The third year of the Pete Carroll/John Schneider (PC/JS) regime is nearing an end. We know the Hawks are in the playoffs for the second time in those three years. We don’t know if this years’ Hawks will play only one postseason game, or, if things go exceptionally, make it to that fourth and final postseason game (and hopefully win that as well). We do know a bit more about how PC/JS go about constructing, and now refining, a roster worthy of deep playoff runs. We don’t know who they’re targeting as additions to said roster for 2013, but we can make some educated guesses.
First, the background:
The Seahawks front office (FO) is the honey badger. And honey badger don’t care. Don’t care what Kiper and McShay think, don’t care what 31 other GM’s think, don’t even really care what the 12th man thinks. They care only about their process. From little bits and pieces Carroll and Schneider have revealed (especially in the last year), we can start to read between the lines and figure out what that process might be. I see a few points repeatedly followed by PC/JS:
1) don’t focus on what players can’t do or are weak at. Rather, find guys strong in some capacity/skillset (especially guys with at least one ELITE strength), and then game-plan around the man to capitalize on his strength(s).
2) PC/JS’ favorite traits to target: elite speed, elite length (height and/or arm length…whereas Rex Ryan may have a thing for feet, JS has an interesting arm fetish, if you will), elite motor. The last trait, "motor," is sort of shorthand for a guy’s innate need to compete…the trait this FO loves the most!
3) no roster or depth chart spot is locked. Not only does this FO rate all players for the ’13 draft, it is also constantly rating its own current roster. If we (amateurs) do the same, and then add in the factors of free agency and contract due for ’13, we can start to get an idea of what/where the Hawks will look to improve in this year’s draft.
Second, the present roster:
From my quick research, the Hawks current roster holds the following free agents (restricted FA noted "r"): OT Frank Omiyale, r-LS Clint Gresham, DT Jason Jones, DT Alan Branch, r-DT Clinton McDonald, LB Leroy Hill, CB Marcus Trufant, r-S Chris Maragos, K Steven Hauschka. That’s not a terribly exciting list. Outside of Gresham/Hauschka and one (maybe two) DT, that’s a list I’m pretty comfortable letting walk. Omiyale made $1.225 mill this year, Hill was the highest paid LB at $1.6 mill, Trufant was the second-highest DB at $1.3 mill, and two of the DT’s were in the top six highest salaries on the roster (Jones and Branch both at roughly $4.5 mill each).
Tough to picture the team resigning both Jones/Branch, not with how the team has consistently sought to remain under salary cap (and rollover surplus) every year. If I had to rank the whole roster, factoring in cost/performance/age/upside, a few of the cuts will be made simply by not resigning these FA.
As veterans with depleting skills and higher contracts, Omiyale, Hill, and Trufant are probably first to go. Next, I’d look to replace younger guys that came in to the league as undrafted free agents (like Maragos, TE Sean McGrath, and WR Jermaine Kearse) with draftpicks with higher upside. Those first six cuts (seven if we include losing a DT to FA) are kind of no-brainers to me, but I could see a couple more cuts that may be more surprising (and possibly upsetting).
Recent history has shown the Hawks are not too proud to cut their own draft picks (2011 5th rounder Mark Legree and 2010 4th rounder EJ Wilson are a couple). The victim from the 2012 class may be 6th rounder Winston Guy. With a PED suspension keeping him off the field for four games, and too many mistakes when he did actually see playing time, Guy just looks to be a guy on a short leash, and who lacks the eye of the tiger. Lastly, I have suspicions the Hawk FO will look to restructure the contract of Leon Washington, and if Wash won’t budge, Pro Bowl appearance be damned, the team will cut him. With only 27 offensive touches all 2012, and as a guy relegated exclusively to returning kicks/punts, in a league that is all-but-eliminating kick-offs, Wash’s $3.375 mill salary may be deemed too high for his value. Plus, a young, cost-effective, return specialist can probably be found on day three of the draft.
Third, the projection:
We now have a basic shopping list, and we need one of almost everything (OT, DT, LB, WR, TE, CB, S, RB)…let’s shop!
