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Seahawks draft preview: An early look at three possible 2017 targets

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The draft is probably the last thing on your radar at the moment. You're probably spending this 'football downtime' to reintroduce yourself to your family or, if you're like me, you're watching England perform awkwardly at Euro 2016.

Still, I know there are some of you out there who still care. People longing for something to get into during the quietest of quiet times in the NFL.

And let's be honest, the NFL's latest 'top-100' list isn't going to fill the void.

So here are some names you might want to keep an eye on when the college football season eventually begins.

Adam Bisnowaty (T, Pittsburgh)

It was a bit of a surprise he didn't declare for this years draft and he'll be a redshirt senior in 2016. Bisnowaty was heavily recruited as a four-star prospect and he flashes a nice combination of athleticism and size.

We know Tom Cable appreciates O-liners with a wrestling background. Bisnowaty was still competing as a wrestler in 2011. He played basketball too, highlighting his athletic potential. He has a very fluid kick-slide and while he wasn't often challenged by speed in the three games I watched in 2015, he showed ample mobility and balance.

When he's able to square up and compete 1v1 he'll deliver a nice initial jolt and he frequently finishes his blocks with attitude. There’s a willingness to get to the second level and he moves well laterally so he can pull and kick across easily enough. He passes off blockers and transitions nicely.

Bisnowaty's a blue collar type who spent his youth fishing and hunting. It'll be very interesting to see how he tests athletically in the post-season. It's worth noting that Evan Mathis was once a third round pick with similar size and athleticism. It'd be unfair to attach that kind of high-profile comparison to Bisnowaty -- but like Mathis he could move inside to guard where his attitude and upside make for a very intriguing prospect.

Jehu Chesson (WR, Michigan)

The one player who consistently jumped off the screen during Jim Harbaugh's debut season as Michigan Head Coach was Jehu Chesson.

Born in Liberia, he moved to St. Louis aged five. In 2011 he became the Missouri high school champion in the 300-meter hurdles. That athleticism and speed is evident on the field.

At 6-3 and 207lbs Chesson isn't just a receiver. Despite his size he returned a kick-off 96-yards for a touchdown against Northwestern last season. His greatest performance came in the Citrus Bowl where he thoroughly embarrassed eventual top-15 pick Vernon Hargreaves on a 45-yard touchdown. It was a little stop-and-go route and Hargreaves chomped down like he hadn't eaten in weeks.

2015 was a breakout season overall -- he recorded 764 yards and nine touchdowns. He also scored twice as a runner. These aren't gaudy numbers but Harbaugh's offense is built around running the ball in a pro-style scheme. This isn't Oklahoma State or Baylor. It's, well, more 'Seahawky'.

On top of that he is a tremendous and willingness blocker. He is intense. This is another staple of the Harbaugh offense -- but Chesson doesn't shirk his responsibility.

When you consider a Seahawks receiver you imagine several characteristics:

-- Max out your targets

-- Extreme athleticism

-- Run-blocking

-- Special teams value

Chesson is the complete package here. Don't be surprised if he becomes a big favourite in the media during the season and could even become a first round prospect.

Harold Brantley (DT, Missouri)

Brantley was all set to be the next D-line star at Mizzou. Almost a year ago to the day Brantley was involved in a horrific car accident, suffering a broken left tibia, ligament damage in his left knee, several broken ribs and a small crack in his shoulder that required a pin.

To put it bluntly, he's fortunate to be alive.

He missed all of the 2015 season and it's still not 100% clear whether he'll be available for 2016. There's still some lingering doubt as to whether he's academically eligible and it remains to be seen if he'll ever get back to his best.

Brantley is a prototypical three-technique. A disruptive interior pass rusher capable of collapsing the pocket and impacting games.

The type that is so rare in the NFL.

He was starting to take over games in 2014. At 6-3 and around 290lbs he had the ideal size for an interior rusher and his first step quickness was off the charts. His motor was good, he showed good technique with his hands and he's a finisher. Crucially he's also no slouch against the run.

He impacted games in a similar way to another former Missouri lineman in Sheldon Richardson. At the time it wasn't an unfair comparison to make. Richardson had a more athletic, compact frame. He's built like a tank. Brantley isn't quite as conditioned but the potential was here and he's at the right school.

Mizzou has a proven track record with D-liners. It'll be a great story if Brantley makes it back onto the field in 2016 and delivers on his potential. The accident has possibly curtailed any hopes of being a top-end draft pick but if he can get healthy and show some of the old spark, he could be a steal for a patient team known for development.

Rob Staton works for the BBC and writes Seahawks Draft Blog, which will be active again in August