This draft is an interesting one. The Seahawks don't have the usual wealth of picks that they do, they have 7, but they don't have a third round pick. They have two fifth round picks, which they have been very good with, but still, third round picks can be very, very helpful to a team. But as usual, the most focus goes to the first round pick. This is the one that gets the most attention. It can revive a team (Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, the next Colts once-in-a-generation-QB that they'll inevitably get), it can destroy a team (Ryan Leaf, Jamarcus Russell, Aaron Curry), it can take a team to the next level (Haloti Ngata, JPP, Percy Harvin), or it can leave a team just...stagnant (Bruce Irvin, Michael Brockers, Dee Milliner).
So naturally, most of the focus on this next draft has been directed to that first pick. I'm not an exception to this rule. There are 5 guys that I'd like and I think have a good or decent chance of being there at pick #32.
1.) Joel Bitonio, OT/OG, Nevada, 6'4" 302
This guy is mean. He's straight up pissed off. He finishes blocks better than most, he's athletic, and he screams Seahawk. Rob Staton did a really good write up on him a couple weeks back that really sold me on him, right after it alerted me to his existence, and then another just to hammer it home. I had to go look at his tape after that, and now I'm sitting here wondering why he's not in the conversation for the top 3-4 tackles in this draft. Sure, he wasn't asked to pass block that often, but neither was Greg Robinson. He didn't play in the toughest conference, but he didn't play all slouches either, UCLA, with Anthony Barr, and Florida State, with a really good defensive line, both played against Nevada, and Bitonio was clearly the best player on the field when playing. He can also play almost every position on the o-line. He was also a "top performer" in all but one drill at the combine.
Here's the Rob Staton articles: http://seahawksdraftblog.com/joel-bitonio-could-be-logan-mankins http://seahawksdraftblog.com/joel-bitonio-a-big-time-seahawks-option
And here's Bitonio's tape against Fresno State:
And his Senior Bowl interview:
2.) Odell Beckham Jr., WR/PR, Louisana State, 5'11" 198
What can I say about Beckham that hasn't been said already? He's a guy that looks a lot like Golden Tate when you see him play. He's got great hands, he's quicker than fast, and he's smart. AND HE ONE-HANDS KICKOFFS. Maybe that's not really that important, but it's freaking awesome to see. The only downside is that he's not a lock to be there at 32. Soooo...yeah, here's his tape against UAB:
3.) Xavier Su'a-filo, OT/OG, UCLA, 6'4" 307
I kind of see Sua'filo as Bitonio-lite. He's still good, but he doesn't have that pissed off feel that I get from Bitonio, and doesn't dominate in the run game as well. He's also versatile, and he's got good size too boot. But, like I said, he doesn't finish as well, though he is a better pass blocker.
4.) Marquise Lee, WR, USC, 6' 192
He may have had a down year, but that doesn't mean that he's any less talented. He's still the guy who caught more than 100 passes for more than 1700 yards and 14 TDs in 2012, but his QB was awful this year. He was also bothered by injuries, which didn't really stop until they played Stanford this season. He's had problems with drops, but that doesn't stop him from being one of my favorite prospects in this coming draft at WR. He could also, like Beckham, help with some of the return duties. This is tape from 2012, to show what he could be:
5.) Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt, 6'3" 212
This could be one of the most underrated players in this draft. He's tough, he's got good speed, he's got good hands, he's intelligent, he's productive, despite EVERYONE knowing he was going to get the ball. He's also a bigger guy, who gives a ton of effort to the game. He'd be Russell's best friend, and the only reason that he's not higher on the list is because the other WRs also add value with the punt return game.
That's my first round wish list. What do you think?