Most people, when they construct a mock draft, will start from the first round. I like to snoop around in the later rounds to find the sleepers. If you can identify guys that should be available in rnd 3-6, plan to overdraft them in the 2-5th, then you’re ahead of the game. For the most part, I can cross off every position on my Hawks’ shopping list in rounds 4-7. There are only three that remain as "needed to find in rounds 1-3": DT, WR, OT.
As an outgrowth of the GB Packer organization, an organization that hasn’t drafted a WR in the first round in 10 years, I find it difficult to imagine John Schneider going with a WR in the first. Plus, this feels like a very deep WR class. Eliminate WR from #1 consideration, and we’re down to DT/OT. Considering JS has gone with a Tackle with his first overall pick in two of his three drafts as GM, and that Breno Giacomini has played better the 2nd half this year, it seems to reason Hawks don’t need an OT in the 1st. So DT it is.
Some draftniks think this year is deep on DT’s. I don’t necessarily agree, but it depends on your definition of "deep". I think many of the guys rated in the first few rounds are hugely overrated (Hankins, Jenkins, Floyd, etc), but then there are one or two gems late that are really intriguing. The DT that interests me the most is Sheldon Richardson out of Mizzu. Unfortunately, with his combination of size, elite speed* (gonna be a combine marvel!), and incredible motor, he’s looking more and more like a top-10 pick. Hawks, still waiting to finish playoff run to determine final draft placement, will pick no earlier than #21.
Of the Seniors and draft-declared Juniors projecting to be on the board after 21, the guy I like best is probably UNC’s Sylvester Williams. Listed at 6’3"/320lbs, Williams has pretty typical DT size. From a statistical standpoint, Sly stands out for his 6 sacks this year from inside. Unfortunately, 4 of his 6 sacks came against Elon, East Carolina, and Idaho. The rest of Williams’ line reads: 42 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 6 QB hurries. It’s a pretty middle-of-the-pack stat line. The thing I like about Williams is his film. Pop on his tape vs NC State, and the very first play you see, Sly displays incredible agility, jumping over the OG attempting to chop-block him, and then making the tackle on the RB in the backfield.
The very next play, Williams lines up against the RT (versatility), third play: awesome swim move knocks guard to the ground. A lot of the film is the unsexy stuff that DT’s are expected to do: compressing the pocket while eating up double-teams. Williams does that as good as any. The thing that separates him, for me, is not how he attacks the play in front of him, it’s his effort in pursuit once the play is behind him. DT’s probably have the least endurance of any position group on the field. So if a DT has the motor to run more than most, I rank him higher. Richardson has that quality too, only he does it at what appears to be 4.6 speed.
After Richardson and Sly Williams, we start coming across some question marks. There’s one guy I would rate much higher than Sly, and maybe higher than Richardson, but he currently stands an undeclared junior. His name is Will Sutton (Pac 12 Defensive POY out of Arizona State). Whereas Williams had prototypical size but average production, Sutton is undersized but had probably the most productive season of any DT in college football. Listed at 271, Sutton is a good 20-30 lbs under typical size, and at 6’2" doesn’t have near the length that an Alan Branch (6’6") or Jason Jones (6’5") have (and that makes JS drool).
What Sutton does have are 12 sacks, 23.5 TFL, 5 PBU, 3 FF, and 63 total tackles. For comparison, Ndamukong Suh, in his pre-draft 2009 season at Nebraska, had 12 sacks, 20.5 TFL, 10 PBU, 1 FF, and 85 total tackles. And Suh did all that from prototypical size. Which means Sutton is doing it more with his technique and his motor...which the film confirms, are incredible. Because of his size, Sutton may be a DE at the next level (NFLdraftscout.com lists him as the 9th-highest rated DE for 2014). Regardless, we won’t find out if he’s available until the January 15th underclassmen deadline.
