Seahawks 2011 Draft Picks and How the Board May Set Up

The Seahawks' compensatory pick has been awarded and so the final draft order is set, as you may well know. 


2011 NFL Draft: Seattle Seahawks Picks

Rd. Overall From Thru Compensatory
1 25 -- -- No
2 57 -- -- No
4 99 DEN NE No
5 156 -- -- No
5 157 BAL -- No
6 173 DET -- No
7 208 CLE -- No
7 241 -- -- Yes (cannot be traded)


So, let's take a look at Rob Rang's Board (23-March update) at players within plus or minus five of the pick number for a rough estimate of the talent that might be available. Of course, standard disclaimers apply. Seattle's board may look nothing like this and the rankings are themselves dynamic; more likely to change than not before the draft in April. 

Pick #: 25, Rang's Board: #20-30

20. Nate Solder (OT, Colorado), 21. Mike Pouncey (C/G, Florida), 22. Gabe Carimi (OT, Wisconsin), 23. Jake Locker (QB, Washington), 24. Cameron Heyward (DE, Ohio State), 25. Corey Liuget (DT, Illinois), 26. Jimmy Smith (CB, Colorado), 27. Muhammad Wilkerson (DT/DE, Temple), 28. Philip Taylor (DT/NG, Baylor), 29. Brandon Harris (CB, Miami), 30. 

Comment: If Seattle keeps this pick, the team should walks away with a player that is an immediate contributor (unless it's Jake, where it is very unlikely that he would be ready right out of the box). 

Pick #: 57, Rang's Board: #52-62

52. Marcus Canon (OT, TCU), 53. Rahim Moore (S, UCLA), 54. Curtis Brown (CB, Texas), 55. Jonathan Baldwin (WR, Pittsburgh), 56. Davon House (CB, New Mexico St.), 57. Drake Nevis (DT, LSU), 58. Orlando Franklin (OT, Miami), 59. Kendall Hunter (RB, Oklahoma St.), 60. Benjamin Ijalana (G, Villanova), 61. Andy Dalton (QB, TCU), 62. Steve Wisniewski (C, Penn St.)

Comment: Seattle should certainly be in a position to address needs along the offensive and defensive lines or defensive back within the first two picks. It is worth noting here that it looks like the defensive tackle/defensive end depth--at least the guys with the fewest question marks--dries up quickly after the first round. As for QB, it's quite likely that the second tier including Mallet (for some), Ponder, and Dalton may well be gone. (Dalton is trending upward from what I'm reading.)

Pick #: 99, Rang's Board: #94-104

94. Chris Conte (S, California), 95. Lance Kendricks (TE, Wisconsin), 96. Edmond Gates (WR, Abilene Christian), 97. Pernell McPhee (DE, Mississippi St.), 98. Colin McCarthy (ILB, Miami), 99. Niles Paul (WR, Nebraska), 100. Tyler Sash (S, Iowa), 101. Mason Foster (OLB, Washington), 102. Marcus Gilbert (OT, Florida), 103. K.J. Wright (OLB, Mississippi St.), 104. Jordan Cameron (TE, USC)*. *We may not need another TE, but we could have slammin' basketball team y'all. 

Comment: Out of this group Sash and Mason Foster would excite me most, although Edmond Gates and his 6'0 height and low 4.3 40 time is rather intriguing too. 

Pick #: 156, 157, Rang's Board: #151-162

151. Ronald Johnson (WR, USC), 152. Lee Ziemba (OT, Auburn), 153. Derrick Locke (RB, Kentucky), 154. Denarius Moore (WR, Tennessee), 155. Zach Hurd (G, UConn), 156. Kendrick Burney (CB, UNC), 157. Mark Herzlich (OLB, Boston College), 158. Andre Smith (TE, Virginia Tech), 159. Owen Maracic (FB, Stanford), 160. Chykie Brown (CB, Texas), 161. Austin Petis (WR, Boise St.), 162. Jeremy Kerley (WR, TCU)

Comment: By this point in the draft I think you're looking players who have some distinct limitations (injury/health, speed, etc.) but who have also been quite productive college players. It's not hard to imagine some nice bargains coming from this group. I really like Derrick Locke for his speed and Austin Petis reminds me of Justin Gage.

Pick #: 173, Rang's Board: #168-178

168. Brian Rolle (OLB, Ohio St.), 169. Greg McElroy (QB, Alabama), 170. Derrick Newton (OT, Arkansas St.), 171. Cecil Shorts, III (WR, Mount Union), 172. Deunta Williams (S, UNC), 173. Bilal Powell (RB, Louisville), 174. Chris L. Rucker (CB, Michigan St.), 175. Brandon Fusco (C, Slippery Rock), 176. Josh Byrnes (ILB, Auburn), 177. Keith Williams (G, Nebraska), 178. Ryan Jones (CB, NW Missouri St.)

Comment: The rules changes regarding special teams may mean that teams will be looking more closely at guys who more readily project as contributors on offense and defense rather than pure "special teams ace" types like Obo or Joey Kent. One immediate implication could be for kickers and QBs. Teams may be more comfortable drafting both in the late rounds rather than waiting for FA. The special teams ace types may be more likely to go undrafted.

Pick #: 208, Rang's Board: #203-213

203. Brandon Bair (DE, Oregon), 204. Chas Henry (P, Florida), 205. Evan Royster (RB, Penn St.), 206. Ryan Hill (CB, Miami), 207. Derek Hall (OT, Stanford), 208. Jason Kelce (C, Cincinnati), 209. Jeff Maehl (WR, Oregon), 210. Tyrod Taylor (QB, Virginia Tech), 211. Darvin Adams (WR, Auburn), 212. Doug Hogue (OLB, Syracuse), 213. Eric Hagg (S, Nebraska)

Comment: I rather like Tyrod Taylor. He's a kid worth trying to develop no matter what else we do at QB.

Pick #: 241 (compensatory pick), Rang's Board: #236-246

236. Kai Forbath (K, UCLA), 237. Loyce Means (CB, Houston), 238. Nick Bellore (ILB, Central Mich.), 239. Dom DeCicco (S, Pittsburgh), 240. Anthony Allen (RB, Georgia Tech.), 241. Eddie Jones (DE, Texas), 242. Mark LeGree (S, Appalachian St.), 243. Ryan Winterswyk (DE, Boise St.), 244. Trevor Turner (OT, Abilene Christian), 245. Lee Smith (TE, Marshall), 246. Adrian Moten (OLB, Maryland)

Comment: Anthony Allen is a bit like Michael Bush, who played for Cable in Oakland. If Allen is available I would not be at all surprised if Seattle selects him.

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