After moving back in the second round earlier in the evening, the Seahawks made a selection with the 47th overall pick, taking University of Utah safety Marquise Blair.
Blair, who is 6-foot-1, 196 pounds, started 12 games for the Utes last season and earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors, finishing with 59 tackles, two for a loss. He played both safety positions, starting four games at strong safety and eight at free safety.
“I can be physical in the box and I can cover in the back area,” Blair said via conference call shortly after learning he’d become a member of the Seahawks.
Blair said he split his time pretty evenly between those free and strong safety during his career, and said he can play both spots because, “I can be physical in the box and I can cover in the back end.”
Known as a big-hitter at Utah, Blair said the part of his game he takes the most pride in is “definitely my physicality.”
“Marquise will fit in great with our style, and he’s what we covet from a safety,” said Tyler Ramsey, Seattle’s area scout who covers the West. “He’s a guy that can play either position. He’s got great speed on the back end, but really loves to be physical and mix it up in the box near the line of scrimmage.”
Blair is the second defensive player selected by Seattle in as many round along with defensive end L.J. Collier, the Seahawks’ first-round pick.
Before enrolling at Utah, Blair was a junior college All-American at Dodge City Community College.
Here’s where Seattle’s draft picks stand after the Blair pick:
Round 3, 77 overall
Round 3, 92 overall
Round 4, 114 overall
Round 4, 118 overall
Round 4, 124 overall
Round 4, 132 overall
Round 5 142 overall
Round 5, 159 overall