My second question mark DT is a guy named Brandon Williams. Brandon is a question mark for a different reason. He’s a 6’3"/325lb senior DT from…Missouri Southern State University. That’s right…the MSSU Fighting Lions. I don’t even know what conference that’s in. What I do know is Brandon was the Defensive POY this year (again) for posting a line of 8.5 sacks, 16.5 TFL, 2 PBU, 5 FF, and 68 tackles. But there is absolutely no footage of this guy to be found. That will change, and I’ll get a better grasp on his draft-worthiness, when he plays in the Senior Bowl against elite competition. In the meantime, BW is NFLdraftscout’s 12th rated DT, with a 3rd-4th round projection.
The last DT I’d like to highlight is one that I’m recent to study. He’s a guy that NFLdraftscout.com is putting a 5th round draft projection on, but who has 6 sacks this year, runs an estimated 4.89 40-yard dash while standing 6’4" and 306 lbs, and oh-by-the-way he’s a captain on a team playing for this year’s BCS title. I’m talking about Notre Dame’s Kapron Lewis-Moore. Manti Teo gets most of the press, Stephon Tuitt gets most of the sacks, and Louis Nix III gets most of the buffet, but KLM may be the soul of that Notre Dame front seven…certainly, he’s the brains.
As I do for every player I scout, not only do I watch game film, but I watch player interviews and miscellaneous footage from outside of game days. That’s how I learned that Brandon Williams works cleaning out honey buckets in the hot Missouri summers to make ends meet (work ethic!), and that Lewis-Moore is a SMART player. The relevance of player IQ? That’s debatable, and varies by position. I’d say a smart QB is more necessary than a smart DE. But "smart" has got to be better than "dumb", right? Anyways…I like smart players. I like players that are voted captain by their teammates. I like players with length and speed. KLM seems to be checking off a lot of these. And possibly available in the FIFTH round?!?
1st Round: Until he officially announces he will return for his senior year, my optimistic first pick will be ASU DT Will Sutton.
Moving on to day two and round two of the 2013 draft, my board pulls down the two positions remaining from round one: WR and OT. I’m conflicted here because, although OT feels like less of a need for the Hawks, my draft board doesn’t have a lot of late-round OT talent. They leave the board early for a reason. WR, on the other hand, is more of a need, but at a position with greater depth in the draft. This dilemma may be solved before draft day if Hawks deem Matt Flynn expendable and can grab a 2nd round pick from KC or AZ, and then we can pick both WR and OT.
For OT’s, I had been targeting Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson for the last month or so as an amazing 2nd round find. Great length, great athleticism, and a bit nasty. He’s a guy that has background as a QB, TE, and DE, before spending most of the last couple years as a RT/LT. I say "RT/LT" because in a couple of the games I’ve watched, Lane will literally jump back and forth from LT to RT within the same drive, depending on the play call. A guy like that would be really handy to have on the bench backing up both Okung and Breno.
That idea, however, has been blown up recently by Johnson’s meteoric rise into 1st round status by many draft pundits (a rise sped up by guys like Jake Matthews returning for their senior seasons). The other OT target I have with a 2nd round grade is UNC’s Brennan Williams. An exclusive RT, Brennan is listed at 6’7"/315 with 5.15 speed (looks faster on tape), and the guy is just a mauler. His pass-pro is excellent and he was part of the O-line that blocked RB Giovani Bernard into 1200 yards rushing the last two years. Bernard now has a 1st-team All American designation and a 1st round draft projection, and a couple of his UNC lineman should (deservedly) fall off the board shortly after him. Brennan spent a good portion of the ’12 season on the sidelines after a shoulder injury (labrum), and that injury may make his draft stock slip past the 2nd round, but, to me, the value of 2nd round is there if healthy.
