With two picks put into the O-line, I'm both assuming and hoping the Seahawks now turn to defense. We let some interesting high-value but risky prospects like Jimmy Smith and Justin Houston walk by in preference for solid building blocks, a heavy investment in offense that should pay immediate dividends.
Even though I'm slightly disappointed at missing out on those high-upside talents, I think we're sitting really well in the 4th to take advantage of some surprise drops, players with interesting upside that can provide upgrades to our front seven or cornerback positions.
A few guys I got my eye on...
Davon House, CB: a prospect some had pegged as a mid-second round guy and a somewhat surprising drop. A physical corner who ran a decent 4.4 40 at his size, all-WAC player, will need some time to adjust to the NFL but a temping pick.
Chris Ballard, DE/DT: a sudden and quick pass rusher, good tackler, some issues with his technique. Had a solid senior bowl. Will need work but could be a solid guy at the 3-tech.
Sam Acho, DE/OLB: another guy some were talking about in the second round. Determined and quick pass rusher, gets off the ball quick, but has question marks regarding size and strength. His tweener status between DE and OLB would explain why he dropped here. Good Leo fit.
Chris Carter, DE/OLB: a Greg Cosell favorite which means he's my favorite. WAC DPotY, similar to Acho in that he's got good awareness and quickness, but even more so than Acho he does not fit in as a DE. Another good Leo fit.
Brandon Burton, CB: Jacson pointed him out but I'm not too familiar with him. Smallish cornerback who will need to get a bit stronger in the NFL but that shouldn't pose a problem. Turned heads when he locked down Jon Baldwin. Another prospect some had going in the late 2nd.
My head spins when I think of some of that value. We're seated well to pick up two of this handful of guys, easy.
What do you guys think? Any likely prospects in this above list, or do you have your own favorites?