After satisfying their need for an offensive tackle with the sixth pick in the first round of the NFL draft, the Seahawks selected Texas safety Earl Thomas with the 14th pick.
Thomas also fills a need, because veteran strong safety Deon Grant was released this month. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Thomas had eight interceptions last season and NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock credits him with having the best instincts of any defensive back in this draft class.
Some strange things took place between the Seahawks’ picks, including three trades and the Jacksonville Jaguars drafting California defensive tackle Tyson Alualu with the 10th pick – a mock draft-busting selection if ever there was one.
But that selection – along with the trades leading to the San Francisco 49ers taking Rutgers tackle Anthony Davis at No. 11, the San Diego Chargers selecting Fresno State running back Ryan Mathews at No. 12 and the Philadelphia Eagles tabbing Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham at No. 13 – left the Seahawks with some enticing options for their second pick.
Like Russell Okung, the Seahawks’ pick at No. 6, Thomas fills a need and also matches the value of the pick.
Before the pick of Thomas, the Seahawks had only two safeties on their roster – Jordan Babineaux, the incumbent starter at free safety; and Jamar Adams, who spent much of his first two seasons on the practice squad.