The Seahawks are sitting 31 picks down the board to start Friday (Rounds 2 and 3) and I was up last night grouping players into various buckets. These buckets are:
(1) Players I would imagine the Seahawks would love to see go in Round 2, to push other players to them
(2) Players that may fit the Seahawks but I am more indifferent to, for various reasons.
(3) Players I think the Seahawks should consider trading up for.
(4) Players that I think the Seahawks could select if they stick at 63.
(1) PLAYERS THE SEAHAWKS HOPE GET PICKED IN ORDER TO PUSH OTHERS DOWN (11 PLAYERS)
QB Brett Hundley, QB Bryce Petty, RB Tevin Coleman, RB TJ Yeldon, RB Duke Johson, TE Maxx Williams, LB Eric Kendricks, LB Bernardrick McKinney, LB Denzel Perryman, Safety Landon Collins, Safety Jaquiski Tartt
(2) PLAYERS THAT MAY FIT THE SEAHAWKS, BUT I AM MORE INDIFFERENT TO (8 PLAYERS)
WR Devin Smith, WR Devin Funchess, DT Eddie Goldman, DT Carl Davis, Edge Randy Gregory, DL Mario Edwards, CB Quinton Rollins, and I suppose OL Lael Collins*
(3) PLAYERS I THINK THE SEAHAWKS SHOULD CONSIDER TRADING UP FOR (13 PLAYERS)
Tier 1: WR Dorial Green-Beckham, WR Jaelen Strong, OG AJ Cann, OL Jake Fisher, DE Preston Smith, Edge Eli Harold, CB Jalen Collins, CB Ron Darby
Tier 2: OT TJ Clemmings, OL Donavon Smith, DT Jordan Phillips, EDGE Owa Odighuzuwa, CB Eric Rowe
(4) PLAYERS I THINK THE SEAHAWKS MAY SELECT IF THEY STICK & PICK AT 63 (7 PLAYERS)
WR Sammie Coates, WR Tre McBride, OL Ty Sambrailo, C Hroniss Grasu, OL Ali Marpet, DT Grady Jarrett, CB Alex Carter
PERFECT STORM SCENARIOS
The Perfect Storm (in a good way) would be if all the players in Bucket 1 and Bucket 2 went before Seattle selected (19 players total). This would mean Seattle could wait, with 12 open Draft slots with 13 players in Bucket 3 still viable. If things played out in this manner, Seattle would not have to move up to get a player in Bucket 3. I don't think there is a high chance of this happening, but it would be ideal.
There are a bunch of players that could likely be selected in Round 2 that are not mentioned so far -- and I wanted to at least address them, as they could help Seattle's cause, if you will: RB Ameer Abdullah, RB Jay Ajayi, TE Clive Walford, OG Tre' Jackson, DL Michael Bennett, and LB Paul Dawson would be the first names that come to mind.
Attached is a modestly tweaked "BUZZ BOARD", a board that uses a blend of my personal rankings, plus takes into account the buzz from around the media.
Yellow is Players in Round 1 (gone), Pink is Bucket 3 (trade-up candidates), Orange is Bucket 4 (good picks for Seattle)
*Lastly, if Lael Collins checks out with the head of Seahawks security - that could be a great pick at 63 if he is truly in the clear.