I just want to say, again, that I’m not smarter than Schneider or Carroll, they are both several echelons better at football things than I am. And if there’s one thing that I’ve seen while following the Seahawks, and looking at their drafts, it’s that PC and JS are…not as unpredictable as we think they are.
Let me explain; it’s not like they’re predictable (Khaseem Greene was a popular player to mock to them in 2013 for the first round, but Rob Staton did predict the Christine Michael pick), but when they see a need, they’ll fill it. The player might surprise, but the position really doesn’t most of the time. Sure, there are some examples of taking some random position like they did when they selected Christine Michael or, to a lesser extent, Russell Wilson, but both of those guys had good, solid reasons behind them; Michael, as an athlete, may be one of the top 5 players in the league, right up there with Vernon Davis and Calvin Johnson, his size, speed, strength, and burst are, as we've all seen, really f***ing good. Russell Wilson may be the best interviewee in sports, he’s intelligent and very personable, he’s also a great leader, a great athlete, and has a pretty dang good arm (we also weren't quite sure what we had in Matt Flynn, and It’s always good to have a backup plan). But in other places, they've taken positions that we've expected them to.
2010 Needs: OL, RB, DL, WR, DB
2010 Draft: OT Okung, FS Thomas, WR Tate, CB Thurmond, DE Wilson, SS Chancellor, TE McCoy, DE Davis, ???Konz
2011 Needs: CB, OL, LB, QB, WR
2011 Draft: OL Carpenter, OL Moffit, LB Wright, WR Durham, CB Sherman, S LeGree, CB Maxwell, DE Livingston, LB Smith (UDFA, Baldwin)
2012 Needs: LB, DE, DT, RB (depth) DB (depth)
2012 Draft: LB/DE Irvin, LB Wagner, QB Wilson, RB Turbin, DT Howard, LB Toomer, CB Lane, DB Guy, OG Sweezy, DE/DT Scruggs
2013 Needs: WR, OL, DT, LB
2013 Draft: RB Michael, DT Hill, WR Harper, DT Williams, CB Simon, TE Willson, RB Ware, OG Seymour, DE Powell, C Smith, OT/OG Bowie (UFDA, Bailey)
Needs and drafts have lined up pretty nicely over the past few years, the only shockers have been the players selected, and even they have had a certain pattern to them, extreme athleticism, and a willingness to work. With that out of the way, let’s get to what you all clicked here for, the mock draft itself.
I’m not going to do trades in this draft. If I did, it would get way too complicated way too fast (worse in a 32 team mock, but this is just one team). This is also done with compensatory picks taken into account, since the Seahawks didn’t get any, the only adjustment is the picks themselves.
Pick 32: Joel Bitonio, OG/OT, Nevada
If you’ve seen my comments on draft pieces, you know that I absolutely love Bitonio, and I really don’t know why he’s not seen in the top couple of tackles or guards. He’s nasty, he’s strong, he’s athletic, and he’s got almost the exact same measurable as Logan Mankins. He screams Seahawk, his combination of athleticism and character would help him fit right in. The only downside is that he’s friends with Colin Kaepernick.
Pick 64: Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
A couple of weeks ago, I would have cringed if he’d have been mocked here. I don’t know why, I’d never seen his tape, all I knew was that he was tall, and fast, and that’s about it. What I didn’t know is that he’s got some really impressive stuff on tape. He’s a willing blocker, maybe the best deep threat in this draft class. To tell the truth, I might be stretching a little to have him here, but a guy can dream right? To show his upside, take a look at this graph, it’s his measureables compared to all other WRs (the numbers are the percentiles)
And here’s some tape for ya’ (check out the fade at 3:10)
Pick 132: Dri Archer, WR/RB/KR/PR, Kent State
Last time I had him in the 7th round, but after his combine performance, It’s hard to see him falling much past this point. I watched some DeAnthony Thomas highlights, and then some Dri Archer highlights, and Archer is in another stratosphere of speed (I was looking at the field, not the other players, so it’s more of a feel, but not influenced by competition). There’s also some new tape on him, but it’s more of the same, a guy who’s faster than anyone else on the field, and, amazingly, quicker than fast.
145: Trai Turner, OG, LSU
A solid guard who you really don’t pay much attention to, but that’s a good thing, because he’s just doing his job, he doesn’t let much pressure through, and he’s a solid run blocker.
172: Quincy Enunwa, WR, Nebraska
A solid WR, with nice strength, good speed, and solid hands, it’s tough not to see the upside in Latimer, the downside is that he’s raw, he didn’t run a full route tree, and he has too many focus drops just slip through his hands.
206: Deandre Coleman, DT, Cal
Good upside, a tall guy that moves well, it’s a good upside pick if we can get it
245: Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina
Moves well, good-not-great arm, high intangibles, remind you of anyone (other than the arm)?
Please share your thoughts, I’m open to suggestions.