ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, plus NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, each posted their final 2017 mock draft within the last day or so. While McShay and Mayock mocked another offensive lineman to the Seattle Seahawks, I found myself most preferring what Kiper did — a thing I found myself saying more this draft season than I usually do.
The worst potential scenario (for me) came way of McShay, who had the Seahawks taking Alabama tackle Cam Robinson with the 26th overall pick. Robinson may be fine, but he does not seem to be a significantly better pick than Germain Ifedi or James Carpenter, if not worse. The outcome for another late-first round pick being a decent guard or a competent tackle is not helping Seattle’s offensive line get any better. I think they need to shoot for someone much higher than Robinson, unless they truly believe that he is a future premier left tackle.
My second-least favorite, but also my second-most favorite (of these three), was Mayock’s pick of Forrest Lamp to the Seahawks. Lamp may also be nothing more than a guard, but he at least seems like he could be a great one. For me, Lamp looks to be the second-best offensive lineman in this class behind Garett Bolles. And yet, I hope Seattle still plays the line game relatively cheaply and hopes to get Isaac Asiata or Nico Siragusa later on rather than spend a first rounder on a lineman when it’s such an intriguing class at cornerback, safety, tight end, and edge rusher.
And then there’s Kiper, who went an entirely different route and mocked LSU cornerback Tre’Davious White to the Seahawks. White is someone that Rob Staton has spoke highly of since we were doing 3000 NFL Mock Draft during the 2015 college football season. He did not declare for the draft after that year, but if he had, he may have been a top-15 pick. He wore the coveted 18 jersey for the Tigers and has just enough of the measurables to seemingly qualify for Seattle’s needs. He’ll also play special teams in the NFL, which is a bonus.
Overall, I still would hope that the Seahawks end up with none of these players. My preferences fall closer along the lines of an uber-athletic, high-upside player, likely on defense. Obi Melifonwu, Kevin King, Adoree’ Jackson, T.J. Watt, Chidobe Awuzie, and even Tyus Bowser may qualify that for me. Bolles would be hard to say no to at 26 and even less so if Seattle trades down and he’s still available. I could go on with that list because it’s a deep draft in that regard, which is another reason someone like Robinson is a big “no, thank you.”
As for how those three see the top of the draft unfolding, McShay and Kiper now both have the Browns selecting Mitch Trubisky first overall, while Mayock still has Myles Garett going there. Mayock has Jamal Adams going to the 49ers, Marshon Lattimore to the Bears, Leonard Fournette going to the Jaguars, and Cleveland trading up for Trubisky at five.
Kiper has Garrett going to the Niners, Solomon Thomas going to the Bears, Fournette to the Jaguars, and Adams to the Titans at five.
McShay has Garrett to the 49ers, Adams to the Bears, Fournette to the Jags, and Lattimore to the Titans.
So good luck guessing at all what’s going to happen tonight.