With the draft just hours away, I thought I would take a look at how each of the Seahawks' picks could shake out.
Round 1 – 25
Really should take the best player available. The team has needs at pretty much every area. I think some of the players available here that will make sense are Marvin Austin (DT, UNC),Mike Pouncey, Gabe Carimi (OT, Wisconsin), Nate Solder (OT, Colorado) and Jimmy Smith (CB, Colorado). There’s a good chance that Austin will be the only one left on the board at #25. It will probably depend on when the first OT is taken. That will dictate where the rest go and if one of the top 4 is available at 25. McShay has mocked Danny Watkins (G, Baylor) here in his latest version. This could be a good pick too.
Round 2 – 57 (25)
I think this could be the better spot to pick an interior lineman. Rodney Hudson (G, FSU) looks like he would be a good fit with the Seahawks and the line definitely needs to be addressed in the offseason. If Ras-I Dowling (CB, Virginia) slips to this sport I would love for the Hawks to pick him. He’s 6’1” and has good speed. Had some injuries this last year that hurt his stock, but probably has the talent of a round 1 CB. Also really like Greg Little (WR, UNC) if he somehow slips this far. Drake Nevis (DT, LSU) is a player that I really liked when I watched some LSU games this year. I’m not sure where he’ll go in the draft.
Round 4 – 99 (2)
Kendric Burney (CB, UNC) is a guy who I thought stood out at the Senior Bowl. His measurables are definitely subpar for an NFL CB (short and slow), but he seems to play better than his numbers indicate. Might be worth a look in the 4th round. Some other interesting options would be Taiwan Jones (RB, Eastern Washington), Kenrick Ellis (don’t think he will last this long), Ricky Stanzi (QB, Iowa) and Ahmad Black (S, Florida). Just remember to get up early on Saturday because this is the 2nd pick of Day 3.
Round 5 – 156 (25) and 157 (26)
Back-to-back picks! Too bad there aren’t either mortal enemies or twin brothers in this draft. This would be the ideal situation to take them. McShay has us taking Mark Herzlich (LB, Boston College). This is the guy who was probably a Top 15 pick a few years ago but was diagnosed with cancer. That has since gone into remission and he came back to the team last year. He’s not playing back to the same level yet, but I think it would definitely be worth a 5th round pick to give him a chance to get back to the level he once was at. I’d like Quizz Rodgers if he’s still on the board at this point. Other than that, I think you’ll see them target some more help for both the lines to build some depth.
Round 6 – 173 (8)
A player that could maybe contribute on special teams would add value here. Ricardo Lockette, WR, Fort Valley State is a raw prospect, but ran a sub-4.4 at the Combine and could help in the return game and as a deep threat. Another small school option is Brandon Fusco (C, Slippery Rock). Putting him in here mainly for his name. But he could be a nice little sleeper. The O-line just needs more options and depth.
Round 7 – 209 (6)
At this point you need to look for a guy who can have a Ray-Lewis–like impact on your team if there’s still one available. Since Ray Lewis might not be on the board, go with the next best thing: Greg Lloyd (LB, UConn).
Round7 – 242 (41)
Stephen Burton (WR, West Texas A&M). No other option here. And he already has all the Seahawks gear.