2010 NFL Draft results for the Seattle Seahawks on day three were pretty good. Analysis of what the Seattle Seahawks were able to do over the weekend was actually pretty surprising, as Seattle might have walked away with the best overall additions of any team in the NFL. On day three of the 2010 NFL Draft, it wasn’t just about who the Seahawks were able to draft, but who they were able to parlay into trades that netted then two additional players that could make an impact in the 2010 season. A day after drafting wide receiver Golden Tate, and two days after drafting Russell Okung and Earl Thomas in the first round, the Seahawks struck again on Saturday.
First the Seahawks were able to pull off a trade with the Tennessee Titans to send them back-up running back LenDale White. White had been relegated to a back-up role not because he isn’t talented, but because the Titans now have the best running back in football playing for them (Chris Johnson). The trade didn’t even really cost Seattle anything other than a few draft slots as they gave up a higher pick, yet got back a pick from Tennessee. Both teams took cornerbacks from the Pac-10 with their picks, so the trade seems to heavily favor Seattle. Plus, White was the running back for Pete Carroll’s championship team at USC, and reuniting them can only be a good thing next season.
Later on day three, Seattle turned a fifth round pick into Leon Washington from the New York Jets, netting them yet another weapon who could surprise teams in the 2010 NFL season. Both backs could be impact players for Seattle in 2010, and coupled with a great set of picks from day one really have the Seahawks looking like the bandits of the 2010 NFL Draft. Seattle also was able to draft a few additional players that might be able to help them, nearly all of them on the defensive side of the ball. On day three of the draft, Seattle was able to get Oregon cornerback Walter Thurmond, North Carolina defensive end E.J. Wilson, Virginia Tech safety Kam Chancellor, tight end Anthony McCoy from USC, outside linebacker Dexter Davis from Arizona State, and fullback Jameson Konz from Kent State.
Getting E.J. Wilson is a big guy that can plug holes and could develop into a really good pass rusher, while Thurmond is a risk because he is coming off an injury plagued senior season. Both have up-sides, and could start right away if they prove they are ready for the NFL game. Getting Kam Chancellor was a nice pick-up in round five, and adds depth to the secondary if he pans out as well. Really though, the best pick-ups of the third day had to be White and Washington, who could end up both being used as situational backs to help out the Seattle offense. These picks are just gravy if they turn out well, because it is fully expected that the three picks from the first two days of the 2010 NFL Draft will all be starting coming out of mini-camps.
The Seattle Seahawks and their fans have to be very pleased with how the weekend went in New York, and they have really set themselves up to make a serious run at the NFL Playoffs next season and beyond.