I'm going to do a Seahawks mock in stages over the next day or so between projects as time permits. When it comes to the later rounds, I might list 2 or 3 guys I think might be in the wheelhouse, and pick a winner at the end. But in the first round, I think there will be a veritable tornado (or, in Dennis Miller's words, a "torcano") of activity around Seattle's fourth pick, and I think this activity will lead to an inevitability.
This is the highest draft pick Tim Ruskell hopes he ever has, and it's his legacy on the line now. He's into safety - he traded for Deion Branch because he was concerned about the bust rate for receivers. His love of multi-year starters from big schools is well-known. In his heart, Ruskell has to know that when it comes to player eval, he's operating at a deficit on the offensive side of the ball. What he needs with that fourth overall pick is a guy at a position he evaluates very well, with no real downside, that everyone in Seattle will fall in love with at first sight.
First Round (4) - Aaron Curry, SLB, Wake Forest.
If there's one thing we know about Tim Ruskell, it's that he doesn't appreciate protracted contract issues, especially when they're made public. When Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram voiced displeasure with their financial situations, they were unceremoniously dumped. Leroy Hill's a slightly different breed of cat, being a Ruskell pick and in his prime and all, but that fact that he turned down a (six-year, $36 million) deal on top of his "Asleep at the Wheel" episode has me thinking that the Seahawks might be seriously looking at moving Hill in a draft day trade. I have absolutely nothing to base this on, and I want to make that abundantly clear, but I think that Ruskell could be moved with the right offer on a Hill departure.
Curry will be there at 4 for one reason - because the Chiefs are moving to a 3-4. Admittedly, it's a very creative 3-4 with Clancy Pendergast in charge, but I find it tough to believe that Scott Pioli would pull the trigger on a guy who would probably play ILB in his defense. What the Chiefs want is DeMarcus Ware, but he isn't in this draft. What they REALLY want is to trade down, and they might be able to do so if they hold something shiny up long enough to distract Dan Snyder. And if Snyder does move up to 3, he ain't taking Aaron Curry. He's taking Mark Sanchez and trading Jason Campbell.
Curry will fit the new Alleged West Coast Defense like a glove. He's a menace in any direction, and he is absolutely as advertised when it comes to character. He played 98 percent SLB at Wake, but can make the occasional move as a rush end in a 3-man front. He might be Julian Peterson. The Seahawks would "settle" for Derrick Brooks.