Ohio State De Tarrick Smith celebrates after hitting a pass against Michigan State on November 20, 2021 (Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
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The Seahawks continued to get into defensive positions of need in the NFL Draft, picking Ohio State rusher Tyreke Smith at No. 158 overall, his second pick in Saturday’s fifth round.
Smith joins Boye Mafe, a Seattle second-round pick, as starters vying for time in the Seahawks’ passing rush.
Smith, who is 6-foot-3, 264-pound for the Buckeyes, had three sacks, 26 total saves, two assists defended and a mandatory fumble in 2021.
He ran a 40-yard dash in 4.86 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine this spring.
“A flexible defender with long limbs with his unbridled attacking style brings the highs and lows of every game,” Draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote in Smith’s NFL.com file.
Zierlein added that Smith would need to fill in the lower half of his frame, especially the lower half of his frame, in order to develop into a “functional rim adjuster.”
Smith was the esteemed All-Big Ten pick in 2020 and the team’s second conference last year.
– BigTenNetwork September 7, 2019
More draft selections Seahawks
• Seattle selected Mississippi OT Charles Cross in ninth place overall
• Hawks Minnesota DE Boye Mafe added with a choice of 40
• Michigan State Hawks Project RB Kenneth Walker at 41
• Seahawks take WSU OT Abraham Lucas in the third round
• Seattle-sensei CB Kobe Bryant prevails in the fourth round
• Seahawks pull off UTSA CB long and fast Tariq Woolen in the fifth round
• Falcons finish with 2 WRs at Rutgers’ Melton, Lenoir-Rhyne’s Young
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