If Hawks should look to go WR in the 2nd, the choices are many and varied. PC still seems hungry to find his BIG WR. He’s taken shots with Mike Williams (6’5"), Kris Durham (6’6"), Braylon Edwards (6’3"), Evan Moore (6’6") and, to lesser extent, Lavasier Tuinei (6’6") and Terrell Owens (6’3"). He may still have that craving. Of the WR expected to be available in this draft, there are eight that are 6’4"+. Of those eight, only three are considered draft-worthy (the remainders becoming UDFA). Of those three, only one has a projection before the 5th round (Tennessee’s Justin Hunter - 2nd round). We can add another 16 names if we extend the height search to 6’3" (including four guys projected 1st-2nd round by nfldraftscout.com). My hope is that Pete can stifle his WR height predilection until the 5th round (where we may see Hawks take a second WR…possibly VT’s 6’4" Marcus Davis), and instead take the best WR available.
A lot of draftniks like USC’s Robert Woods, I’ve seen a few mocks linking Hawks to Cordarelle Patterson (or his teammate, the aforementioned Hunter)…but none of those guys are lighting up my tv and monitor like Oregon State’s Markus Wheaton. Wheaton stands 6’0"/182, has a track background (search youtube for the vid of him beating De’Anthony Thomas), and as a result draws immediate comparison to Mike Wallace. I see some of Wallace in Wheaton, but I also see some Percy Harvin, as Wheaton has the ability to take the top off a defense AND be used in the running game on end-arounds or reverses.
Watch the OSU/ASU game...one play you’ll see Wheaton with a 38 yard run…couple plays later: 16 yard catch over the middle, Wheaton turns on the jets, gains 34 YAC for a TD…couple plays later he’s high-pointing a back shoulder fade for a TD…couple plays later he’s Willie Mays on a 36-yard go-route…most of the plays in-between Wheaton is a willing and capable blocker for his RB. The only downside to that game tape is that OSU QB Cody Vaz misses Wheaton with underthrows, overthrows, and not looking his way when completely wide open.
With a better QB, I see no reason Wheaton wouldn’t have expanded on his 91 catches (14th in the nation), 1244 yards (14th) and 11 TD’s (13th), and likely pushed Marquise Lee and Terrance Williams for the national leads. The last reason I’m putting Wheaton ahead of the other WR the national media like, and even ahead of other WR I like in the 2nd (Deandre Hopkins and Quinton Patton), is that the guy has an air and a style about him OFF the field. Something about WR’s…Keyshawn, Jerry, Irvin, or more current guys like Victor Cruz…they have to have that confidence in the way they talk and act off the field. You like a WR to be as smooth and quick with his words as he is with his routes. For me, Wheaton is the best I’ve seen/heard at that, and it’s the cherry-on-top reason I’d take him with the Hawks second pick.
2nd Round: Oregon State WR Markus Wheaton.
If the Hawks haven’t addressed any of WR/DT/OT at this point in the draft, I really hope they wait until the 5th. To me, rounds three and four are all about replacing Trufant, Hill, and/or finding a Joker TE. And I’ve got one of each of those I’d look at in the 3rd.
For the Joker, I like Florida’s Jordan Reed. At 6’3"/240, Reed is less Gronk/Graham and more Aaron Hernandez. With elite speed for a TE and incredible shiftiness, Reed has seen time taking direct snaps out of the backfield for UF. But even with those duties, Reed was criminally underused by the Florida coaching staff. As a result, his stats…well, they kinda suck. But his film is pretty compelling when he does get the ball in his hands. On a team with two solid blocking TE’s in Miller and McCoy, Reed’s poor blocking could be forgiven in exchange for the matchup problems he creates for opposing defenses.
At OLB (WILL to be specific), the Hawks are fortunate in that they don’t need to draft an every-down player. KJ Wright and Bobby Wagner have blossomed into rocks on the second level, and rarely leave the field. This means the WILL is the player generally pulled for a CB in nickel packages. Leroy Hill probably walks in free agency and Malcolm Smith, although showing flashes of potential, has also shown times when he may be too small for the position (seeing him bounce off Steven Jackson was pretty discouraging).
