Good morning, Seahawks fans, and welcome to day three of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Yesterday, the Seahawks took Texas A&M running back Christine Michael with the 62nd overall pick in round two and added Penn State defensive lineman Jordan Hill with the 87th overall pick in round three.
Heading into today, the Seahawks hold 10 draft picks – No. 123 (4th round), No. 138 (5th round), No. 158 (5th round), No. 165 (5th round), No. 194 (6th round), No. 199 (6th round), No. 220 (7th round), No. 231 (7th round), No. 241 (7th round) and No. 242 (7th round).
We’ll get started with all of that beginning at 9 a.m. PT, but in the meantime here’s a look at what’s “out there” about the Seahawks after day one and two of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times has a look at the Seahawks’ unconventional approach to draft day.
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune details the Seahawks’ selection of Michael in round two.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald recaps day two of the Seahawks’ draft.
Danny O’Neil of 710Sports.com rehashes the Seahawks’ selections of Michael and Hill in the draft’s second and third rounds.
ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando has his story on the Seahawks’ moves from day two of the draft at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com has his list of the 10 best remaining players in the 2013 draft.
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com’s Around the League has his take on winners and losers from day two of the draft.
NFL.com has an updated look at every pick made so far in the 2013 draft.
Once again, we’ll be streaming live coverage of rounds 4-7 with Seahawks Insider Tony Ventrella here at Seahawks.com, which is where you can also find Clare Farnsworth’s recap of what transpired on day two of the draft for Seattle.
You can stay connected and up to date with all of the Seahawks’ draft picks by tuning in to our Draft Central page.
And like yesterday’s cyber surfing post, we leave you with several reactions from Seahawks players and coaches as they watched the day’s picks pour in.
Defensive tackle Jordan Hill says the Seahawks were very interested in him at the NFL Combine. Today, the club followed through on that interest when they took Hill with the No. 87 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
“It’s an emotional feeling,” Hill said in a conference call with reporters shortly after he heard his name called on national television at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. “I’ve been waiting for a phone call and I’m really excited it’s going to be Seattle.”
Hill played in 45 games for the Nittany Lions from 2009-12, totaling 171 tackles, 9.5 sacks, an interception, and two forced fumbles. He started 11 of 12 games his junior year and all 12 games his senior season.
“I’m a versatile player,” said Hill. “I’m a guy that can pass rush, but then also a guy that can stop the run. I’m a guy that plays with a high motor and I just love playing football.
“I just love to compete.”
Hill will do just that when he brings his relentless attitude and play style to the Seahawks in 2013 – a play style he says he models after fellow Penn State alums Jared Odrick, now a defensive end with the Miami Dolphins, and Devon Still, a defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals.
“It’s really everything to my game,” Hill said of that relentless play style. “Just the way I out-work the guy in front of me. How much work I put into it studying film and stuff like that.
“Whenever you work that hard at something you’re bound to succeed.”
Another notable Penn Stater, Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson, was one of the first to welcome Hill to the club via Twitter:
With their second pick in the second day of the NFL Draft, the Seahawks addressed a need this evening by selecting Penn State defensive tackle Jordan Hill.
The Seahawks needed depth at the position because Alan Branch and Jason Jones, the starter at the three-technique spot in the base and nickel defenses last season, left in free agency this offseason. Although a bit light, Hill has good lateral quickness and quick feet.
It was last year that the Seahawks found quarterback Russell Wilson in the third round, and in previous drafts the third round has yielded nose tackle Brandon Mebane (2007), linebacker Leroy Hill (2005), wide receiver Darrell Jackson (2000), Pro Bowl linebacker Fredd Young (1984) and linebacker Michael Jackson (1979).