTION ONLY! Points will be awarded per round and the scale is determined on the expectation of the round the pick was made. Fractional points are given out as well as bonus points for any player who outplayed their Draft ranking. We will add up the total points to determine the final grade. We started with the Arizona Cardinals who had the first pick in 2019 and will work our way up.
Grading Scale: (total possible per round)
Round 1 – 5 points
Round 2 – 4 points
Round 3 – 3 points
Round 4 – 2 points
Round 5 – 1 point
Round 6 & 7 – 0 points
Pick: DE LJ Collier, TCU
Analysis: When this pick was made it was widely panned as a reach. Collier’s play in year one did nothing to sway those claims with his 3 tackles in 11 games.
Pick: S Marqise Blair, Utah
Analysis: This big-hitting safety had 32 tackles and 2 forced fumbles as a rookie. He did this in 14 games with 3 starts.
Pick: WR DK Metcalf, Ole Miss
Analysis: Metcalf proved every team a fool by passing on him multiple times. He had 58 receptions for 900 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Pick: LB Cody Barton, Utah
Analysis: Barton had 23 tackles on the season.
Pick: WR Gary Jennings, West Virginia
Analysis: Jennings was one of the worst picks in the entire 2019 Draft and was cut. He’s a Dolphin now.
Pick: G Phil Haynes, Wake Forest
Analysis: Haynes wasn’t active at all in the regular season but was in the postseason. Weird.
Pick: CB Ugo Amadi, Oregon
Analysis: Amadi was active every game and had 17 tackles. It’s not much, but it’s something.
Pick: LB Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington
Analysis: BBK had 8 tackles and a forced fumble in 16 games.
Pick: RB Travis Homer, Miami
Analysis: Homer came on late and played fairly well when the Seahawks needed him the most. He finished with 114 yards on the ground and 11 receptions for 56 yards.
Pick: DT Demarcus Christmas, FSU
Analysis: With this Christmas, there were no gifts.
Pick: WR John Ursua, Hawaii
Analysis: Urusa had a catch as a rookie and it went for 11 yards. That’s great but no points will be awarded for his efforts.
FINAL GRADE & ANALYSIS
Final Grade: 11.5/23 50%
The Seahawks had a ton of picks in the 2019 NFL Draft and after year one, it looks like the majority of those were misses. LJ Collier was a shocking first-round choice and he failed to live up to that high billing, as he only had 3 tackles on the season. He has a long-ass way to go if he’s going to shed the bust label next year. Their second round choices were much better. Safety Marqise Blair carved himself out a role and had 32 tackles while forcing a couple of fumbles. He’s a talented player who should be much more productive in year two. Speaking of production, the Seahawks got way more than they bargained for with DK Metcalf. He fell on Draft Day all the way to the bottom of the second round. The Seahawks snapped him up and got 900 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns from the rookie. He could very well become the team’s number one wideout next season. The other solid pick the Seahawks made was in the 6th round with running back Travis Homer. He was forced into action late in the season with injuries to Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny. He played pretty well as a dual-threat back who was a reliable target in the passing game.
There isn’t much else to get excited about with this class. The Seahawks had the rare experience of cutting a 4th round pick. That doesn’t happen often and clearly Gary Jennings’ future in the league is bleak. For this grade to improve over time, LJ Collier will need to step up in a big way. They’ll also need production out of some of their mid-round picks. Otherwise, this class will be known for the Seahawks stealing DK Metcalf at the end of Round 2, and that’s about it.