Seahawks are scheduled to have the 21st decide within the first spherical of the draft, which can be held April 27-29.
The ultimate tick of the clock on the Tremendous Bowl, and the setting of the NFL draft order, means it’s now formally Mock Draft Season.
The previous few days have seen a variety of draft analysts current their first seems at how they envision the primary spherical enjoying out, and whereas there’s removed from a consensus through which specific gamers they peg for the Seahawks, there’s some uniformity within the positions. Principally, analysts see Seattle trying to beef up its protection — and, partially, as a result of that’s additionally the place the power of this draft seems to lie — notably with edge rushers and defensive backs.
As a reminder, the Seahawks have the 21st general decide within the first spherical. That’s certainly one of simply 4 picks Seattle is at present scheduled to have because the Seahawks traded away their second (Duane Brown), sixth (Brett Hundley) and seventh (Shalom Luani) spherical alternatives.
The Seahawks are more likely to attempt to purchase extra picks, and will nicely achieve this by buying and selling down or out of the primary spherical, as they’ve typically completed since Pete Carroll and John Schneider took over in 2010. That signifies that probably the most correct mock draft for Seattle is one which trades the decide away someplace.
However for now, 21st is the place the Seahawks are, and if nothing else, the mock drafts present a very good take a look at the gamers who determine to be out there when Seattle picks at that spot in the event that they do.
Right here’s a take a look at a few of the prime mock drafts and their choice for the Seahawks, in addition to my remark.
- 1 BLEACHER REPORT, MATT MILLER
- 2 NFL.COM, CHAD REUTER
- 3 NFL.COM, LANCE ZIERLEIN
- 4 SI.COM, KALYN KAHLER
- 5 DRAFTWIRE, USATODAY.COM, LUKE EASTERLING
- 6 PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS, MIKE RENNER
- 7 THE DRAFT NETWORK, JOE MARINO
- 8 USA TODAY, MICHAEL MIDDLEHURST-SCHWARTZ
- 9 CBSSPORTS.COM, TOM FORNELLI
- 10 CBSSPORTS.COM, CHRIS TRAPASSO
- 11 WALTER FOOTBALL, CHARLIE CAMPBELL
- 12 SB NATION, DAN KADAR
- 13 NEWSDAY, NICK KLOPSIS
BLEACHER REPORT, MATT MILLER
THE PICK: Jachai Well mannered, edge rusher, Florida
WHAT THEY SAID: “Frank Clark’s impending free company creates a necessity on the EDGE place, however even when Clark returns to Seattle, the entrance workplace has to give attention to getting youthful on protection with linebacker Bobby Wagner set as the inspiration they’ll construct round. Jachai Well mannered is constructed like Melvin Ingram at round 6’2″ and 245 kilos, however he has wonderful size that permits him to long-arm offensive tackles and bend across the edge. He’s fast, highly effective and instinctive as a pass-rusher. With or with out Clark, the Seahawks should get again to being a dominant pass-rushing workforce. Well mannered’s capacity to play instantly whereas providing potential for the longer term makes him very interesting right here.”
MY COMMENT: Exhausting to argue any of that, although I feel Clark’s 2019 standing, at least, can be settled by the point the draft rolls round, with Seattle thought more likely to franchise him (which it might do starting Feb. 19) to guarantee he stays with the staff in 2019 and proceed working towards a long-term deal. However even then, you’ll be able to by no means have an excessive amount of move rush, as coach Pete Carroll has stated quite a few occasions. And aside from Clark, Seattle didn’t have sufficient of it on the sting this yr.
Clemson’s Trayvon Mullen celebrates after the NCAA championship towards Alabama on Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, Calif. Clemson beat Alabama, 44-16. (Ben Margot / The Related Press)
NFL.COM, CHAD REUTER
THE PICK: Trayvon Mullen, cornerback, Clemson
WHAT THEY SAID: “Mullen, a superb worth right here, brings wanted depth to the Seahawks‘ secondary, particularly if Justin Coleman leaves as a free agent.”
MY COMMENT: Smart reasoning right here, as nicely. Coleman is now an unrestricted free agent after making $2.9 million as a restricted free agent final yr, and if he’s going to command much more than that, then Seattle might not hassle getting concerned, set in the meanwhile on the surface with Shaquill Griffin and Tre Flowers (every on rookie contracts) and with a few different younger corners it likes on the roster (Kalan Reed, Simeon Thomas). However it’s value remembering Seattle has not drafted a nook larger than the third spherical within the Carroll/Schneider period and after taking corners who’ve become starters within the draft every of the final two years, may look to different positions on the prime of the draft this yr.
