Germain Ifedi will start out at right guard, says Pete Carroll

The Seattle Seahawks received mostly high marks from analysts for their draft haul last week.

They took 10 players overall: three offensive linemen, three running backs, two defensive linemen, a tight end and a wide receiver. Eight of their 10 picks were used on the offensive side of the ball.

Rookie minicamp begins on Friday. In the meantime, here are three leftover draft thoughts on the Seahawks.

1. Germain Ifedi's position won't be determined until August.

When Pete Carroll and John Schneider addressed the media Thursday night, the indication was that Ifedi was going to get a crack at winning the starting right tackle job. But during a Sirius XM interview Monday, Carroll went the other way.

"We're going to bring him in here and put him at right guard and get J'Marcus Webb at right tackle and get as big as you can get in football and see how those guys do together," Carroll said.

So which is it?

The truth is the Seahawks don't know.

Their plan this offseason has been to add options and find the best five-man combination. Of course, that was the plan last offseason as well, and the offensive line was a mess for the first part of the year. Carroll would like to settle on a group sooner this time around, but the thought process is the same.

Ifedi has experience at both guard and tackle. In the long-term, the Seahawks see him as a right tackle. But where he plays as a rookie will depend on Ifedi's progress and who emerges at the other spots along the line. There are a lot of moving parts, and it's unlikely that the team will make any real decisions until the preseason.

2. The Nick Vannett pick doesn't signal more two tight-end sets.

Schneider and Carroll stressed Vannett's ability as an in-line, blocking tight end. But it would be surprising to see the Seahawks go with more 12 personnel (one RB, two TEs, two WRs) in 2016.

They are largely an 11 personnel (one RB, one TE, three WRs) team, and with Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Tyler Lockett returning, that's unlikely to change.

So why did the Seahawks use a third-round pick on Vannett? It has more to do with 2017 than 2016.

Returning from a patellar tendon injury, Jimmy Graham is an unknown at this point. And he's due $10 million in 2017, none of which is guaranteed. Luke Willson, meanwhile, is scheduled to be a free agent after this season.

Using a third-round pick on a blocking tight end would be an unorthodox use of resources. That could be Vannett's role as a rookie, but he could be in position to start for the Seahawks a year from now.

3. The Seahawks draft for need early and best player available late.

Schneider has admitted that need is reflected in the Seahawks' draft grades. And that was the case with the Ifedi pick.

The Seahawks might have liked other prospects better, but they had a need on the offensive line and knew that guys with Ifedi's athletic profile would not be available later in the draft.

By Day 3 though, it's more about lottery tickets. The hit rate is significantly lower, so it makes sense to look at upside regardless of position. Who can provide the biggest payoff if certain pieces call into place?

That explains the Zac Brooks selection in the seventh round. Did the Seahawks need to draft a third running back? Of course not. But Schneider said on 710 ESPN Seattle Monday that Brooks was a favorite of his and some of the other people in the room. So they took a flier on Brooks' athletic traits with hopes of developing him.