It's been a little while since I've put one of these together, so let's take a look around the blogosphere and figure out which players are most commonly being mocked to the Seahawks.
As I've shared in the past, this Mock Draft tracker by SB Nation's own Adam Stites is the bomb.
Here's a few blurbs:
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com:
Jeremiah, who is really plugged in with NFL front office people and the scouting community, mocked Ohio State's tackle Taylor Decker to the Seahawks at #26.
Taylor Decker - OT, Ohio State: The Seahawks need to infuse the offensive line with more talent.
I think if Decker falls to the Seahawks, they'd probably run to the podium for this one. That's a pretty big if, though, and I am a little skeptical this will happen. Nonetheless, here's a little bit of tape on Decker for your perusal.
Chad Reuter, NFL.com:
Meanwhile, Jeremiah's colleague Chad Reuter got really ambitious and put together a five-round mock. I'm not sure I agree with the idea of taking a corner in the first round here, but Reuter mocked Ohio State's Eli Apple to the Hawks.
1. Eli Apple, CB Ohio State: A tall, long press corner with 4.4 speed. Sounds like a good fit for Pete Carroll's defense to me.
Here's how the rest of the mock draft looked for Seattle:
56. Seattle Seahawks: Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State
90. Seattle Seahawks: Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame
97. Seattle Seahawks (compensatory pick): Dominique Robertson, OT, West Georgia
124. Seattle Seahawks: Dadi Nicolas, DE, Virginia Tech
171. Seattle Seahawks (compensatory selection): Willie Beavers, OT, Western Michigan
I like the Whitehair pick for Seattle. He's played all along the line for Kansas State but Seattle is likely to see him as a guard or center -- and that positional versatility will be a nice boost to a very shallow group. Getting him in the second round is just about perfect. For what it's worth, Lance Zierlein comp'd Whitehair to Zach Martin.
The Sheldon Day pick is an interesting one. Day was an All-American for the Irish while racking up 15.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, and 13 quarterback hurries, and played both end and tackle for the Irish (he dropped into coverage a little too). He's a bit undersized for a full-time interior lineman (6'1, 293) and perhaps a little bit big and slow as an end, so he's one of those tweener types that I could certainly see the Seahawks liking as a nickel interior rusher. He's a good mover for his size, and would provide Seattle with a versatile guy that can play multiple positions.
Two things stand out -- good hands to get off blocks, and good pursuit, which is big in Pete Carroll's defense. Has a quick first step that makes me think he'd work well on stunts and twists.
P.S., watching Notre Dame's tackling in this clip makes me really appreciate the Seahawks' tackling. Woof.
Dominique Robertson, Seattle's other 3rd round pick, is a big, huge, raw small-school tackle prospect. 6'5, 324, 36-inch arms... sounds like a project, but could have a lot of upside. Willie Beavers, the 5th round pick, is kind of in the same vein, though potentially more polished. The Robertson and Beavers picks, along with the 2nd round Whitehair pick, give Seattle some really good potential on their offensive line.
Dadi Nicolas is a good athlete with nice length, but is on the light side (235) and may be suited as a SAM linebacker more than a defensive end.
Overall, that's an interesting haul.
OL, Kansas State
The Seahawks realize they can't keep scotch-taping up their issues on the offensive line forever, even if Tom Cable is one of the league's premier O-line coaches. Whitehair is a versatile talent with experience at both guard and tackle, and he plays with the tenacity and toughness that Cable looks for. If you want to maximize your Russell Wilson Super Bowl window of opportunity, Seattle, it's time to spring for some improved pass protection.
Pat Kirwin, Real Football Network:
SEATTLE: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
Russell Okung has departed in free agency and a long term answer needs to be found at left tackle. Spriggs had a good week at the Senior Bowl, and the Seahawks have always tapped into the talent down in Mobile. 2ND ROUND PICK: William Jackson, CB, Houston
Charles Davis, NFL.com:
KENNY CLARK NT, UCLA
Pete Carroll does not mind using his big guys both inside and at DE in 3-4 schemes. The loss of Brandon Mebane is eased with this selection and some work in free agency.
Lance Zierlein, NFL.com:
LE'RAVEN CLARK OT, TEXAS TECH
Sure, Clark has some gaping holes in his pass protection that will take some time and coaching to smooth out, but he has rare physical traits and enough upside that he could step in and start early on for the Seahawks, especially when you consider that Russell Wilson has the talent to cover up for inconsistent protection.
Peter Schrager, FOX:
26. Seattle (10-6): Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M, Jr.
Ifedi is an intriguing prospect who has first-round grades for most teams. He's 6-foot-6, can move, and has 36-inch arms. Russell Okung is in Denver. Seattle fans watched Carolina's defense destroy their O-line for a half in the divisional round last year. Ifedi's a starter.
Rob Rang, CBS:
Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State: Just two years removed from their championship run, the Seahawks are essentially starting over along the offensive line with zero of the starting five blockers from Super Bowl XLVIII still on the roster. The cap-challenged Seahawks may be forced to look to the draft for reinforcements. A four-year starter with experience all over the offensive line, Whitehair possesses the versatility, toughness and dependability this club is lacking up front. Further, the Seahawks will know the Wildcats well after striking gold with rookie Pro Bowler Tyler Lockett a year ago.
Dane Brugler, CBS:
Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana: Seattle has several question marks on the offensive line, and left tackle Russell Okung is a free agent. Spriggs has core strength issues, but his frame and athleticism will be extremely appealing for teams with needs on the offensive line.