The Seahawks shocked again with a sneaky, yet strong pick in round one, this time taking a scintillating speed rusher that many didn't belong in the first round but was in fact a hot commodity among NFL teams. Now with one of their biggest needs out of the way, what happens in day 2?
For starters, last year I personally thought the Seahawks were done with offensive lineman after they took James Carpenter in round one and well, they went out and drafted John Moffitt with their next pick. Therefore, I'm not ruling out the possibility for another pass rusher. Linebacker is the position I imagine is high on most people's needs list at this point, mine included, as there are potentially some good linebackers available when Seattle picks. I think "touchdown makers" of all types could be on the radar, as could a penetrating three technique tackle, a "nickel" corner/versatile safety or a quarterback.
I also wouldn't rule out taking an offensive lineman they had rated very high that has fallen, but I'm thinking they could be better served doing something like that in round four with the extra pick they picked up. Maybe they take that approach with linebacker instead, who knows. I don't want to get into guessing and rambling off too many scenarios, but I will say my dream for 12 picks after moving down from 12 is still alive. And based on the fact that Seattle almost traded down again in round one yesterday, maybe they can pull it off; something that would be helped by acquiring up another pick or two today. Still, 12 is not likely to happen, but...
Players I'm watching on day two
Lavonte David: I've been on the David bandwagon for months now, hoping that he would come around to Seattle with their second round pick. I love what he could bring to the defense as a nasty player that can get to the quarterback, cover a tight end, play the run, not to mention he's a very explosive tackler for his size. His versatility and attitude I believe would fit right in on the linebacking corps. He's my ideal second round pick. Basically, I've hoped for David at 43 for a while. If he's gone, another trade could be cool. If they moved down even a few picks and got him that would be the coolest. Is it even possible?
Mychal Kendricks: If not David, I definitely see why Kendricks could be an option. This is another good, undersized linebacker that could fit. He's extremely explosive, can get to the quarterback and can play Mike and Will. Carroll doesn't seem to mind undersized middle linebackers if they bring other things to the table, which Kendricks can.
Russell Wilson: Simply put, Wilson is my favorite quarterback in this class. Have I done as much research on others as I have on him, no, but that's partly because the more I learned about Wilson the more I simply gravitated towards him. Leadership and ambition are not lacking with the undersized signal caller, someone who plays taller than his height and has the skill set I believe would be an impeccable fit in this program. Not so much a target in round two, but definitely in round three; though after yesterday, I'm not counting anything out. Consider Wilson as my top choice for our third rounder.
Janoris Jenkins: Despite Jenkins' checkered past I think he is a guy that could upgrade the secondary. With an experienced mentor like Marcus Trufant, Jenkins could come into a situation where professionalism is not lacking in his position group. I like Jenkins' skill set and the contrast he provides to our bigger corners, especially if he falls into the third round.
The host of defensive tackles: The list includes Jared Crick, Devon Still, Kendall Reyes, Jerel Worthy, Brandon Thompson, even Alameda Ta''amu. I personally like Reyes' movement skills, Crick's hard-working attitude, and Thompson's consistency. Worthy's get off is very appealing and Still's ability to penetrate stands out, but the first three would be my first choices. Ta''amu is just a brick of man, and though I haven't mentioned him I think he could be a good value.
Mike Martin: While I like the guys above, Martin towards the end of the third round - if Seattle could pick up an extra pick - I think would be a sneaky, strong move. Martin is a guy that could benefit from moving around the line, the former wrestler's combination of quickness and fight would be an asset to the defensive line.
Chris Polk: Danny wrote a very convincing piece on why we should take Chris Polk in the third round. I love his receiving skills and the "internal gyroscope" that keeps him on his feet. If he goes off the board early Cyrus Gray is a player I like as a fringe day two running back.
Josh Kaddu: He's a player that has intrigued a few of us around here, with his aggressive mentality and rare movement skills for his size/length. K.J Wright was drafted early on day three and Kaddu is likely a superior athlete that from a body type perspective lines up very closely with Wright. My guess is he's a fringe day two guy, but in general someone to pay attention to until he comes off the board.
A list of other previously noted players "projected" to go in rounds 2-4 after the jump.
Runningback: Cyrus Gray, Ronnie Hillman. Isaiah Pead, Robert Turbin, Bernard Pierce, Terrance Gannaway are other common names to watch. (Kenneth Arthur pointed out LaMichael James should be here as well.)
Offensive lineman: Amini Silatolu, Ben Jones, Phillip Blake, Jeff Allen, Mitchell Schwartz.
Corner/Safety: Ryan Steed, Danny's on DaQuan Menzie.
Here you can find the list of prospects that visited the Seahawks pre-draft. There are a lot of corner/safety tweeners, among other sleeper players to watch. I suggest giving it a click just to see who is on there, as it will add almost 20 names to the group of players above.
Derek Stephens' write up from this morning on the 20 2nd round value picks.