The guy that I like in the 3rd round, that can play any of the three LB positions, comes straight out of linebacker-U; Penn State’s Gerald Hodges. Listed at 6’2"/238, Hodges has a similar build to another former Nittany Lion; Novarro Bowman. Like Bowman, Hodges has some nice instincts for the position, a good nose for the ball, and a bit of nasty competitiveness. He does a solid job dropping back in coverage, yielding 2 INT and 7 PBU this year, not to mention 8.5 TFL and 109 total tackles. But even with all that I like about Hodges, I’ve got my eye on another OLB later, and my personal mock draft has Hawks going another way in the 3rd.
In the 3rd round of the 2013 NFL draft, the Seattle Seahawks select: Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State. You may be thinking, "what is he smoking? We’ve got BB and Sherm." I’m not talking about a starter. Similar to the WILL this year (or the LEO/Elephant last year), the Hawks are likely to need a guy at a position that doesn’t necessarily "start" nor play every down. It’s the nickel corner. This year, it’s been one of the positions with the least consistency…we’ve seen Trufant, Thurmond, and Lane all take games at the position. I think most of us have liked Thurmond there, but the guy can’t stay healthy to save his career. We like Lane, but isn’t he better off on the outside (and as special teams gunner)? Trufant just feels like he no longer has the wheels to guard speedier slot WR. There’s a lot of reason to look for a new nickel, and there’s a lot of reasons why McFadden could be the guy.
Depending on the source, McFadden is listed between 5’9.5"-5’11" and 190 lbs. It’s not the epic size we’ve learned to look for because of BB and Sherm, but WT3 and Tru are both only listed at 5’11". It’s appropriate for the nickel position where the priority is more on quickness/footwork. More importantly, McFadden looks like he’s got a 6’6" wingspan. The guy is all arm. In his senior year, Mac had 3 picks (two returned for TD’s), 12 PBU’s, 61 tackles (including two for loss), and one forced fumble (also two INT and 13 PBU in his junior year, 2 INT/12 PBU sophomore year).
He’s been All Mountain West Conference first team three times. His film study shows a guy that plays man and zone equally well, he sheds blockers nicely to take on RB’s, and his click and close speed is possibly the best I’ve seen this year. Sidenote: QB’s seem to avoid Mac’s side of the field entirely, therefore most of his picks have come from reading the QB, slipping under another DB’s assignment, and snatching the pass with some giant-looking mitts. He is, like Sherman, a former WR. And he’s got some boom! No one ever said a legion can’t be five-deep.
3rd Round: SDSU CB Leon McFadden.
As we head into the beginning of day 3 of the draft, I have two positions I’m interested in immediately for round 4: OLB and TE. I still think this year’s TE class is deep enough that the Hawks can wait for one. Remember, we still have an extra 5th rounder from the Oakland/Aaron Curry trade (and Oakland was kind enough to be terrible all year, and that pick looks like #5 in that round). So, essentially, we’re looking at drafting twice within 15 picks at the end of 4th-start of 5th.
I’d first shore up the impending WILL opening with a guy built like Daryl Washington (or a brick S-house)…standing 6’2"/230, with an estimated 4.49 speed, who, as a senior, was voted a team captain…I’m talking about Missouri’s OLB Zaviar Gooden. Gooden is not a guy who has had a productive year. At all. Some of that was due to injury, some of that was due to playing behind Sheldon Richardson who vultured a ton of stats. But Gooden’s film is so legit.
He comes from a background of playing safety, so he is very competent dropping in coverage. Even when he’s late on picking up his assignment, his closing speed is phenomenal. Combined with the total soundness of his tackling form, there was rarely any YAC given up by this guy. The biggest weakness I see in his game is his glaring inexperience/rawness rushing the passer.
When he blitzes, he doesn’t seem to have a plan for attacking his blocker. It’s "speed rush the outside edge" or nothing. But, as I mentioned earlier, this FO is not interested in what guys can’t do…they want guys for what they can do. Plus, in a weird coincidence, Zaviar has a weird thing for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. That seemed to work out okay once before…
4th Round: Mizzu OLB Zaviar Gooden.
