Tapp started five games last season and 32 games over the last three seasons. Clemons, also a defensive end, has started three games with three NFL teams, but none in his two seasons with Philadelphia. Clemons played special teams last season and was a role player on defense. Clemons should get a chance to play more on defense for Seattle.
The NFL lists Clemons at 240 pounds, small for a traditional defensive end. It's possible Clemons could become a candidate for the "Elephant" role in Pete Carroll's defense.
"He has natural pass-rush skills and shows counter moves when the tackle is able to anticipate his first move," Clemons' Scouts Inc. report reads. "However, if the tackle manages to get a good fit with his hands, Clemons can get engulfed by the big tackles around the league."
Adding a fourth-round pick does give Seattle needed draft ammunition. The team doesn't have a third-round choice. Seattle might also need picks to make deals for Brandon Marshall and/or Charlie Whitehurst, depending upon how much the Seahawks value those players.
Tapp's depature makes Kelly Jennings the only member of Seattle's 2006 draft class still under contract. Guard Rob Sims and receiver Ben Obomanu are restricted free agents. Jennings' future with the team could be in question based on his performance to this point and the Seahawks' known preference for bigger cornerbacks.
This can be a good deal for Seattle if the Seahawks view Clemons as a player on par with Tapp and better suited for their defense. This is considered a strong draft and picks are precious. The fourth-round choice Seattle received was a pick Philadelphia acquired from the Jets.