NFL.COM, LANCE ZIERLEIN
THE PICK: Clelin Ferrell, defensive finish, Clemson
WHAT THEY SAID: “Ferrell matches the bodily mould of what the Seahawks search for on the sting. He’s nonetheless creating as a rusher, however he has traits and a terrific, profitable pedigree.”
MY COMMENT: At 6-Four, 265, he appears like virtually a mirror picture of Clark (who’s listed at 6-Three, 265) and his pedigree is clear after profitable the Ted Hendricks Award, awarded to the nation’s prime defensive finish. As we stated earlier, you possibly can by no means have sufficient move rush.
SI.COM, KALYN KAHLER
THE PICK: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
WHAT THEY SAID: “The most effective security on this yr’s draft, Thompson had a breakout season as a redshirt junior. Nick Saban’s defensive backs are all the time coached up, and Thompson has the type of instincts and vary to step into Earl Thomas’s previous spot in Seattle’s secondary.”
MY COMMENT: The comparability to Thomas above couldn’t be extra apt. In truth, contemplate this superb coincidence — Thomas and Thompson are every from Orange, Texas, and every went to West Orange-Stark Excessive Faculty. In 2014 as a excessive schooler, Thompson attended Thomas’ camp (video right here). The 2 additionally shared a bit of Twitter change in 2016. So yeah, this is able to be fairly the storyline if Seattle drafted one participant from Orange to exchange one other.
DRAFTWIRE, USATODAY.COM, LUKE EASTERLING
THE PICK: Thompson
WHAT THEY SAID: “The reign of the ‘Legion of Growth’ has ended, however that doesn’t imply the Seahawks can’t reload and attempt to construct the subsequent model. That begins with discovering a rangy, athletic and bodily playmaker at security to exchange Earl Thomas, and Thompson has all of the traits to make it occur.”
MY COMMENT: One final notice on Thompson — he simply this week had assault fees dropped, which can no less than make his draft course of rather less difficult.
PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS, MIKE RENNER
THE PICK: Well mannered
WHAT THEY SAID: “The Seahawks have been misplaced making an attempt to switch Cliff Avril’s manufacturing this previous season. Well mannered solves that as he’s a velocity rusher that may feast on unathletic tackles.’
MY COMMENT: The Seahawks undoubtedly will discover that Well mannered pressured six fumbles final season and was considered one of solely two gamers within the nation with ore than 10 sacks a minimum of 5 pressured fumbles. The strip sack was an Avril specialty and as famous numerous occasions already, Seattle might use a move rusher to pair alongside Clark.
THE DRAFT NETWORK, JOE MARINO
THE PICK: Grasping Williams, cornerback, LSU
WHAT THEY SAID: “The Seahawks secondary ain’t what it was. After a promising rookie season, Shaquill Griffin regressed in 2018 and the choices outdoors of him on the surface are all query marks. Whereas Williams has some consistency points that have to be cleaned up, his bodily talent set is strictly what groups are in search of in an outdoor man. He options good size, fluidity, foot quickness and vertical velocity to turn out to be a prime cowl man within the NFL. His uncooked bodily expertise is one thing I can see Seattle gravitating in the direction of.”
MY COMMENT: At 6-Three, 184, Williams has the type of body the Seahawks — and, to be truthful, virtually everybody within the NFL — covets. Williams sat out the Fiesta Bowl, however that hasn’t confirmed to matter to NFL groups as soon as draft time rolls round. As Marino factors out, if the Seahawks have been to actually go together with a nook this excessive it will undoubtedly say one thing about what they consider Griffin, who’s getting into his third season in 2019. The coaches appeared to speak extra positively of Griffin’s play this season than others did, particularly since he was shifting to the tougher left aspect of the protection after enjoying the fitting aspect as a rookie in 2017 (which those that merely say he regressed ought to have in mind).
USA TODAY, MICHAEL MIDDLEHURST-SCHWARTZ
THE PICK: Zach Allen, defensive finish, Boston School
WHAT THEY SAID: “Seattle doubtless should pony as much as retain Frank Clark after a breakout season by which he posted 14 sacks, however one other edge presence doubtless can be of curiosity to Pete Carroll even when the Professional Bowl choice returns. Although Allen doesn’t boast the traits of a defensive finish who would submit double-digit sacks, his run-stopping capacity and protracted motor might make him a pest for opponents.”
MY COMMENT: “Run-stopping means” a notable phrase listed above. Seattle wants plenty of that, too. As famous earlier, that is considered a draft notably robust in defensive linemen, and Seattle — if it stays at 21 — goes to have a variety of choices to beef up the road.