Now, in the first of the Hawks two 5th round picks, is when we can finally add another weapon for Russell Wilson. This year’s TE class is deep and, from a group that includes bowl-game risers like Travis Kelce and Michael Williams, smaller Joker TE’s like Brandon Ford and Mychal Rivera, bigger boys like Dion Sims and Joseph Fauria, this class has it all. One of these guys will be there in the top of the 5th. Kelce blew me away in Cincinnati’s bowl game, but seems to be more of a 3rd round guy. San Jose State has a guy named Ryan Otten that I really like, after he averaged almost 16.0 ypc this year.
His totals of 47 catches and 742 yards, I believe, trail only Austin Sefarian-Jenkins and Zach Ertz for tops in the country for TE’s. Gavin Escobar has great size at 6’6"/255, and caught 42 balls for 543 yards and 6 TD’s. Sometimes we get caught up in the stats for the current year, but it’s always worth taking a look at how a player faired in prior years…for Escobar, we see that in 2011 his numbers were actually better (51 rec, 780 yds, 7 TD).
This could mean that he’s a better player than this year’s stats suggest, and therefore a bigger steal if he falls this far. Rivera comes from a Tennessee program where he was sharing catches with Cordarelle Patterson and Justin Hunter, but he still managed 36/562/5 (15.61 ypc). And I haven’t even mentioned guys from run-heavy programs like DC Jefferson and Justice Cunningham. It’s tough to isolate a single guy here, but…
5th Round A: SJSU TE Ryan Otten.
Toward the end of the 5th, and through the final pick in the 7th, I see the Hawks going really unpredictably off-script. I can see them going for a safety, a running back, a defensive end, doubling-up on a position they’ve already picked from (DT/WR?), or, if they’ve traded away Matt Flynn, maybe a back-up QB.
A couple of the early 7-round mocks I’ve seen at this point seem to indicate there could be a lot of talent to be found here at the safety position. DJ Swearinger looks to be off the board, but guys like Duke Williams, Shamarko Thomas, Jonathan Cyprien, and Dominick LeGrande could be there. I’ve been a fan of Syracuse’s Shamarko Thomas for a while. Not only does he share Earl Thomas’ surname, he’s really similar on the field. 5’10"/210 with 4.39 speed (some sources say Shamarko’s gonna run a sub-4.3 time at the combine!).
He led the Orange in tackles, but I do have some injury concerns with him (did miss some time with a concussion). Even if his ceiling is Earl’s backup, still would be an upgrade on Maragos, and some welcome speed on special teams. If my hunch about Winston Guy is correct, LeGrande could be a comparable replacement for him. In 2011 Winston had 120 TT from the safety position, while Dom finished 2012 with 132 (which led the nation in tackles by a DB). I only recently discovered Cyprien, and boy was it a good find. Plays in the little-known Sun Belt Conf. for Florida International where he racked up 93 tackles, 4 INT, 5 PBU, 3.5 TFL, 1 FF, and a lot of bruised/beaten WR. LeGrande and/or Cyprien could still be on the board in later rounds.
For a 5th round QB, I really like La-Tech’s Colby Cameron. Cameron spent a good portion of this year NOT throwing interceptions. He literally didn’t throw his first pick until his 11th game of the season. Other highlights included: being one of the five or six QB’s (incl: Aaron Murray, David Fales, Geno Smith, Derek Carr) to throw for over 3000 yards, 30 TD’s, 60% comp, a 150 QBR, with under 10 INT (4147, 31 TD, 5 INT, 68.8%, 153.2 QBR). La-Tech finished the year with a 9-3 record and led the nation in scoring (51.5 pts/gm to beat out Oregon’s 49.5). Combined with WR Quinton Patton and underclassmen RB Kenneth Dixon, La-Tech is producing some nice talent.
Other miscellaneous players to watch for in the 5th: South Carolina DE Devin Taylor (6’8"!), the previously mentioned DT Kapron Lewis-Moore, Duke WR Connor Vernon (maybe more of a 4th), VT WR Marcus Davis (a good WR double-up option), or a RB.
