Led by the extraordinary Shaquem Griffin, the Seahawks’ seven-player haul on the draft’s final day Saturday had plenty of unusual story lines.
The NFL draft’s final day had seven selections for the Seahawks, and several intrigues beyond joining together the Griffin brothers in the biggest national human-interest story of the draft.
They took a Husky with limited playing time at his college position, 6-foot-3 cornerback, a record-setting punter from Australia, a kid from from Chicago who finished school in less than four years, a self-described “tough-ass” kid from Temple and a quarterback who pronounces his last name as Magoo.
Look up the last one, kids.
A quick look at the draftees:
Will Dissly, TE, Washington
6-4, 267, senior, Bozeman, Mont.
Former defensive lineman who made the switch to offense at Washington after catching a pass in practice . . . Blocking tight end who didn’t allow a single pressure from 78 pass blocking snaps in 2017 . . . Started 11 of 13 games as a senior . . . Academic All‐Pac‐12 honorable mention . . . career game against Montana — five passes for 79 yards and two
touchdowns . . . two receptions for 59 yards vs. Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl . . . co‐winner of the Husky Excellence Award voted by players . . . Veteran free agent signee Ed Dickson will start, Dissly will compete with Nick Vannett as primary backup.
Quote (on the day at UW practice when the defensive lineman showed he could catch): “The D-linemen were running to the east field and they were doing 7 on 7, but it was half side. I said, ‘Hey, let me get a rep here,’ and coach says jump in. I ran a little stop route. I made a kind of a tough catch, and opened some eyes there. It was just all in fun. At the moment, I didn’t think anything of it, but I guess I caught some attention.”
Shaquem Griffin, LB, Central Florida
6-1, 213, senior, St. Petersburg, Fla.
His success despite a left hand amputated as a child is one of the greatest inspirational stories in sports . . . Twin brother of Seahawks starting CB Shaquill Griffin . . . Peach Bowl MVP and conference defensive player of the year on a team that went 13-0 and declared itself the unofficial national champion . . . 4.38-second 40 time at combine, where he also bench-pressed 225 pounds 21 times . . .third on the team in tackles with 74, including 13 for loss and seven sacks . . . one interception, three pass breakups and nine QB hurries . . . recovered two fumbles and forced two.
Quote (On where he was when the call came): “I was using the restroom. My brother kind of tackled me with my cellphone, saying, ‘Answer it, answer it!’ I looked (at the area code), and that’s when tears just started pouring down . . . I think I was more scared of him tackling me in the bathroom for not knowing what’s happening, than anything. That’s how it happened.”
Tre Flowers, CB, Oklahoma State
6-3, 200, senior, Converse, Tex.
Second-team All-America selection by American Football Coaches Association . . . A first-team All-Big 12 honoree chosen by coaches and a second-team selection by Associated Press . . . teammates voted him team captain. Led team in tackles with 79 tackles.
Quote: “Words can’t describe it. I grew up watching Kam Chancellor and Earl (Thomas). Unfortunately, Richard (Sherman) isn’t there anymore, but I grew up watching them. I’m happy to be a part of it.”
Michael Dixon, P, Texas
6-3, 2o5, junior, Sydney
Seahawks traded a seventh-round pick (No. 226) to Denver to move up seven spots to draft Dixon . . . Highest draft choice (149) used on a punter by the Seahawks since 1987 when Ruben Rodriguez was taken at 131 . . . UT’s all-time leader in average at 45.32 yards per punt . . . School record in punts (226) and yards (10,242) . . . 2017 national Ray Guy Award winner . . . Unanimous first-team All-America . . . Big 12 Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year and an Academic All-Big 12 . . . played Australian Rules Football as a prepster.
Quote (on directional punting): “In Aussie Rules football, you have a lot of different punts that you have to hit around the field. You would be kicking to a moving target and you would have to fit it out in front, like how a quarterback leads a receiver on to a route. Sometimes you would have to do that, or sometimes you would have to do low, drill passes, or lofty ones. So, you really develop an extra sort of touch between your foot and the ball.”
Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State
6-5, 310, senior, Chicago
Third-ranked tackle in this class by Pro Football Focus, but had a subpar combine performance . . . Two-year starter who played in 50 games and started 27 consecutive games at left tackle as a junior and senior. Twice an all-conference honoree, Jones helped Ohio State win six championships . . . graduated with degree in family resource management in December 2017, in less than four years . . . Helped the Buckeyes rank among the Top 20 rushing teams in the nation four consecutive years.
Quote (on his combine numbers): “I thought I would put up a little bit better numbers. But, I went out there and they were what they were. I’m just thankful for the opportunity and ready to go out there and play some football.”
Jacob Martin, DE, Temple
6-3, 250, senior, Aurora, Colo.
Brother of Josh Martin, five-year NFL veteran who started nine games at linebacker for the Jets in 2017 . . . Second-team All-American Athletic Conference selection with 39 tackles, 11 for loss, and eight sacks in 12 games. Was a reserve all but one game the previous three years, recording 18 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 2016.
Quote: “I’m going to be honest, I don’t think anyone in this draft class plays this game the way I do. I bring a lot of energy to the team and to my play. Very urgent in everything I do, whether that’s special teams, whether that’s on defense, or that’s rushing the quarterback. I am a relentless dude. I’m from Temple, so you know you’re going to get the hardest-working, the most physical, the most dedicated, the smartest players — some tough-ass dudes that get after the quarterback.”
Alex McGough, QB, Florida International
6-3, 214, senior, Tampa
First QB drafted by the Seahawks since Russell Wilson in 2012 . . threw for 2,791 yards and 17 touchdowns last season . . . Finished his four-year college career with 9,091 yards and 65 touchdowns, 37 interceptions . . . also had 535 career rushing yards and 16 touchdowns . . . Broke his collarbone in a bowl game, but says it has healed . . . Fourth quarterback on the roster, joining Russell Wilson, Austin Davis and Stephen Morris.
Quote (on meeting Wilson on his pre-draft Seattle visit): “I actually shook his hand when I was up there. I know he’s a great competitor. He loves to win. He hasn’t let anything stop him in his career, being undersized and being doubted. I feel like that’s me.”