With the pick the Seahawks acquired in a trade for defensive end Frank Clark, the Seahawks added a defensive end, picking TCU’s L.J. Collier.
Collier, who is 6-foot-2, 291 pounds, earned first-team All-Big 12 honors as a senior, recording six sacks, 42 tackles, including 11.5 for a loss, and four pass breakups.
“I’m on cloud nine, it’s the craziest feeling,” Collier said via conference call from a Frisco, Texas hotel where he was spending draft day with family members. “I’m ready to get to work, I know that.”
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Collier said he visited with the Seahawks just a couple weeks prior to the draft, noting he and Seattle “hit it off right then and there.”
“It was a great conversation, they like my film. I like they way they work,” Collier recalled of his visit to the Pacific Northwest. “I know the guys in the defensive line room are going to push me to be better and we’re going to compete and go for a Super Bowl next year. That’s what I’m looking for and I know that’s what those guys are about. I’ve watched them for years. I’m looking forward to coming to that room and working hard and get to know everybody.”
On the field, Collier said he aims to pattern his play after players like “Terrell Suggs, Calais Campbell, guys like that. Maybe a little Aaron Donald in there, too.”
“I’m a hard-nosed, physical guy,” Collier added when asked about his game. “I play every down, I’m not just a pass rusher, I’m an all-around player. That’s what I bring to the game. I get off the ball and go 110 percent every time.”
The Seahawks also held the 30th pick, the result of their trade with Green Bay earlier in the night, but Seattle sent that pick to the New York Giants, who used it to select University of Georgia cornerback DeAndre Baker. In exchange for the 30th pick, the Giants sent to Seattle a second-round pick (37 overall), a fourth-rounder (132 overall), and a fifth-rounder (142 overall).
The Seahawks head into Friday with eight picks remaining, all in rounds 2-5.