I can remember last year having a debate with a friend about whether the Hawks should draft a Marshawn Lynch "clone" or a "change-of-pace" back. I was of the Beast 2.0 opinion. I actually had two guys in mind: UW’s Chris Polk, and the guy we now know as #22, Robert Turbin. The basis for my argument was Houston’s zone-blocking system featuring a couple big backs in Arian Foster and Ben Tate. This time around I’m changing it up and looking for the change-up. I set out to find Darren Sproles. Not the college Darren Sproles, but rather the 2012 New Orleans Saints’ Sproles. This year Sproles finished with 123 touches from scrimmage; 39% of those touches came on rushes, while 61% were receptions. I want a RB that just catches passes (not literally, but essentially).
I looked at the top 100 college receiving leaders…there were only two on the list that played RB. One was a sophomore. The other caught 45 passes for 697 yards (15.49 ypc) and 5 TD. Then I looked at his rushing numbers: 218 attempts for 1512 yards (11th in the nation), 6.94 ypc, and 15 TD. Combine the two and this guy is 2nd in the nation in yards from scrimmage.
Then I found a couple very specific, very cool stats…when looking at the list of college players that had receptions of over 60 yards, this guy was tied for 5th on that list (and was the only RB in the top 20). Then I filtered the search for 70+ yard receptions…this guy was tied for 2nd. Translation: homerun hitter. Then I checked the film and it was just AWESOME. From a screen pass…70 yards or more…to the house. And he did it three times this year. Whereas Sproles has better shake than this guy, this guy has better bake than Sproles (meaning: his straight-line speed trumps Sproles’).
Further research revealed he had a history of returning kicks. In his sophomore year he returned 53 kickoffs for an average of 27.25 yards per (22nd in the country) including one for TD. Interested yet? Ready for the mind-trip? The guy I’m talking about was Robert Turbin’s backup at Utah State last year, and now the featured back at USU: Kerwynn Williams. And I like him with the blonde, high-top fade.
5th Round B: Utah State RB Kerwynn Williams.
In the sixth round the pickings are getting really slim. This is where you’re either looking for a guy that has fallen due to injury or character concerns, or a small-school guy that has simply never made an impression on the national media who don’t have the same travel budget as a team of Seahawks scouts. The PC/JS regime have a short history of drafting one TE and three DB’s in the 6th round the last three years (McCoy, Maxwell, Lane, Guy). Might see another DB come off the board here this year. I really like Duke Jr CB Ross Cockrell (if he declares), but more likely Hawks go with a safety.
6th Round: Florida International SS Jonathan Cyprien.
And then to wrap up the draft, the Hawks seem to like drafting "athletes" in the 7th. This is where the Hawks gambled on conversion projects like JR Sweezy’s DE to OG, as well as Jameson Konz’ WR to TE/DE/LB rotation. This is also where the Hawks have taken players simply for one or two of their measurables: Malcolm Smith’s 40-time, Greg Scruggs ridic arm length. 7th round pick(s) are really tough to predict before the combine/pro-days because we can’t know all of those freaky, outlier measurables. But…since my wish list started with eight positions, and has checked off seven of the eight…the only thing left to find is an OT. And if the OT should happen to be a guy that is recently converted from TE, bulked up to 6’8"/310, but retained most of his TE speed (4.95) and athleticism…he’d probably fit well in both draft patterns.
7th Round: Ohio State OT Reid Fragel.
1-DT Will Sutton 2-WR Markus Wheaton 3-CB Leon McFadden 4-OLB Zaviar Gooden 5A-TE Ryan Otten 5B-RB Kerwynn Williams 6-SS Jonathan Cyprien 7-OT Reid Fragel
1-DT Will Sutton
2-WR Markus Wheaton
3-CB Leon McFadden
4-OLB Zaviar Gooden
5A-TE Ryan Otten
5B-RB Kerwynn Williams
6-SS Jonathan Cyprien
7-OT Reid Fragel
There ya go. My first seven round Sea-Mock of 2013. Took like 12 hours to write...good news is, only one hour to read. Should have left a break in the middle for you to hit the bathroom, huh? Oh well. Cheers 12's! Go Hawks!!