Mississippi State defensive deal with Jeffery Simmons. (Rogelio V. Solis / The Related Press)
CBSSPORTS.COM, TOM FORNELLI
THE PICK: Jeffery Simmons, defensive position, Mississippi State
WHAT THEY SAID: “Simmons gained’t be on the mix on account of his historical past. Earlier than attending Mississippi State, video emerged of Simmons punching a lady. Whereas that ought to by no means be excused, Simmons has not been in any hassle since attending to Starkville, and he’s been a terrific participant on the sector. Some groups can be scared off him because of his previous, however the Seahawks have taken possibilities on gamers like this earlier than.”
MY COMMENT: There appears to be lots of thought that Simmons goes to go so much greater than the place Seattle picks at 21, even regardless of his highschool hassle and the shortage of a mix invite. But when he’s there at 21 he may be exhausting for Seattle to show down. Listed at 6-Four, 300, he seems like the right participant to pair with Jarran Reed at deal with the place Seattle has some uncertainty with Shamar Stephen now a free agent and Poona Ford and Nazair Jones as backups.
CBSSPORTS.COM, CHRIS TRAPASSO
THE PICK: Nasir Adderley, security, Delaware
WHAT THEY SAID: “The Seahawks have lengthy liked a plus athlete, and based mostly on his movie, Adderley seems to be like one. We’ll discover out for positive in a few month on the mix. Anyway, the springy FCS security has impeccable vary because of his explosiveness and skill to maintain velocity, and Seattle might use extra youth on the again finish of its protection.”
MY COMMENT: Adderley additionally performed cornerback early in his school profession and may return kicks, the type of versatility any group can use, and was one of many stars of the Senior Bowl with 5 tackles and an interception. His 40 time on the mix can be one to observe.
WALTER FOOTBALL, CHARLIE CAMPBELL
THE PICK: Ferrell
WHAT THEY SAID: “Even when Frank Clark stays with Seattle, the staff might use one other edge rusher. Ferrell totaled 55 tackles with 11.5 sacks, 19.5 tackles for a loss, 4 passes batted and three pressured fumbles in 2018. In 2017, Clemson fielded a defensive position that was comprised of future first-round picks, and a few sources assume that Ferrell created a few of the huge performs for the opposite Clemson defensive linemen that season. For 2017, he totaled 66 tackles with 18 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, one cross batted and two pressured fumbles. Fellow defensive finish Austin Bryant spent 2017 enjoying himself into being an early-rounder, however Bryant did properly at cleansing up numerous scrambling quarterbacks operating away from Ferrell. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Ferrell has quickness, athleticism, instincts, and the power to bend across the nook. He appears like an edge rusher with double-digit sack potential within the NFL.”
MY COMMENT: One other vote for Ferrell right here. And it’s value remembering Seattle has taken a defensive linemen within the first three rounds of the draft six occasions since 2012.
SB NATION, DAN KADAR
THE PICK: Jerry Tillery, defensive position, Notre Dame
WHAT THEY SAID: “Tillery ran cold and hot for Notre Dame, however when he was on he is ready to make a huge impact from the inside and outside. For Seattle, he might be the participant that Malik McDowell, sadly, by no means turned due to accidents.”
MY COMMENT: Ugh, a Malik McDowell point out. However little question, the flameout of McDowell is one cause Seattle is out there for an additional younger, playmaker up entrance. Right here’s one other good write-up on the 6-5, 306-pound Tillery from The Draft Community, concluding: “Jerry Tillery loved a breakout season in 2018, displaying a lot better conditioning and mobility alongside the road of scrimmage. If capable of maintain that improvement, Tillery tasks as an eventual starter. Within the instant time-frame, Tillery tasks as an influence cross rusher who wins most when allowed to cost exhausting out of his stance and push up the sector in an effort to reset the road of scrimmage.”
NEWSDAY, NICK KLOPSIS
THE PICK: Brian Burns, edge Florida State
WHAT THEY SAID: “Frank Clark is an impending free agent. Even when he returns, Seattle might use some extra pass-rushing assist. At 235 kilos, Brian Burns is far lighter than your typical edge participant, however he makes up for it with a 6-5 body and wonderful velocity and bend. Head coach Pete Carroll has taken lighter, faster pass-rushers prior to now — most notably Bruce Irvin — so Burns might be a match right here.”
MY COMMENT: And right here you go, one other edge participant pegged for the Seahawks. The Irvin comparability above appears apt. However Seattle additionally has an identical participant on the roster it’s grooming proper now in Jacob Martin and won’t need one other participant it has to perhaps wait on for a yr or so earlier than getting vital manufacturing.