The Seattle Seahawks front office did their usual wheeling and dealing in the days (and hours) leading up to the 2018 rookie draft and ended up with 8 picks in the first 3 rounds, including 3 first round selections. Acquiring the selections were not without cost though, as the Seahawks said goodbye to a couple of budding young stars in halfback Vince Kerr (Jaguars) and receiver Keliko Ambles (Titans). 1st Round Pick #12 - HB - Letevin Stead - Montana Stead is a college track star who found his way to the gridiron for the first time during his sophomore year at Montana. His blazing fast track speed (97spd, 98acc), he was considered the fastest player in this draft, allowed him to find great success as an offensive weapon for the Grizzlies and vaulted him to the top of the Seahawks draft board. Stead is still a bit raw when it comes to his rushing abilities, but has shown an above average ability for catching the ball (79cth), and definitely has the build of a receiver, at 6'2" tall. Already deep at halfback, rumor has it that the Seattle coaching staff wants LeTevin to spend the offseason learning the finer tendencies of playing the receiver position. Could a position change be in the works for this dynamic young playmaker? Pick #26 - LT - Samuel Burdetsky - Nevada Burdetsky is a mountain of a man who was a 4 year starter for the high octane Nevada Wolf Pack's spread offense. He was expected to be a top 5 pick, until a poor showing in the senior bowl and at the combine left teams questioning whether he has the strength to be as successful at the pro level. Looking towards the future, the Seahawks felt they couldn't pass him up with their 2nd first round pick. Samuel showed a natural pass blocking ability (85pbl) in training camp and preseason, but needs to be coached up on his run blocking (68rbk) in a big way. His perceived lack of strength (78str) hasn't been an issue thus far, as he hasn't had a problem knocking his opposition flat on their back on a regular basis (90ibl). While he is a backup this season, Burdetsky is expected to compete for a starting position as early as next season. Pick #31 - DT - Iran Perry - Hawaii Perry is another player that was expected to be a top 10 selection, only to slide all the way back to the end of the 1st. Iran fits in with the new breed of defensive tackle we have been seeing more of in recent years, with the size of a traditional interior lineman, but with the speed (83spd, 84acc) that used to be reserved for a much smaller frame. This pick came down to the Seahawks front office going with the best player available on their board. Perry joins a crowded unit that feature many players with similar skill set to his own. While he has been impressive with his raw athletic ability; will he set himself apart enough to earn significant playing time early in his career? 2nd Round Pick #22 - QB - Van Jozwiak - UTSA The Seahawks continued their trend of picking up players who slid from the top of the first round with the selection of Jozwiak. Considered by many to be the 2nd best QB in this class, the Seattle front office was stunned to see him still sitting there late in the 2nd round. It's unknown exactly what caused his stock to fall so much, but this kid appears to be the real deal. A gifted pocket passer, Van owned every school passing record of significance before his career was done at the University of Texas at San Antonio. With franchise QB Russell Wilson entrenched as the starter for the Seahawks, Joz would be wise to take the opportunity to learn all he can from the successful veteran. Blessed with such natural ability (91thp, 88sac, 86mac, 83dac), it wouldn't be surprising if another club came calling to make a play for this potential franchise cornerstone. Pick #28 - C - Pete Hough-Jenkins - Connecticut The selection of Hough-Jenkins served the dual purpose of selecting the best player available, and filling an immediate need. With last year's starter Billy Alvarez signing with the Orlando Sentinels in free agency, the Seahawks were in the market for a quality replacement. Pete came in and grabbed hold of the starting position early in training camp and never let it go. While still developing his pass blocking (78pbk), he is a natural run blocker (83rbk) and has no problem getting defenders off of their feet regularly (86ibl) as well. If early indicators hold true, Hough-Jenkins appears to be one of those players you plug into your starting line-up and don't worry about it again for many years to come. Pick #29 - P - Carter Portter - Delaware With so many early picks, including back to back picks late in the second, the Seahawks had the luxury of making a selection considered to be a reach by just about anyone's standards. The selection was the highest that a punter was drafted since Todd Sauerbrun in 1995. A soccer All-American for the Blue Hens, Portter can flat out drive the ball (97kpw). The Seahawks needed a replacement for veteran punter Jon Ryan, who's contract demands became too much for the Seattle front office to handle. Portter immediately becomes one of the top punters in the league for sheer power, but will need to work on his finesse with placing the ball (76kac). While some may scoff at the selection, the Seahawks put a huge emphasis on the field position battle and couldn't be more happy with landing one of the best young punters to come out in the last decade. 3rd Round Pick #22 - DE - Philip Odighizuwa - Iowa State Odighizuwa came to rookie camp extremely out of shape and reportedly had a poor attitude when questioned about his conditioning. Coach Carroll sent Odighizuwa home on the first day, after a short meeting in his office, and the team announced his release later in the day. Odighizuwa has yet to catch on with another team. Pick #31 - HB - Jemale Donald - Savannah State Donald was a project pick, as he is a big bruising back who was the only bright spot on a poor Tigers football team. Donald frequently made national highlight reels with his punishing running style, regularly flattening defenders in his path (98trk). While he may not have the natural ability to be an every down back at the pro level (88spd, 75acc), he has the potential to be a fantasy football god in goal line situations. 5th Round Pick #29 - WR - DeMarlo Christopher - Richmond Christopher was a relative unknown until his pro day at the University of Richmond. Coming from a primarily run heavy offense with the Spiders; Christopher had a relatively pedestrian career, despite being a 3 year starter. It wasn't until he clocked a sub 4.4 40 time at his pro day, that he really started popping up on personnel guys' radar. Despite his blazing speed (95spd), above average hands (78cth), and ideal size (6'4"), he seems at times to lack the coordination to take advantage of his obvious physical gifts (79acc, 66jmp). Christopher seems determined to proves the critics wrong, as he has shown the willingness to work his tail of in minicamps and the preseason. All the hard work has paid off, as Christopher came into the season as the #2 receiver on the Seahawks roster. The question is, is he truly overcoming his shortcomings, or are the Seahawks that desperately thin at WR? With so many high picks, the Seahawks appear to have simply reloaded an already talented team for another possible run at the Lombardi trophy. Will this be the year the Hawks finally get over the hump and bring the championship home?